February 1, 2015 at 1:56 PM
We're tracking the fan frenzy as fans count down the minutes to kickoff of Super Bowl XLIX. Here in the Northwest and outside the stadium in Glendale, Ariz., the 12's are getting their game faces on.
2:20 p.m. update: Word to the wise now that kickoff is 70 minutes away:
2:00 p.m. update: Here's in Seattle, there's nothing like getting prepared for a victory riot:
Down in Glendale, some Seahawks fans are already staking out their seats and getting ready for the showdown against the Patriots. We'll be updating our photo gallery all day long.
Word is the Seahawks jerseys in the crowd far outnumber those of Patriots fans.
Live chat under way
Head on over to our Seahawks Game Center if you want to chat about the Seahawks with Times reporter Bob Condotta. He'll be logging out before kickoff to cover the game, but fans can still chat throughout the game.
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February 1, 2015 at 1:48 PM
Here is the list of Seattle's inactives for the Super Bowl.
No real surprises, but with the Seahawks basically fully healthy there were some tough decisions to make and a few rookies who surely wanted to play today will not.
There's a picture of the list below for both the Seahawks and Patriots.
And here are the names: QB B.J. Daniels, CB Marcus Burley, OL Patrick Lewis, OL Keavon Milton, DT David King, OL Garry Gilliam and WR Kevin Norwood.
Maybe the most interesting thing is that Lewis --- who has been the backup center --- is inactive. That means Lemuel Jeanpierre is the backup today. There is no apparent injury, so the assumption is that maybe Seattle sees a matchup thing there --- Vince Wilfork comes to mind -- that they'd think Jeanpierre is better suited. Or maybe just his experience.
February 1, 2015 at 11:56 AM
So we've arrived at some football game going on today.
The weather is nice now, the roof is open and the sun shining on the west end zone.
The teams are on their way, arriving soon, though some personnel is already here. And some fans also are already in their seats, with three-and-a-half hours still to go to kickoff.
We'll start our live chat at 1:30 p.m. Seattle time.
Also, make sure to check out all of our coverage on-line today. You can find it all here.
February 1, 2015 at 9:43 AM
Sisters and brothers. It's finally here. Welcome to Super Bowl Sunday, the highest of holidays here in the Church of Football.
The defending champion Seattle Seahawks take on the New England Patriots at 3:30 this afternoon, but we've got a special hymn for you: the women of Ancora, a Seattle-based women's chorus, performing their version of "Hawk-le-lujah!"
We're particularly fond of the part at about 1:50 when they get to "We shall reign forever and ever." As it says on Ancora's website, "The Patriots can't HANDEL the Hawks!"
Over at Rose Hill Presbyterian in Kirkland, they claim God may be neutral, but we're not so sure.
Up in Sandy Point (near Bellingham), folks are sure they saw the Seahawks logo in the clouds. Dawnell Pier Fish sent this photo to us via Facebook.
"Wanted to share with you our gorgeous sky last night at Sandy Point. ... Like the image of Christ or Virgin Mary in toast or ice formations- we have the Seahawk in the sky. Assuredly a sign from above! Go HAWKS!" Dawnell Fish wrote.
Here at Fan Buzz, we're not so sure we see what Dawnell sees, but we'll let you decide.
And speaking of Facebook, join the conversation today over at the Seattle Times page.
Can't have church without a potluck
What's a Super Bowl party without guacamole? Up your avocado game with one of these terrific recipes. Here are more tasty food options to make your spread the best ever. Can't wait to wrap hotdogs in bacon. mmmm. bacon.
Pass the Jell-O shots
But maybe the anticipation of the big game just leaves you wanting a drink. Hey, we've got that covered. Check out the amazing Hawk-tails created by local bartenders.
It's not easy trying to be Beast Mode
Ever since the absolutely hilarious "Conan" show featuring Marshawn Lynch and Rob Gronkowski (below), we've been anticipating what the funny folks on the "Saturday Night Live" would do over the weekend.
The Official Fan Buzz review: Meh. It's got some funny bits, but it misses more than it hits. Here, make your own call.
Comedy duo Key & Peele over at Comedy Central did a little better, but comedy folks seem to struggle with the real bigger-than-life personalities of Richard Sherman and Lynch. But we do think Beast Mode should try "biscuits and gravy" as his next press conference line.
How do they make the Big 12?
The Seahawks fans at the Russell Investments Center (aka "Zillow Tower") have made a giant 12 on the side of their building that perfectly lights up the Seattle skyline. Check out how they do it.
Have you made your prediction for the game? Add it here at our interactive page and check out some Seattle celebrity picks.
Can't get enough Fan Buzz? Wait, there's more!
In case you missed it, the video of Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch and the Patriots' Rob Gronkowski on "Conan" Thursday night is the funniest thing we've seen during Super Bowl season here at the Fan Buzz. But this is your official adult-content warning! More from Thursday's Seahawks Fan Buzz.
- All aboard the M/V Marshawn Lynch to Bainbridge?
- Bus bashing in honor of Blue Friday
- Full video clip of Marshawn Lynch on "Conan'
- Perseverance inspires school’s ‘Eye of the Tiger’ video
- Legion of Boom on SI cover
- More flashy cleats coming
- Michael Bennett's 'Wizard of Oz' bike ride; Super Bowl weather
- Let's talk balls; super hero Super Bowl bet
- Could 'DeflateGate' change fan loyalties?
- New bike might make those Packers-fan tears go away
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February 1, 2015 at 9:08 AM
February 1, 2015 at 8:59 AM
Super Bowl Sunday begins with some interesting news for the Seahawks as NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports that the team is negotiating with running back Marshawn Lynch on a contract extension that would keep him in Seattle "for years to come.''
A Seattle team official confirmed that the Seahawks would like to extend Lynch's contract but noted that nothing could happen until the new league year starts in March.
Another source also said that the reports that the talks have been ongoing is overblown and that nothing is imminent.
Still, as Rapoport reports, this is a pretty big turnaround from where things were thought to be on the Lynch-Seahawks front for much of this season, when it was widely assumed he might be on his way out after this season due to his age and cap number next season.
But Lynch has had maybe his best year with the Seahawks and NFL.com says the team wants to reward him for his work.
Rapoport reports that Seattle has offered Lynch more than $10 million in the 2015 season alone. As the report notes, Lynch currently is slated to make $5 million in 2015, the final year of what originally was a four-year, $31 million deal. That contract also has a $2 million roster bonus.
The NFL.com report also notes that some close to the team have surmised that Lynch could retire, especially if Seattle wins another Super Bowl.
The timing of this news leaking is obviously interesting, with the team just hours away from the Super Bowl.
Regardless, it looks like Seattle is taking steps to get new deals done for each of its major offensive pieces --- Lynch and QB Russell Wilson.
February 1, 2015 at 12:14 AM
Here are some thoughts on some of the key aspects of Sunday's Super Bowl from Times beat reporters Jayson Jenks and Bob Condotta.
1. How will the Seahawks tackle? I feel dumb writing that as a “thing to watch” because tackling is important every game. But the Seahawks pride themselves on their ability to tackle and not give up extra yards, and it has been one of their greatest strengths in their turnaround in the second half of the season. When they struggled as a defense earlier in the year, one of the issues was their tackling; too often patient running backs or receivers were able to methodically pick them apart or bounce off tackles and turn 4-yard gains into 8 or 9 yards. It’s a subtle difference, but it’s a huge one in determining how Seattle’s defense looks. I’m curious to see if the Seahawks swarm to the football — will three or four guys be in on every tackle or just one or two? The first guy may miss, and that’s going to happen. But the Seahawks have to be able to get multiple defenders to ball carriers, particularly when that ball carrier is New England tight end Rob Gronkowski.
2. Speaking of Rob Gronkowski…How will the Seahawks defend him? Bob and I have agreed on this all week, but one of the storylines this week has been the matchup of Gronkowski vs. Seahawks safety Kam Chancellor. It’s intriguing and fun to think about, but I also think it’s partly wrong. Seahawks linebacker K.J. Wright typically draws the duty of covering other team’s best tight ends, and throughout his career he has done a good job of shutting them down. He had some slipups earlier this season — the San Diego game comes to mind right away — but has largely been solid down the stretch. But it won’t just be Wright vs. Gronk either. Chancellor, Wright and even corners Richard Sherman and Byron Maxwell will all get a crack at Gronk. That’s how the Seahawks have defended Vernon Davis and Jimmy Graham in the past, and I expect the same this time around.
3. The battle of wills — or patience. I think I wrote about this sometime this week (at this point it’s hard to remember what the heck any of us wrote), but the Seahawks have been so good in the second half of the season at forcing teams into methodical marches in order to score. They just haven’t given up big plays, and that’s means they haven’t given up quick scoring drives. If you’re going to score against the Seahawks, you’re going to have to earn it. But the Patriots are a disciplined, veteran team who has proven this team that they can do just that. I find that matchup maybe most fascinating of all: Who can force the other into mistakes? Who can outlast the other? The chess-match analogy gets used all the time, but that’s how I see this. Can you have the mental stamina to avoid a lapse that could turn the whole game?
And from Condotta:
1. Pressuring Tom Brady: One of the underrated keys to Seattle’s 43-8 win over Denver in the Super Bowl a year ago was its ability to get consistent pressure with just a four-man rush. That’ll be critical again Sunday against New England quarterback Tom Brady, who gets rid of the ball quickly and is hard to bring down --- he was sacked just 21 times this season (by comparison, Russell Wilson was sacked 42 times). More than sacking Brady, the Seahawks need to find ways to make him move --- he’s less effective throwing on the run. Ends Cliff Avril and Michael Bennett are obvious key parts of getting a good pass rush. But Seattle also will need push up the middle and will need to be smart an efficient when it brings pressure.
2. Getting off Revis Island: For the first 56 minutes of the NFC title game, Wilson threw for just 85 yards. In the last four minutes of regulation and overtime he had 134. Wilson, to be sure, had one of his poorer days. But the Packers also made it difficult for Seattle’s receivers to get open, doing so largely with man coverage. Seattle is likely to face more of the same against the Patriots, who in Darrelle Revis and former Seahawk Brandon Browner --- each new to the team this season --- have one of the better cornerback tandems in the NFL. Seattle coach Pete Carroll says the Patriots play a lot more man coverage now than they did prior to acquiring Revis and Browner. And something to watch early is who Revis covers --- does he stick largely with Doug Baldwin? Baldwin, Seattle’s leading receiver with 66 catches, seems to think he will, and that will put the onus on Baldwin to win some individual battles.
3. Which team will rise to the occasion? Sounds stupid and obvious, maybe. But the Seahawks played one of the best games in their history in the Super Bowl last year, highlighting what has been a strung of playing well in big games under Carroll. And for all their apparent differences, that's one trait Carroll and head coach counterpart Bill Belichick share --- an ability to have their teams playing at their best in the post-season. Belichick is 21-9 in the post-season, a winning percentage of .700 that is fifth in NFL history for coaches with 10 or more playoff games. Carroll is 8-4, .667, seventh. Carroll had a similar big-game rep at USC, where he was 7-2 in bowl games. Belichick though, has lost his last two Super Bowls after winning his first three, each as a significant favorite. Carroll is 7-2 in the playoffs with Seattle, never losing a game in which the Seahawks were favored.
January 31, 2015 at 6:11 PM
The sky-high price of tickets to Super Bowl XLIX has been both mystifying and frustrating to fans.
The cheapest tickets listed Saturday afternoon on NFL Ticket Exchange were priced at nearly $7,900.
This fan, who preferred to be identified just as “Randy,” waited outside Saturday’s Seahawks fan rally to see if he could get any tickets for $5,000 apiece.
A passerby quipped, “You’d better put a '1' in front of that.”
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