It got worse last winter when investor Chris Hansen tried to move the Sacramento Kings to Seattle. Stern held a contentious news conference involving the Kings in which he said he had to be brief because he had to fly to see a Thunder playoff game. Seattle fans fumed. For a decade, MLB's Mariners, NCAA football's Washington Huskies and many other sports in Seattle were in a winning drought. The Seahawks' Super Bowl win erased that pain. The Mariners have a young team with promise, the Huskies won nine games last season and then hired Chris Petersen from Boise State, ? and Stern retired. The Sonics won an NBA championship in 1979, and that was considered the last major championship for the city. That all changed Sunday night.
2. Turnover Thursday, Turnover Sunday: Carroll spends Thursdays teaching the value of turnover differential and its effects on games. In Super Bowl XLVIII, it was all about the turnovers. A minus-two differential in the first half, along with a game-opening safety, put the Broncos behind 22-0 at the half. Carroll translates a plus-two differential into giving a team an 83.6 percent chance of winning. If you go plus-three, forget about it. During the regular season, NFL teams were 21-1 if they had a plus-three or better margin. The Seahawks were plus-four and won the Super Bowl.
"Defense wins championships, and you can say that now," Seahawks safety Kam Chancellor said.
Center Manny Ramirez cost the Broncos two points in the first 12 seconds by rifling the opening snap over the head of Peyton Manning, resulting in a safety. It was the fastest score in Super Bowl history. That safety set up a field goal drive for the Seahawks that put them ahead 5-0 fewer than five minutes into the game. Seahawks linebacker Malcolm Smith capped off a nightmarish first half for Manning when he returned an interception 69 yards for a touchdown with 3:21 left in the second quarter. That gave the Seahawks a 22-0 lead. The ballgame was over early.
3. Percy Harvin, the X factor: After the Seahawks won the NFC title game against San Francisco, Carroll anticipated having the full Super Bowl services of wide receiver Harvin, whom the Seahawks traded for in the offseason and gave a six-year, $61 million contract. Hip surgery, a slow recovery and a concussion in the NFC divisional round limited Harvin to only 37 plays in the 2013 regular season and playoffs. A healthy Harvin was a huge factor in the Seahawks' win. In fact, it probably helped that he missed much of the season. The Broncos didn't have much tape on him, and Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell used the college fly sweep twice early -- resulting in 45 yards, including a 30-yard run in the first quarter. The threat of Harvin running the football was more dangerous than his receiving. On the fly sweep, Harvin lines up in the slot or as a flanker and then runs at full speed toward Wilson. The QB can hand him the ball or use Harvin as a ghost and keep it for himself, give it to Marshawn Lynch or pass.