Super Bowl

We Are The Champions
12:56 pm
Wed February 5, 2014

Some 700,000 Fans Pack Seattle Streets For Seahawks' Victory Parade

Kam Chancellor holds up the Lombardi trophy.
Justin Steyer KPLU

The 12th Man showed up in full force for the Seattle Seahawks’ victory parade on Wednesday. Seattle police estimated some 700,000 people braved the cold to line the streets and cheer for the Super Bowl champions. 

"I think it just gives us a sense of pride. It's given everyone something to rally around and be excited about. It's just brought joy to so many people here," said Lesli Burns, a fan.

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The 12th Man
10:00 am
Wed February 5, 2014

Meet The Diehard Fans Who Spent The Night On The Seahawks' Parade Route

Greg Kockritz, left, and Sean Cochran are ready for action.
Ed Ronco

These two are no fair-weathered fans.

Diehard Seahawks fans Greg Kockritz and Sean Cochran spent the night in a tent on Fourth Avenue, determined to stake out front-row seats for the teams’ victory parade on Wednesday.

Never mind the cold. These two arrived at 10:30 p.m. Tuesday night, a two-person tent, a propane heater and an air mattress in tow.

“It don’t get no better than this,” said Kockritz. “Come on, this has been 39 years coming!”

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Super Bowl XLVIII
5:00 am
Wed February 5, 2014

Some Seahawks Fans Plan To Party Like It's 1979

Sonics 1979 NBA Championship poster
Paula Wissel

Some fans who will be watching the Seahawks victory parade today are remembering another time when the city turned out to celebrate a major sports victory.

It was June of 1979 and the Seattle SuperSonics had just won the NBA championship.

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Super Bowl XLVIII
11:39 am
Tue February 4, 2014

Seahawks Say They Figured Out Manning's Signals

Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning during Sunday's Super Bowl. Some players on the Seattle Seahawks say they studied his hand signals. That helped them shut down the Broncos defense, they say.
Kevin C. Cox Getty Images

Originally published on Tue February 4, 2014 10:56 am

Here's a window into why the Seattle Seahawks' defense so thoroughly dominated the Denver Broncos' offense during Sunday's Super Bowl, which Seattle won 43-8.

Yes, it certainly seems as if Seattle's players were just bigger and faster and played better.

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Super Bowl XLVIII
7:42 pm
Mon February 3, 2014

Seahawks Fans Snap Up Merchandise After Historic Win

Shoppers browse and buy at The Pro Shop at CenturyLink Field.
Paula Wissel

The day after the Seahawks won the Super Bowl, the team store at CenturyLink Field was doing brisk business. Fans crowded into the space, buying everything from towels to shirt to hats sporting the Super Bowl XLVIII logo.

Arby Asatorrians, who'd already waited in line to buy a hat, was holding a souvenir football he planned to purchase. 

“We were already downtown last night, celebrating after the game. I was wanting something to commemorate having a piece of the Super Bowl,” he said.  

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Super Bowl XLVIII
7:48 pm
Sun February 2, 2014

All Hail Legion Of Boom: Best Defense In NFL Carries Seattle To Title

Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll is doused with Gatorade late in the second half of the NFL Super Bowl XLVIII football game Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014, in East Rutherford, N.J.
Julio Cortez AP Photo

The Seattle Seahawks' mantra all season was to make each day a championship day.

They made Super Bowl Sunday the best day of all with one of the greatest performances in an NFL title game — sparked by a defense that ranks among the best ever.

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Super Bowl XLVIII
1:54 pm
Fri January 31, 2014

Thiel: Seahawks' Road To The Super Bowl Began With Miserable 2009 Season

Seahawks general manager John Schneider, left, and coach Pete Carroll talk before an NFL game against the St.Louis Rams in Seattle on Dec. 29, 2013.
Elaine Thompson AP Photo

How did the Seahawks end up in Super Bowl? Thank the team’s abysmal 2009 season, says KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel.

Art says that miserable season led the Seahawks to fire both their general manager Tim Ruskell and first-year coach Jim Mora. The team, which had a short list of candidates for general manager, made Pete Carroll an offer he couldn’t refuse.

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Weather with Cliff Mass
9:59 am
Fri January 31, 2014

Mass: Mostly Dry Weekend Here, And 'Seahawks Will Feel Perfectly Comfortable'

"Cloudy with a chance of seasonal affective disorder"
Aaron Brethorst

“You can do anything you want over this weekend,” said KPLU weather expert Cliff Mass. “No storms, no nothing. And in fact, there will be some sun.”

Things will dry out late Friday, and temperatures will reach the mid-40s in the lowlands, said Mass. Saturday will add partial sunshine.

Come Super Bowl Sunday, there will be “no weather around here to be worry about,” said Mass. Things will be fairly dry for most of the day.

“Then things get more interesting,” he said.

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Super Bowl XLVIII
11:15 am
Thu January 30, 2014

Super Bow: Seattle, Denver Philharmonics Face Off With Iconic Songs

They’re calling it the “Battle of the Batons” or the “Super Bow," complete with maestros in NFL hats.

In a video mashup, the Seattle Philharmonic Orchestra and the Denver Philharmonic Orchestra faced off in a battle of iconic songs representing the two cities.

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Super Bowl XLVIII
10:05 am
Thu January 30, 2014

Seahawks' Lynch Finally Makes Peace With Media, Answers Questions

Jeff Roberson AP Photo

Marshawn Lynch, who faced NFL fines for not talking to reporters, appears to have made his peace with the media, says KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel.

The Seahawk took reporters’ questions for 15 minutes on Thursday morning, just a day after the Football Writers Association of America lodged a complaint with the NFL regarding access to Lynch.

“He appeared in front of the media with his aide de camp and horse whisperer, Michael Robinson,” said Art. “Michael has been a great asset and a great friend to Lynch, and the two of them together kind of entertained everyone.”

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Super Bowl XLVIII
10:48 am
Wed January 29, 2014

Thousands Pay $28.50 To Watch Super Bowl Players Answer Questions At Media Day

Seattle Seahawks fans cheer during media day for the NFL Super Bowl XLVIII football game Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014, in Newark, N.J.
Charlie Riedel AP Photo

"It’s a new phenomenon,” says KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel, “charging people to watch people be interviewed.”

But thousands of people were willing to pay $28.50 to pack into Prudential Center on Tuesday to watch thousands of reporters interview the Super Bowl players.

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Super Bowl XLVIII
10:17 am
Wed January 29, 2014

Seahawks' Lynch Tries To Open Up To Media, Gets Fed Up, Leaves

Seattle Seahawks' Marshawn Lynch smiles during media day for the NFL Super Bowl XLVIII football game Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014, in Newark, N.J.
Matt Slocum AP Photo

Marshawn Lynch, who has risked NFL fines for not talking to the media, made a brief appearance before cameras at Super Bowl 48 on Tuesday, taking questions for six minutes out of the Seahawks’ hour-long press availability.

Lynch was a little more generous Wednesday morning at the team hotel — that is, until he decided enough was enough, says KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel.

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Super Bowl
9:09 am
Mon January 27, 2014

Seattle, Denver Art Museums Bet Artworks In Super Bowl Wager

In its Super Bowl wager with DAM, SAM is betting this "Forehead Mask" by the Nuxalk First Nation.
Gift of John H. Hauberg 91.1.71

When the Seattle Seahawks take on the Denver Broncos in the Super Bowl on Sunday, the directors at two art museums will be paying close attention to the outcome of the game.

The Seattle Art Museum has bet the Denver Art Museum a temporary loan of a major work of art. The winner gets to display the loser's art, which will be on loan for three months.

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Sports with Art Thiel
5:00 am
Fri January 24, 2014

Seahawks' Sherman Speaks Out, Tries To Move On

Seahawks' Richard Sherman speaks during a news conference Wed., Jan. 22, 2014, in Renton. The Seahawks play the Denver Broncos in the Super Bowl on Feb. 2, 2014.
Elaine Thompson AP Photo

Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman is doing damage control. He sparked quite a controversy with his emotional outburst live on FOX-TV Sunday, mere minutes after he made the play that gave the Seahawks the win over the 49ers and sent them to the Super Bowl.

It's being called the rant heard around the world. KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel says it was also refreshing.

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Super Bowl
8:01 pm
Sun February 3, 2013

Baltimore Ravens edge 49ers to win Super Bowl XLVII

Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis shouts while holding the the Vince Lombardi Trophy after the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl XLVII Sunday.
Elaine Thompson KPLU

A power outage at the Super Bowl put the nation's biggest sporting event on hold for more than a half-hour Sunday, interrupting an otherwise electric, back-and-forth game that ended with Joe Flacco and the Baltimore Ravens as NFL champions thanks to a 34-31 victory over the San Francisco 49ers.

Flacco, voted the MVP, threw three first-half touchdown passes to cap an 11-TD, zero-interception postseason. Jacoby Jones returned the second-half kickoff 108 yards, a Super Bowl record, to give Baltimore a 28-6 lead.

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