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Posts published in “Day: February 3, 2014”

But not too much


The Seahawks might have won and they might have lost on Sunday.

Prognosticators were split; might thought the contest would be tightly fought. Last week Stephen Colbert has a string of football greats on his program, and he asked them who was likely to win. Most guessed Seattle, but the universal attitude was one of caution: This is a back-to-the-wall prediction, but the Seattle Seahawks and the Denver Broncos are two closely matched teams, one (the Broncos) with a better record in officer, the other (the Seahawks) better on defense, but overall a very close call.

The 43-8 blowout was a stunner. The cheers in Seattle could almost be heard from hundreds of miles away; from the beginning of the game to the end, their team dominated.

It was a big high – and the implications of putting it that way go beyond any easy jokes about legalized marijuana.
The city will, in many respects, be floating on this for a while. And there's nothing wrong with a bit of cheer.
But remember: Big Bertha is still stuck in the underground of downtown. The city still has all the problems it had last month and last year, and so does the state of Washington. A Super Bowl win, however satisfying, isn't a cure for anything; it's a temporary high.

The question is whether Seattle simply enjoys it and moves on, or whether it becomes addicted, whether its people start to feel such a win is something they must have – again – if Seattle is to take its proper place among cities, or in their hearts and minds.

That would be a problem. Super Bowl wins are transient things. Repeat winners do come around, but not often; the odds are someone else will be on top a year from now.

Seattle would be none the less for it, just as – today – it would be none the less if the 2014 win had been Denver's. And remember, from the perspective of a few days ago: The Seahawks might have won and they might have lost.

So celebrate, brag a little if you must, and enjoy it. Just … not too much.

On the front pages


Here’s what public affairs news made the front page of newspapers in the Northwest today, excluding local crime, features and sports stories. (Newspaper names contracted with location)

The Super Bowl was of course on just about every daily newspaper front page today. In Washington, a simple Super Bowl graphic covered the whole news space for the front pages of most dailies in the state.

Caldwell cops rousting crows (Boise Statesman)
Trustees at CSI say no guns on campus (TF Times News)
Delay in Canyon West mall build (TF Times News)

Gelser plans mandatory sentence for cop killers (Corvallis Gazette Times)
Possibly YMCA next to civic stadium (Eugene Register Guard)
Ashland more increase filmmaker regulation (shland Tidings)
Teacher negotiations mediated (Ashland Tidings)
Legislature begins anew (Portland Oregonian, Salem Statesman Journal, Medford Tribune)

Super bowl graphic only (Seattle Times, Spokane Spokesman, Tacoma News Tribune, Everett Herald, Yakima Herald Republic,Kennewick Herald, Longview News)
Minimal snowpack (Port Angeles News)
Cleaning in mill area next year maybe (Port Angeles News)
Signatures on local petitions considered (Vancouver Columbian)