People demand extraordinary answers for extraordinary events. With one yard separating the Seattle Seahawks from becoming the first team in ten years to win back-to-back Super Bowls, there had to have been a reason why they chose to ignore the best running back in the NFL. There had to have been a reason why they chose to throw into the middle of an endzone filled with all sorts of enemy bodies. There had to have been a reason why Seattle had an 88% chance of winning and ended up with a loss.
As it turns out, there were many reasons why Super Bowl XLIX ended in a Patriots victory. The problem is, none of them are as interesting or as easily digestible as the final outcome. Instead of discussing the genius of Malcolm Butler, the New England cornerback who came up with the interception, or the Seahawks’ desire to run as much time off the clock as possible, the general public (including, by some accounts people within the Seahawks locker room) has come up with a simple and more compelling reason for Seattle’s disaster: The NFL and the Seahawks wanted star quarterback and insurance pitch man Russell Wilson to win the game, Most Valuable Player award, and hearts of millions rather than the enigmatic and polarizing running back Marshawn Lynch.
Never mind that Lynch ran the ball to the one-yard line on the previous play, or that the Seahawks are attempting to re-sign the running back and thereby make him a visible part of their franchise for the foreseeable future. People needed a more interesting answer and attempted to find one.
This logic isn’t limited to the football field. Despite what some may claim, President Obama is a legal U.S. citizen. President George W. Bush did not order the attacks on September 11th. These theories may be interesting to some and frightening to others, but in the end they only breed misinformation and doubt.
Cold, hard facts need to be disseminated as widely as possible in order to combat these sensational and unfounded theories. Head over to the Legislate and News portions of the EAGLE app in order to learn about the news of the day, and then visit Debate to discuss how to improve our country. Rational ideas supported by indisputable facts must #BeHeard.