SEATTLE -- The guitar riffs ripped from the hotel ballroom where owner Paul Allens band was performing and filled the lobby. Down on the lower level, Hall of Famer Walter Jones posed for pictures with exuberant fans. This celebration in the wee hours of Monday morning was what Pete Carroll envisioned when he arrived in Seattle in January 2010 and was finally given the full say over an NFL franchise in the hopes of replicating at the professional level what he was able to accomplish in college. Celebrating was standard practice when Carroll was at USC. But the party that followed Sundays 43-8 blowout of Denver that gave Seattle its first NFL title topped all those previous celebrations. It may just be the beginning for the Seahawks. "This is exactly what we envisioned from day one. We were going to be right here and win this football game -- and it just happened to be in New York. which makes it even more special -- in the fashion that we were able," Carroll said. "We deserved it and we earned it because this is exactly what weve been preparing for, and we expected it. That may sound cocky. That may sound arrogant. But its a mentality you cant get in one week." Seattles coronation was the culmination of an overhaul that Carroll and general manager John Schneider embarked upon when they took control of the Seahawks. Nearly 1,000 roster moves later, they could finally take the ultimate satisfaction in what they had created: the envy of the NFL. The Seahawks are mean and talented on defence. They have one of the most dynamic young players in the game in quarterback Russell Wilson. And the surrounding cast complements him well. There is very little indication this will be a one-year flash. "One of the things that happens every so often is teams have a big fallout after they win the Super Bowl," Carroll said. "Were not in that situation." Seattles title will be remembered for a dominating defence that will be regarded among the best in league history. Richard Shermans play at cornerback -- and sometimes his mouth -- drew the attention but that defence was far more than Sherman and his "Legion of Boom" teammates in the secondary. Linebacker Bobby Wagner was even better in his second season, while Super Bowl MVP Malcolm Smith was called upon to play different positions throughout the season. The signings of Cliff Avril and Michael Bennett on the defensive line, and the re-signing of Clinton McDonald after Week 1, gave the Seahawks the deepest defensive line rotation in the league, all with plenty of energy to chase Colin Kaepernick in the NFC title game and harass Peyton Manning in the Super Bowl. Offensively, the Seahawks were without their top two wide receivers for most of the season between Percy Harvins preseason hip surgery and Sidney Rices midseason knee injury. But Harvin showed just why the Seahawks made the investment with his 87-yard kickoff return touchdown that was essentially the final blow in the Super Bowl. Golden Tate and Doug Baldwin believed they were disrespected all season and were intent on proving critics wrong. For the most part, they did, while Jermaine Kearse continued to play the role of another undrafted gem discovered by Schneider. The offensive line missed both starting tackles -- Breno Giacomini and Russell Okung -- for more than half the regular season due to injuries but managed. And Marshawn Lynch continued to go "Beast Mode" at just the right times. Seattle should be able to keep its core together but there will be difficult decisions to make. There are key free agents, including Baldwin and Tate. There are also potential salary cap decisions to be made with players like Rice, Zach Miller, Chris Clemons, Brandon Mebane and Red Bryant. Then there are the two looming extensions that could get done this off-season -- Earl Thomas and Sherman. Both players can be extended before the start of next season, but the likelihood is that Seattle tries to get a deal done with Thomas first and then see if an extension will work for Sherman. So far, Sherman has been the ultimate bargain for Seattle, scheduled to make less than $700,000 in base salary next season. Thomas and Sherman are entering the final year of their rookie contracts in 2014 and with both now two-time All-Pro selections, each is likely due a hefty raise. If Seattle can get both extensions done, it would allow them to focus on Wilson during the 2014-15 off-season when his rookie deal can be redone. "We are looking two to three years ahead so last year we knew we were going to have some things coming and how to handle certain players and to know just where we are headed," Schneider said recently. "We put different models together. Matt Thomas does a phenomenal job with it. Figure out the best way to navigate it. They are really good problems to have." Avonte Maddox Jersey
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. -- Phil Mickelson came to the St.TORONTO - Eight games into the season, Toronto is leaking goals at home and searching for answers.The door to the Maple Leafs dressing room was closed longer than usual after Saturday nights 4-1 loss to the Boston Bruins as the players talked it out.Frustration, anger. Those are two things front and centre that were probably from the coaching staffs perspective, head coach Randy Carlyle said when asked for his emotions during the game. We didnt win too many battles early in the hockey game.Toronto, while 2-0-1 on the road, is 1-4-0 at the Air Canada Centre where the Leafs have been outscored 19-10 while giving up four or more goals four times.No explanation. I think were two different teams on the road and home for some reason, said centre Nazem Kadri.Weve got to find a way to become a lot more consistent because one good game, one bad game, one OK game here, one OK game there is just not good enough in this league, added captain Dion Phaneuf. And we are finding that out right now.After a moving rendition of O Canada, in conjunction with arenas in Montreal and Ottawa to honour two fallen soldiers, Toronto came out flat and was down 1-0 after three minutes 27 seconds.Defenceman Dougie Hamilton had a goal and two assists and Patrice Bergeron collected his 500th NHL point on the first of two assists for Boston. Tuukka Rask, meanwhile, continued his mastery over Toronto (3-4-1) as the Bruins, in their first game without injured captain Zdeno Chara, had their way with the Leafs.Its the rink that I grew up watching games in and dreaming of being in the NHL so it was an awesome feeling, said Hamilton, a Toronto native. Carl Soderberg, David Krejci and Gregory Campbell also scored for Boston (5-5-0).Richard Panik finally beat Rask with 5:33 remaining, on a delayed power play, slapping in a rebound from in close for his first as a Maple Leaf. Toronto showed some spark after that but it was too late.Rask, the reigning Vezina Trophy-holder, is now 10-2-0 in 14 outings against Toronto. He came into the game with a .943 save percentage and 1.64 goals-against average against the Leafs.Toronto goalie Jonathan Bernier exited after giving up two goals on two shots early in the third (he finished with four goals on 25 shots). Carlyle refused to point the finger at his netminder, noting instead the lack of protection around him.The coach did take a shot at his offensively skilled players, saying that while they are not required to run opposing players over, I ask them to get in the way.Both teams finished with 33 shots. Then the Toronto post-mortem began.Our coach came in and talked to us, then we talked as a group, defenceman Cody Franson said without elaborating.While the two teams split four games last season, the Bruins have had Torontos number in recent years.Boston has won 12 of the last 16 regular-season games (12-2-2) against the Leafs and is 15-3-4 in its last 22 visits to the Air Canada Centre.ddddddddddddThe Leafs werent the only ones feeling the pain Saturday.Referee Chris Rooney left the game late in the second period, after being hit with the puck just seconds before Krejcis goal. He departed cradling his arm but returned for the start of the third.The game was preceded by an emotional ceremony to honour Cpl. Nathan Cirillo and Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent, killed in separate incidents this week in Ottawa and Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Que., respectively. The 19,132 fans at the ACC stood and sang O Canada with their counterparts in Montreal and Ottawa as the anthem from the Canadian Tire Centre was shown on the scoreboards big screen.Cirillos murder and subsequent attack of Parliament Hill by a lone gunman, prompted the league to cancel the Leafs game Wednesday in Ottawa. Toronto last played Tuesday, defeating the New York Islanders 5-2 on the road.Saturdays pre-game emotion did not carry through as the Bruins went ahead early.Soderberg opened the scoring on the power play after a fanned shot from Hamilton from the face-off circle found Bergeron in front. Bernier stopped his rapid-fire redirect with his pad but the puck went straight to Soderberg who had circled around the back of the net.The first goal seems to sink our group, said Carlyle.The first sign of adversity at home, it seems to multiply, he added.Bergerons 500th NHL point moved him past Adam Oates into sole possession of 13th place on the Bruins all-time points list.It took the Leafs 5:41 to get their first shot in the second period before a crowd sitting on its hands.Krejci made it 2-0 at 15:58 of the second with a beautiful solo effort for his third of the year. Krejci drove at the Toronto goal, ignoring an attempted check by Phil Kessel, and swatted in his own rebound as he flew over Bernier.The Leafs paid for a lapse on a power-play opportunity at 2:32 of the third as Campbell beat Phaneuf in front of the goal to a pass from Daniel Paille and beat Bernier with five second remaining on the man-advantage.Hamilton rubbed salt into the wound, splitting the defence on a rush and beating Bernier with a wrist shot at 4:09. That chased Bernier in favour of James Reimer.A subsequent pair of Leaf minor penalties did not help the home sides comeback cause.It was the first game for the Bruins since losing giant defenceman Chara to a knee injury. The six-foot-nine, 255-pounder tore the posterior cruciate ligament in his left knee throwing a hit on Islanders star John Tavares in front of the Boston net. Chara is expected to be out four to six weeks.It marked just the 21st game Chara has missed of a possible 622 games since joining the Bruins in July 2006.You miss a big guy like him, you have to really get together and play as a unit out there, said Rask. Missing (Chara) we have to play as a unit and we did that today and it paid off big time.Follow @NeilMDavidson on Twitter Cheap Denver Nuggets Jerseys Cheap Minnesota Timberwolves Jerseys Cheap Oklahoma City Thunder Jerseys Cheap Portland Trail Blazers Jerseys Cheap Utah Jazz Jerseys Cheap Los Angeles Clippers Jerseys Cheap Los Angeles Lakers Jerseys Cheap Phoenix Suns Jerseys Cheap Sacramento Kings Jerseys Cheap Dallas Mavericks Jerseys Cheap Houston Rockets Jerseys Cheap Memphis Grizzlies Jerseys Cheap New Orleans Pelicans Jerseys Cheap San Antonio Spurs Jerseys Cheap Golden State Warriors Jerseys
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