Pros React To Patriots’ Thrilling Victory Over Seahawks In Super Bowl XLIX

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By LetsRun.com
February 3, 2015

Saturday was a big day for racing, with college meets across the country and solid pro fields at the Armory Track Invitational in New York and the Camel City Elite races in Winston-Salem, N.C. Sunday was a big day for American football as the track and field world settled in to watch Super Bowl XLIX along with the rest of the country.

As you may have heard, the game was pretty exciting. In the end, the New England Patriots denied the Seattle Seahawks back-to-back titles, winning 28-24. Rookie cornerback Malcolm Butler‘s end-zone interception with 20 seconds to play sealed the Patriots’ win, the fourth Super Bowl title for head coach Bill Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady.

Several members of the LetsRun.com staff are football fans (Jonathan Gault is a die-hard Patriots fan) and the game prompted much discussion on our message boards. Below, we took to Twitter to find the best athlete tweets about the big game.

We think we found a winner when we found this tweet by American 100-meter record holder Brianna Rollins, who summed up the game perfectly.

And to think that tweet at 10:00 pm came just after Edelman put New England up by 4. The amazing catch and interception were still to come.

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll‘s decision to throw the ball on second and goal with 26 seconds left was criticized across the globe as shown here by Kyle Merber, Mike Rodgers and LaShawn Merritt (LetsRun’s Robert Johnson has a defense of Seattle’s logic here.)

Some, namely New England fans, weren’t too unhappy with the play call, including one member of the Brooks Beasts, who are based in Seattle. Team member Riley Masters, who is from New England (Maine), had better be on his best behavior when showing up for work this week after this tweet:

Vermont native Andrew Wheating was pumped as well. He had good reason to celebrate as he almost suffered crushing loss #2 in the span of a few weeks.

Massachusetts native Shalane Flanagan, like Wheating, was enjoying the Pats win as well.

In every sporting contest, there has to be winners and losers. Alaska’s Trevor Dunbar isn’t giving up his allegiance to Seattle anytime soon.

We couldn’t find any tweets from the Brooks Beasts’ Mark Wieczorek, who also is the coach of Gib Harbor HS in Washington. While he grew up in Oklahoma, we figured based on his famous green and blue racing shirts, he’d be a big Seattle fan. Maybe he was too depressed to tweet, or too busy having fun with the ladies.

Those from the middle of the country, like Colorado runner Blake Theroux could just enjoy the spectacle.

Here you go, Blake.

Heather Kampf was more worried about the poor sportsmanship.

Being a global superstar has it’s advantages – Usain Bolt was in the stadium for the game.

Katy Perry‘s halftime show proved to be as popular as the game itself. Here’s what some of the pros had to say about it. Brit Tom Farrell, who probably didn’t grow up as a fan of American football, may have enjoyed the show more than the game.

We’re sure there were other great reactions out there from top runners. If you know of one that we missed, please email us or post it in this message board thread on our running fan forum: Top runners react to incredible action of Super Bowl XLIX – Super Bowl 49.

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