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.
This game is so unreal right now ooooh myyyyyyy gosh
— Brianna Rollins (@Bri_Rollin) February 2, 2015
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.)
I'm not a football coach, but I would have given it to the guy whose name is Beast Mode.
— Kyle Merber (@TheRealMerb) February 2, 2015
That was the dumbest play call
— Mike Rodgers (@Mr_Rodgers_DAT) February 2, 2015
Bad Call Coach
— Machine Merritt (@lashawnmerritt) February 2, 2015
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:
Sorry Richard Sherman, that no name guy is the best Corner Back in the league!!!
— Riley Masters (@riley_masters) February 2, 2015
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.
— Andrew Wheating (@AndrewWheating) February 2, 2015
Massachusetts native Shalane Flanagan, like Wheating, was enjoying the Pats win as well.
— Shalane Flanagan (@ShalaneFlanagan) February 2, 2015
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.
— Trevor Dunbar (@DunbarTrevor) February 2, 2015
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.
Need a gif of Richard Sherman's reaction yesterday.
— Blake Theroux (@KFTheroux) February 2, 2015
Here you go, Blake.
Heather Kampf was more worried about the poor sportsmanship.
Thanks for being such great role models NFL. Punches fly…#nobodywins
— Heather Kampf (@HeatherRaeKampf) February 2, 2015
Being a global superstar has it’s advantages – Usain Bolt was in the stadium for the game.
— Usain St. Leo Bolt (@usainbolt) February 2, 2015
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.
— Tom Farrell (@farrell_osu) February 2, 2015
Watching Katy Perry for her musical "talents"
— Jeremy Rae (@Jeremy_Rae) February 2, 2015
Dancing sharks FTW
— Nick Symmonds (@NickSymmonds) February 2, 2015
— gabriele grunewald (@gg_runs) February 2, 2015
What were the qualifications to get cast as a beach ball for the halftime show? #KatyPerry
— Eric Finan (@EricFinan) February 2, 2015
Wow. Lenny Kravitz is STILL not Jimi Hendrix.
— Sheila Reid (@shewolfruns) February 2, 2015
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.
Discuss The Game On Our Message Boards:
- Webb is Back Baby (Wins Super Bowl 5k in 15:06)
- Official Super Bowl 49 Live Discussion Thread
- A defense of why Seattle passed on 2nd and goal instead of running The Beast, Marshawn Lynch
- WTF: I’m outraged that Tom Brady was the MVP. He better give that truck to Malcolm Butler #21.
- Pete Carroll: Worst Choking Coach In Sports History
- Russell MF Wilson
- Belicheck has gone mainstream rojo just texted and said he should missed PAT on purpose
- Superbowl: Anyone else think the fight at the end kind of ruined it?