Tom E. CurranSEATTLE Of course Pete Carroll was able to get a shout-outto the guy who jumped from outer space on Sunday. That's because he's Pete Carroll. After his team hung in long enough and ultimately knockedout the New England Patriots Sunday, the quirky, emotional former Patriotscoach closed his press conference in a way none of the NFLs other 31 coacheswould think to. Or want to. I know it was a really big day here, but Felix Baumgartnermade it today too, gushed Carroll. That was awesome. That was ridiculously unbelievable that he could pull that off, to do it so well (aside: one wonders what response a poor jump fom 24 miles would have elicited). We were watching, everybody was hanging because one of his coaches, Dr. Mike Gervais, works with us and he was there at the launch so we were all very tied to that. So, hats off to Felix, man, he did it."To the victor goes the opportunity to close his press conference with absurdity like that. While Carroll's successor in New England, Bill Belichick, was shrugging through the motions in his postgame press conference, Carroll was doing verbal Zumba in his. This win can't really serve as vindication for Carroll that he never should have been fired in New England. That was a dozen years ago and a dismissal that had to happen. But it had to be a little sweet to dispatch the Patriots. "What a day here at the stadium, at CenturyLink for the fans and the players," Carrol gushed. "A fantastic event we just witnessed. I'm really proud of the way we played. It was a day when (the Patriots) were doing a lot of good stuff, Tom (Brady) was doing everything with the throwing game and their receivers and you didn't know if we were going to get to slow them down or not. .. It's a big statement for a young team and it's more so because of that staff (in New England), that coach, that quarterback, their team, the championship ways that they know and understand and everything about that. We take great pride in it, and we hope you guys enjoyed it."
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