SEATTLE - Behind Thomas Rawls bouncing off and through tacklers and a big-play punch from Tyler Lockett, the Seattle Seahawks rediscovered their offensive star power on Sunday night.
It came at a significant cost to their defense.
Rawls ran for 103 yards and two touchdowns in the first half, Lockett took a reverse 75 yards for a score to open the second half and the Seahawks routed the Carolina Panthers 40-7 on Sunday night.
Move over, Larry Bird and David Ortiz. Troy Brown is joining the party.
Bird was the inaugural member of Pottymouthed Boston Athletes Speaking In Public group; in 1981, he enlived the Celtics' City Hall Plaza celebration of their NBA title by quipping, "Yeah, Moses does eat [blank]" after spotting a sign in the crowd that declared Moses Malone of the just-vanguished Houston Rockets ate . . . well, you know. In 2013, he was joined by Ortiz, though Big Papi's expletive was emotional and from the heart: Days after the Boston Marathon bombing that killed three and injured 264, Ortiz thundered "This is our [bleeping] city" to a stunned, and then delighted, Fenway Park crowd honoring the first responders to the tragedy.
And now we have Troy Brown.
The Patriots honored their 2001 Super Bowl champions, who not only kicked off the Patriots dynasty but jump-started Boston's decade-and-a-half of athletic dominance, at halftime of Sunday's win over the Rams. It proceeded as expected -- you knew you were going to hear Robert Kraft's "We are all Patriots" again (and again, and again) -- until Brown took the podium.
“The best fans, we got them," he began. "The best coach, we got him. The best owner, we got him. The most rings, we’re working it.”
Pointing to the group of 40 or so ex-teammates who had gathered for the occasion, he continued: “This is the original group of guys who did their job. The Optum Lounge, the nice seats and the scoreboard" -- in other words, Gillette Stadium -- "is here because of this group."
It was the group that upset the Rams -- a.k.a. The Greatest Show On Turf -- in Super Bowl XXXVI. And, in the end, Brown couldn't hold his tongue.
"Fifteen years ago, the Greatest Show on Turf lost to the greatest team on [bleeping] Earth.”
Larry and Big Papi? You've got company.