A co-worker of mine told me about macumba, or Brazilian voodoo.
I have been convinced all season watching the Seahawks that someone over in Kirkland had slaughtered a goat or two. Here's a team that lost its top two wide receivers (K-Rob was cut, D-Jack was on IR most of the season) and one of their best DBs (Ken Hamlin was almost killed in a barroom brawl) early in the season, and they end up going to the Super Bowl. I won't even talk about the juju that had to be involved in the Cowboys and Giants games.
No one really respected the Hawks going into Super Bowl XL. Then, amazingly, the Hawks came into Detroit tonight and quickly showed they were the better team after all. That's when the Good Macumba turned into Bad Macumba. I can't say I've ever seen such bad calls (the PI on Jackson and the Sean Locklear "hold") in a big game. Calling a low block on a tackle almost makes you believe that the fix was in, especially after the Polamalu interception call in the Indy game a few weeks back. The Hawks only have themselves to blame though. Trash-talkin' tight end Jerramy Stevens did have a TD grab, but missed several other key catches. Holmgren seemed flustered, and the play calling at the end of both halves was spotty.
In sports, it is often better to be lucky than good. I just thought the Hawks would be the ones with the luck tonight. Couldn't Paul Allen have afforded one more goat?