If you're not familiar with Left Shark, get familiar with Left Shark:
Left Shark is sloppy and uncoordinated and possibly drunk. But that didn't stop Left Shark from being Left Shark with 150 million people watching. If you've got a problem with Left Shark, that's your problem. Left Shark is comfortable in Left Shark's skin. Its coarse, cartilaginous skin.
The Seahawks are a very Left Shark team
The Seahawks are rough around the edges, and they are proud as hell about it.
Their best offensive play is to give the ball to a running back who seeks out contact so he can dish out punishment to defenders. Everybody said their quarterback wouldn't be a fit in the NFL, that his playing style wasn't right, but he blossomed into a star running plays nobody thought would work.
Like Left Shark, the Seahawks are unique, and like Left Shark, they don't care what you think about them.
With the game on the line, the Seahawks decided to try being Right Shark
The Seahawks were one yard from a game-winning touchdown. Instead of giving the ball to their beastly running back who lives for yards after contact, they threw a slant route. It was intercepted.
The Seahawks do not thrive on slant routes at the goal line. The Seahawks thrive on letting Marshawn Lynch be Marshawn Lynch or letting Russell Wilson be Russell Wilson. Instead, they asked a QB not known for his precision passing to throw a precise pass, and asked a track star-turned-wide receiver not known for his ability to fight through contact for catches to fight through contact for a catch.
The Seahawks wanted the crisp, cookie-cutter perfection of Right Shark, when they would've been better embracing their inner destructive Left Shark.
Left Shark and the Seahawks is a story of self-pride
You might not be perfect. Nobody is. But if you play to your own strengths, you'll get a lot farther in life than if you try to be somebody you're not.
Left Shark realized that and swung those stupid fins like an idiot on TV. Now Left Shark is a hero. The Seahawks forgot their identity, and it cost them the Super Bowl.
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