Welcome to the day after the day after.
As expected the day after, lots happening with the Seahawks. Russell Wilson was courtisde with Jay-Z and Beyonce for a game in Brooklyn after making a visit to the David Letterman Show.
Super Bowl MVP Malcolm Smith — who wasn’t even invited to the NFL Draft combine — had a morning press conference in New York, then was on his way to Disney World.
The Super Bowl was the most watched television show in U.S. history, according to Fox Sports. On average, 111.5 million viewers watched. That surpassed the average viewership of Super Bowl XLVI (The Giant’s 21-17 upset of the Patriots), which was 111.3 million.
Much of the conversation around the Seahawks has already turned to what’s next, to borrow the phrase from the team. That’s just what Doug Baldwin asked when concluding his answer Sunday night about whether he was finally happy. The prevailing feeling from several players: This is just a step. To really entrench themselves and the organization, they will need to win again soon.
Las Vegas thinks they have a good shot next year. Depending on the sports book, the Seahawks are around 9-2 or 5-1 favorites to repeat. Their pals the 49ers are right behind them.
As we’ve discussed before and will discuss more today, the Seahawks have a lot of free agent decisions in front of them, most notably after next season.
> Our Dave Boling was with the team in New York on Monday. He says Pete Carroll has his win and is already pursuing what will come after.
> Cancelled flights stranded fans (and several media members) in New York on Monday. The bad weather everyone feared would hit Super Bowl day came the day after. It began snowing around 5 a.m.
> Richard Sherman said the real Super Bowl was the NFC title game.
> Sherman had a lot of positive things to say about Peyton Manning. Manning checked on Sherman’s health after the game.
> Peter King asks, “What about Russell?”
> A Super Bowl essay from ESPN’s Rick Reilly.
> Inexplicably, Wes Welker says the Broncos didn’t prepare well for the noise. At the Super Bowl.
> Bill Barnwell of Grantland on how the Seahawks stomped Denver.
> The Everett Herald says Malcolm Smith and the Seahawks are no longer overlooked.
> Photos from the Seahawks’ homecoming.
> Denver does not have an easy path back to the Super Bowl.