It was a staple for this young lad throughout much of my halcyon days of youth, “The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show (‘59-64)” which ran in syndication well into the 80s.
We may’ve been one of last hold-outs on the block w/ our reliable black & white RCA but that did nothing to dull the brilliance of Jay Ward’s classic cartoon cavalcade that came in crystal clear. It’s why today I can’t stomach “The Simpsons,” though I wouldn’t say tripe like “Josie & the Pussycats” or “Scooby-Do” exactly broadened my mind, either.
A favorite segment was “Peabody’s Improbable History,” featuring a bow-tie wearing, bespectacled hound “Mr. Peabody” who was cross between George Will and “Brian (Family Guy),” along with his trusty side-kick boy “Sherman.”
Each episode jumped off with the duo traveling back in time through Peabody’s “way-back machine” to lend helping hand to history’s would-be heroes & heroines.
So, there’s the montage.
The big game is just days away yet the Seahawks are already putting up points on the Broncos, albeit, in that highly questionable ‘buzz’ department, with most of that buzzing coming from Dick Sherman. Not all Dick’s doing, but once a diva appears on Super stage, someone with the right demographics, whether he’s got game or not, the dye is cast.
Loyal & optimistic (when not raging) like that brave, time-traveling aide-de-camp, Richard Sherman is the talk of E. Rutherford town, having bared his soul after NFCT and then milked every last drop (“10 Things“ / SI / 1-28 / RS). And if he & his ‘mates hoist Lombardi don’t be surprised if Dick digs even deeper to enlighten us more this summer.
One thing that won’t get tiresome, Rob Beck’s (SI) timely snap-shot of Crabtree’s famous stiff-arm (‘Not so fast, fella’). Instant iconic.
Some fans are already wrapping Rich in regalia befitting greatness (“brilliance” / “SB XLVIII” / Wire / Fox / 1-29). I’ll take the wait & see tack, wait for his final results before I tag him magna cum canton. Anyone working his mouth like Dick should have bar set high, just the way he’d want it. Kaep & Jimbo (NFCT), that was open-book (“on an island”). Manning & Fox could be different.
The Seahawks’ coach isn’t someone you’ll see wearing a bow-tie in the fashion of Mr. Peabody or Sid Gillman, though, he’s probably got a pair of reading glasses handy in his advancing years. No shame in that.
But you’d have to be a very casual fan to not yet realize Seattle’s rise to prominence is due to one thing and one thing only: the hiring of Peter Carroll in 2010. It’s Seahawks’ vaunted defense and stout run-game that make ‘em players in the title chase and Peter the Great (?) is it’s master-planner.
Just these two actions, 1) bringing the troubled Bills’ Marshawn Lynch into fold in 2010 and 2) the drafting of Wisconsin’s Russ Wilson in 2011 w/ serious intent, even as hot commodity Matt Flynn (GB) was recently rostered, speak volumes, not simply to Carroll’s boldness but more to his ability to fashion a desired product.
And if the ‘Hawks want a better-than-average chance of besting Mr. Matriculator Peyton Manning & friends, it’ll be because Seattle’s “Mr. Peabody” out-strategized John ‘the Denver’ Fox on that battlefield of brains…and kept the turnovers down.
I’m taking liberty here, I admit, but you‘ve gotta‘ have a trio, right? It’s the trinity thing.
Marshawn Lynch may be taking his shy-guy act to extremes in avoiding media (He got a manual, no?) and has his Boris-act down Goodanov, looking like “Secret Agent Man” in those Foster Grants®. But then snubbing a sometimes pedestrian press ain’t exactly an act of Cold War.
And he ain‘t alone. Check out Sam Gardner’s piece on Fox (“Marshawn” / 1-30).
Cowboys’ Duane Thomas (SB6) was as little impressed with hullabaloo as Mr. Lynch is today. But “Silent” Duane had one memorable line (and one great game) that ML will be hard-pressed to top: “On the night before…Thomas was asked about the enormity of the contest: “If it’s the ultimate game, how come their playing it again next year?” Perfecto.
The fans, you say, deserve to hear from their heroes before the big game? Yes and no. Most fans are plenty fed-up by this second week of shill. Now we’re just feeding the media beast in this drawn-out process. Not all fun for them, either, to be fair. As for Seahawks’ fans, they just want Lynch healthy & happy for the game.
If the NFL and player union provided them more options, something more palatable to aim for, guys like Lynch might better play ball. Then everyone’s happy.
NFL Hunch Line
Photo Credit: “Mr. Peabody” & “Sherman” / Jay Ward Productions
About the Author
Written by Steven Keys
A native of the old Northwest Territory (IL), my wife and I have lived in four Midwestern states and Arizona. Today we live in Duluth, Georgia. I have a history / legal background.