Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch rumbled for 148 yards and two touchdowns last night, carrying his team to an impressive 31-14 win over the Philadelphia Eagles. And like Popeye eating spinach, Lynch's "Beast Mode" is apparently induced by a handful of Skittles.
Afterward, TV cameras showed a team trainer pouring Skittles into Lynch's gloved hands as he sat recuperating on the bench. The candy (original flavor, none of that Wild Berry nonsense) is apparently a tradition that dates back to his high school playing days, when his mom would reward him with a pack for every touchdown he scored. Last night, he kept snacking despite a badly upset stomach.
The Seahawks front office should take note of their star's sweet/gold teeth and include a clause Lynch's next contract guaranteeing a lifetime supply of the stuff if he keeps performing like he has recently. Last night was Lynch's fourth consecutive game gaining more than 100 yards, and with 854 yards on the season he is on pace to become the first 1,000 yard rusher for the Hawks since Shaun Alexander. As Seattle Times columnist Jerry Brewer noted this morning, Lynch is due for a big payday this off-season, and the management would be wise to pony up the dough for the 25-year-old beast.
Image Source The green Skittles turn Marshawn Lynch into the Incredible Hulk.
Of course, Lynch didn't beat the Eagles single-handedly. Four interceptions thrown by Philly's backup QB Vince Young played a huge part in the outcome, as did a pleasantly error-free and impressively efficient performance by Tarvaris Jackson. But Lynch allowed the Seahawks to dominate the game from kickoff to final whistle. His running gives them an identity as a smashmouth team that can control the clock and grind out victories.
"The guy ... he blows my mind every time we step on the field," fullback Michael Robinson said of Lynch. "We made a commitment to run the ball a few weeks ago, right before the Dallas game, and man ... he's runnin' that thang."