In 2018 could Russell Wilson lead the Seahawks to the Super Bowl ... a Super Bowl played right here in Seattle? While a few years ago that prospect would have sounded just about as crazy as, well, Russell Wilson leading the Seahawks to the Super Bowl, based on recent precedent, and now the expressed interest of team owner Paul Allen, it just might happen.
Seattle hosting a Super Bowl, we mean.
At the very least, according to a story by Bill Swartz of 710 ESPN Sports, the Emerald City - partnering with the Seattle Sports Commission - will make its case for hosting the NFL's biggest game. The NFL's Super Bowl Advisory Committee will review the application, and if it's up to snuff Seattle will be invited to make an official Super Bowl bid.
From Swartz's 710 ESPN Sports story:
Seattle used to be off the board when it came to hosting the big game. A majority of owners wanted warm-weather cities like Miami, Los Angeles or Phoenix. The league also required host stadiums to have more than 70,000 seats.
Both of those issues are now gone after cold-weather cities like Detroit, Minneapolis, and Detroit have been Super Bowl hosts.
New York's new outdoor stadium has the title game in 2014. Last time I checked it gets a little chilly in the Big Apple in early February.
Swartz has a point, although the last time I checked Seattle was a far cry from New York in a number of areas likely of concern to the Super Bowl Advisory Committee and owners.
Then again, national broadcasts do love to show footage of the Pike Place Market guys throwing fish.
As Swartz's story notes, NFL owners will vote on the location of the 2016 Super Bowl this year, and officials with the Seahawks estimate our city's "first good shot" at scoring the big game will likely be 2018.