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Marshawn Lynch touchdown caused an earthquake

Marshawn Lynch, Tracy Porter

Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch did more than just score one of the best touchdowns in the history of football Saturday against the Saints.

He also caused an earthquake.

OK, maybe “earthquake” is an exaggeration, but the Pacific Northwest Seismic Network recorded a small tremor near Qwest Field at exactly 4:43 p.m. Saturday, just as Lynch was reeling off his incredible 67-yard run, presumably meaning the run got the crowd jumping up and down screaming to such an extent that the earth moved.

That has happened before: In 1988, a seismograph detected the crowd reaction to LSU’s winning touchdown over Auburn in a game now known as the Earthquake Game.

Maybe we can call Lynch’s touchdown the Earthquake Run.

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38 Responses to “Marshawn Lynch touchdown caused an earthquake”
  1. natelan says: Jan 10, 2011 4:30 PM

    Maybe we can call Lynch’s touchdown the Earthquake Run.
    ——————————-

    Let’s not and say we did.

  2. mrizzo44 says: Jan 10, 2011 4:34 PM

    BEASTMODE!

  3. natelan says: Jan 10, 2011 4:34 PM

    And at the exact moment that Vick threw the pick to lose the game, an earthquake was detected in Philadelphia when a bunch of fat Andy Reid look-alikes all committed suicide and fell face first in their pizza steaks and tastey kakes.

  4. smfowler says: Jan 10, 2011 4:38 PM

    That’s pretty cool. I’ve been to some rawkus games before that have made me think the upper desk
    was gonna fall onto my head.

  5. hobartbaker says: Jan 10, 2011 5:01 PM

    “Damn, coach, I had a perfect bead on the guy, and just when I reached to wrap him up, it felt like the ground moved out from under my feet.”.

  6. Chargers have no rings says: Jan 10, 2011 5:03 PM

    Im sure the ground will shake again in Seattle. After Chicago rolls them up people will be jumping off of buildings

  7. phinfan says: Jan 10, 2011 5:11 PM

    Twelfth Man Tremors (nice)

  8. seafaninslc says: Jan 10, 2011 5:14 PM

    In Seattle we are calling the run the “BEAST QUAKE!”

  9. zimaman says: Jan 10, 2011 5:16 PM

    We have just received further scientific data from our recording devices and have determined unequivocally that the “seismic anomaly” that caused the quake was not by Marshawn Lynch. We used our digital recording and synched them up with the feed given to us by NFL films and there is no doubt. We are absolutely certain with less than .000001% error that the quake epicenters directly below the Seahawks Coaching Box. Upon, further analysis you can see the coach scream “yahoo” and flatuate at the same time.

    Regards,
    Professor Potts, BS.MS,PHD
    Pacific Northwest Seismic Network

  10. jebdamone says: Jan 10, 2011 5:16 PM

    that is one of the coolest football stories i have read. i have considered things like this at times when i have been at big games, the crowd is going crazy and the entire stadium shakes…gives me goose bumps just thinking about it!

  11. juliusanonymous says: Jan 10, 2011 5:18 PM

    That was the greatest thing I have ever seen. In my life. People in Seattle were so excited, there were people dancing in the stands, freaking out, people were actually tumbling down the seats because they were jumping and dancing and losing their balance. I’ve never seen anything like it, anywhere, and I’ve been to thousands of football games. We watched the game on TV afterward and the network HAD to have the volume turned down on that crowd, it was so loud it was insane. My girlfriend was screaming in my ear from an inch away and I couldn’t hear her. Grown men were hugging each other and crying.

    Pete Carroll has earned the eternal love of the Seattle faithful. WE LOVE HIM. First, because the media hates him and talks trash about him constantly. So we feel that. Second, because in the worst year of our history, when we axed literally half of our starters, when none of us expected anything more than 3 wins, Carroll brought us a playoff win against the SuperBowl Champions.

    You can all end that chatter about Carroll being too “rah-rah” for the NFL. He just schooled all of you. And up here in Seattle, we still don’t care. We don’t care what you think about us. We laugh at the rest of the country. We don’t need you fools or your approval. And when the NFC Championship comes back to Seattle, you will really see an earthquake.

  12. sdw2001 says: Jan 10, 2011 5:19 PM

    I hear it was a 7.9 earthquake. :)

  13. averagewhitegirl says: Jan 10, 2011 5:20 PM

    That about settles the debate on who has the most supportive fans.

  14. nygiantstones says: Jan 10, 2011 5:20 PM

    No doubt, it was complete pandemonium during and right after that run. People were going crazy jumping up and down and just pretty much losing their minds. I have to also say that I went because my Hawk fan buddy from Vegas wanted to go. He placed a bet for us on the money line for the Hawks to win before he flew up here, so we ended up going to the game for free. Not a bad deal when 300 level seats were $110 a pop. I like to think that we were the only idiots in the country betting money on Seattle to win.

  15. piccolo41 says: Jan 10, 2011 5:24 PM

    And I thought that little rumble was just gas.

  16. bergthe1st says: Jan 10, 2011 5:35 PM

    I’m a Saints fan and I’m saying that they absolutely didin’t deserve to win. Seattle absolutely did. So, this isn’t sour grapes when I say, “Can we all calm down about Lynch’s ‘miracle’ run?”

    Each member of the defense was clearly thinking “strip the ball” more than “make the tackle”. Look at it. None of the defenders that actually had a shot at him were driving a shoulder into him or trying to wrap up. Each one approached with a swinging fist desperately trying to cause the fumble that would’ve won the game.

    It was a big gamble, but that’s the Saints D. It’s the same type of “all-out” philosophy that has the Saints use a surprise on-side kick in the SuperBowl or Tracy Porter guessing Reggie Wayne’s route to put the game away. You may disagree (easy to do now that they’ve lost), but the Saints felt that simply holding them and letting them punt wasn’t enough, that they needed a turnover. Lynch fumbled TWICE on SEVEN carries when the 2 teams met earlier this season. So, it isn’t that far fetched.

    Or do you all REALLY believe that a back that hasn’t done much of anything all year suddenly became Jim Brown in the 4th quarter of week 18? Really?

  17. 4dabears says: Jan 10, 2011 6:06 PM

    Keep drinking the kool-aid ‘juliusanonymous’. Not gonna happen pal.

  18. bigbeefyd says: Jan 10, 2011 6:14 PM

    I’m not a huge ‘Hawks fan, but that was truly one of the most amazing runs I have ever seen. Hell, I was jumping up and down – I wonder if there was any seismic activity near my home in suburban Denver.

  19. contra74 says: Jan 10, 2011 6:17 PM

    bergthe1st says:
    Jan 10, 2011 5:35 PM
    I’m a Saints fan and I’m saying that they absolutely didin’t deserve to win. Seattle absolutely did. So, this isn’t sour grapes when I say, “Can we all calm down about Lynch’s ‘miracle’ run?”

    Each member of the defense was clearly thinking “strip the ball” more than “make the tackle”. Look at it. None of the defenders that actually had a shot at him were driving a shoulder into him or trying to wrap up. Each one approached with a swinging fist desperately trying to cause the fumble that would’ve won the game.

    It was a big gamble, but that’s the Saints D. It’s the same type of “all-out” philosophy that has the Saints use a surprise on-side kick in the SuperBowl or Tracy Porter guessing Reggie Wayne’s route to put the game away. You may disagree (easy to do now that they’ve lost), but the Saints felt that simply holding them and letting them punt wasn’t enough, that they needed a turnover. Lynch fumbled TWICE on SEVEN carries when the 2 teams met earlier this season. So, it isn’t that far fetched.

    Or do you all REALLY believe that a back that hasn’t done much of anything all year suddenly became Jim Brown in the 4th quarter of week 18? Really?
    ————
    Pipe down and take it like a man! All year we have had to heard that ridiculous “Who Dat” chant and now you cant stand to read/hear about this for a whole day now!?

    Lynch tore apart the Saints D, flat out. I dont care if they were trying to strip the ball or whatever…they got beat!

    Oh and that quake…all the jaws dropping in New Orleans contributed to it as well.

  20. abcdjcrews says: Jan 10, 2011 6:19 PM

    Say what you want about the tackling or the lack or being able to strip the ball, Lynch wasn’t stopped either way. It was a perfect tag on a really good game, no matter the outcome.

    And I am the other unrealistic fan that put $20 on my Hawks to win outright. Whilst in Vegas at the Consumer Electronics Show, my fandom got the better of me and I placed $20 on my Hawks to win outright. Me and my $105 are laughing all the way to Chicago (where I hear we are already 9.5 point underdogs). Keep underestimating them! I love it!!

  21. juliusanonymous says: Jan 10, 2011 6:24 PM

    @bergthe1st:

    I believe you haven’t watched much Seahawks football this season. Don’t blame ya, personally. It wasn’t pretty. But don’t go pulling the same mistake that all the “analysts” do. You can’t judge Marshawn Lynch’s performance by statistics alone. They don’t even tell half the story.

    Marshawn Lynch has been, outside of Mike Williams, the biggest impact player on the Seahawks this season. He completely turned things around for us this season. There’s no way the statistics can show what he did. He didn’t just elevate his own play, he elevated the play of our entire offense. There’s no way to even put it into words. You’d have to be a fan and watch all the games over the last few seasons to see the change, but trust me, it’s been significant.

  22. ninernationnut says: Jan 10, 2011 6:26 PM

    bergthe1st says: Jan 10, 2011 5:35 PM

    I’m a Saints fan and I’m saying that they absolutely didin’t(sic) deserve to win. Seattle absolutely did. So, this isn’t sour grapes when I say, “Can we all calm down about Lynch’s ‘miracle’ run?”

    Each member of the defense was clearly thinking “strip the ball” more than “make the tackle”. Look at it. None of the defenders that actually had a shot at him were driving a shoulder into him or trying to wrap up. Each one approached with a swinging fist desperately trying to cause the fumble that would’ve won the game.

    ____________________________________
    I think you must have seen a different run than the one I watched, as the only thing I can say that I saw “clearly” was at least, eight very badly, missed tackles. Just FYI, as a Niners fan, I was actually rooting for the Saints (Western conference rivalry and all), but that was a fantastic run.

    I’ve watched the replay a hundred times since then and I don’t see anyone with a “swinging fist” trying to knock the ball out of Lynch’s hands.

    Hell the man threw Porter a good 5 feet (or more) at a full run, he was determined. Once he got loose, a Greyhound Bus couldn’t have stopped him.

    ____________________________________
    bergthe1st says: Or do you all REALLY believe that a back that hasn’t done much of anything all year suddenly became Jim Brown in the 4th quarter of week 18? Really?
    ____________________________________

    No one said he was Jame Brown, that’s what makes it a “miracle” run. It wasn’t expected, for James Brown, Walter Payton, Barry Sanders, et al, it’s just another run. For Marshawn Lynch, it was a “miracle” run.

  23. ninernationnut says: Jan 10, 2011 6:27 PM

    *James Brown (in my previous post). I thought I proofread better than that. :)

  24. mike83ri says: Jan 10, 2011 6:35 PM

    Marshawn is the man.

  25. juliusanonymous says: Jan 10, 2011 6:35 PM

    @4dabears:

    We’ll see. You guys have been playing better ball for sure, since right after we destroyed you in Chicago. I don’t underestimate the Bears, they’re a dang good team. And frankly, we’d need Green Bay to beat Atlanta as well. So that’s what I’m rooting for this weekend.

    Oh, and I don’t think you should make the same mistake as the Saints fans. Seattle isn’t nearly the pushover you think. We’re on a hot streak, and we can beat anyone right now. Go ahead and laugh. We don’t care. We just beat the SuperBowl Champs and our team is super jacked up. If I was a Bears fan, I’d be nervous. We already beat you once at home this year, and Jay Cutler isn’t nearly as scary as Drew Brees. You don’t have half the talent as New Orleans. And frankly, you should have heard the cheering in Seattle when Green Bay won and we found out we’d be playing in Chicago. I’d take that over Atlanta ANY day.

  26. sundaysundaysunday says: Jan 10, 2011 6:36 PM

    Funny thing is, last year the exact opposite happened as Ray Rice let the air out of Foxboro.

  27. ralphwilsonsucks says: Jan 10, 2011 6:36 PM

    Charles Cookie Gilchrist the original beast mode.

  28. bflobacker says: Jan 10, 2011 6:39 PM

    Just wait till Marshmouth starts running over pedestrians, bringing his own booze to bars and steal $20′s from bar patrons. Sorry Hawk fans, you’ll learn it’s more of a Beastmood than Beastmode with this clown.

  29. dickmac says: Jan 10, 2011 7:06 PM

    To ralphwilsonsucks – Who is Charles Gilchrist?
    Carlton Chester Gilchrist’s (RIP) nickname was “Cookie”.

    Does anyone else remember Bill “Earthquake” Enyart????

  30. ladybucsandsteelersnut says: Jan 10, 2011 7:19 PM

    That run by Lynch was amazing! Aside from the very poor tackling efforts by 8 Saints, it was easy to see Lynch willing himself on; what moves! I was very surprised that Seattle won that game, but they sure deserved it. Seattle came to play, the Saints defense did not.

  31. commandercornpone says: Jan 10, 2011 9:15 PM

    actually it was caused by a huge magnetic shift at the earth’s core due to the rapid and jagged movement of lynch’s grille on the run.

  32. Beer Cheese Soup says: Jan 10, 2011 10:25 PM

    averagewhitegirl says:

    That about settles the debate on who has the most supportive fans.
    ____________

    Having a stadium architecturally designed to trap in noise is not an indicator of fan support.

    Most supportive? Nope, sorry. Actually, as someone who lives in Seattle, I’ve seen more support for the Sounders (soccer) over the last two years.

    These so-called Seahawk “fans” disappeared in ’06 and didn’t miraculously reappear until last week. Ultimate fairweather fanbase. Maybe not quite as bad as Minnesota, but it’s close. Certainly not as loyal or supportive as fans of any of the other 30 teams.

    Make all the noise you want for now. By midway through next season, there won’t be a single Seattle jersey in sight anywhere in the city.

  33. Beer Cheese Soup says: Jan 10, 2011 10:38 PM

    Neither the Pacific Northwest Seismic Network website nor the United States Geological Service(USGS) website show any seismic event there at that time. The closest event shown was one near Medina on Friday.

    Nice try folks. Just make up whatever false stories you need to get people to pay attention to your insignificant franchise, okay? It’s just like when your glow-in-the-dark jerseys last year made more headlines in two days than anything that happened on the field did the entire season.

    We don’t mind your feeble attempts at publicity. In fact, we feel sorry for you.

  34. hawkapalooza says: Jan 10, 2011 10:45 PM

    This RUN, and Obie’s toughness (separated his shoulder, came right back out and caught some key passes)…the culture is changing.

    Seahawks have always been accused of being soft.

    Pete’s first season is now a success.

    We are the underdog, we are the Cinderella.

    We could actually host the NFC Championship.

    Every football fan has hope for their team.

  35. bergthe1st says: Jan 11, 2011 12:26 AM

    Contr74:
    **Pipe down and take it like a man! All year we have had to heard that ridiculous “Who Dat” chant and now you cant stand to read/hear about this for a whole day now!? **

    There’s one man in this exchange (ie not you) and he’s already taken the loss like one. What I won’t take is the all the ignorant praise for a this “miracle run” in which NO ONE WAS TRYING TO TACKLE HIM. What else could he do but score?

  36. hawkapalooza says: Jan 11, 2011 2:13 AM

    I feel sorry for a girl that calls herself Beer Cheese Soup.

  37. juliusanonymous says: Jan 11, 2011 2:53 AM

    Beer Cheese Soup, you are so transparent and ignorant. You don’t live in Seattle, you’re some lame Bears fan trying to talk weak smack. This town is and has always been a football town. And if you knew anything about Seattle sports, you’d know they only open 35,000 seats for Sounders games, and all 70,000 for the Seahawks. We love both teams, we bleed blue and green, and that never changes here. There is no such thing as a fair-weather Seahawk or Sounder fan because we’ve never had either literal or metaphorical fair weather. Sounders and Seahawk fans are united, we all bleed green in the Emerald City, we are all 12th Man.

    You’re obviously some jealous little Bears fan, wishing your own city could get that loud and crazy without yelling racial slurs or embarassing yourselves on national TV.

    As for you jealous fans of other teams, I don’t blame you. No other city in the world brings it like we do. We might lose, but the 12th Man will get his false starts. And no matter how hard you try to lie to yourself and tell yourself it couldn’t be possible, it is. So go join Coughlin in the corner and cry together about all the ways the big bad 12th Man and Seahawks did such mean things to you. We’re so MEAN!! We use fake noise! We got into the playoffs with a losing record! HA HA HA HA… I love the taste of your tears!

  38. Beer Cheese Soup says: Jan 11, 2011 4:33 PM

    Julius-

    I’m a Packers fan. I agree with everything you said about Chicago and the Bears. There’s a good reason they have the NFL’s smallest stadium in their second-biggest city. Also, loved that pasting you gave them in the regular season. I’m confused though. Why are you so hard on the Bears now? Just because you play them this week? It’s not like they’re your hated rival or anything.

    I do live in Seattle. I really don’t care if you believe that or not. 12th man blah. Real sick of that nonsense. Also, soccer is un-American. You should leave that to the folks south of the border.

    You’re right about false starts. Paul Allen has publicly admitted that he wanted the architects to design an outdoor stadium that would have the acoustics to trap in noise and reflect it back onto the field itself. Hence, loud stadium. Hence, tons of false starts. There’s no way to fully prove it’s the absolute loudest in the league, but I’ve been there, and it’s very loud.

    Every team has fairweather fans. Don’t claim you’re any different. It probably seems to me like you have a lot more than most because I live here. Regardless, I hate them, and you should too.

    I wouldn’t exactly be proud of the losing record. You did prove you belonged in the playoffs by knocking off the champs, but still. Very few teams’ fans would ever brag about 7-9.

    No tears here, and you’ve never once done mean things to us. Our teams haven’t met this season, and you’ve never been a real threat to us when we have. We want the ball, and we’re gonna score sound familiar? All-time playoff rushing yards record by the incredibly mediocre Ryan Grant, even after having two fumbles, sound familiar?

    I really hope to play you guys in the championship game. That would be an absolute delight for me.

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