Seahawks Pete Carroll acknowledged after the Super Bowl that he’d always regret the decision to pass at the goal line rather than run.
That’s almost easy to say now, at a time when he’s trying to insulate the coordinator who called the play, and the quarterback who threw the game-losing interception.
But one of the best coaches the game has ever known said the memory won’t get any easier with time.
“That will torment him forever,” Hall of Famer John Madden told Sam Farmer of the Los Angeles Times. “Winning one game is hard. Getting to the Super Bowl is hard. Then getting that close and losing has to be tough, because we only remember the winners of the Super Bowl.
“One of the biggest gaps in sports is the difference between the winning and losing teams of the Super Bowl. They don’t invite the losing team to the White House. They don’t have parades for them. They don’t throw confetti on them.
“Does it haunt you? Hell yes, it haunts you. I’m still haunted by some championship games.”
Madden’s Raiders lost five conference championship games in seven years, nearly taking the pleasure out of finally winning one.
But he doubts that Carroll having won one will take the sting away from the chance at a second.