It’s official: Conspiracy theories can exist in any context, any endeavor, any environment.
This might be my favorite conspiracy theory of all time.
Seattle Seahawks head football coach Pete Carroll called a pass play at the end of the Super Bowl to enable quarterback Russell Wilson a chance to win the game’s most valuable player award instead of handing the ball to Marshawn “Beast Mode” Lynch, who could lay claim to the MVP honor if he scored the winning touchdown.
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Wilson is a fine young man, a good guy in the locker room, a great teammate, a role model for youngsters all across the nation.
Lynch? Umm, he’s … uh … shall we say, few of those things. He’s a bit of a dramatist. He gets fined for not talking to the media. He’s known as something — gosh, I hate to say this, but I will anyway — of a thug.
As most sports fans anywhere know, the Super Bowl didn’t end the way Carroll and his team wanted it to end. Wilson’s pass at the goal line was intercepted by New England Patriots defensive back Malcolm Butler. The game ended with the Patriots winning 28-24.
The recriminations have been furious.
Carroll took ownership of the goal-line call. So did Wilson.
As for the conspiracy theory, we’ll never know.
My prediction: This one will grow arms and legs like all the myriad other conspiracy theories out there.
As MSN.com.sports noted: “Who in their right mind would ever fess up to this?”