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Super Bowl May Be Tough To Watch For Seahawks Fans But There Is A Local Connection

Matt Rourke
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Eagles head coach Doug Pederson grew up in the Bellingham area and was a star athlete at Ferndale High School.

The New England Patriots and the Philadelphia Eagles face off in the Super Bowl on Sunday.

If you’re a Seahawks fan and still smarting from their 2015 loss to the Patriots in the Super Bowl, you may not think there’s a reason to watch. KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel has one. He talked with Morning Edition Host Kirsten Kendrick.

Local Tie

Thiel pointed out that the Eagles coach is from Western Washington.

"Doug Pederson grew up in the Bellingham area and was a star at Ferndale High School," he said.

"You have to like a guy who stars at Ferndale."

"So, if there's a tiny peg that you want to hang your Eagles hat on, it would be the local roots of Doug Pederson."

"He's a good guy and a good coach and he deserves a victory here. Howsomever, I don't think he's going to get it."

Prediction: Sixth Super Bowl Win For Patriots

"I think the Patriots are going to be behind at halftime something like 22-2," Thiel joked.

"And they're going to come back in the fourth quarter, as they came back against the Seahawks in the Super Bowl, as they came back against Atlanta."

"And it's going to be another insufferable Patriots win - something like 31-28."

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Kirsten Kendrick hosts Morning Edition on KNKX and the sports interview series "Going Deep," talking with folks tied to sports in our region about what drives them — as professionals and people.
Art Thiel is a co-founder and writer for the rising sports website Sportspress Northwest. In 2003 Thiel wrote the definitive book about the Seattle Mariners, “Out of Left Field,” which became a regional bestseller. In 2009, along with Steve Rudman and KJR 950 afternoon host Mike Gastineau, Thiel authored “The Great Book of Seattle Sports Lists,” a cross between and Mad Magazine that has become mandatory reading for any sports fan who has an indoor bathroom.