Portland Trail Blazers owner Paul Allen won a championship for the first time during his career as a professional sports owner when the Seattle Seahawks destroyed the Denver Broncos, 43-8, in Super Bowl XLVIII on Sunday.
The Microsoft co-founder purchased the Blazers in 1988 and the Seahawks in 1997. His teams had competed for championships on three previous occasions -- the Blazers in the 1990 and 1992 Finals, and the Seahawks in Super Bowl XL -- but came up short all three times.
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell presented the Vince Lombardi Trophy to Allen in a post-game ceremony.
"It's such an amazing feeling to be able to take the Lombardi Trophy back to Seattle and the people of the Northwest," Allen said. "The 12th Man has supported us in such an amazing way all year."
Allen went on to thank coach Pete Carroll and GM John Schneider.
Allen recently met with Portland media members at the Moda Center to discuss the Seahawks' run through the playoffs.
It's amazing. This is my second time. It's been an incredible year for the Seahawks. The support of the fans has been amazing. Then, just the way the team has come together, the way the defense has played, the way our offense has been able to make timely plays like they did in the NFC championship, Russell Wilson's performance in his second year. All that has carried us to the Super Bowl and it's been an amazing experience for the fans and for me as an owner.
Original Post: Hang out here if you want to chat about it in a (semi)relaxed environment!
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The usual gameday thread rules apply. I know how hard it is not to swear during a major football game. Just do that out loud instead!
And if you just want to hang out with fellow Hawks fans, and swear away, head to our SBN sister site Field Gulls. They've done a masterful job of covering every detail of today's game over the past two weeks, and there's no doubt their gameday threads will be crazy today.
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