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From Tony McEwing

LA's Huge Super Bowl Connection

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Many people who don't live in Los Angeles often accuse those who do of trying to make everything about LA, even when it's not. I have no desire to jump into that hopeless debate. But there's no denying when it comes to the victors in Superbowl 48, there is definitely an LA connection; actually two critical connections. Yes, I'm well aware that neither of the two teams playing at Metlife Stadium yesterday in New Jersey are from California. And I am also equally aware of the somewhat rocky relationship the city of Seattle has had with Los Angeles in the past. For those of you who are not familiar with it, many in Seattle accuse Angelenos of moving to their wonderful town in the 80s and 90s and driving up property values and exacerbating their traffic congestion, among other things.

And while many in Seattle may still harbor a fair amount of resentment where LA is concerned, my guess is, today most of them are very thankful for two LA transplants who were key to the Seahawks' overwhelming victory against the Denver Broncos. They may not want to admit it but, the fact of the matter is, two of the big reasons for the third biggest blowout in Superbowl history are Pete Carroll and Malcolm Smith. Carroll, the celebrated coach at the University of Southern California for nine seasons, built a football dynasty that the school is still struggling to live up to. Of course, in 2010, Carroll's program was hit with major penalties for rules violations, causing the team to vacate its 2004 national championship and Reggie Bush to give back his Heisman Trophy. That blemish notwithstanding, Carroll, an outstanding coach with a reputation for building a first-class defense, engineered a strategy that allowed his team to steamroll the Broncos, who were heavily favored to win by the way.

And a critical part of the execution of Carroll's winning strategy came in the form of linebacker Malcolm Smith. For those who don't know, Smith was a standout at Taft High School in Woodland Hills. He was raised in Northridge and attended USC after graduating high school where, guess who, Pete Carroll was head coach. Carroll has a knack for spotting raw talent, developing it and exploiting it to the fullest. Yesterday's Superbowl performance was an excellent example of that as Smith went on to capture the MVP award, only the third linebacker in history to do so.

 I realize a lot of you living in Seattle still have hard feelings against those of us from LA, especially the ones who have relocated to your lovely city. But after Superbowl Sunday, I bet a lot of Seatteites are exceedingly thankful for at least two LA transplants who decided to make the move north.

Tony McEwing co-anchors FOX 11 Morning News at 4:30 am and provides news updates for the Emmy award winning Good Day LA, broadcast weekdays from 7:00 - 10:00 am. He also co-anchors the FOX 11 10 am News and the FOX 11 News at Noon.
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