Doug Baldwin commemorated his Super Bowl lead-extending touchdown catch by pretending either to poop out the football, or on it. (It's not clear which, but no one saw it anyway; NBC's director cut away in time, warned by the voice of his vigilant dead mother. Thankfully, it was filmed from the stands.) But the bigger mystery was: why, and at whom was the gesture aimed?
"That's between me and the person it was directed at," Baldwin said after the game. But yesterday, in an appearance on "The Barbershop" on ESPN Radio Seattle, Baldwin admitted it was for Patriots CB Darrelle Revis, who had been defending him—and shutting him down—all game.
"I spent a lot of time those two weeks prior to getting ready for that game just focused on my individual matchup with him and I put a lot into it, and in that moment, I guess you could say it was just kind of a built-up frustration I was letting out in that sequence, you know, between him and I," Baldwin said Monday night. "Obviously there was competitive stuff going on in that game, and in that moment, I just let out what I felt personally."
Baldwin added that he was frustrated by his lack of opportunities as he looked to measure himself against "one of the best guys in the league."
Baldwin's score, on which he was sprung only by using the umpire to set a pick on Revis, wasn't just his first catch of the game. It was his first target of the game. Baldwin, ostensibly the top guy on an unspectacular Seahawks receiving corps, had been absolutely invisible against one of the top corners in the game. That's a lot of pent-up frustration, released in one grunting push at a time when it looked like Seattle was on its way to a title.
Instead, in retrospect, it was just 15 yards for unsportsmanlike conduct and a lifetime of regret for premature defecation. Baldwin's sorry.
"I do regret the fact that it cost my team 15 yards, and to the fans, ultimately I apologize to anybody I offended in any way," Baldwin said. "It wasn't about that. I just think it was a competitive situation. So to all the 12s, all the fans, that's not what it's about. So I apologize to anyone if I offended you."
"In that moment, it was just a reaction," he added later in the show. "So obviously if I could go back, I would take it back."
Apology grudgingly accepted. Wish he'd have gotten his money's worth and made a whole production out of it. Maybe pulled out a Revis jersey and wiped with it.