Cuban: People questioning Seahawks pass play are 'idiots'

BY Shawn Ramsey • February 5, 2015

Do you think the Seahawks and head coach Pete Carroll made the wrong decision by throwing on the goal line at the end of Super Bowl XLIX? Well, Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban has some words for you.

"Those people that said, 'Oh, it's the worst call ever,' they're idiots," Cuban told ESPN.com "Never take advice from someone who doesn't have to live with the consequences. So what I say is worth what it's worth, but they've never been in a situation where you've got to make a call where everything, literally everything, is on the line. If you're afraid to go with what's gotten you there, you're not long for this league." 

Cuban believes taking a chance to do the unexpected was the correct call during the game, despite its outcome being Seattle missing out on becoming back-to-back champions.

"If it was me and that happened, I'd be pissed, but I wouldn't be mad at the coach and I wouldn't be mad at the call," Cuban said. "If they ran it and got stopped, I would be mad. Because that means you [expletive] out."

Handing off the ball to Marshawn Lynch at the 1-yard line might have resulted in a different story for the Seahawks, but Cuban believes it is necessary to go against the odds from time to time in sports.

"I don't know if they gave the reason why they called that particular play, but there's a reason," Cuban said. "I'll go with the logic of that reason versus conventional wisdom every day, because the guys who follow conventional wisdom are the ones looking for jobs right now."

While Cuban deals out kudos to Seattle for going against "conventional wisdom," the Patriots are certainly glad to have stopped the Seahawks thanks to unconventional methods that resulted in a fourth Lombardi Trophy for New England. 

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