The Seattle Seahawks won Super Bowl XLVIII Sunday night.
So why are some folks in and near the Emerald City acting like sore losers?
Tuesday's Seattle Times reported allegations that the Boeing 787 Dreamliner plant in North Charleston has been doing a shoddy job.
From that story: "The poorly done work out of Charleston threatens to undermine the company's plans to deliver 10 Dreamliners a month and fulfill the much-delayed jet program's original promise."
Picky, picky, picky.
Anyway, says who on that supposedly "poorly done work out of Charleston"?
According to the Times, "multiple sources" at Boeing's final 787 assembly line in Everett, Wash., delivered that bad review.
Boeing officials remained mum on the story Wednesday.
Yet considering that the battery fires that plagued some Dreamliners last year came from the Everett factory, the folks making those very large planes in the Pacific Northwest would need very large gall to whine about what our plant has been sending their way.
Such complaints reek of sour grapes from union sorts still sore about Boeing's decision to build that Dreamliner plant here, where they don't have to play along with Big Labor.
They also sound like they're pitching a self-destructive snit that ignores the need for teamwork.
For instance, Boeing is a "partner" with the mighty Seahawks. It even flew a 747-8 Freighter adorned with a Seahawks logo, "Spirit of 12s" and "Go Hawks!" over Washington state last week in a figure 12 to honor the team's vaunted "12th Man" fans.
Well, whether the people at the Everett plant like it or not, they are teammates with the people at the North Charleston plant too.
And the North Charleston Boeing plant workers who have told me about what they do there seem quite proud of their work.
Building 787s here doesn't appear to have hurt Boeing:
The company's stock was going for 47 bucks a share when it announced the decision to put the Dreamliner plant in North Charleston. That price at Wednesday's closing on the New York Stock Exchange was more than $121.
Petty back-biting from Everett re-confirms the folly of intra-squad dissension - and the virtues of unity.
As Benjamin Franklin put it at the signing of the Declaration of Independence: "We must all hang together, or assuredly we shall all hang separately."
Behold, for example, those Super Seahawks. After suffering a 17-10 upset loss at home to the Arizona Cardinals on Dec. 22, they could have descended into finger-pointing blame-shifting. Certainly some of Seattle's defensive players must have been frustrated by the offense's ineptitude in gaining less than 200 yards against a team that didn't even make the playoffs.
But Seahawk defenders, including the vaunted secondary known as the Legion of Boom, didn't complain about the offense letting them down.
The team then won its next five games, finishing with Sunday night's 43-8 domination of the Denver Broncos, to become NFL champs.
Wednesday in Seattle, hundreds of thousands braved bitter cold to cheer their Seahawks in a Super Bowl victory parade. Among the conquering heroes was cornerback Byron Maxwell, who once forced turnovers as a Fort Dorchester High Patriot and Clemson Tiger (he forced a Bronco fumble Sunday night).
Let that togetherness triumph be a lesson to all - including The Shield. The dynamic rasslin' trio is now undermined by resentments between two of its members - U.S. champion Dean Ambrose and Roman Reigns (known as Joe Anoa'i when he was an all-ACC defensive end for Georgia Tech in 2006).
Fly above the fray
As for us South Carolinians, rather than respond in acrimonious kind by dwelling on the shortcomings of Everett workers, and the indisputable benefits the company has reaped by putting that 787 plant here, let's take the high road and accentuate the bi-coastal Boeing partnership's positives.
Let's also bask in the afterglow of Wednesday's National Signing Day for college football recruits. That annual spectacle renews hope among fans now fretting over how long it will be until the next season kicks off.
And remember that in our state, Washington state or any other state, there is no "I" in "team."
Then again, there is a "me."
And a "tea," "mat," "tame," "met," "ma," "meta," "eat," "ate," "meat" and "mate."
Frank Wooten is assistant editor of The Post and Courier. His email is email@example.com.
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