Trying --- somewhat unsuccessfully ---- to get at the heart of the Seahawks' new wrist-tapping celebration after big plays by receivers.
So yes, file this under the hard-hitting news category.
But as the Seahawks have scored an increasing number of touchdowns the last few weeks, fans have noticed something of a trend of a few of the receivers pointing at their wrist — as if tapping on a watch — following big plays.
Last week, though, it wasn’t only a receiver doing it. After Doug Baldwin scored a touchdown, Richard Sherman could be seen on the TV broadcast greeting Baldwin as he came to the sideline tapping on his wrist.
(Tapping celebration at the 3:45 mark)
So what’s it all mean?
Yes, it certainly looks like something time-related — that it’s time to make a big play, that sort of thing.
But a search for a concrete answer to that affect Thursday proved fruitless — or, at the least it was an answer that one no one felt like giving this week.
I asked Jermaine Kearse — who did the wrist-tap thing after scoring a pair of touchdowns against the Steelers two weeks ago (one of which you can see in the photo above) — what it’s all about.
Said Kearse: “I don’t even know if it really has an explanation. It means so many different things at the time. It depends.”
I then asked Kearse how it started. He explained it was a spur-of-the-moment thing one day during a position meeting early in the season.
“It was me and Kevin (Smith) and Chris Matthews (since released and now on the practice squad of the Baltimore Ravens),” Kearse said. “We were in the (meeting) room so it was something that we kind of collectively started.”
So when it is time to tap the wrist?
“Explosive plays,” Kearse said. “It just comes out randomly at times.”
Some fans have noted that Portland TrailBlazer Damian Lillard does something similar. But Kearse claimed not to know that and said Lillard had nothing to do with the Seahawks’ celebration.
So, no real meaning to it?
“That’s the thing,” Kearse said. “We never really discussed what the meaning of it could be.”
Kearse then called over to Smith. “Hey Kevin, can you explain it? How do you explain that?”
Smith, who made the motion while getting up after his 21-yard catch against the Steelers — the first of his career — agreed that it has no meaning.
“No, not right now,” Smith said. “We’ll figure it out.”
Sherman likewise shrugged and said he has no idea what it’s all about only that “it’s a receiver thing.”
So there you go.