The Seahawks, by failing to make the Super Bowl for a third year in a row, unwittingly contributed to better Northwest health, according to Tulane researchers who claim that having a team in the big game leads to an average 18 percent increase in flu deaths among senior citizens.

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The Seahawks, by failing to make the Super Bowl for a third year in a row, unwittingly contributed to better Northwest health, according to Tulane researchers who claim that having a team in the big game leads to an average 18 percent increase in flu deaths among senior citizens.

“Every year we host these (Super Bowl) parties that we go to and it changes mixing patterns,” lead researcher Charles Stoecker told the school’s website, “and you are coughing and sneezing and sharing chips and dip with people that you often don’t, and so we get the influenza transmitted in novel ways that’s going to eventually wind up in the lungs of a 65-year-old.”

Headline

• At SportsPickle.com: “John Fox cries himself to sleep looking at Facebook pictures of Broncos and Panthers with their new coaches.”

Cardinal Sins Dept.

Katina Powell — the escort who claimed that dancers stripped for and had sex with Louisville basketball recruits and players — noted that three of her daughters even took part in the hijinks.

So stop calling — we have our Take Your Daughter To Work Day winner!

Home’s calling

Clete Blakeman, this year’s Super Bowl referee, hails from Omaha, Neb.

So he’ll be the one who keeps saying “Huh?” every time Peyton Manning barks his signals.

Medical claws

Eating seafood might reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s Disease, according to a new study.

So now Jameis Winston’s crab legs come with a $20 deductible.

Roger and ouch

Commissioner Roger Goodell, in his state of the NFL address, claimed “the concussion issue is something we’ve been focused on for several decades.”

Three front-row reporters are still in the NFL’s Concussion Protocol after Goodell’s nose went Pinocchio on him.

Talko time

• Broncos receiver Andre Caldwell, to the NFL Network, on why he calls Peyton Manning’s passes “tissue”: “It might be coming hard, but when it touches your hand, it’s soft, it’s easy to catch, it’s like Charmin.”

• Comedy writer Tim Hunter, with a sure sign you might be out of shape: “You’ve got a contract with Nike not to wear their brand.”

• Blogger TC Chong, on the 58 percent increase in NFL concussions in 2015 compared to 2014: “Due mostly to Seahawks fans back in February slapping themselves on their foreheads.”

Falling for Ole Miss

Deontay Anderson, a four-star safety from Manvel, Texas, jumped out of an airplane on National Signing Day to announce he would play football at Mississippi.

Either that, or he was de-committing from Air Force.