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Finally, after years of talking about sports teams that struggle or underachieve...we have the Seattle Seahawks. This team is far beyond where I hoped they would be this season.
This whole thing started with a very questionable draft pick. 5 foot nothing Russell Wilson in the 3rd round. I remember Dennis and I were listening to the draft on the radio while in Jacksonville with the Shock. When that pick happened I remember thinking one word. Why? The Seahawks have been looking for an Elite quarterback for years. They have come close a few times with Dave Krieg, Warren Moon, and Matt Hasselbeck. So why a guy that can't see over a high school line?
Then word out of camp was that Wilson was actually in line to compete for the starting job. I don't think anyone really believed that. Sounded like coach-speak from Pete Carroll to push Matt Flynn. Well I guess one person bought what Carroll was selling...that was Wilson. He went out and won the job.
The rest of the regular season I suppose is history. Marshawn Lynch finished 3rd in the NFL in rushing, the defense has been a top-5 unit, and Russell Wilson has blown me away. He's so much fun to watch, and his poise is far beyond his years. This guy looks like the real deal to me. Very smart, quick, and avoids big hits. He may not be quite as flashy as RGIII, but that's partly because he's keeping himself on the field. I think Wilson could take on a tackle here and there and possibly break bigger runs, but he understands. Avoid the hit, live to play another down.
I can't remember the last time I've been this excited about football. Maybe not since I was a kid. The Super Bowl run was a ton of fun because I got to go and enjoy the playoffs and the big game in Detroit. But this is different. The Seahawks in 2005 was a little expected. They had the MVP, they had home field advantage, and to be honest, their playoff opponents weren't all that tough, remember Carolina upset Chicago so Seattle didn't have to beat a very tough Bears team that year. This team has been an underdog all year...partially because they are led by one. Someone that is supposed to be too small for the NFL is our leader. So our team that isn't supposed to be good enough is one of the last 8 teams standing. They travel to take on number one seeded Atlanta this weekend. I can't wait, and win or lose, I'll be living and dying on every play, and I will enjoy watching my team play in the post season. We haven't had a whole lot of that around here lately.
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Matt Flynn has been signed by the Seattle Seahawks as the next backup quarterback of the starting future of the Hawks. Flynn was in high demand this offseason after destroying the Detroit Lions in his only start last year in Green Bay. That is an obvious reason for excitement in Seattle.
However, there is a bit of a worry if you are a Seattle fan. Flynn has 2 career starts in the NFL. They both were highly effective starts, but still, Seneca Wallace has 2 good starts in his career.
Then of course there is the hopeless feeling of certain failure that comes with being a Seattle sports fan. We've seen too many players brought in and failed in the past. In fact, Flynn signed 2 years to the day after Clipboard Jesus. So in exactly two years, Pete Carroll has now brought in 3 different backup quarterbacks to be his QB of the future. Whitehurst, Jackson, and now Flynn. The other two haven't really worked out. So why all the optimism this time around? Well maybe its as simple as other teams wanted Flynn. Teams weren't standing in line trying to win the services of T-Jackson, and most teams probably never even heard of Whitehurst.
I don't mind all the optimism, after all what else do we have in Seattle? I do hesitate to rush to a positive judgment based on two career starts. Kevin Kolb had more to go on in his time in Philly, and it appears as though Arizona feels that they made a mistake in bringing him in.
I guess I base my optimism on backups that did actually work out. Yes #8 was a backup quarterback in Green Bay before coming to Seattle and taking the Seahawks to the Super Bowl, but it took a while for that to work out. He was outplayed by Trent Dilfer for a while don't forget. Then there's a guy like Matt Schaub, a backup in Atlanta before heading to Houston and playing at a high level. Even Schaub took 2-3 years as a full time starter before he really started to take off.
Yes I like that Seattle is trying to improve at the QB spot, and I guess only time will tell if this pays off. The biggest question is, did Seattle upgrade from T-Jack? I really don't know, I hope so, but not sure yet. T-Jack played behind one of the worst offensive lines in football at the beginning of the year last season. Then they got better even though every starter ended up missing significant time. That made Jackson better, and the beast better. By season's end, Jackson was ok, not great, but ok. Lets just hope that this time the backup quarterback that Seattle brought in turns out to be a little better than ok.
The Daytona 500 finally got underway on Monday night after being rained out Sunday for the first time in the races history. Monday night saw everything people want to see in a NASCAR race with one exception...drivers trying to win the race.
Thanks to a massive fireball started by Juan Pablo Montoya crashing into a jet dryer, FOX was getting the best ratings on any show a Monday night since Game 5 of the World Series in 2010.
Those that stuck around after the fireball was cleaned up saw an anti-climactic ending that saw two teammates hold hands to the finish.
Greg Biffle was in 2nd place behind teammate Matt Kenseth and showed no, and I mean no effort to pass his teammate. Biffle is from Washington state so I try to give him the benefit of the doubt, but watching the final lap there was no effort given. He tried to say in his post race comments that he tried, but really? Dale Earnhardt Jr. was glued to his bumper and he never stepped out of line to try to see what happens. He was content just riding it out and letting someone else win. Was he worried about stepping out and Earnhardt passing him and he would finish 3rd? That happened anyway. Earnhardt showed that he wanted to move up, Biffle did not.
This whole teammate helping teammate thing is what's wrong with NASCAR. In the Olympics if there is an American in the lead in the 200 meters and another American is in 2nd, does the runner in 2nd just let the other guy win? Hell no. IT'S A RACE!!!!! What's the goal in any race? WIN!! unless it's NASCAR and your teammate is in the lead.
NASCAR forces it down our throats that the Daytona 500 is the "Super Bowl" of their sport. The single most important race of the year. They really want us to believe that. How can I buy into that if the guy running in 2nd place, only feet behind the leader on the last lap of the "super bowl" doesn't do everything he can to win the race? I understand not wrecking the guy, but you never even try to step out and try to get a run?
I like NASCAR, but I don't love NASCAR and the end of the Daytona 500 is exactly why. Everyone tried to play it off like Biffle tried to pass Harvick, but there isn't an educated person alive that watched that last lap and thought, "man, he did everything he could to try to win that race." It only gets worse as the season unfolds. You see drivers all the time riding along in 3rd place not make an effort to win the race because they are having a good points day.
The point system and team system has taken over the sport, and it's taken what makes NASCAR a sport in the first place out. YOU RACE TO WIN. Not in NASCAR, you race to get points, or help your teammates, because if you don't, if you're Biffle and you try to win the race and Earnhardt ends up passing both guys and wins, you might get fired.
Ok. I admit it. I'm falling for it. I'm getting excited about baseball starting even though I convinced myself I wouldn't. I'm different than most fans in that my expectation level of my team this year is very low, but I am very interested for a number of reasons.
Now first things first, I hate spring training, and that won't change. It is too long, they play games that don't matter. Most of the time a guy you never heard of is the head liner of the spring training game but has no chance of even sniffing the major league roster. Some guy wearing number 92 is pitching to a guy wearing number 87.
However, I am excited for April. I know Seattle has no chance to compete for the American League West title. The Rangers and Angels will be doing battle for that. But this year should show a lot in the plan of Jack Z. His plan is to build the young talent through the minors. Well those guys will be playing at the big league level all season this year. Can Dustin Ackley not only repeat what he did last year, but get better? Was Mike Carp showing us that he has turned the corner, or is he the latest Bucky Jacobson? Can Justin Smoak put it together?
The biggest piece of interest in the young guys for me is Jesus Montero. A very highly touted power hitting prospect without a real defensive position, though he is a catcher. Can this guy be the power bat of the future for this team? We will have a good idea come September, and given what we gave to get him, he better be.
Then there's the interesting story of Ichiro. He heads to camp as the teams new #3 hitter. He's never hit more than 15 home runs in a season, and his career high for RBI was 69 back in 2001. Can he at age 38 re-invent himself as a run producer? I think that will be fascinating to watch. And because Ichiro is hitting 3rd, Chone Figgins gets a last chance at survival. He will hit lead off, at least early on. Can he find himself?
There are so many question marks about this team that to be honest at least some of them have to have positive answers or my interest in this team will fade very, very fast. But if a few of these stories can stay interesting, it can keep our attention even as the Rangers and Angels almost certainly will distance themselves from the M's.
I do want to see how this team shapes out...I just want to do it in the regular season. I have to wait through a month of garbage practices before we will get to see anything. I don't care what guys do in practice, I don't care what they do in practice games. The season is long enough, it doesn't help that we have to wait so long for it to even start.