February 21, 2006
Key offseason moves for Hawks
Here are my keys to Seattle getting back to the Superbowl:
1. Re-sign Shaun: yes, he's getting up there in age, but he's still got 3-4 years left in him.
2. Retire Ray Rhodes: It was starting to become a bit ambiguous as to who was leading the D last year. Ray, you have had your good years, it's time to step aside. Bring in someone who knows how to blitz!!!
3. Holgrem, you need to mix up your play calling: He started to flirt w/ this by bringing in Seneca Wallace in the playoffs, but abandoned it in the SB......anyone who plays Seattle knows NOT to expect any trick plays. As you can see w/ Pittsburgh in the SB, well timed trick plays can be killers
4. Re-sign Joe J and Hutch: Yes, he's in his 11th year, but he's nails when it comes to being clutch and he's one of Hasselbeck's favorite targets. Hutch is a no-brainer...he's a stud on that left side.
5. Let go of Grant Winstrom: He has lost a step and it showed in the Superbowl. If we are going to stick w/ our conservative 4 man rush, then we need another bookend on the other side for Fisher to be effective. Winstom is not the answer.
6. J. Stevens to have a strong offseason: if he is to improve from his strong 2005 campaign, he must work doublely hard in the offseason. He's youth and inexperience showed in the Superbowl.
7. Sign some strong Free agents: Players will now want to come to Seattle to play. Another Dyson, Sharper, or Fisher signing is key. We need a solid DE and possibly a FS depending on Hamlin.
February 20, 2006
Letter to the Seattle Seahawks: Att Paul Allen
February 20, 2006
ATT: Paul Allen
Customer Relationship Department
800 Occidental Avenue South, Ste #500
Seattle, WA 98134
I wanted to first and foremost express my gratitude to you for keeping this team in Seattle and making intelligent decisions to bring in the right people to make this a successful organization. I have been a devout fan since 1982 and even have a blog dedicated to the Seahawks and Seattle sports.
I am writing this letter to express my concerns over the way that the NFL willed the Pittsburgh Steelers to win Superbowl XL. I have never considered myself much of a conspiracy theorist until watching that game. As you are well aware, there were numerous calls in that game that changed the MOMENTUM of that game,and momentum is what drives sports. Furthermore, the following day on ESPN.com, 70% of the country believed that the refs in that game had altered the end result of that game. Coupled w/ the fact that the Rooney family made their money gambling, I can only begin to think of the ties that the Rooney's, Paul Tagliabue, and the NFL had in that game for Pittsburgh to win. Moreover, the fact that the NFL allowed them to pass out “terrible towels” to non-partisan fans entering that game made it even more of a joke.
I acknowledge that you are a very powerful man in this world and I hope you use your clout in this league to bring Seattle a championship. The whole country witnessed one of the greatest fixes in sports history and it's unfortunate that it was Seattle that took the brunt of that rigging. Almost every day since that game I have run articles on the blog regarding that game, and everyone has agreed w/ every word I’ve said. I will continue to post these articles until justice is served. The 6,000+ readers we receive every month want what is right: the NFL to admit their wrong doing.
CEO of Seattle Sports Blog
NFL Total access: On Demand
Ah yes, trying to enjoy a day off on this glorious of all holidays...the President's Day. Truth, honor, country, right?
So, I decided to watch some SB XL highlights on Comcast. As usual, the same painful reminder haunts me: the refs won that game. Further more, I STRONGLY suggest everyone watching the program that features the head of the NFL going over the "5 calls" from SB XL (the show also has an interview w/ Herm Edwards, Pro Bowl stuff...just so you are on the right program). Keep in mind that the NFL owns this channel, and Rich Eisen is the host, who is also part of the NFL. What really gets me is the verbiage that this guys indicated: "I think the official on the field made the right call"......."even though the ref on the field first raised one hand and then 2, we believe he made the right call." This show did nothing to convince me that the NFL wanted Pittsburgh to win this game...and they did. Seattle was robbed and I really hope Paul Allen throws some clout around to make sure Seattle is the team that wins next years SB.
February 17, 2006
T-Man Posts Billboards in Seattle and Pittsburgh:
This is hilarious and I love the fact that the T-Man, like many of us, are not willing to just "get over" the fact we got hosed this year at the Super Bowl. He will probably be posting the same board in Pittsburgh as well.
The T-Mans quote, "I feel bad for the Seahawks, the people of our city, and I almost feel bad for Steeler fans because their Super Bowl win was tainted. You have to be stupid or a Steeler fan to think the Steelers were the better team that day."
February 13, 2006
Oh those loveable, intelligent Pittsburgh Fans
Boy, I'm glad I don't live in PA......I mean, 50% of the population has a high school degree....that's it! Maybe the NFL wanted them to win the championship for fear of massive rioting in Pittsburgh
February 08, 2006
D-Jack's Second Touchdown was good as well.......but wierd, it also "never existed".
"A player no longer can be ruled out of bounds when he touches a pylon unless he already touched the boundary line." Straight from the NFL site, ruled changes made in March of 2002!
Again, D. Jackson caught the ball, his left foot hits inbounds then his right foot hits the pylon - TD!!!
In fact John Clayton wrote about this exact rule change on ESPN as well: "A player will be ruled in bounds if he touches the pylon at the goal line before going out of bounds. For example, a pass would be considered complete if one foot touches the pylon and the other foot is in bounds". Which happened exactly as the rule is written to the letter. Unreal.
More from national media on officiating
I strongly believe now that this Superblow will be tainted for Pittsburgh....the WHOLE country knows that this game was a joke!
February 07, 2006
Do you think the officiating effected the outcome of the SuperBowl? Take the poll!
Letter to the NFL
Feel to free to send this version w/ your own edits to the league:
Att: Paul Tagliabue
280 Park AVE
New York, NY 10017
That was one of the most lopsided referring jobs I have ever seen in my entire life. I know there are ex-NFL guys in the WWF, so are you now recruiting their officials? Bill Leavy and that entire crew should be fired, unless of course you and the NFL had some say in the final outcome. The entire Nation knows that game was fixed for "questionable" calls to go Pittsburgh's way. It's impossible to rig an NFL game, but hell, you certainly can tell the refs to make sure Pittsburgh wins.
There are a number of disturbing calls from that game that makes me believe you or someone in the NFL organization pretty much guaranteed the Rooney's to win that game. The TD by there quarterback was a perfect example. The rules state that is must be "indisputable" evidence that would overturn the call on the field. Didn't the line judge's questioning himself by raising one arm to spot the ball, and then a second after nearly 5 seconds give the replay officials an idea that it should have been overturned?
You just pissed off the 6th richest man in the world, who could own this league and own you especially. You preach parity in this great league, none of which was shown this weekend. You think a team from New York would have been given that treatment? You would have had to move the NFL offices if that was the case. 70% of the nation agreed on ESPN that your officiating crew blew that game for Seattle.
I hope you are glad that you were able to get the Rooney's another NFL title. Art Rooney made his fortunes by gambling and it appears still today that the NFL is tied in with gambling. I hope you made the odds makers in Vegas happy.
Seattle won that Superbowl in the minds of 70% of the country. The other 30% is the state of Pennsylvania and your mafia you call the NFL.
February 06, 2006
The NFL is rigged!
If you want a non-media based account of what happened in the game this weekend,read on. If you are looking for more fluff from KJR, Seattle Times, and Seattle PI on how the refs were not the problem, then you can stop reading.
I am now a firm believer that the NFL is rigged after watching this game. Pro sports is now more about merchandising and business as opposed to a game. The NFL has now officially partnered w/ the WWF and has learned how to make more money by allowing the more marketable team win.
I strongly suggest everyone write a letter to the league office complaining about the officiating in the game. The only reason you don't hear the team complaining more about it is because they will be fined. It was a joke. The referee's won that game.....not Pittsburgh. The NFL preaches "parity": parity does not equate to home field advantage calls for a 99% pro Steeler fan base at the game.
Here is the address to the NFL:
National Football League
ATT: Paul Tagliabue
280 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10017
Here is a re-cap of all the bad calls.....and I'm sure I'm missing more.
Jackson TD call: a joke. Result? A FG instead of 7
Fathead Rothesberger TD: a joke. Result? 7-3 Pitt lead
Pruit holding call on 35 yard punt return: a joke. Result? Seattle put back on their own 25 yard line instead of Pitt 45
Locklear holding call: a joke. Result? Instead of having first and goal for a go-ahead TD, Seattle is faced w/ a 3rd and 20 from the Pitt 35. Even Madden thought that call was a joke.
Hasselbeck chop block call? a real joke. Result? Pitt gets the ball at the 45 instead of the 20, 2 runs, then, the reverse. Ball game
People......write the NFL and let them know that this GAME was a joke.
Also, you can post a petition about the NFL here: http://www.petitiononline.com/nfl12006/petition.html
Everyone around the country is writing about this game folks.....it's not just Seattle fans.
As far as what this team needs to do next? Sign Alexander, and get rid of Stevens....the 5 year experiment is over. I'd rather have Shockey
Unanimous Feedback from around the world on how the refs won the superbowl for the Steelers
Superbowl 2006 Postgame Review
Bad Officiating (or Ref Payoff) = Super Bowl Win.
More to come in a bit.
February 03, 2006
Final Keys to the game...just get the W
It's time to have everyone shut up, especially the national media, and just play Sunday. What's even more infuriating is that the national media is making fun of Seattle....I truely hope we shut everyone up this weekend. It's time to prove we are a better team...which I believe we are.
I will say this: I am VERY dissappointed by the lack of support the Hawks have had in Detroit. It's 50 to 1 Steelers fans, and 49 of these people aren't even going to the game. Yes, geographically speaking, it's easier for Pitt fans to get there and cheer....but WHERE ARE YOU SEATTLE???? I know, this is a our first trip to the Superbowl and will take some time to mature as fans. We don't have the storied history as other franchises, but for Shit's sake, where your Hawks pride when you travel, especially when this team is ON THE ROAD in the SB. I hope the Seattle writers are calling out the Hawks fans. What's even more troubling is that I've heard 40% of Seattle fans have sold their SB tickets....guess who bot them??? Steelers fans. Pitiful. If you want Championships Seattle, you better start acting like real fans.
Seattle Seahawks Super Bowl Rally Pictures
Seahawks fans arrived in droves in Westlake Center today for a little 12th man rally. Previous players and the coach of the UW Huskies spoke out in support of the team and the mission at hand.
More pics to arrive tonight, for now, HAWK-ELVIS!
Seattle Seahawks Super Bowl Songs
We've got some Seattle Seahawks songs for you. These are from the Kube 93 site, go seahawks!
February 02, 2006
Seattle Seahawks 12th man goes to court!
I think Joey Porter thinks he's Apollo Creed...have you heard this guy talk? He sounds like a boxer......"I'm gonna come out punchin'" and "now I'm fired up"
This guy is a tool.....just like Big Ben. Hope they get drunk after the game when they lose.
Third "Keys to the game" Matchups
Blah, blah, blah Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh. Man, I tell ya, I can't take much more of the national spotlight on this team. It's like they are playing ghost on Sunday. Think the nation will be shocked Sunday? Yup. My question over and over again is what will they say when we beat Pittsburgh? First it was that the Redskins were weak, or that Carolina was w/out a running back. I can't wait to read the headlines Monday.
3 additional matchups to look for:
Pitts WR vs. Seattle Secondary: This advantage has to go to Pittsburgh. Hines Ward is an amazing WR and Big Ben can spread it around. Seattle's secondary dominated WA and Carolina, but that's because both of those teams were one dimensional (Moss/Smith). Seattle will have their hands full vs. Pittsburgh's
Special Teams: Advantage Pittsburgh again. One reason: Randel El.....he is electric, and had 2 punt returns for TD's. Warrick has potentional, but I don't think Seattle's punt coverage is disciplined enough to block well for him.
Seattle LB's/DE's/DT's vs. Pitt RB/OL. Advantage Seattle. I don't think Pittsburgh realizes how physical Darby, Bernard, and Lofa are up front and they will take care of moving them around. Bettis? We stopped Goings, so we should be able to do the same vs. Bettis. Imagine what a collective gasp would occur if Bettis was taken out in the first series by a Lofa hit.....watch out Bus, their a Tatupu train headed your way.
FYI, Seahawks, look out for Pittsburgh to start playing dirty if they get down....look at what they did to Carson Palmer.
February 01, 2006
Second "Keys to the game" Matchups
Man, ENOUGH already w/ the hype, let's bring this game and let the pads start talkin!
Here are a few position by position matchups as I see them:
Seattle O line vs. Pitts LB's: This is a straight tie here....Farrior and Porter are strong, physical LB's. One is the leading tackler, one is the leading sacker. On the flip side, Seattle doesn't have 2 #1 picks on one side the line for nothing. These men are mountains and will be able to effectively block Pittsburgh's blitzing. It will be a test of braun + intelligence that will win this battle.
QB: Hasselbeck vs. Roethlisberger: Advantage Seattle. Matt has really matured here in this role this year and has proven he can play in pressure games. Same can be said about Big Ben, but the guy is 24 years old. He will CRACK this weekend if we get good pressure on him. Pressuring the QB this weekend is going to be the key of the game.
Seattle WR vs. Pitt secondary: Besides Polamalu, Pitts does not have anyone in the secondary that really scares me. The combination of DJax, Joe J, Engram, and let's not forget a red hot Stevens, gives Seattle so many weapons. Throw in Seneca Wallace on a few trick plays here and there and Seattle can and will be unstopable. Polamalu is flat out amazing, no question, but he CANNOT cover 4 people at once. Look for the Seattle WR's to have big games.
More to come tomorrow!
Hey Steeler Fans...this is your QB?
Now I understand why Steeler fans love this guys so much...he's a drunk like the rest of Pittsburgh!
January 31, 2006
First "Keys to the game" for Seattle
As mentioned, we'll be providing daily updates on keys to the game for Seattle to beat Pittsburgh, which again, will happen, and Seattle will "shock the NFL world."
It's media day at Ford Field which brings up my first key:
1. Seattle will need to stay focused on the game and not let the refs, media, or home town crowd affect their gameplay. Let's be honest folks, the commissioner of the NFL is going to have a little talk w/ the refs to give Pittsburgh the "questionable" calls.....Pittsburgh and Bettis are the darling favorites in this game and it's showing on "Media Day" at Ford Field. Half of the press left when Seattle took the podium.
2. Special Teams: ST almost cost Seattle the game vs. Washington w/ 2 muffed punts and a fumble by Scoobey....who I still do NOT like returning kicks. He's no Desmond Howard, Mr. Holmgren. Moreover, regardless of whether or not that was a block in the back, S.Smith basically walked into the endzone on that punt w/out anyone laying a finger on him. Hey Seattle, guess what??? Pittsburgh has an equally superb Punt Returner in Randel El. Put Trufant or someone w/ speed on the PUnt Return team to prevent the long TD return.
More to come later........
January 30, 2006
SEATTLE SPORTS BARS
Well, for all of you seattle seahawks sportsfans, you might be wondering, "Where should I watch the game?" Do I watch it at home, where the drinks are a plenty and much cheaper, out in town at a sports bar, or with grandma?
We're guessing you're going to choose one of the first two, although we commend anyone who has a grandma who is into the Seattle Seahawks!
Here are a few off the top of my head, more on this in a bit:
SPORT restaurant and bar:
Started by none other than the T-MAN from KUBE 93 and some other rest greats from around town. They have a lotto and TODAY is the last day to enter. They will draw later in the week and whoever gets drawn gets to pick their seats (up to 8 people) in the order they are drawn.
Fox Sports Grill:
They have quite a few TV's and will have some 80's ladies there too, out on the prowl for Mr. Right.......or at least Mr. Right Now. I love their mini burgers and ceasar salad, not sure if its really healthy though.
The Attic in Madison Park:
I used to live in the MP so I love the food there. It isn't huge but the grumpy waitress (who is really just joking - most of the time).
Superbowl week is here!
Wake up Seattle fans, you're not dreaming, the Hawks are now in Detroit and ready to roll over the Steelers. All 3,000 world wide media, all 60,000 fans at the game (ok, Ford field holds 70,000, but there's only about 10,000 Hawks fans there), all the millions of people watching this game will be SHOCKED when Seattle wins this game.....I can't wait to see the disappointment on the Bus!
Countdown begins....6 days, 5 hours, 8 minutes.......
January 27, 2006
Send off the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday
Seattle Seahawks fans are invited to Qwest Field on Sunday, January 29 to send the team off to Detroit for Super Bowl XL. Gates will open at 7 a.m. and festivities will begin at 8 a.m. in the Qwest Field North Plaza.
The event and parking are free of charge. The Seattle Times will distribute Seahawks cheer cards and Newsradio 710 KIRO will distribute rally towels.
Seahawks President Tim Ruskell will address the crowd, thanking the Seahawks 12th Man for their on-going support this season. The fans played an instrumental role in the franchise advancing to its first-ever Super Bowl.
Seattle Seahawks switch from 12th man to 69th man campaign and launch bedding line.
Well with the Seahawks success this year they have attracted just a little attention. It seems our friends in the south (Texas A&M) have decided that after 21 years of using "their" 12th man concept, they are going to put a stop to it and have requested a cease and desist - legalese for "shut your pie-holes seattle".
Now the real deal here is that they began using it in 1922 and I can appreciate a fan suiting up in the stands and not playing but this concept in itself is really only representative of what a fan is, someone who will dress up in all team gear and cheer their brains out.
Does this seem like an original concept that one can copyright?
January 26, 2006
Seahawks Steelers Superbowl: Seattle Sports Blog update #1
As we draw closer and closer to THE GAME, I'll be adding daily tidbits to the Blog about the match-up. Next week I'll be providing more in-depth position by position breakdown and my keys to the game. Does it get better than this Seattle fans? We're on locally every news station, ESPN, SI.com, NFL.com, Superbowl.com....EVERYWHERE....and I Love it!
Here is a quick breakdown of common opponents for these teams. I'm excluding the Indy, Houston, and Green Bay game: Indy did not play their starters vs. Seattle, Seattle did not play there starters vs. Green Bay, and well, Houston just sucks period.
@Pittsburgh, Steelers 34-7. Recap: McNair had a bad game w/ 1 INT, 3 Fumbles, of which 1 was lost. Travis Henry also fumbled in the game. Willie Parker had 160+ yards rushing w/ Ben R. throwing for 2 TD's
@ Tennessee, Seahawks 28-24. Recap: Seattle came out guns a firing this game and were up big early....then, we went into our soft prevent D and Tennessee capitalized on our mistakes. This was a good wake-up call for this team. SA had 170+ yards rushing while Hasselbeck threw for 3 TD's
Advantage? I'd have to say Seattle here, even though the score doesn't reflect it. Seattle dominated Tennessee, then got lazy. The score should have been 42-10
@ Pittsburgh, Jags 23-17: Recap. Pittsburgh was playing w/out Big Ben, and it cost them the game @ home. His replacement Tommy Maddux threw an INT in OT that was returned for a game winning TD.
@ Jacksonville, Jags 26-14. First game of the season and Seattle was rusty....especially Hasselbeck. What Seattle needs to learn from this game is that Pittsburgh will bring a # of different looks for Matt, especially blitzes. He will need to do a better job vs. a similar type of Defense in Pittsburgh in order for Seattle to win.
Advantage? Steelers, for barely losing a game w/out their top QB. Seattle was dominated vs. a really aggressive D and should expect the same type of tenacity vs. Pittsburgh. I'm confident Seattle will win, however, they just need to be prepared w/ smart draw plays and screens.
January 25, 2006
Shaun Alexander NFL MVP Trophy
Great picture of Shaun holding the NFL MVP trophy....funny, looks awfully similar to another NFL trophy w/ a football on top, doesn't it???? That's the next one to add to the trophy case!
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Slams Seattle Fans
I've got a little article here that I think will fire some SEATTLE SEAHAWKS FANS up! I suggest reading it and making sure we prove them wrong in every way possible. A friend of ours sent in a response so let's see if Chuck will publish it (below). Come oooooooon Chuck!
As a longtime Seattleite and die-hard Seahawks fan I, and most others in this city, take issue with the inference in your article that Seattleites are somehow "bandwagoners" and not true sports fans by virtue of the lack of paraphernalia you see on our streets, or rather ferry, as your article points out. It's quite the opposite, but the ways in which we show are support are merely different, as are many of the attitudes and customs in the Northwest. It's what makes us unique, and quite frankly what makes us proud to be from the Northwest. From our polar fleece and coffee, fishing, timber, aerospace and InfoTech industries, to our laid-back, casual-chic dress, grunge music and non-confrontational mannerisms, we are different. But, that does not make us any less of a sports city. Sure, you're not going to see a hundred Seahawk jerseys walking down the sidewalk on any given day, and you probably never will. We're understated and subtle, words not often used in the same sentence with Pittsburgh - or most of America for that matter.
What you will hear is the local barista discussing the game with a Microsoft executive, or the fishmonger contemplating a zone-blitz with a local musician. Spend enough time here and you'll even here a defendant and a prosecutor debating how best to beat a 3-4 defense, or a judge discussing whether Tim Ruskell is making a difference in how effective Holmgren is this year as a coach.
Spend a little time getting to know us and you'll begin to feel, if not outwardly see, that this city's veins are boiling with Seahawk fever. But that said, did you even watch the NFC Championship game? Did you see Qwest field, or the all-night party afterwards? What I saw is one of the loudest crowds in NFL history, and a city that literally stopped for those brief hours, waiting, wondering whether this could finally be our year, then exploding with joy. There's a reason we retired the 12th Man jersey.
What you may never know, as a non-Seattleite, is that we cheer as loud and are as proud as any Steeler fan. (actually, at Qwest we cheer louder) We follow our teams when they win and when they lose, and have done so since their inception. However, as your article recognizes we are used to being let down. Over one eleven-year span the Seahawks had two, count them, two winning seasons. Yet we still watched and cheered, including my season-ticket holding grandmother who faithfully yelled her eighty-year old lungs out each Sunday. And when the Hawks finally made the playoffs we were let down, in two consecutive years, with first-round losses. Twenty years is a long time to go without a playoff win Chuck, so excuse us if we happen to be slightly gun-shy. It's easy to develop a loyal following and hold on through the tough years when you have four Superbowl rings and memories to cling to. We have none, not even a single playoff win to cling to in more than 20 years. In fact, with the exception of the late '70's Sonics, we have no other professional sports championship team. What we do have is a long history of below-average teams, collapses from teams that were supposed to be contenders, and athletes who often played for our teams as though they were being punished by banishment to the Northwest.
Yet, still we manage to keep our teams going, build new stadiums and maintain enthusiasm at the bottom of the national sports market. Still we watch Sports Center with barely a mention of our sports teams, much less our Seahawks - despite their incredible season. Still we show up at games, read our papers, tune in to our local radio stations and watch from home. All this we do in the dark and in the rain, all-year around. In short, Chuck, if you truly got to know us instead of flying out for a survey only after we're headed to the Superbowl you'd realize that this town is filled with sports fans, and it's dying for this one victory to atone for the sins of the past, the terrible losses, the years of doubt, and the national media's current belief that Seattle is a stone's throw from Siberia.
This is a city that has, and always will be, the perennial underdog; and in true understated Northwest style we wouldn't have it any other way. February 5th would mean more to Seattle than you may ever know. And yet on February 6th, should the Hawks win, if you or others return to "measure" our support by counting jerseys and hats on the ferry, I'm sure your article will only be more of what we come to expect from the media, and even this reponse will never reach those in Pittsburgh leading them to continue in their belief that there likely are polar bears in Seattle. So make us a deal; come back if we win, dig a little deeper, take the time to put your finger on the pulse of the Emerald City and find out what a gem of a sports town we really are and how we root despite a lack of jerseys at Westlake Center. Then let the rest of America know what it means for the team that plays in the dark, that's always the "kid left out", and for a city that spent more than twenty days this month in the rain and more than twenty years without so much as a playoff win or any professional sports champion, to finally have a day in the sun. That's something that everyone in this country can relate to, and that's why - despite our lack of terrible towels - the Seahawks are a wonderful team to root for.
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January 24, 2006
Super Bowl Tickets
As you can tell from this site, I am a die-hard Seahawks fan who is in need of a ticket to the game......if anyone has any good leads on the game, I'd love to go. I also have a paypal account if you wish to contribute to my desire to go: email@example.com
W/ 95% of that crowd being pro-Pittsburgh (keep in mind Pitt is about 300 miles from Detroit), we need as many Seattle fans there as possible!!!
Seattle Sports Blog Guy
January 23, 2006
Seattle will win the Superbowl
Does it really get any better than this for a Seahawks fan? Yesterday's game put this team on the map in the NFL and shut the national media who basically had a Pittsburg Carolina Superbowl in mind. Great, great win.....but it's not over. Let me stress this Seattle fans: I recieved a text message yesterday from a friend of mine about an hour before the game: "Nervous" (he was at the game). I replied with a simple reinforcement: "Confidence" Seahawk fans have not had much to be confident over in years past. This team you can be and I want them to ride this confidence into Detroit.
Re-cap of yesterday's game: I had predicted 30-14 (see earlier blogs), and Seattle met every key to the game that I had mentioned:
1. Shut down Steve Smith (3 catches, 33 yards...ballgame)
2. Alexander to play aggresive. Key answered
3. Big plays from an unlikely hero. Not as much of a factor here.
Big plays came from big players
4. Blitzing really not needed vs. Carolina when Goings went out....they had no running game
I also want all Seahawks fans to pay attention to what some national media folks were saying about this team....be sure to send them an email and let them know that they are jackasses!
another....look at the comment about Seahawks fans and Starbucks
check out this guys prediction on Goings for Carolina vs. Alexander
You can email this guy right here: firstname.lastname@example.org
More to come in the next few weeks. BTW, I have a great Powerpoint slideshow of all the headlines and pictures from yesterday's game if you are interested.
SEATTLE SEAHAWKS HISTORY
Man, this is amazing, I've spent all 30 years of my life here in SEATTLE and to watch them beat Carolina yesterday was so awesome I could barely sit down to watch the game.
We were all watching every play and jumping, screaming and yelling...................and we weren't even at the game!
What a great day and great season to be a SEAHAWKS FAN!
January 20, 2006
Dear Seahawks Players/Staff/Coaching,
Please read this article and kick the crap out of the Panthers!
January 18, 2006
Hawks playoff news update
Holgrem has officially announced that Peter Warrick will be the PT for Seattle this week. Great news. Now Peter, start practicing w/ wet balls.....you understand what happened to Jimmy Williams, correct?
Also, better news: Nick Goings is not a good RB. I checked his stats from last year when he had a few 100+ games. How about a 3.2, 3.5, and 3.8 yard per carry in those games? As I indicated, he's a bruiser, but not a long run threat.
More to come......
Keys to the Victory for Seattle vs. Carolina
I'm very confident we will take of business this weekend. Home Field Advantage DOES have a major component in this game, regardless of what SI.com is saying http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2006/writers/don_banks/01/17/road.teams/index.html
I truly believe this year's team is a team of destiny.
Here are my keys to beating this team (feel free to contribute your thoughts)
1. Contain Steve Smith: I cannot address this enough....Nick Goings is going nowhere. He is a bruiser, 3 to 5 yard type carrier. Smith can hurt you deep, on reverses, punt returns. Double this guy, and keep Trufant on him as much as possible.
2. I said this last week: Shaun Alexander has to play aggressively. Mike Ditka indicated that he think SA is soft and can't take big hits. I don't agree w/ him, but I do want to see SA talking some smack, hitting the hole hard. Apparently he was sick last week on meds, so expect to see a different player this week.
3. Big Game from an unlikely hero: Someone like a Joe J, a Bobby Engram, or a Jeremey Stevens need to make some big plays. Carolina will be keying on D-Jax and SA, so look for one of these guys to step up
4. Effectively blitzing: our 4 down lineman approach vs. WA will not work vs. Carolina. We need to blitz correctly on a 3rd and long to really stick them. Lofa can be a huge here
5. Smart play calling from the H's: Holgrem call a good game, Hasselbeck making smart audibles similar to those made last week
6. 12th Man: will not be as much of a factor against a good road team, but still needs to come. Everyone in that stadium should leave that game HOARSE
7. No TO's on ST: Get Jimmy Williams out as PT....put in Engram. Scoobey, I pray for your soul that you will NOT fumble again
8. NFL/National Media (ESPN, SI.com, Fox Sports, NFL): I'm a conspiracy theorist, so I'm hoping the NFL does not WANT Carolina in the Superbowl and will NOT give them close calls, etc. It's Seattle's time, and everyone from OR, Idaho, WA, and Vancouver are pulling for this team. Is that a big enough market for you for a big team to get into the Superbowl?
January 17, 2006
Check out who made the cover of SI?
Yup...Mr. Hasselbeck.....after so many years of being Anonymous, we are getting some props
Seahawks News, updates, etc
News out of Seahawks camp is that Engram will be returning punts for us this weekend....THANK GOD!!!!!!!!
The Seahawks playoff win kind of reminds me of the story of the 4 minute mile. No one thought it could be broken, and once it was, 3 or 4 guys broke the barrier proceeding the initial person.
I can say the same for the Seahawks in the playoffs. Now that they have this win, the confidence will continue to roll into the Superbowl now that they KNOW they can win playoff games.
January 15, 2006
Big Demon's Exercised this weekend
Boy, was Saturday a Seattle Sports Fan grandest day ever, or what? Not only did Seattle whooop up the Skins, but UW pulled out a great, great win vs. UCLA AT UCLA. So, not only did the Hawks win for the first time in the playoffs since 1984, UW won in the first time in UCLA since 1986! The Sun does actually shine in Seattle.
Hawks: Gutty, gutty win. I give the credit to Holgrem for calling a great game minus Alexander, for Hasselbeck finally calming down and playing smart (his tendancy to just lob the ball up when he's under pressure still worries me), and the DEFENSE! Man, talk about big hit after big hit in that game. And where was Santana Moss? Besides his LUCKY and I mean LUCKY TD, we really shut him down. We'll need to more of the same next week vs. the "Michael Jordan" of WR in the NFL....Steve Smith. He is ridiculously talented and I got to admit, a thrill to watch. TO......where are you and all your smack talkin? Trying to make a few buck doing commercials...you're a joke. OK, enough TO stuff.
I can't express enough about what a monkey it was for this team and city to get that first W in the playoffs. There are still a few things this team needs to work on this week before facing Carolina.
1. Hang on to the damn ball Jimmy Williams and Scobey.....these guys drive me crazy...especially Scobey. He fumbled on the first play of the season for Seattle....why does he still get to handle the ball?
2. As good as the D was, they need to get better for a much more talented Carolina team. We need to blitz Jake D...he's similar to Hasselbeck in that he cracks under pressure a bit...and can make some mistakes.
3. We will need to have Alexander back for this game. A win vs. a beat up WA team is one thing, a Carolina team on fire right now is another. I hope he can play.
4. I can't comment enough on getting pressure on Jake D....especially w/ their starting RB out w/ a broken ankle. Make the blitzes at the right time and we have this game.
5. Most importantly...CROWD NOISE! Keep up Seattle....we're almost there!
January 12, 2006
All Time Seahawks Team
Seattle Times today released their All Time Seahawks team.....
I agree w/ most, but disagree on a few. Here is their All Time Seahawks Team w/ Seattle Sports Blogs Guy takes:
Pos Coach/Player Years Comment
Chuck Knox 1983-91 In nine seasons, he was 80-63, and coached Hawks to their only playoff wins (three)
WR Steve Largent 1976-89 Team's only Hall of Famer retired as NFL career leader in catches, yards and TDs
OT Walter Jones 1997-current Team's first Pro Bowl lineman and probably its second Hall of Famer
G Steve Hutchinson 2001-current Three straight Pro Bowls make him team's best guard after just five seasons
C Robbie Tobeck 2000-current Five-year Seattle starter, a first alternate to Pro Bowl this season, edges Blair Bush
SSBG: I would give the nod to Bush here...he played longer and was solid for 10 years!
G Bryan Millard 1984-91 Texas Longhorn was a solid starter for Seahawks at both guard and tackle
OT Howard Ballard 1994-98 The House was a Pro Bowler earlier in Buffalo, but had five good years in Seattle
SSBG: Hmmmm, I think Andy Heck may have been a better OT than House....his best years were in Buffalo
TE Mike Tice 1981-88, '90-91 Most catches in a year was 29, but cleared out a lot of path for Curt Warner
SSBG: I think if Jeremey Stevens can have 2 more years like this year, it's his for the taking
WR Brian Blades 1988-98 Caught at least 70 passes five times, No. 2 in Seahawks career receptions, yards
QB Dave Krieg 1980-91 Matt Hasselbeck has to play a few more years to pass numbers of three-time Pro Bowler
RB Shaun Alexander 2000-current Team's only league MVP beats out CWx2, Curt Warner and Chris Warren
FB John L. Williams 1986-93 Apologies to Mack Strong, but Williams is career No. 3 receiver, No. 4 rusher, was a great blocker
SSBG: I loved John L, but Strong has had 10 consecutive 1,000 yard RB's.....he's my canidate
K Norm Johnson 1982-90 Seahawks' career scoring leader (810 points)
DE Michael Sinclair 1991-2001 Played 11 seasons and is the team's No. 2 sack man, with 73.5
DT Joe Nash 1982-96 The team's career leader in games played (218) and blocked field goals (8)
DT Cortez Kennedy 1990-2000 More Pro Bowls (8) than any Seahawk and was NFL's defensive player of the year in 1992
DE Jacob Green 1980-91 The Seahawks' career sacks leader (116) was a two-time Pro Bowler
LB Keith Butler 1978-87 Second in career tackles (813), played all 10 NFL seasons with Seahawks
LB Chad Brown 1997-2004 Fourth in career tackles (744), first in snakes and reptiles owned
LB Fredd Young 1984-87 Top tackler from 1985 to 1987, went to two Pro Bowls for special teams, two as linebacker
SSBG: Disagree. The likes of Shultz or even Lofa now are better than Young...I can't believe he only played 3 years here!
CB Dave Brown 1976-86 Ring of Honor member intercepted team-record 50 passes in 11 seasons
CB Shawn Springs 1997-2003 Tied for fifth on career interceptions list (20), but No. 2 among CBs
SSBG: Disagree: I just HATE Springs, so anyone else here is fine by me
SS Kenny Easley 1981-87 Went to five Pro Bowls and was NFL defensive player of the year in 1984
FS Eugene Robinson 1985-95 Team's all-time leading tackler (984), No. 2 in interceptions (42)
P Rick Tuten 1991-97 Only Seahawks punter to make Pro Bowl
PR Joey Galloway 1995-99 Team-record four punt returns for touchdowns
SSBG: Agree!, although Paul Johns was stellar before being injured w/ a neck injury
KR Steve Broussard 1995-98 Former Washington State Cougar averaged 23.6 yards on 165 returns
ST Rufus Porter 1988-94 Two Pro Bowls as a special-teams player
SSBG: Agree...no one did it better than "Rooooof"
January 11, 2006
ex-Seahawk Dave Brown passes away
Unfortunate news of out Texas today....one of my favorite Hawks passed away during a pick-up basketball game. He was one of my favorite Hawks....#22 always brought a solid game and I still remember the 2 TD's he had in the same game vs. KC.
January 09, 2006
Seahawks Redskins game: Keys to the game for Seattle
I know it's only Monday, but my mind is already set at 1:30 PST for this game. Beer in hand, this is what the Hawks regular season triumphs are all about...the PLAYOFFS.
Keys to the game vs. WA
1. Once again, it's crowd noise. Yup, the fans are going to have to "get hoarse" during these playoffs, even if our team gets down 14-0 early. We have HOME FIELD advantage folks and it's time for us to shine on the NFL pedestel.
4. Alexander. I'd like to see SA bang some people around this game and show them who's boss. WA is going to come out guns a firing....watch out for cheap shots. They are going to try and muscle Seattle around....stay firm, and PUSH them around.
3. Defense: THe Redskins have 2 threats offensively, THAT's IT PEOPLE! Moss should be doubled the whole game and have Trufant on him...bottom line, no questions asked. They also have 2 dynamic TE's that love to exploit the middle of the field....keep Lofa and other LB's stuck to them. Portis is not much of a recieving option, however, he is a heck of a RB. We will also need to plan blitzes accordingly....Brunell is OLD, HHH (Hit Him Hard). Finally, watch out for trick plays....the last 2 games Portis had attempted to throw for TD's. Watch for a fake punt, etc.
4. Hasselbeck: Again, I see SA having a big game and all Matt H has to do is stay consistent and not make mistakes. WA has a so-so secondary, so we should be able to open things up here. I see screens and draws being extremely effective vs. this D...they are going to be showing a lot of 8 man fronts and blitzing LB's to try and combat our massive line. We like to run 3 WR sets, so keep the D off-balance w/ the draws/screens.
Prediction? Seattle should take care of a beat up WA team, 30-17.
Thoughts out there?
January 07, 2006
Attention Seahawks Season Ticket holders
Now that we know who we are facing, DO NOT sell your tickets to out of towners! Seattle needs as much home field advantage as possible, so do not sell your tickets to the $ hungury Politicians from WA DC area.
We are getting a beat up, ugly WA team....do not give them additional ammunition by allowing their fans here! More to come this week as we prepare for the Skins.
Spread the word.
January 06, 2006
Shaun Alexander NFL MVP
Sorry for the delay in getting to this major news.....I've been on jury duty the last few days. Boy, gotta say, the general public is not the most educated needless to say. Anyhow, SA is a stud and I'm glad he got recognition this year. I'm glad the East Coast bias was put to the side this year and was given to the true champ. He deserves it....what's next? How about Superbowl MVP? Let's keep the "Blue Wave" on a roll.
December 29, 2005
Seattle Seahawks Blog: Playoffs
I know we still have 1 week left this season, but the regular season is pretty much over for Seattle. Time to start looking at the playoffs and keys to get Seattle to the SB.
1. My #1 key? Crowd noise. Yup, the fans are going to have to "get hoarse" during these playoffs, even if our team gets down 14-0 early in one of these 2 games. We have HOME FIELD advantage folks and it's time for us to shine on the NFL pedestel.
2. Hasselbeck 3's C's: Just as he has done all year, he needs to stay Cool, Calm, and Consistant. Again, this team will not have been really challenged these last 3 weeks of the season and it's key for him to come out confident. He cannot have happy feet or make mistakes if we fall behind.
3. Defense: keep the pressure on the opposing team by blitzing. Coupled w/ key #1, crowd noise and blitzing = false starts....ask the Giants about those, I believe they have 14 of those against us when we played them at home.
4. Alexander, show some anger: He's our #1 cog and teams are going to come after him....he's going to need to play w/ more fire than ever. I would love for him to talk some smack after running someone over...same goes for Strong and the rest of the team. I strongly believe teams are going to come in and think they can bully us around because we are a somewhat soft team.....do the PUSHING, don't be pushed.
More to follow as we know more about our first round opponent.
Interesting SI article on NFL draft
Check out where they put Lofa if they were going to re-do the draft.....the guy is a fricking stud, bottom line
December 23, 2005
Seahawks vs. Colts
Interesting game this week given the fact that Indy has nothing to play for. I'm under the impression they'll leave the starters in for the first quarter to run some plays they might be testing, but other than that, expect them to be pulled. Seattle should keep the pressure on Manning early, so the coaches get worried and pull him even earlier. Win equals home field for us and a rest for the starters vs. GB, so it's very, very important for us to win this game. Once again, I DO NOT WANT TO GO TO CHICAGO for a playoff game.
Prediction? Seattle 35-24
December 22, 2005
2005 Pro Bowl Seattle Seahawks
Great pic of our beloved Pro Bowl Hawks.....what an offense!
Seattle Seahawks Blog
Great, great article from Tacoma News Tribune author about the anomity of this team. Thanks to loyal blog reader Darrell for bringing this to our attention....
December 21, 2005
5 Seahawks going to 2005 Pro Bowl
Kudos to the NFL for selecting Mack Strong to the Pro Bowl this year, a well deserved honor after 13 bruising years. He's lead the way for 9 consecutive RB's to gain 1,000 yards...nuff said.
Going w/ our no-name defense, not ONE defender was selected to the Pro Bowl. I think at least Rocky Bernard should have been considered w/ 8.5 sacks, leading NFL interior lineman. Again, being in Seattle, he probably does not get the national recognition he deserves.
December 20, 2005
Breaking news: Colts to rest starters
This is HUGE news for Seattle, and paves the way for us to have home field advantage. The schedule gods were with us this year!!!!
December 19, 2005
Seattle Seahawks Blog
Another big, big win. As ESPN's Tom Jackson noted on NFL Primetime, Seattle needed a game like this where they were down and needed to come back. Impressive outing by Mr. Hasselback, who I had serious doubts about this year. 3 TD's and no Int's or fumbles...he gets the game ball despite S. Alexander's strong performance. Too bad Chicago didn't lose....Seahawks fan, be prepared, that is a good, good football team. All we need to do is win 1 of the next 2 games to seel home field, and judging by how Atlanta played there, we DO NOT WANT TO GO TO CHICAGO.
I was impressed w/ T.Titans ability to keep our defenders away from Mr. McNair, who almost single handedly beat our team. Again, it did not look like we were blitzing much, and it hurt us in the early going. Even though we gave up a lot of points and yards, I give the Defense kudos for some key 4th down stops as well as making adjustments to pattern covers. Still, a bit more pressure on McNair in the early going and I think we're up 28-0 at half.
Up next? Indy, coming off a loss. This game gets more intriguing by the minute. Seattle still needs one win to get home field while Indy still really has nothing to play for. However, I still expect Indy to come out firing because they do not want to go into the playoffs 2-3 the last 3 weeks of the season. Key to that game is keeping pressure on Manning....did anyone else notice how much pressure SD's front four provided on Manning? I'm looking for our front four to do the same. Anyone seen Grant Winstrom? We could use a big game from him.
December 16, 2005
Seattle Seahawks blog
This weekend's game against Tenn SHOULD be a no-brainer, but let's hope the team stays focused and does not look ahead. Tenn doesn't have much going for them this year period, so go for the throat early and don't keep them in the game. Let's avoid injuries, get up big early, and rest SA, MH, the fourth quarter.
Remember folks, Hawks win, Chicago loses...we are IN for home field advantage. Huge, huge, huge.....I do NOT want this team to have to travel anywhere for the playoffs.
Seattle Seahawks Blog
The Seahawks are REALLY starting to get national attention...which is great and well deserved!
Good article from ESPN on Seattle's current team
December 15, 2005
Seahawks featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated
December 14, 2005
Seattle Seahawks blog
Darrell Jackson appears to be on his way back into the starting lineup this weekend vs. Tenn. I would normally have some hesitancy of this given our track record this year, however, we ARE missing a deep threat. Let's hope Holgrem keeps Mr. Jurevicius happy as he's been Hasselbeck's top go to guy of late. Engram is still Matt H's #1 receiver, but Joe J has been stellar w/ 8 TD's. Worst case scenario? D Jax comes back and starts dropping balls, although that is highly unlikely. To me, the best team in the NFL just got better.
December 12, 2005
Seattle Seahawks Blog
I know it's a bit early to start talking Superbowl, but w/ Carolina and Chicago losing, Seattle is looking good to have home field advantage throughout the playoffs. How are they doing at home you ask? How's 7-0 this season. At this point, I don't see anyone really challenging Seattle from the NFC. I know I sound a bit cocky, but I'm a strong believer that no one really scares me right now. The Giants barely beat Philly, which we crushed 42-0, Carolina lost to TB, and I think if Seattle uses a "box in one" w/ Trufant on S.Smith, we own them. Which leaves Chicago, a team that got crushed on the road vs. Pitts. I see the same results if they play in Seattle. Seattle has the most rounded team, offensively and defensively.
As far as yesterday's game, really no complaints. SA ran well (MVP of the NFL this year), Hasselbeck played strong, and the Rookie of the Year Tatupu was stellar again....he is ALL OVER THE PLACE on D, always at the ball.
They have a "should win" game next week vs. Tenn, then comes Indy into town. That will be an interesting game. Anyone have thoughts on how that game will be played? Seattle will still be vying for home field advantage in that game, so I see them keeping starters in, etc. I'm thinking Indy will keep their regulars in for 3 quarters and assess what the score is. 16-0 is one thing, but losing Manning/Harrison/James over an injury in the 4th quarter of a game that they don't reaaaally need to win is another. It will be an interesting game from a strategy perspective, that's for sure.
December 09, 2005
Seahawks Sharper out
Injuries are part of Football, and Seattle is no exception.
Let's just hope our backups can carry the load....I just hope to God w/ don't start Isiah K or the other clown Koukavedius or whatever...they are TERRIBLE, Undersized MLB's
December 08, 2005
NFL power rankings: Seahawks
Seattle continues to soar in the rankings. BTW, I refuse to use CBS Sportsline on these updates anymore...their site has WAY TOO MANY pop-ups!
December 07, 2005
Dyson out for year?
Not good.......if true.http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=2250972
December 06, 2005
Seahawks beat the Eagles 42-0 with no talent and "luck".
Yeah, right Madden!
Everyone knows that it is rare for any defense to pick up fumbles and snag interceptions - and run almost all of them into the endzone for TD's........but either way the Seahawks won the game: 42-0. Yes, that is a 0, the Eagles did not muster up one point and for all of this we get, "I don't know if the Seahawks are good or if the Eagles are really bad." from Madden and crew." Geeeez.
No one is asking for a "Yes, folks, these are the future Super Bowl champs." but come on Hasselback's throw back to the left while running out of bounds on the first series of the game was solid and if he had needed to show any further "talent" to prove that the Seahawks can play, I believe he/they would have. The fact is though, there wasn't a need, the defense took care of the Eagles and the Eagles helped take care of themselves.
The funny thing is that in this game, specifically, the Eagles may have nuked their own ship, but the Hawks are 10 and 2 and all I have to ask is, how does a team win 10 games by being lucky? I don't get it (Madden).
In short, the Seahawks will beat the Panthers and as long as we keep getting no respect from the east coast and "associated TV sports staff" then that's just fine with Seattle fans.
Seahawks Monday Night Football
What a game.....I was soaking up every minute of it until the end. Madden and Michaels couldn't stop talking about whether or not this was a really good Seattle team or a bad Philly team. Know what fellas? This reaaaally is a good football team. I mean, is the press going to continue to ask this question until we are 15-2 and in the Superbowl?
The intro of Shaun Alexander last night was classic....I hope everyone by now in this league knows who he is. Another solid 2 TD's and strong runs last night. Madden mentioned MVP w/ him and LT, but he of course mentioned Payton Manning for MVP. Whatever John, we'll see them in week 15 and PROVE who the real MVP.
Some game balls: Tatupu is the real deal, once again. There is NO OTHER rookie playing as well as this guy, bottom line. It would be a tragedy if he's not rookie of the year, on offense or defense. Other game balls? How about the fact that we BLITZED last night! My God, I think I saw 6-8 blitzes throughout the night, sending Boulware, Tatupu, et al. The D looked really good and now we have a stronger turnover ratio % following that game. Finally, Walter Jones. Anyone else notice that guy didn't have a lick of dirt on him? Did you see some of the blocks he laid last night? Pro bowl 2006 here we come....
Dare I say that "The Blue Wave is on a roll?" Time for another Seahawks Music Video :)
December 02, 2005
Agony of being a Seahawks fan
Let's hope things change for 2006!!!
Great article from ESPN:
November 30, 2005
NFL Power Rankings
No major changes this week as Seattle stays at a solid #3. ESPN STILL GIVES the team NO respect!
BTW, Seahawks idiot ticker now up to 145 days! SIGN ALEXANDER!
November 29, 2005
I'm a stat guy, so I'm doing some digging on the Hawks 26th ranked defense. Here's the troubling stat w/ this team: turnover ratio. The ONLY reason Seattle has a 9-2 record is a strong offense and a strong pash rush (when they blitz)
Take a look at this link: http://www.nfl.com/stats/teamsort/NFL/DEF-TURNOVERS/2005/regular?&_3:col_1=9
Seattle is an anomaly comparing them against the top teams in the league...except for Chicago, who has at least has an excuse w/ an anemic offense. Look at the top teams: Cin +20 ratio, Denver +14, Jax +14, NYG +10, Pitt +9, Carolina +8 and Indy +8. Seattle? +1. This team really needs to start blitzing, playing more man, and get out of that damn zone defense on short yardarge...especially in the endzone!
NFL admits to major errors in the Seahawks vs. Giants game.
Shaun Alexander NFL MVP 2005-2006 Season
Next home game, let's be sure to let everyone in the league know that this guy should be MVP this year. Chants of "MVP, MVP" should howl everytime he touches the ball.
It's going to come down to him or LT from SD....let's hope SA gets the nod.
Refs blow both TD's in Seahawks game
Can you imagine if NYG would have won this game? Holgrem would have reaaaaally flipped his lid! Thank God the NFL refs at least admit when they are wrong.
November 28, 2005
Great article from Si.com on being a Seattle Sports Team
I have to say that I like Si.com over ESPN.com and CBS Sportsline for articles like this:
Seahawks 9-2 with win over Giants
It was not pretty and this game was one that they probably should have lost, but a W is a W in the NFL. This was probably more of a crushing blow to NYG than a satisfying win for Seattle. Seattle really needs to learn from their mistakes from this game, especially on Defense. This "bend but not break" mentality will only carry this team so far. On the 4 final drives of NYG, they marched all over our soft zones and four man rush. It drives me CRAZY that they stick w/ the zone, don't blitz Tatupu, and stay in that zone even on the goal line. Think about it people....playing zone on the goal line on that 2 point conversion is about the worst defense you should call. You can only cover so much area that leaves people wide open. I don’t mind the zone as much on the 3rd and 14+ yards plus, but send a LB or a FS!!!! I also still have trepidations for Hasselbeck. Until he made that 2nd and 20 pass to Hackett, he did nothing in the clutch. Pay attention to his feet in pressure situations.....he gets happy feet and you can see his nervousness. He needs to be more calm and collective in these situations. He did have solid #'s however and continues to excel w/out D.Jackson around.
The positives? Alexander is a stud and should be the MVP of the league. No questions asked, no east coast/west coast bias. 4th and 1 on the NYG 5? Gutzy call (which I loved), but when you have an MVP, run the ball. They should have continued running the ball in the OT as well and it took until the last drive to figure that out. Also, J. Jurevicius is an absolute stud as well. Hasselbeck has a new favorite receiver and the guy is pure money. Finally, the crowd did a great job of keeping this team up when they needed it. The announcers said over and over again that they could not believe how loud the stadium was.....keep it up...this team needs it.
The way this team has been winning games, it kind of reminds me of the 1980 Cleveland Browns team that was nicknamed the Cardiac Kids. That team won something like 6 games in the last 2:00 minutes of a ton of games that year and got into the playoffs. The same fate that got that team into the playoffs inevitably got them in trouble....an overtime loss on the last play of the game. Let's hope history doesn't repeat itself.
Bottom line, BIG, BIG win....but more improvements need to be made. Home field advantage here we come!
November 23, 2005
Seahawks week 12
As mentioned before, this is the game of the year for this team. They got over the St. Louis hump, so now it's time to look bigger picture: NFC home field advantage. Again, why are no Seattle reporters discussing the magnitude of this game? This is a PLAYOFF game atmosphere!
Keys to the game:
1. Defense: I usually start out w/ Hasselbeck needing a big game, but it's going to be on the D to step up. NYG are one of the most talented offenses in the league and the biggest challenge this team has faced. Play aggressive
2. Hasselbeck: He has had a good, consistant year. Let's not forget, however, that he really hasn't proven himself in a BIG, BIG game (i.e. NE game last year, any of the 3 losses to St. Louis). Play action is going to be key this game w/ NYG keying on Shaun.
3. Crowd: I hate to say it again, but Seattle fans can be all too quiet sometimes...don't be like Blazer fans, go C-R-A-Z-Y and give this team some support!
Prediction: Seattle in a close one, 24-20
NFL Power Rankings
The Seahawks continue to rise, although the verdict still appears to be out on this team given their poor performance vs. SF. Come on critics, a w is a w in the NFL, and 8-2 is still better than 4-4
CBS Sportsline: #3
November 21, 2005
An ugly, but effective game vs. SF this weekend. A win is a win, no matter how you look at it in the NFL. 8-2 puts us in a prime spot for home field advantange. I'm still not 100% sold on this defense, though. They always say defense wins championships, and right now, w a +1 turnover ratio, this is not exactly an intimidating D. They followed 2 of my 3 keys to the game, however, they did NOT blitz enough.
HUGE TEST THIS WEEKEND. This game against NYG this weekend is the game of the year for Seattle. If they beat NYG, they stand 9-2, w/ NYG @ 7-4 and still owning a win over Dallas if they finish w/ equal records. You know as well as I do that if Seattle loses this game this weekend, they have the same record as NYG w/ NYG taking home field away from Seattle w/ a win here (if they finish w/ similar records). Let's hope the crowd is pumped up for this game and realizes the magnitude of home field advantage. Seattle does not want to play an NFC championship game in NYC....see Seattle's record in NY...not pretty. See Minnesota's record in NFC championship games in NY....-3, w/ a 41-0 drubbing that sent NYG to the Superbowl.
Tough week for picking games this week, I'm 7-6 going into tonight's MNF game.
November 17, 2005
Seahawks vs. San Francsico: Week 11
Seattle should easily take this week's game.
Keys to the game:
1. Keep it simple: SF is going NO-WHERE this year...get up early, finish em off.
2. Consistancy from the QB: Matt H. should easily have a 3 TD game here, w/ or w/out Darrell Jackson. If he has one of his 3 INT, 2 Fumble games (i.e. Game #1 vs. Jax)....we're in trouble
3. Blitz, blitz, and more blitzing. Again, this team has NO QB and an average RB in Barlow.
I see this as a 28-10 victory for the Hawks
November 16, 2005
NFL Power Rankings
The hawks are starting to get noticed!
Si.com #4 (I like SI's the best...Dr. Z is pretty funny)
November 15, 2005
Seahawks Idiot ticker update: Day #131
Another article pointing out how Seattle has STILL yet to sign Alexander:
What are they waiting for? For Shaun to tear his ACL?
November 14, 2005
Collapse of the 1999 Seahawks season
Many of us are gleaming w/ the 7-2 Seahawks record, but let's not forget our past. 1999 we were ranked #1 on ESPN Power Rankings, boasting a 8-2 record. Here's how the rest of the team finished. Granted, that was 6 years ago, so the teams are not the same. I just hope they can keep there winning ways and ride a success wave into the playoffs
| Week | Opponent | Result | Score |
| 1 | Detroit Lions | L | 20-28 |
| 2 | at Chicago Bears | W | 14-13 |
| 3 | at Pittsburgh Steelers | W | 29-10 |
| 4 | Oakland Raiders | W | 22-21 |
| 5 | |
| 6 | at San Diego Chargers | L | 10-13 |
| 7 | Buffalo Bills | W | 26-16 |
| 8 | at Green Bay Packers | W | 27- 7 |
| 9 | Cincinnati Bengals | W | 37-20 |
| 10 | Denver Broncos | W | 20-17 |
| 11 | at Kansas City Chiefs | W | 31-19 |
| 12 | Tampa Bay Buccaneers | L | 3-16 |
| 13 | at Oakland Raiders | L | 21-30 |
| 14 | San Diego Chargers | L | 16-19 |
| 15 | at Denver Broncos | L | 30-36 |
| 16 | Kansas City Chiefs | W | 23-14 |
| 17 | at New York Jets | L | 9-19
November 13, 2005
Seahawks win...SIGN ALEXANDER
Great game, and if you can believe it, Seattle is 7-2 w/ another big win over St.Louis. They are now challenging Carolina for get this.....Home field advantage throughout the playoffs w/ the Atlanta loss. Shawn Alexander should be the MVP of this league this year, no questions asked. Everytime he scores a TD in Seattle, the crowd should chant MVP, MVP. This now marks 129 days from training camp, and I'm going to start keeping track w/ a "ticker" of how long it takes Seattle to sign this guy. I'll call it the " Seahawks idiot ticker"...WHY IS SEATTLE NOT stepping up to the plate and signing this guy? Oh, yeah, he just set a record for 5 consecutive years w/ 15+ TD's....move over Largent, Krieg...Alexander is the BEST thing that has ever happened to this organization....so fricking pay the guy.
As far as the game is concerned, Alexander pretty much won the game. Hasselbeck was spotty w/ 2 INT's and I'm still a bit wary of him in a big game (i.e. Philly on Monday night). He does just enough to win, which is good. Heck, T. Dilfer won w/ the Ravens with that type of style. Also, I'd like to nominate Lofo Tupatupu as ROOKIE OF THE YEAR. He has stepped up and made many forget about C.Brown. 9 Tackles and a sack....he is legit.
Off to SF to play a team that had a Quarterback (an ex-Husky!), go 1-13 in a football game...1-13! Now, it was windy in Chicago, but come on!
November 11, 2005
Seahawks vs. Rams Game #9
Well, I hate to sound like a broken record, but this is a big game and would wrap up the division w/ a W. St. Louis is teetering right now, so we need to sink this ship. A win for St. Louis and their right back in the thick of things w/ this division. A Seattle win and they’re up 7-2 w/ NO ONE in the division to give them trouble.
Keys to the game:
1. I gotta say it, the 12th man needs to be a factor in this game. If Seattle truly is a “football town”, then vocalize your support this weekend and go bonkers at the game. St. Louis will feed off any slight trepidation, so go crazy when they are on offense.
2. Run, run, and more running. Jackson is still out at WR, so utilizing Alexander will help set up the play action for Hasselbeck to effectively hit the TE’s and WR’s on short routes
3. Hasselbeck: he has been extremely effective this year, not making dumb mistakes like in years past. Maybe it’s the new contract, who knows. He needs to continue to play smart in BIG games, one thing that he really lacked last year (i.e. NE game, all 3 St.Louis games)
4. D, go crazy. Blitz the heck out of Bulger, who’s coming off an injury.
November 07, 2005
Seahawks w a big win in Arizona
Well, I hate to toot my own horn, but I was pretty much right on w/ my entry from last week (Seattle vs. Arizona), predicting a 30-17 win (final score 33-19). Maybe I should move to Vegas? I will begin on Friday of each week offering predictions on weekly NFL games.
Seattle followed the keys of the game that I mentioned as well: Blitz Warner, keep him under pressure (the guys got four good fingers for Pete's sake...his career is OVER), and for Hasselbeck to have a consistant game w/out turnovers. Is there any reason that Mr. Alexander should not be considered for the MVP honors this year? I keep hearing Eli Manning and others, but Shaun deserves the trophy this year.
Up next? St. Louis, who at 4-4 still pose a threat. If Seattle can win this game, we can really start to look more into the big picture of things....taht is, HOME FIELD ADVANTAGE FOR THE PLAYOFFS. W/ a big win vs. Atlanta earlier, if things finished the way they are now now tied w/ Atlanta, Seattle would have home field advantage. A Win vs. St.Louis would bring us that much closer.....
Seattle Sports Blog Guy
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P.S. Nice win by the Soups on Saturday night....we still need a 3rd scorer.
November 04, 2005
Seahawks close to signing Alexander
He's only the #1 running back in the league...
November 03, 2005
Seahawks vs. Arizona
With Seattle being 0-6 in Holgrem's era coming off a bye week, this game scares me a bit. Moreover, St.Louis is still not out of the picture w/ a 4-4 record.
Keys to the game:
1. BLITZ, BLITZ, and more BLITZING. Warner is OLD, and has fumbling and interceptions problems. Why this guy is still in the league is a mystery. Rhodes should go for the throat on this team and this QB. If not, old man Warner will have time to sit back and lob TD's to a very good WR group.
2. Hasselbeck: He's having a great year and earning his contract. He had a terrible game here in AZ last year w/ 4 Int's. AZ will continue to bring the heat on him, so we'll need big games from Alexander and effectively calling draw plays at the right time.
3. Minimize mistakes. AZ is going nowhere this year, so don't keep them in the game. Get up early and keep pouring it on.
They should pull this game out, 30-17.
October 24, 2005
Huge win for Seattle Seahawks
Wow, did luck finally come our way or what? That was a huge, huge win. W/ 3 of our top players out (Jackson,Engram,Hamlin), we some how pulled out a win. Credit should go to the D, they really stepped it up. 2 INT's and 5 sacks was the difference in the ballgame, bottom line. I generally get on Hasselback for this type of a game, but I think he played smart given his dilapidated WR group. I still wish Holgrem would mix up the play calling a bit and throw in some trickery once in a while, but probably not called for in this tight of a game.
Up next? A well deserved BYE week followed by a pesky AZ team. Hopefully the week off can give Jackson and Engram time to heal.
Seattle Sports Blog Guy
October 21, 2005
Tough game this week. I don't want to say this is a "must win," but this will definitely boost this team into the elite of the NFL. Seattle could REALLY use some help from the crowd this game and I hope they get it. A 5-2 record going into the bye week will feel a lot better than a 4-3 record. This game is really going to come down to 2 things: stopping Dallas by effective blitzing, and a smart game plan from Holgrem. It's going to be a close game, but I'm taking Seattle 21-17.
Seattle Sports Blog Guy
October 20, 2005
Just when the team seemed on the right path....this is very disappointing. We should all wish him a speedy recovery, however, it was a really, really stupid decision on his part. If we give up a ton of yards this weekend...mark my words, there will be a ton of bickering amongst the local media and Holgrem about the missing Safety.
Seattle Sports Blog Guy
October 19, 2005
I must say, I'm not exactly all that impressed w/ our D this year (ONCE AGAIN). Through 6 games, sacks (18) and forced fumbles (4, 3 recovered)are good, but 3 INT's isn't cutting it. We're currently ranked #23rd in terms of INT's, #13 in total defense. It will be interesting to see how this team adapts w/out Hamlin. I would also say that we need Dyson back ASAP w/ Hamlin being out. Expect Dallas to put up some big yards through the air this weekend.
Seattle Sports Blog Guy
October 18, 2005
Another solid W
That's how you beat poor teams. You get to em' early, and you don't let them back in the game. Can someone please sign Alexander to a 5 year deal? What's the hold up? It's not like Allen is hurting for $!
Big test this week and I hope we have revenge on our minds w/ Dallas in town. Dallas has been playing extremely well of late, especially Keyshawn and Glenn. W/ Hamlin probably out (did anyone else see that fight he was in outside of Pioneer Square?), it's going to come down to us stopping the deep threat. The "Tuna" also likes to call a good deal of trick plays, especially against every day average Holgrem. It'd be nice for a change if we through some trickery into the game as well FOR ONCE!
Seattle Sports Blog Guy
October 13, 2005
next up: The Texans
We come into week #6 w/ a golden opportunity to put ourselves 2 games up in the NFC West. St. Louis has a toughy w/ a Monday night battle vs. Indy, and w/ their head coach out, I find it difficult to have them pull this one off. The hawks, on the other hand, should have NO problem handling Houston: a home game, an 0-5 team, hawks coming off a big win. What must NOT happen is a major let down.
A couple of good articles on what's going on this weekend in week 6:
Shaun Alexander article on ESPN
October 10, 2005
BIG, BIG, WIN
Well, well, well, they certainly fooled me this weekend. Wow, that was an impressive game vs. St. Louis. When you consider that they were w/out D.Jackson and Engram, this team really proved something to me. Especially Hasselbeck, who lived up to his big offseason contract. Jurevicius also had a huge game w/ 137 yards receiving. Biggest offseason pickup? Yeah, and he deserves more playing time even w/ the WR's coming back. Who impresses me the most? Tatupu. 9 tackles and a pick and he's EVERYWHERE on D. What a great, great draft pick we got from him. Up next? A sour Houston team that we should easily beat, followed by a RED hot Dallas team. Seattle should have revenge on their minds after that game last year on Monday night.
Seattle Sports Blog Guy
October 06, 2005
Hawks vs. Rams: Game 5
Well, here we are again, in the middle of your typically average Seahawk season, w/ another typical situation: Big road game, can take the lead in the division, and pull ahead of the Rams. Can they do it? I doubt it. What do you see seperating this team from the last 3 years heading into this game? We've lost 37-20, 27-22, and 23-12 these last 3 years in St.Louis. Yes, the D is improved, yes, Seattle has lost to what I think 2 solid teams, Jax and Wa on the road. But at some point in time, the excuses run out. GREAT teams figure out how to win these games, not "good" or "average" teams. Once again, it's the Rams, 24-17.
September 29, 2005
Keys to the game: @ Washington
Honestly, Seattle should be able to take this game. Washington has showed NOTHING this year so far w/ their 2-0 record other than the fact they have a good D. A 9-7 win vs. Chicago and a 14-13 win vs. Dallas isn't exactly tearing up the NFL these days needless to say.
Keys to this game:
1. As I always say, Hasselbeck needs to be consistant, make smart plays, and not have turnovers. They will come after him, so he's got to be able to read the hot routes.
2. Take the crowd out of the game early. Ride the momemtum of a 2 game winning streak and get up early and hopefully sustain a big rally.
3. Open up the deep threat. Point #2 can be accomplished by throwing a couple of play-action deep bombs to Jackson early. WA will probably think we'll be coming out run, run, run, so run, run, run and hit them w/ a bomb on a play action.
Good luck Hawks, I think it will be a close one....
Seattle Sports Blog Guy
September 26, 2005
Hawks Game #3: that's how you win ballgames
If you can believe it, no qualms this week from the Seattle Sports Blog guy on this weeks game. They played great in all areas: they blitzed at the right time, Hasselbeck played perfectly (no mistakes), and Holgrem did not go ultra conservative in the 2nd half. Great W and things are looking better since the Jax loss.
Up next, a pesky Redskins team that is fresh off a big upset in Dallas. They might be feeling comfortable back in DC, so I think Seattle has an excellent shot to take one. Then, off to St.Louis for the real test of the season.
Seattle Sports Blog Guy
September 23, 2005
Forbes top 400
Any thoughts on Mr. Allen being #3 on this list....everything else he seems to touch turns to gold, why not the Hawks? If Holgrem isn't winning playoff games this year, I say c-ya, it's time to bring in some top talented coach and GM. Yeah, Daniel Snider isn't exactly buying SBowl wins left and right, but I think it can work in Seattle. Let's get a dynasty here, bottom line.
Game #3: AZ Cards
So, same sort of recipe this week that I had vs. the Jags. Hasselbeck must have a consistant game, bottom line. I feel that AZ will be blitzing ALOT, and he's got to be able to read the blitzes and make quick decisions. Otherwise, it's another 2 INT, 2 fumble game for that guy. The QB is by far the most important position in football..they handle the ball the most, from snap to hand off to throw....consistancy wins ballgames (aka Brady). The other key? The team as a whole needs to "pay attention" to this game. W/ big games against Washington and St. Louis on the road, they can't look ahead. Stay focused on this game, and get to 2-1.
Seattle Sports Blog Guy
September 18, 2005
A win for the Hawks, but....
Yeah, I know, I'm probably this teams hardest critic, but let's face it AGAIN, Holgrem does not know how to close out games. A 21-0 lead? Keep throwing the ball....get up 35-0! The Dolphins were a good example of this last week vs. Denver. They were up 24-7...what did they call on thier first play of the second half? A bomb, which resulted in a 31-7 lead...GAME OVER.
BTW, I think Seattle let a talent go w/ letting Lucas leave. He looked great today for Carolina. Trufant is great, but Lucas was glue on the NE recievers all day.
September 16, 2005
Seattle Seahawks 2005 Game Schedule
Sunday, September 11 10:00 am PT at Jacksonville L 26-14 FOX
Sunday, September 18 1:00 pm PT Atlanta FOX
Sunday, September 25 1:00 pm PT Arizona FOX
Sunday, October 2 10:00 am PT at Washington FOX
Sunday, October 9 10:00 am PT at St Louis FOX
Sunday, October 16 5:30 pm PT Houston ESPN
Sunday, October 23 1:00 pm PT Dallas FOX
Sunday, November 6 1:05 pm PT at Arizona FOX
Sunday, November 13 1:00 pm PT St Louis FOX
Sunday, November 20 1:05 pm PT at San Francisco FOX
Sunday, November 27 1:00 pm PT New York Giants FOX
Monday, December 5 6:00 pm PT at Philadelphia ABC
Sunday, December 11 1:00 pm PT San Francisco FOX
Sunday, December 18 10:00 am PT at Tennessee FOX
Saturday, December 24 1:00 pm PT Indianapolis CBS
Sunday, January 1 1:15 pm PT at Green Bay FOX
September 12, 2005
Week #2: Atlanta
Well, this team could be 0-2 before we know it. Anyone watching the Monday night game will get a taste of what Seattle is going to face. A young, hungry team w/ a great coach and a QB that is impossible to defend. What the Hawks should look to do is contain Vick, since you really can't stop him.
Ideas from the visitors out there?
My thoughts are that on 2nd and 3rd down, they stay in the Nickle/Dime regardless of the yardage to the first and run a "box in one" vs. Vick. Yes, yes, it's basketball lingo, but it makes sense. It's like the old days when Seattle used to have Bosworth Shadow Elway: same concept, except you stick someone w/ actual defensive talent against the QB such as Sharper or even a Hamlin or Boulware that have more speed.
Offensively....well, it's pretty simple: Hasseljoke doesn't through 3 INT's and fumble. Run the ball as much as possible, get M. Morris 5-8 carries, give the ball to Mack Strong, run a reverse...whatever! Just get the ball and decision making out of the hands of Hasseljoke.
Anyone think Wallace starts by game #4?
Seattle Sports Blog Guy
September 11, 2005
Hawks game #1
Did I call it or what? Hasselbeck REAALLLY struggled this week and he looked terrible. 3 INT's, fumbles, confusion. Let's hope he can turn it around soon or this season is done.
Seattle Sports Blog Guy
September 08, 2005
Hawks Game #1
Keys to the game this weekend against Jax:
-Control the line of scrimage: Jax has a huge D line and will cause problems for Seattle's weak right side
-Hassleback needs to play smart: this will be a 17-10 Seattle win if he plays smart. If he's not on, this game is Jax's for the taking
-D needs to make smart blitz decisions: Any QB in the NFL w/ enough time can look like an all-star. Blitzing Lefwich w/ correct timing and personel (i.e. a corner blitz, OSL blitz, etc.) will be critical.
Good luck...it will either be a narrow Seattle win or a 30-10 Jax win
Seattle Sports Blog Guy
July 27, 2005
Hawks sign Alexander....NOT good?
I'm a bit skeptical on this one.....
Seattle Times: "His salary is also fully guaranteed, even if he is injured or his skills diminish."
It will be interesting to see how he plays this year, if he's inspired. I'm hoping for the best and that Seattle signs him to a LONG contract!
Seattle Sports Blog Guy
June 02, 2005
latest Seahawks news
Good ridance of Robinson, Mr. Drop-a-lot is finally gone. Tons of potential, so he might excel in a bigger market franchise. So goes Bobby Taylor, another stellar move of Seattle's. We had the guy for one year and he did absolutely nothing. Again, really smart moves Mr. Holgrem. He was the one who drafted Robinson and he is the one who wanted Taylor. As I have stated before and I'll state again, PLEASE LET THIS BE THE LAST SEASON OF HOLGREM!!!!!
April 23, 2005
Seahawks Draft pick
Are you kidding me? A center w/ the first round pick? What a waste, an absolute waste. When was the last time a Center was picked in first round? 1982 w/ Blair Bush? Roddy White is a stud WR......dumb, dumb, dumb. Gee, do you think Atlanta laughed when they saw who we drafted? I bet they couldn't believe White fell to them. Huge mistake Seattle. Who are you big threats at WR? Jurevicius? An injury riddled WR w/ subpar speed (top year in career was 51 catches and 3 TD's when he was healthy). Or, Pathon, a guy who Manning mentioned had "dropped some passes" who's top year was 50 catches and 3 TD's. Another year of relying on K.Robinson? Bad, bad, bad
April 22, 2005
Hawks offseason moves
The hawks are making quite a few moves in the off-season, including the recent signing of Dyson from Tenn (CB Andre, not WR silly). It was tough to see Brown leave, who has been the motor of that Defense for so many years. Brown won't have his jersey retired, but he has been a great contributor through the years.
I did not like the release of Simmons or Chike O (did anyone else notice he had 2 of our sacks in the St. Louis playoff game?), but Sharper is a good acquisition. The real problem w/ this D, however, is Rhodes. I have 0% confidence in his ability to correctly call blitzes, running zone D in goal line situation, and overall prevent D (Balt. loss in 2003, Dallas loss on MNF). The team finished 26th in the league last year and was supposedly "improved" w/ Winstrom and Taylor. 26th people....that's not good. http://www.nfl.com/stats/teamsort/NFL/DEF-TOTAL/2004/regular?sort_col_1=4
Finally, what's the story of Alexander. I here Seattle's front office is entertaining 1st round picks...NO MATTER WHERE THE PICK IS. Are you serious? We should be getting 2 FIRST ROUND picks for the #1 RB in the game. Not sure if I agree w/ their choice of just giving him up for a simple first rounder.
Seattle Sports Blog Guy