The Seahawks Aren’t Great, Just Awesome

Seven years ago was the last time that Seattle got to see what a great team looks like. The Super Bowl XL team that rocked Qwest Field that year was a classically efficient West Coast offense team led by NFL MVP Shaun Alexander and his 28 touchdowns and a defense that was fine tuned to fundamental perfection. The 2005 team had a nearly perfect resume as they went 13-3, a perfect 10-0 at home, won the NFC West, and won the NFC Championship before losing* in the Super Bowl to the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Mike Holmgren trying to give a side judge in Super Bowl XL a piece of his mind

Andy Reid Mike Holmgren trying to give a side judge in Super Bowl XL a piece of his mind

But they weren’t quite as fun as this year’s edition of the Hawks. The Seattle Seahawks are 9-5 heading into an absolutely riveting litmus test against the seemingly dominant San Francisco 49ers on primetime television. Although they are not quite comparable to their 2005 counterparts with a division crown seemingly out of reach and have a much less paved road to the Super Bowl in front of them, this team has assumed an identity that is thoroughly more exciting to witness than any Seahawks team I have ever seen.

Nothing about this team is perfect or as seemingly unflappable as the Super Bowl team, led by Hall of Fame coach Mike Holmgren, an all-time great left side of the offensive line with Walter Jones and Steve Hutchinson, and Alexander’s season for the ages. That team was a football purist’s dream. But what exactly does a football purist look like? My caricature of such a man is a John Gruden type, sitting in front of a dark theater with a roll of tape being fed into a dusty projector, playing and rewinding relentlessly the delicate intricacies of the pulling guard setting the edge for a seven yard run on first down to set up a methodically executed post route on second and short, all the while wishing that Lynn Swann still played, if only for the grace that he brought to the football field. Football purist guy loved the 2005 Seahawks, and there is nothing wrong with that. But I love this year’s version better, for the same reason that I was listening to Good Charlotte instead of Coldplay in middle school.

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Lunchtime Links – 5/3

Something new here on SS&O will be the occurrence of “Lunchtime Links,” a rather straight and to the point post providing our viewers with notable links that are relevant to the Seattle sports world. Now, the goal is to do this intermittently around the lunchtime hours, hence the name, but I was a little late today so you will have to forgive me this time. Anyways, enough talking and more link-age.

  • Great article today on Deadspin by Jeremy Repanich, a former Sonics employee, giving his insights on the well known turnover and departure of our NBA franchise. I will warn you, it is a rather long read, but it brings a lot of interesting inside information to the table. Enjoy. http://tinyurl.com/75r6k32
  • Bob Condotta, the Seattle Times Husky Football beat writer, released his unofficial depth chart following the end of the Huskies spring practices. Definitely worth a look for those of you Dawg fans out there. http://tinyurl.com/86neldh
  • This article is from Percy Allen, the Seattle Times Husky Basketball beat writer, and reports that the Husky hoops team will be taking a Summer trip to Europe and Africa, including Aziz N’Diaye’s home country of Senegal.  http://tinyurl.com/7k6l9kj 
  • Lastly, is an article written by Nick Eaton of the Seattle PI posing the question: Who should be the starting quarterback for the Seahawks? Worth the read, as it gives a background of each of the four signal callers currently on the roster. http://tinyurl.com/c6qmdwn

That’s all I have for today. Let me know what you think about this new type of post; whether it’s worth your time or just a waste. We always encourage feedback. Thanks for reading!