Crushed Optimists

We are twin brothers who grew up in Central Washington. This blog is devoted to the life of Seattle sports fans, as well as various other topics that we will espouse for your enjoyment. We could be called another OFFICIAL SEATTLE SEAHAWKS site, but we'll take our uneducated crack at the Mariners, Sonics, and Huskies as well. A Seattle Sports Blog? Must be the land... of crushed optimism!

Thursday, December 29, 2005

What is it with people and the Seahawks?

I know that I am only a few short hours from praising the media for finally jumping on the Seahawks' bandwagon but at that point I hadn't read Jason Whitlock's latest NFL Truths column for ESPN. Now, since I just got done berating Scoop Jackson, I should probably let it slip that I normally find Jason pretty entertaining. He doesn't take himself or his articles too seriously. With that said, let's take a peek at what he thinks regarding the NFC.

8. Of all the teams in the NFC, the Washington Redskins are the only team capable of winning the Super Bowl.

After being down on Joe Gibbs early in the season, I have to credit him for getting things together. If the Skins knock off the Eagles, they will enter the playoffs as the hottest team in the league -- hotter than the streaking Patriots, also winners of four straight. Of course, we know the Redskins can play defense. What's been impressive is their offensive explosion the last two weeks -- 35 points in each victory, over the Cowboys and Giants. The Skins have a good offensive line, three good running backs, a big-play receiver (Santana Moss), an effective tight end (Chris Cooley) and a QB who has thrown 22 touchdowns and just nine interceptions.
Okay, this is flat out lunacy. The Washington Redskins at this point are 9-6 and are the #6 seed in the NFC playoffs. Calling them the "only team capable of winning the Super Bowl" as the #6 seed is ignorant and lazy. Speaking of which, calling the Redskins the "hottest team in the league" when there happens to be a team currently riding an ELEVEN GAME WIN STREAK boggles the mind. What do the Seahawks have to do to prove to Jason that they could win the Super Bowl? Do they have to move to the East Coast, set up shop in Virginia and hype themselves incessently?

Of course, Whitlock continues by praising Washington's offense. While I agree that Washington has all the weapons he lists, they have not been able to do anything with it consistently and especially on the road. Let's think about this. Washington's a #6 seed. They are 3-4 on the road, with one of those wins being the miracle comeback against Dallas. This is not a recipe for playoff success, as they will be playing EVERY GAME ON THE ROAD. Now, I admit that if the NY Giants lose and Washington wins they will take the NFC East and my argument is moot. However, the NY Giants play Oakland on Sunday. This isn't an upset waiting to happen.

So, as a Hawks fan, what exactly does Jason think disqualifies the #1 seed Seahawks from being a legitimate contender?

7. OK, while I'm on the subject, let me rank the NFC Super Bowl hopefuls.

1. Redskins: Outstanding defense and just enough offense to beat any team in the league.
2. Bears: Absolutely love the move to Rex Grossman. If Muhsin Muhammad holds on to the football, the Bears might score enough points to sneak into the Bowl.
3. Seahawks: Just feel like Matt Hasselbeck is going to do a couple of stupid things in Seattle's playoff opener and it's going to be curtains.
First Bill Simmons and now this. The problem with Seattle isn't anything they've shown. It's what "they feel will happen". Hasselbeck will throw a crippling interception. Alexander will fumble. The defense won't stop anyone when it counts. The problem with this logic is that it isn't logic. It's conjecture, and even worse it's baseless conjecture. While there is no problem with Jason Whitlock believing that another team could beat Seattle in the playoffs (heck, I believe that), it is idiotic to classify other teams as better because Matt Hasselbeck, the best rated quarterback in the league the past few weeks, is going to do something dumb. Here's an NFL Truth for you, Jason. The Redskins will not make the Super Bowl. Then perhaps you can write a column about how idiotic your column was (I won't hold my breath).

posted by Gavin @ 8:20 PM  2 comments


At 10:26 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

as a redskisn fan, they are just licking the flavor of the week. while it's nice for us redskin's fan ego, it doesn't mean much.

On the other hand, while the seahawks are the best team in the NFC, as a redskins fan I'm not particularly scared of them either. (Helps that the skins beat them earlier in the year, even if it was at fedex)

At 10:29 PM, Blogger Gavin said...

I don't think any fan from any opposing team should worry about someone from Seattle calling their team "unbeatable". There's a reason for the title of the blog. As I wrote below, I'm pretty impressed with the Redskins now. In fact, I wouldn't be surprised if they are an elite team next year in the NFC. I just don't see this as their year. Not as a #6 seed.


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