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!

Friday, January 27, 2006

Ultimate Explosion!!

Most writers took today off as a break from Super Bowl chatter, so no Jerome Bettis or Ben Roethlisberger odes to post today. However, we do have some other interesting storylines to discuss.

- Jay Bilas posts 8 teams other than the top four who could easily crash Indianapolis and the Final Four. He does include Washington in that list, although I would feel a lot better about the Huskies' chances if they quit losing winnable game on the road like last night. California is a good team, but not that good. Get tough, for crying out loud. Bench Jensen if that's what it takes. Jensen gets pushed around easier than I would. I can't really quibble with his other selections either, especially since he does include Gonzaga. Really there isn't a dominant college team this year. Duke is a beneficiary of a much weaker ACC. This tournament will be wide-open (I think I like Michigan St right now).

- Mariner post! While I applaud the M's attempts at keeping King Felix's pitch counts down, calling him your #5 starter is (wait for it) asinine. Whatever they say, he is our ace. Pitching him after Gil Meche is the equivalent of drinking Coors Lite when it's Free Guiness night at the local drinking establishment.

- On to the Seahawks... I had to post this article from the Tacoma News-Tribune about the 3-4 defense only because it mentions that we faced more than just Dallas AND mentions that we were without Darrell Jackson and Bobby Engram in said game. Kudos, local news scribes. I also found it fascinating to remember that we had a ton of success against an excellent 3-4 defense in Baltimore a couple of years ago with most of the same offensive players. While I've wiped the end of that particular game from my memory banks because of the large amount of pain it causes, I do recall that our receivers were able to get open against the blitz packages for large gains. Let's hope we can see that again. Michael Silver at CNNSI has a terrific article on Walter Jones and the rest of the Hawks offensive line. The quotes in there are great, especially when Walter starts getting morbid on plane flights. This offensive line is why I feel confident about our offense. They are that good.

- Back to the Senior Bowl, which I've been trying to pay some attention to. Mel Kiper Jr, he of the coiffed look, has his winner-losers, few of which I care about. I am curious about Jerome Harrison's prospects. Why everyone keeps paying attention to Penn St QB Michael Robinson is a bit beyond me. He's not even athletic enough to even consider playing the position, so he must have had some really bad advice not to use every day to show up as a RB/WR (ala Matt Jones). I was also disappointed to hear about Derek Hagan's performance, since whenever I watched ASU games Hagan seemed to be head and shoulders above the competition. I do like Chris Mortenson's look at Vandy QB Jay Cutler. There's always a third-fourth QB that can be the best (Big Ben). Perhaps Cutler's that guy. I still don't see him bypassing Leinart or Young. Mortenson also mentions his belief this is a much deeper draft than last year and I agree.

- Some idiots (our favorites Don Banks and Petey Prisco) have already started predicting draft spots. Here's what I find so funny about this. If there was a year where offensive line play should have shown up as THE key factor in many of the haves-have nots, it was this past season. Teams like Houston have to protect David Carr. Teams like Houston have playmakers like Dominack Davis. So of course they would draft another running back (Bush), although the Texans get a bit of a break since Reggie Bush is a freak of nature. Still, this idiocy is truly on display with one of the Crushed Optimists favorites, the Arizona Cardinals (they of the dark horse wild card shot). The Cardinals weren't able to generate any kind of a push for either Marcel Shipp or JJ Arrington. They weren't able to pass protect enough to keep Kurt Warner healthy. They desperately need line help. So of course both Prisco and Banks have them taking a running back, Memphis' DeAngelo Williams. Hello? Earth to pundits! Arizona needs people who can block! For chuckles, Banks predicts the Hawks to take a DE named Elvis Dumervil from Louisville. A DE could be nice, but I'm holding out for a RB.

- Oh, um, I should probably mention that Lofa Tatupu and Robbie Tobeck are both officially in the Pro Bowl now, since the Crushed Dad was literally incensed at the omission yesterday. Moustache almost caught on fire. Anyways, just another reason how Tatupu was snubbed in the Defensive Rookie of the Year voting.

posted by Gavin @ 12:37 PM  7 comments

7 Comments:

At 12:59 PM, Blogger colin_hesse said...

Hey, Gavin, Dumervil was an uber-stud at DE. He will probably be a star in this league. I sure wouldn't mind drafting him. Seriously, LenDale White will NOT be around at 32.

 
At 1:02 PM, Blogger Gavin said...

I want LenDale White. You can have your uber-studs.

 
At 4:18 PM, Blogger colin_hesse said...

Well, Gavin, you probably also want a unicorn, a dwarf, an original Picasso, the key to the secret castle on Level 7 of Super Mario World, and Brittany Spears to never be seen or heard from again. All of those things are more likely to happen then us drafting White.

Keep dreaming, though. It's good for you.

 
At 4:28 PM, Blogger Gavin said...

The world needs dreamers instead of dark, sad realists like yourself who spend most night crying in the corner. Cynicism causes cancer.

 
At 5:14 PM, Blogger colin_hesse said...

So do unicorns, man. So do unicorns.

And it's not so much as you are a dreamer as you are based outside the province of reality.

 
At 4:40 AM, Blogger nach said...

I want to see gary's mustache catch fire, cancer or no. I'm also engaged.

 
At 10:05 AM, Blogger colin_hesse said...

Sure you are, Nate. You're engaged to a unicorn.

No, CONGRATS!!

 

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