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!

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Ultimate Explosion!!

Yes, it's been a while since the last Explosion... blame it on the sports world being completely boring recently. That and the M's suck.

- Every once in a while I feel a little sorry for Alex Rodriguez. Getting publicly called out by George Steinbrenner on a day when Randy Johnson can't go 4 innings against the Red Sox is probably not his fault. However, karma apparently isn't done with A-Rod. Go karma.

- John Clayton has a darn good article today on the new type of small, fast, weakside linebacker (Seattle=Julian Peterson). I think this is another example of traditional mindsets changing on what the linebacker position is supposed to be. I've watched Tampa Bay and New England dominate the league defensively for years based mainly on the ability of their linebackers (Derrick Brooks, Tedy Bruschi) being able to cover the entire field from sideline to sideline, drop back into zone coverage, or come up to stop the run. All of those responsibilities require speed and instinct, not necessarily size. The end of the article posits the theory that offenses (apparently like Dallas) are going to go more to a two tight end set to run the ball at these smallish linebackers. That to me sounds like a stupid move, especially since tight ends are becoming glorified wide receivers. Just try that against Leroy Hill and Peterson and see how well you do.

King Felix won a start! Bam! He actually did it without struggling every single inning! Now, if he could only do that against a team that wasn't the Tampa Bay Devil Rays I might be impressed. Still, with Chris Snelling (new nickname: Seabiscuit) on his way back and Adam Jones ripping it up in Tacoma I think there may actually be something to look forward to this summer. Of course, if the rest of the AL West continues to suck and we by the luck of the draw stay in this race who knows what could happen.

Of course, an Explosion wouldn't be complete without some Hawk buzz. I would like to point out to David Locke that Itula Mili has practiced, meaning we do have an experienced tight end who is healthy in May. If that makes him feel better. Mike Sando brought up in his blog (linked to at the side) another player I don't refer to enough when talking about our depth, and that's RT Ray Willis, who the coaching staff absolutely adores. They think he could be better than Sean Locklear, who did nothing but contain every huge pass rusher he faced last season. Need to remember him.
Newspaper note sections crack me up sometimes. Check this one out.

"Former Seahawks WR Jerry Rice and QB John Friesz will be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame's divisional class (for schools smaller than Division I-A) in August."

For starters, Jerry Rice was an extremely forgettable member of our organization. Saying "Former Seahawks WR Jerry Rice" is almost the funniest thing you could write in that situation. I'm sure the divisional College Football HOF will mention his glorious 10 games with us. Also, do we really want to remember that John Friesz played for the Seahawks? Aren't we trying to think optimistic thoughts right now? What's next, the Rick Mirer fun hour? The Dan McGwire Bobblehead Night?

Finally, one last word (probably not) on the Texas A&M "license". Apparently the Hawks paid less then 10 grand. That's right, less than 10,000 dollars to get those monkeys off our backs. I did a little research and it costs a student about 17k (total cost... books, room, board,etc) to attend this prestigious institution this year. In other words, don't look for the Seattle Seahawks Scholarship to show up anytime soon.

posted by Gavin @ 12:42 PM  5 comments


At 2:39 PM, Blogger DrDetecto said...

Great stuff amigos. Would that the local newspapers had youse kinda guys writing for 'em. :-)

On the World Cup, your article was awesome but a little over my head ... written for the fellow soccer expert which is cool.

If you get time, how 'bout a rundown of the top 16 or so US players, written for the non-soccer-literate?

Like: KASEY KELLER one of the world's top 5 goalies, currently starring for sauerkraut of Der Wienerschnitzel, a bit old but nothing to worry about.

BRIAN McBRIDE a quality player in the English Premier League, known for his in-the-air play, ranked #56 in the EPL, top 30 in goals (or whatever)...

See, the thing is, I've heard of those two guys :-) but don't have much of a feel for how many of the other US players are international quality.

Would be glad to post as a guest article on DOV with a shoutout, or if posted on here we kin link over.

If y'get time. :-) In any case, great reads here mates.

Dr D

At 3:39 PM, Blogger Gavin said...

Thanks Dr. D. We'll get on that article.

If we ever had the chance to replace Steve Kelley...

At 5:36 PM, Blogger Locked on Sports said...

Keep up the great work from one the forementioned people in this blog.

At 11:29 PM, Blogger nach said...

Go karma go! I also demand you write on my new favorite Mariner: RBI leader Jose Lopez.

At 1:08 PM, Blogger El Jefe said...

Dr D,
Thanks for the futbol feedback. I agree an article on the prominent US players is needed. I won't let the current Cup roster limit my scope this time, however. This will be a fun research test because I haven't heard much lately from 2002's supposed "stars" like Clint Mathis or Joe Max-Moore. Ok, so I wouldn't put either of them in the top 16 (good number...full squad with 5 bench players) but a "Where are They Now?" segment sounds like it's brewing as well.


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