Saturday, August 27, 2005

The Seattle Seahawks aka "The Honky Tonk Man"

It took me a while to come up with a wrestler for Seattle. I thought, what wrestler was in the right place at the right time more than any other wrestler? Clearly it was the Honky Tonk Man. Can you believe this guy actually won the Intercontinental championship back when it actually meant something? In fact, it wasn't even supposed to happen. Butch Reed was supposed to beat Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat but he couldn't make it so The Honky Tonk Man was a last second substitution. Amazingly, The Honky Tonk man held the belt for an unbelievable 14 months. The title reign came to an abrupt end when The Ultimate Warrior smoked The Honky Tonk man in 10 seconds which pretty much ended his career as a main event wrestler.

The Seattle Seahawks are clearly in the right place at the right time. They have two awful teams in their division in San Francisco and Arizona. That should be good for four wins. St. Louis is not a very good team either. The Seahawks aren't a bad team. They have the most dependable runner in the NFL in Shaun Alexander. Darrell Jackson is an above average wide receiver. They lost Koren Robinson which will hurt. Matt Hasselbeck is a hot and cold quarterback. I would be nervous with him as my quarterback. However, he'll have plenty of time to throw with one of the league's best offensive lines. Steve Hutchinson, Walter Jones, and Pork Chop Womack will be Hasselbeck's security force. The tight ends are above average with Jerramy Stevens and Itula Mili.

The defense wasn't very good last season. They stole Grant Wistrom from St. Louis which will make the pass rush considerably better. They also brought in Jamie Sharper which will improve the linebacker play. Marcus Trufant is a good cornerback but the secondary looks more like a list of biology club members than an NFL secondary. I would be extremely nervous heading into the season with that group.

Seattle will find themselves in shootouts more than a few times this season. They have a good enough offense to beat sorry teams but they'll struggle to contain high powered offenses like Philadelphia, Green Bay and Indianapolis. The Seahawks pulled off one of the hardest feats in the NFL last season in losing to the same team three times. Despite the inability to contend with the NFL's reigning moron coach (Mike Martz) last season, I think they can take at least one from the Rams. They should be 5-1 in the division. They get a few lower-caliber teams in Washington, Houston, NY Giants, and Tennessee. They really should go 3-1 in those games. That leaves Jacksonville, Dallas, Philly, Indy, and Green Bay. I would expect them to go no better than 2-3 in those games and possibly 1-4. They'll benefit from the weak NFC West and make the playoffs.

Predicted record: 9-7

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Well I was waiting for my team and it arrives with the Honkey Talk Man! I'll take that.

All I can say is they better win a playoff game this year. It's tough being a Lions fan but it's equally tough being a Seahawks fan. I could have picked the 49ers, Raiders, Steelers, Cowboys, or any successful franchise when I was a kid but I chose the Seahawks because they were an enigma. Well I've been a fan for 27 years now and I still can't figure them out but I really do love them.

Only the Tigers eclipse the Seahawks for my professional sports love. Coincidentally both peaked in 1984 when the Seahawks last won a playoff game (if not for Denver's 13-3 campaign they would have gone to the Super Bowl because Miami would have come to Seattle), and the Tigers the World Series of Baseball.

For 2004 I was thinking NFC Championship but in 2005 a playoff win will do. No one expects much so maybe this is the year they blow up. But that is too optimistic for a team that just seems to always be missing something in taking the step to the next level. 9-7 is about right.


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