from the playoff grid-iron to the unknown diamond

Thank you, Seattle Seahawks.

Yes, your 2010/11 season was a bit topsy-turvey … 
new GM, new head coach and 280+ roster moves just for a start!

But you gave Seattle sports fans a taste of some sweet nectar we’ve been thirsting for for SO long.

Granted, you took far from the conventional route to the NFL playoffs…
becoming the first team in NFL history to win their division with a losing record.

But, undeterred, you went on a quest to “prove ’em wrong at Qwest…
and prove ’em wrong you did – defeating the reigning Super Bowl Champions in an unforgettable game in Seattle on January 8th in which we fans cheered so hard and loud at one point during Marshawn Lynch’s epic 67-yard touchdown run we caused an earthquake!

Then there was the trip to Chicago for the second round…
hopes were high – you had already beat them this season, on their own field.  But, apparently, it just wasn’t in the cards.  The defense was lack-luster, the receivers dropped too many balls and the overall offense was unable to adjust adequately after losing John Carlson – with a game plan heavily reliant on the tight end.  And so, your season ended on a cold Sunday at Soldier Field.

But, the future seems bright…
I mean, if you can get THIS far with the somewhat patchwork team of aging vets, rookies and various misfits whom others had written off …. imagine what you can accomplish once some real key pieces are acquired!

Obviously, the big elephant in the room is…
What to do at quarterback?  I, for one, hope you resign Matt – for a couple of years.  Sure, his year, like the team’s, was a bit of a roller coaster (from the concussion, to the broken wrist, to the freak hip injury to the awesome games early vs. the Bears and late vs. the Saints).  From everything we hear, Matt is the consummate professional and the ultimate leader.  From everything we see, he can do some pretty special things for this football team – when healthy and behind a cohesive O-line (neither of which occurred enough simultaneously this season).  A transition is in order and Matt should be an integral part of it.

In baseball, there’s a saying that “Chicks dig the long ball”…
And, in response, my mantra has always been, “but, REAL women love leather!”
(in fact, I even considered naming my blog that, but quickly realized, some might get the wrong impression of the sort of blog I was running 😉  Anyway, point is, I LOVE defense – no matter the sport. I truly hope that the Seahawks place a LARGE emphasis on improving, make that “stellar-izing”, their defense.  There’s just something about a quarterback sack (like a caught-stealing) or an interception (like an inning-ending double play) or a goal-line stand (like a home run-robbing catch) that gets my juices flowing.

So, anyway…
You don’t need me to tell you that there is a TON of work to be done.  But, I do trust you to get it done, to once and for all get this organization (or “program” as Pete likes to call it) headed in the right direction.  Of course, there’s the added complexity of the looming CBA – all the more reason to move swiftly and accurately:  sign Matt, fix the O-line and build a KILLER “D” that will put the Seahawks well on their way to “owning” the NFC West – just as Pete declared when he first donned his Blue and Green last winter.

Thank you again, Seahawks…  
You helped a city remember what it’s like to win again.  Here’s hoping you can continue where you left off and that some of the good things of your misfit season can rub off on your baseball counterparts.

It’s time to turn my attention from the blue and green of  the grid-iron to the navy and teal of the diamond.  But first, a few things to start my 2011 off right… 

  • a celebration of my “winter birthday” (the big 5-0) at my “summer home” (that would be, Safeco Field) later this month with a 100 or so of my very favorite people
  • a trip to Las Vegas with my husband for Super Bowl weekend
  • a trip to Arizona in March with some good friends to catch a few Spring Training games

I think it’s going to be a good year 🙂