So, um, yeah... I'm not used to raving instead of ranting (the last five blog posts have had a negative view of the in-state teams), so this blog post may be interesting.
To start off, you might want to remind yourself how awesome Marshawn Lynch is . Watch that while you can, the NFL will probably remove it by the end of the week.
Wow. Just, wow.
My prediction for the game was a 3-point Saints victory. I remembered what the Saints-Seahawks game looked like in NOLA, and I thought if Matt Hasselbeck could clean up his turnovers, we wouldn't get blown out. Turns out, I was the closest of my friends. Matt threw for four TD passes, including one to the Grammy award-winning John Carlson. Marshawn Lynch became the first Seahawk this year to bust the 100-yd mark in a single game. And the defense played decently enough. I mean, I can't exactly commend them for coughing up 36 points, can I?
So now, all the people who whined about the Seahawks hosting a playoff game may have to deal with Qwest Field hosting two.
The Packers will take on the Falcons as the lowest seed left in the NFC bracket. The Championship game will be hosted by the highest remaining seed. If the Packers and Seahawks both win, then Seattle will host its second NFC championship game in five years.
This is not that far-fetched of a scenario, either. The Hawks already beat the Bears in Chicago back in Week 6. The Packers lost by a field goal in Georgia to the Falcons, though, but hey, bigger point turnarounds have happened this year.
With that perfect segue, let's talk about the Huskies. First off, I'd like to thank the heaps of extremely classy Husker fans I've seen on the boards since the game. There's been a few less classy folks out there, so I want to thank you for taking the high road.
Second, who says Jake Locker isn't a smart quarterback? That's one of the main things I noticed in his senior season. His stats suck, but being a quarterback isn't about padding your stats; it's about winning football games. Jake Locker led his team with a goose egg in the turnovers and made sure to tuck it under or throw it away when there was no good decision in terms of a target. Also, Chris Polk (who says he'll be back next year) was unreal.
But that's enough football.
On top of all this, Gonzaga's receiving votes in the polls again. The Zags just thrashed Portland, who were picked by some to win the conference (HAHAHAHAHAHA). The Huskies are ranked, and the Cougars would be if it wasn't for the stupid LA road trip where they sucked (sigh...).
In other basketball news, the Hornets are still owned by the league, Steve Ballmer still has money, and the Sonic franchise is still in Seattle. However, that story probably won't get moving any time soon; David Stern has thrown around the idea of trimming away a few franchises from the NBA due to the economy, and the league-owned Hornets would probably be the first to go.
But, in general, I'm feeling really optimistic right now. If you talk to me next Monday, I'll probably be less so (either the Seahawks lose and I'm really sad or the Packers lose and I'm pessimistic about our chances in the title game), Still, I'll enjoy my week of possibility.
Optimism? In Seattle?
Posted on: January 9, 2011 11:45 pm