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Seahawks win should bother NFL executives

Posted on: January 8, 2011 8:07 pm
Edited on: January 8, 2011 8:46 pm
M. Williams (US Presswire)Posted by Andy Benoit

Let’s make one thing clear: the Seattle Seahawks deserved to win Saturday afternoon. They had the better game plan (offensive approach: attack Roman Harper through the air; defensive approach: play zone and trust that your ends are better than the subpar Saints offensive tackles). The Seahawks were fundamentally sounder (the Saints missed six tackles on the Marshawn Lynch touchdown run alone). And the Seahawks capitalized on their unparalleled homefield advantage.

And so the Seahawks deserved to win. But that doesn’t mean they proved they deserve to be playing. Analysts all over the country will issue mea culpas this week. They’ll claim the Seahawks proved that, despite a 7-9 record, they were indeed a worthy playoff team.

But this team was still 7-9 during the regular season. That has to mean something. If the NFL trumpets the Seahawks and lauds them as lovable underdogs, the league will tacitly be telling its fans that the regular season really doesn’t matter.

This is a very dangerous sentiment – one that sports leagues have a hard time shaking once it catches on (just ask the NBA or MLB). But look at the results of the past five NFL postseasons. In 2008, the 9-7 Cardinals reached the Super Bowl. In 2007, the 10-6 Giants WON the Super Bowl (knocking off the perfect Patriots in the process). In 2006, the No. 3 seed Colts hoisted the Lombardi Trophy. In 2005, the Wild Card Steelers won three straight road games to earn rings.

And now a 7-9 team has advanced to the second round (with the 10-6 Bucs team that blew out Seattle in Week 16 was home watching). Perhaps it’s great for the NFL. After all, anything can happen come playoff time. And parity rings true. That makes for great television. But what does it say about the importance of the other 17 weeks we just spent watching this league?

The Seahawks deserved to win Saturday. Too bad they still didn’t deserve to play, though.

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Since: Mar 22, 2007
Posted on: January 9, 2011 1:40 am

Seahawks Deserve Everything they get....

I did not like the fact the Seahawks are in the playoffs. My reason was purely selfish; I wanted to watch a good football game. Well shame on me!

The Seahawks not only provided competition they, they provided the upset. The Seahawks are like the Cinderellas of the NCAA's March Madness tournament. I now will root for them. I am pumped that they did not win as beneficiaries of the Saint's turning the ball over or "many turnovers" as was suggested, on this site, it would have to be. They played, they turned their game up a notch and Petey C. well he showed that "the arguably best QB/Coach combo" in the NFL (another CBS quote - Anyone remeber those Brady & Belichik fellas?) could be out coached and ultimately out played.

If you have played sports, have been in a band or ever just come together with a group of people and for one day there was magic; you know what happenned today. The magic is not given justice in the retelling of the story, you can't explain it properly. As anyone who shared the experience will tell you: You just had to be there!

Congrats to the Seahawks. I applaud them for their efforts. I am glad it is an anomoly when teams with losing records make the playoffs but it in no way hurts the integrity of the league. Party Seattle, you earned it!  There are folks that will tell you that this is bad for the NFL. They are wrong . It is not bad when Gonzaga or Butler play deep into the tournament. In fact people love a Cinderella story. The only people that can be upset are the "WhoDat" nation. The rest of us enjoyed the grid iron today, the pure joy of the Seattle locker room and the triumph against all odds. It is a good feeling; I forgot that millionaires were celebrating and billionaire owners has lots had stake. This is exactly what the NFL needed and it is good for them. Please remeber that this is what we are buying as fans. The emotional attachment to the game, the cance any team can win and the spirit of competition. 

Remember that we are your customer and we are loyal; work out your differences and honour that loyalty. We as fans deserve it. We work hard in our daily jobs for the smallest fractions of your salaries and profits. We take our joy from your product. Look at other leagues and the disconnect with them grows as the popularity of your game soars. For us, for yourselves! NFLPA & NFL Owners please do the right thing... Your product put a smile on my face and joy in my heart with the Seahaks win. I felt bad for Brees and the Saints as well. I do not have this emotional attachment to any other game. I am not a fan of either team and this where you have me over every other sport; I love your game!

I am a big Hockey fan as well and I feel even stronger than this when the Habs play or Team Canada is playing but not when I watch Atlanta vs. Tampa Bay. With no attachment to those cities I will make time to watch their NFL game! Lets Keep Playing!  I find games too expensive and the in stadium costs are prhibitive. I hate your blackout rule (at least during a recession) and Overtime must change in the regular season. However, much is right with the NFL, Lets Keep Playing!

Thank you for the great games today!

(plus my Lions finally look promising!)

Since: Jan 8, 2011
Posted on: January 9, 2011 1:27 am

Seahawks win should bother NFL executives

Like Pete Carrol said about the BCS. It was the system that was used. He doesn't like it, but it IS what it IS. He would like to see a playoff format in college. That's not going to happen any time soon. Ass Benoit doesn't know anything about teams turning a corner and finally bying into a system that these coaches are preaching. Besides there have been many teams that had great winning records and survived and won their Superbowls. Hey Rep, you want to know what's scary? This Seahawks team looks very much like the 2005 team that went to their only Superbowl, but got robbed by the officials on a 14 point swing against the Jerome Bettis Steelers. I think the teams that  are in now better watch out!

Since: Oct 7, 2010
Posted on: January 9, 2011 1:19 am

Seahawks win should bother NFL executives

Oh man this guy is a fool.  We are talking about ONE team with a losing record in the history of the league, and he want to change the rules.  Or is it that he just feel dumb as s#*t for bad mouthing the Hawks the way he did.  Eat crow like a man and walk away with a little dignity.  The NFC West had a historically bad year, no doubting that.  But since 2005 they are a league best 9-5 in the playoffs.   

Since: Jan 9, 2011
Posted on: January 9, 2011 12:56 am

Seahawks win should bother NFL executives

Since: Oct 1, 2006
Posted on: January 9, 2011 12:42 am

Seahawks win should bother NFL executives

hahahahah wow! Andy Benoit if I was your boss I would fire your ass tommorrow. I have read colour comentary before that has made the writer sound stupid but man you just took the cake. The rules have been in place this way for years! It doesn't happen very often (three times to be exact) that non winning records make the playoffs.  No structured system will be perfect. So accept it for what it is and Yes Seattle did prove they deserve to be there.  I think Matt Hasselbeck said it perfectly on Primetime tonight. "What do you call the guy who graduates from Med school with the lowest GPA?" yes you call him a doctor! They met the criteria, got in, and pulled a great upset. Then Andy Benoit wants to still talk about them not deserving to be in the post season based on their record. Wow who the hell hired you man! Just down right embarrassing.

Since: Aug 29, 2006
Posted on: January 9, 2011 12:30 am

Seahawks win should bother NFL executives

Stupid Fkking article. What a dooosh troll Benoit. A team wins, beats a favorite in the playoffs and you immediately gonna talk down about them? Andy When the regular season ends in any sport it is over, playoffs are a new season. Dont bring up the 17 weeks before this game now dont matter. They matter asshole they lead up to the playoffs.

Since: Mar 20, 2009
Posted on: January 9, 2011 12:28 am

Seahawks win should bother NFL executives

Ok , lets put this into perspective. Seattle Seahawks won their division. New Orleans did not. So you want to reward a team for coming in 2nd place in their division, a wild card, home field advantage? New Orleans got their just reward. They won a wildcard spot.  They are lucky to get that. The fact remains that they did not get the job done in their division and THAT is what the regular season is about. This business of giving a team that didnt even win their own division is so  illogical. Want to grade a team on how good they are? Beat the division that knows you and your players almost as well as you do; teams you play twice in the same year. Prove yourself in that and you deserve to be in the playoffs irregards to your overall record. The comment about the 10-6 Bucs is ignorant at best. They not only did not win their division , but didnt win enough to get a wildcard bid. Trust me , if the 10-6 Bucs would have been in Seattle today, the result most likely would have been worse for the fact they are not better than the New Orleans Saints worked very hard to get the wild card position and should hold their head up high. Not too many teams are going to hang with the Seahawks the way they played today; like Division Winners...

Since: Nov 20, 2006
Posted on: January 9, 2011 12:27 am

Seahawks win should bother NFL executives

Brilliant analysis Andy. You think that the NFL is saying that the regular season doesn't matter? You do realize that denying a division winner a playoff berth is doing exactly that right? Seeding is another argument altogether but if you want to grant playoff spots based solely on wins and losses you are nullifying the division system! Why don't we get rid of the two conferences while we're at it? You know, just have the top two teams play the superbowl and that's that. Of course if multiple teams have identical records and we no longer have divisions we'll have to resort to stregnth of schedule analysis and polling to determine who advances. Is that really what you want?

Seeding home games is a valid argument and worthy of discusion in my opinion but suggesting that a division winner doesn't even deserve to play based on their record is asinine.

Since: Dec 10, 2007
Posted on: January 9, 2011 12:09 am

Seahawks win should bother NFL executives

Yes the Seahawks finshed 7-9 and won a weak divison, they shouldn't have been in the palyoffs. Well they beat the the Saints congrats to the Seahawks.

Since: Dec 5, 2007
Posted on: January 9, 2011 12:07 am

Seahawks win should bother NFL executives

teams who win the division deserves the the home playoff game because they won out their division otherwise there would be less importance on the division as the main way to get to the playoffs and teams could just focus more on making the wild card instead. the wild card was set up for teams to get in the playoffs wihtout winning their division as it was intended. if you didn't win your division you don't get that playoff home game and getting in the playoffs is enough reward for a wild card.   

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