I should have known the Week #8 Monday Night Football (MNF) match-up against the St. Louis Rams was going to be tough. Vegas had the Hawks as an 11.5 point favorite. Every so-called “expert” on ESPN’s MNF broadcast picked blue and green. The talking heads on radio sports shows also predicted a blow-out.
Why wouldn’t they predict a blow-out? The Hawks looked good coming off their road win against the Arizona Cardinals 34 to 22. The Rams starting quarterback, Sam Bradford, had just went down with a season ending injury only to be replaced by Kellen Clemmens. There would be no home crowd because all of the Rams fans would be slow-clapping it out down the road at Busch Stadium for the World Series. I guess all the experts seemed to forget the Rams have had a recent history of playing hard against the Seahawks.
The game was close and tight, and the Hawks probably would have lost, if it wasn’t for Rams kicker Greg Zurelein, missing a 50 yard field goal in the second half. ESPN MNF analyst and former 49er quarterback Steve Young, described it as a “pretty ugly win” to cornerback Richard Sherman (#25) during the post-game interview. I don’t know about you, but I don’t think winning is ever ugly. Bottom line is the Seahawks are 7-1 and lead the NFC.
The 12’s at Big Al’s in Vancouver, Washington seemed happy about the win.
There is no doubt the Rams defensive line made the Hawks offensive line their prison bitch. Running back Marshawn Lynch (#24) was kept from going Beast Mode, although that could be attributed to offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell limiting the number of touches for Lynch. Quarterback Russell Wilson (#3) looked like Rick Grimes running for his life in an episode of the Walking Dead. Wilson was sacked 7 times.
The Rams run attack had no problem moving the ball against the Hawks defense. The good news was that Clemmens threw interceptions to outside linebacker/defensive end Bruce Irvin (#51) and Sherman (#25). A couple of weeks ago I wrote about free safety Earl Thomas (#29) being an early candidate for Defensive Player of the Year. Thomas only solidified my argument by racking up 10 tackles in the game, including a crucial one near the goal line at the end of the game.
Golden Strikes Again on Monday Night Football
The Hawks managed to take the lead on an 80 yard touchdown pass from Wilson to wide receiver Golden Tate (#81). On the way into the end zone, Tate was flagged for taunting the Rams defensive backs. The media was in a hysteria over the taunt by Tate. FOX NFL tough guy Jay Glazer tweeted ~
Philadelphia radio host Tony Bruno tweeted-
What’s the big deal? It’s not like he drowned dogs by submerging their heads in a 5 gallon bucket of water. Sound familiar Bruno?
So Tate wanted to talk some trash using sign language to say “bye-bye”.
I do have a problem with him not protecting the ball. If he drops that ball or it is knocked away, he fully deserves all the criticism in the world from a football perspective.
Let’s face it, people are still crying over the so-called Fail Mary touchdown catch by Tate to win the game over the NFL’s sacred Green Bay Packers. Tate provided them the ammunition to unload on him.
Don’t Hate Us ‘Cause We Win
The Seahawks are winning and the mainstream media does not like it. They are waiting for the Hawks to stumble and falter. Monday night was a close call, but we won. In the post game MNF show, Steve Young and former Seattle Seahawk Trent Dilfer ripped on the Hawks with criticism.
I still can’t believe Dilfer was selected to raise the 12th Man Flag at last year’s MNF game against the Packers. Myself, along with a lot of other 12’s can’t stand the guy. It was a travesty. Dilfer has been berating the Seahawks organization ever since they did not sign his good friend, former Seahawks quarterback Matthew Hasselbeck (#8).
It’s not just the national media that is hoping for the Hawks to fail. As I was driving home, I made the unfortunate mistake of tuning into a local Portland radio sports show, “Primetime with Isaac and Suke”, on 1080 the Fan. A show I rarely listen too. Both of these “hosts” found it hard to root for a team like the Seahawks. Especially, with guys like Sherman and Tate. They didn’t explain what they meant by a team like the Seahawks. Don’t worry Isaac and Suke, the feeling is mutual, it’s hard for me to listen to your show.
It was a short love affair between the media and the Seahawks. It lasted about 8 weeks. They are back to hating on us, just the way I like it.