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Stern gets his way
Usually I spend my time writing about the Seattle Seahawks. Every once in a while something happens in sports that I just cannot resist commenting on. What happened in Dallas at the NBA’s Board of Governors meeting today is one of those events.
I’d like to start off by thanking Chris Hansen for all the hard work he has put in while attempting to bring the NBA back to Seattle, not to mention the money. If he ever has to buy a beer in this city again it is a shame. I’m sure that right now he is wondering if there was anything more he could have done, but there isn’t.
If I could tell him one thing it would be that he did more than we could have ever dreamed of.
Chris fought for the Seattle sports community. He took on the Port of Seattle, and won. He took on the Seattle Mariners, and won. He took on the tree huggers, and was going to win that as well.
Unfortunately there was no way to beat Howard Stern’s ugly old troll brother David.
David Stern has had it in for the City of Seattle ever since the city wouldn’t play ball with him. He wanted a new stadium for a franchise that was part of a failing business model, in a city that was still trying to pay off the new renovations to the recently remodeled Key Arena. Seattle wasn’t having it.
There has been a lot of animosity towards Howard Shultz for selling the Sonics to Clay Bennett. While I agree that it was pretty clear that Clay wanted to move the team, Steve Ballmer and Chris Hansen weren’t looking to buy the Sonics from Schultz, in fact no local ownership group was.
Personally, I think Schultz would have rather sold to a local group who wanted nothing more than to keep the team in Seattle, but you can’t sell anything to people who aren’t there. Clay Bennett and his investment group were there, and they were there with $350 million to allow Shultz to walk away from a business model that was broken and a poor investment that crushed the love that he had once had for the game.
It is not the popular opinion, however I do not blame him for selling the team, I would have done the same thing.
I’d like to hand it to Sacramento, they got a lot done in a short amount of time with the help of David Stern. Somehow he was able to piece together a smoke and mirror show that convinced 22 NBA owner groups to vote to keep a team in a small market. A small market that has nothing concrete in place for a new arena deal nor do they have a big pocket owner. Smart business men chose to keep the team in that situation rather than agree to move the team to a much larger market. A city that had an MOU in place to build a new stadium in downtown of an area. A city in a region that is home to 8 Fortune 500 companies and many other potential corporate sponsorship giants such as Alaska Airlines and Boeing. To reject selling the team to a group of owners contained not 1, but 2 billionaires, one of which (Steve Balmer) would have been the richest owner in the NBA.
David Stern is a wizard more powerful than OZ. Congratulations to David, the City of Sacramento, and the Seattle Mariners, you got what you wanted all along. I feel ashamed that I let myself believe that the Sonics were coming back. It will not happen again, I won’t let it.
Seahawks’ team needs
No matter how good a team is during the previous season, there are always changes that need to take place if you want to stay competitive. Even the Super Bowl champions will be looking to upgrade certain positions.
This year’s Seattle Seahawks team was very good, but they are still in the final stages of rebuilding.
Rebuilding the team was a process that Pete Carroll and John Schneider started in 2010. It honestly doesn’t feel like the Seahawks ever went through a rebuilding phase because Seattle never went through a period of time where they weren’t competitive. Now they are at the point where the roster is a few pieces away from being complete.
Bruce Irvin will be a very interesting player to watch develop as his career moves forward.
What I’m saying is that the window isn’t fully open yet. After they upgrade these five positions, their widow will be wide open and the expectations should be a trip to the Super Bowl.
Currently on the roster:
- Red Bryant (FA 2017)
- Bruce Irvin (FA 2016)
- Greg Scruggs (FA 2016)
- Chris Clemons (IR) (FA 2015)
- Dexter Davis (IR) (FA 2014)
The lack of depth at defensive end became very apparent watching the Seahawks play the Falcons in the Divisional Round of the playoffs this year. Chris Clemons‘ absence affected everything the defense was able to do against Atlanta.
49ers at Seahawks photo blog
All I wanted for Christmas was a Seahawks victory, what I got was a 49ers butt whoopin’!
A song before the big game
I was on twitter late last night, like most nights, when “Duranged Pitt” sent me a link to his song “Hawk Gang” and asked if I would put it on my site.
The lyrics are relevant, it has a good beat and overall a high quality production. I recommend giving it a listen, or downloading it to play at the tailgate party before the big Sunday Night game at CenturyLink this week. I may even add it to my workout playlist.
Listen and download here.
Seahawks beat Jets 28-7
Seahawks All Access
I started this after the “Canada Day” Seattle Seahawks game but never got around to finishing it, all I managed to accomplish was the title. The reason why I chose Jon Ryan to be the subject of this piece was two fold.
First, he’s Canadian so he seemed to be the perfect subject following Canada Day at CenturyLink and second, he became this first punter since 1946 to average 60-yards per punt in a game (3 punts minimum).
When I think of punters and kickers I think of small guys. Usually they are the only people in an organization who are smaller than the teams ball boy.
Usually they are about as athletic as a program designer at Microsoft or an engineer at Boeing (had to give a little love to the local companies), but not Jon Ryan, at 6’0″ 216 pounds he is not your typical punter.
In high school Jon was Sheldon-Williams Collegiate High School’s running back, kicker and punter.
Of course, when you attend a high school that currently has 650 students enrolled, you will probably have to pick up some slack. Then, in college, he was the University of Regina’s (About the size of Eastern Washington University) leading receiver as well as handling the teams punting duties.
To further attest to his athleticism, he was fast enough to be a sprinter for Regina’s track team.
Or anyone for that matter
On Monday, my editor sent me this Seattle Seahawks pitch, asking if I would be interested in writing the piece—he already had the headline picked. I had to laugh a little bit at first because I actually had this conversation with my buddy at at a recent game.
The actual conversation wasn’t really about Marhawn Lynch versus Adrian Peterson; it wasMarshawn Lynch versus any other running back. But that is the direction I am going to take this piece.
I was looking up at the rafters, admiring all the numbers that hang from the top of the stadium, and for the first time in a very long time, I am content in the fact that every number that deserves to be up there is there.
Lynch doesn’t have his number retired in Seattle—yet.
- 12 – For the fans, though we haven’t been living up to it lately
- 80 – Steve Largent, one of the best wide receivers to ever play the game
- 71 – Walter Jones, the best offensive lineman to ever play the game
- 96 – Cortez Kennedy, the one that took far too long to be raised
So I thought to myself, “Is there a current Seahawks player who I could see earning the right to his number hanging among the greatest players in Seattle, and the entire NFL for that matter, has ever seen?”
Seahawks turn it around at home
Seattle Seahawks 30, Minnesota Vikings 20
When: 1:05 PM PST, Sunday, November 4, 2012
Where: CenturyLink Field, Seattle, Washington
At this point in the season, the Seattle Seahawks offense is a lot further along then I expected them to be.
Sunday they needed it to win.
I would still expect them to have ups and downs during the remainder of the season, but it was a lot of fun to watch them click against the Vikings.
Russell Wilson #3
Every time that Russell Wilson takes the field, he is better than his previous outing. I wish Darrell Bevell had given Wilson a chance to air the ball out a little bit during the game, but other than that, I couldn’t have asked for much more from the rookie.
Russell had a multiple touchdown game for the second week in a row. His 3 touchdowns, mark the second time he has done that this season.
Jeremy Lane #20
Where has this kid been hiding? I would have to say he is one of the best young, up and coming gunners in the NFL. Jeremy Lane really gets down the field quickly, not just because he’s fast either. Jeremy uses excellent technique off the line to get clean releases.
Seahawks beat Vikings 30-20