Sunday, April 27, 2008

Clay Bennett reacts to day one of the NFL Draft

Hello fellow Washingtonians! Clay Bennett here to give analysis of how the Seahawks did in the first round of the draft. Give me a little bit though, by good buddy David is here putting on my, shit. Its a...uh...medal! That's it! Dave's giving me this medal for my amazing ability to recreate that one scene from Pulp Fiction. Not the quarter ponder in France one. You know what I'm talking about

(Stern giggles before yelling at black man for having tattoos)

Anyway, lets see what we got going on here. Traded down, eh? Made a trade with Dallas? You northwest guys just LOVE doing business with us from the south!

Lets see here, you ended up picking Lawrence Jackson. His scouting report says he lacks closing speed and struggles with double teams. Stop looking at me like that, Dave! He's not a tight end which was a need for the team.

My take...well, I love throwing money at projects that anger Seattleites. So. I'm all for this. First rounder with no speed? I also approve of the needless upgrading of an adequate position.

(stern elbows him in ribs)


(ed note: last line delivered via press release)

On to round 2. The Seahawks finally took a tight end. A Notre Dame kid, John Carlson. The only highlights I saw were against Michigan State, so can we really gauge how good he is? Apparently he has problems with drops but has potential.

In Seattle? Potential? Laughable. Everyone knows the only true place for potential is Oklahoma City. You want to know why?

HA! Like I'd tell you. Paul Allen voted against my relocation scheme. I have nothing more to say to you guys. But, if you want, you can e-mail me.

(Stern gives angry glare)

On second thought...don't.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Remembering Shaun

I can't say that I'm shocked at yesterday's announcement. I don't think anyone really is. We knew this day was coming, and in some circles this transaction will be seen as a good thing. I don't know if its a good thing or not. So many questions still swirl around Shaun's final two seasons in Seattle. Most notably, "What if we had manned up and signed Steve Hutchinson?"

We'll never know. Had that line stayed in tact, had Shaun stayed healthy...who knows. Its almost painful to think about how much better this team could have been, especially considering that the last two years have netted playoff wins and an epic playoff game on the road against the eventual NFC champions. That NFC divisional match-up in Chicago was both a source of great joy and frustration with Shaun especially. He was in great form, racked up over 100 yards and scored. But then, his miscommunication with Hasselbeck led to a costly fumble.

Through injuries and mediocre starts, fans and front office alike have been frustrated with Alexander the Great these past two seasons. The ugly accusation that he wasn't trying because he had gotten paid started to fly. Personally, I don't think Shaun is that kind of person. He had always avoided contact. He was always patient, waiting for the hole to develop. After his MVP season, his line was changed, and suddenly waiting for holes led to tackles in the backfield and ducking out of bounds was seen as not fighting for extra yards. Just two years after he converted every 3rd and 1 given to him, his toughness was questioned and fans overlooked the gaping hole on the left side and blamed a big contract.

In the end though, these past two years will be forgotten. When Shaun does retire, Seahawk fans will talk about his 2005 season and how he was always an overlooked back. We will remember his touchdowns and his touchdown celebrations. We will remember him taking the rushing title, and forget the fact that a year before he said he had been "stabbed in the back" over not getting a chance to earn the crown.

In time, we'll even stop asking the what if questions. But, for now all I can say is "Thanks."

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Looking for a Little Blogger Help Here

Is there anyone around here that remembers how to update this background photo?