Saturday, September 6, 2008

A Disappointed Seattle/Washington Fan

Right now is not at all a good time to be a sports fan in the state of Washington. I don't know where to start... so I will start with what I saw less than half an hour ago.

The University of Washington Huskies was a powerhouse in the Pac-10 as I grew up and a couple of years while I have been in Kentucky. Recently that has not been the case, but currently UW is lead by Tim Tebowesque quarterback named Jack Locker. The problem is the rest of the team is no where near as talented as Florida, and consequently, Locker has not had the ability to develop as much as Tebow. Well, just a little while ago UW drove down the field against #15 BYU and scored with 2 seconds left. Jake Locker being the man that he is, made a gutsy play to run into the end zone, bringing the game within an extra point of being tied. After scoring the TD locker threw the ball behind his head and celebrated with his team... 15 yard penalty, PAT blocked. Game over.

I am not necessarily mad that BYU won because it was a good game from the jump. I just have a problem with the referees taking the game out of the hands of the players. The officials clearly were on the field during the game, so they knew the struggles Washington was endured over the course of the game. Not to mention, the celebration wasn't any more excessive than the touchdown that lead to the game tying PAT in the Ole Miss/Wake Forest Game--and even then, you cant take away the game from the players like that. I realize the Huskies had the opportunity to convert the PAT from 35 yards... but think about that for a second. A celebration with your teammates with 2 seconds left taking away the game. I guess they call them the same. Make a play and celebrate with your team on the field 15 yard penalty. Make a play and your entire team runs on the field to celebrate 15 yard penalty. What a joke.

As far as basketball, I will be brief. I am now a Portland Trailblazers fan. They have a couple Seattle guys on the team and are right down I-5 from Seattle. Howard Schultz former Seattle Supersonics owner rescinded his lawsuit against the current Oklahoma City Thunder management so the team is gone for sure. Lame. But I am glad there is some closure.

Brandon Morrow, the Mariners top draft pick from a couple of years ago made his first major league start last night and looked incredible. That's something to look forward to. Also, the Seahawks will no longer be coached by Mike "playnottolose" Holmgren after this season, so I won't have to worry about my team snatching defeat from the jaws of victory. Remember last year's NFC divisional playoff game against the Packers? The Seahawks were up 21-0 and went to prevent offense and promptly 3 and outed 4 straight series. Green Bay went on to win obviously and I was a sad Seahawk.

Optimism courses through my veins and I know the Mariners will be alright eventually. The people in charge keep saying stupid stuff and will be fired sooner rather than later. The Huskies will return to prominence if they just hang in there and do things the right way. Ty Willingham has struggled yes, but he is bringing in his players and getting close and starting this season, and if he is around next year, the Huskies will make significant progress. The Seahawks will learn to step on teams throats and really be successful starting next year. And the Blazers will be a dominant team. I know Seattle will get another team once the city gets it together, but I don’t know if I can go back…



Gabriel said...

At least you have a real city to claim. Oh well. I'll have one soon enough. May 09 woot!

Marty McFly said...

i usually revel in your sports-induced turmoil but that call sucked.