So, I took the day off today. I planned it a while back. Today is a bit of an anniversary for me. It was on this date 3 years ago that I walked out of the University of Washington hospital after a stretch of 6 weeks where I had 4 separate brain surgeries and a 2.5 week stint in the ICU fighting off an infection that set up shop in my brain fluid and threatened to finish me off. So, I decided that a day to smell the roses was in order. Naturally, on a morning where I could sleep in and ease into the day, I wake up at 5:30. So, under the carpe diem theme of the day, I figured getting us ready for Sunday was a good way to spend the early morning hours. My coffee cup is full, it’s got a little Bailey’s in it, so let’s get this started.
Our beloved Seahawks find themselves in an unfamiliar position. 0-2 is something the 12th Man is not accustomed to and it’s showing. The 12s Since 12 are ready to jump ship. For those in that camp, may I suggest that Puget Sound is a big body of water. Feel free to jump in. You’ll make for a tasty snack for a pod of killer whales. For Seahawks fans, we know that while starting 0-2 is frustrating, the goals for this team are still well within reach. For those who enjoy numerology, any guesses on the percentage of teams that start 0-2 and still make the playoffs? Yep, that’d be 12.
Thankfully, the soft landing known as the Chicago Bears come to town to allow the Seahawks to get well and point the ship in the right direction. Let’s preview Sunday’s affair through the shenanigans of Jake and Elwood Blues and the 1980 classic The Blues Brothers.
“It's 106 miles to Chicago, we got a full tank of gas, half a pack of cigarettes, it's dark... and we're wearing sunglasses. Hit it.” Well, it’s only about 15 miles from the humble abode here in Lynnwood to Seahawks Stadium, but the point’s well taken. Time to hit it. This fan base is ready to take out their angst on someone. Who better than Jimmy Clausen and the rest of the team that is the early frontrunner for the #1 draft pick in 2016?
“We had a band powerful enough to turn goat piss into gasoline.” And Kam Chancellor decided he was going to take his guitar and go home. Thankfully he has come to his senses and has rejoined the band. But not before the band had to go get a couple members from Nickelback and alienate the fan base. The question of the week is how will you react on Sunday if Kam is introduced with the rest of the defense? Cheer, boo, or be silent? Personally, I’m leaning towards the silence. Sends the message that we were pissed at you but are willing to forgive. And yes Kam, it is us who you need to ask forgiveness of, not the other way around. Maybe the next time you have a thought like that, let it go.
“What are you guys gonna do? The same act? You wear the same verkakte suits?” Darrell, are you listening? Are you going to trot out that same tired act where you throw the bubble screen for no gain. Maybe running it right into the teeth of the defense for the 18th time in a row will work even though the other 17 didn’t. Granted, the Bears defense is going to make you look a lot better on Sunday, but could you maybe use that new toy we gave up our Pro Bowl center for?
“That Night Train’s a mean wine” And Jimmy Clausen is going to need some after this game. I’ll admit, I’m a little disappointed we won’t get to see the Pouty Jay Cutler. Having him tap out after stubbing his toe in the 2nd quarter would have been entertaining. John Fox, after pissing away a golden opportunity with Peyton Manning and Denver, has to settle for one of the 5 worst coaching opportunities in the NFL in Chicago. If ever there was a stadium that he’d rather not see again, it is the stadium on Occidental Way. Doesn’t matter if was with the Panthers or with the Broncos, Seahawks Stadium is Fox’s kryptonite. Now he brings in a team that is a shell of what those teams were. Not a good formula.
“We’re on a mission from God” Ok, sorry, I had to do it. I’m just as annoyed as the next guy about athletes trying to make us think God is on their side. There’s a part of me that enjoyed Aaron Rodgers shot at Russell Wilson after last Sunday. I hate to break it to Russell, but God does not care about the outcome of football games. If He did, Notre Dame and Texas Christian would be working on their 85th consecutive split national championship. Regardless, there is a mission here. Darkening the door of Mom Jeans Stadium on February 7th, 2016. It’s started off bumpy, but smoother road is ahead. Pete Carroll can take one game at a time, I’m not. Looking at the schedule, there’s a very good possibility of being 8-4 when we enter the month of December. That puts the Hawks in position to still have home-field for at least one if not two home games.
“You on the motorcycle... You two girls... tell your friends.” The Seahawks are 15 point favorites. In the last 20 years, they’ve never been a bigger favorite in Vegas. For once, they demolish an opponent that’s overmatched. This isn’t Tampa coming in here and grabbing a 21 point lead. This team wants to take out their frustrations on someone and the Bears will do just fine.
Seahawks 38, Bears 6