The Magic is over as Chicago beats Seahawks 35-24

   Well it looks like this Blog will be returning to its intended role as a Mariners Baseball Blog as a result of the 3524 loss by the Seahawks in Chicago to the Bears. But hey, it was a great little run Pete Carroll and his boys put together to allow the faithful 12th Man here in Seattle the chance to believe again. Despite the tough loss today, no one can take-away the magic of the Rams victory as well as the stunning upset of the Saints last week here in Seattle.

   But today our team just never got it going until it was too late, as the cold weather and tough Bears defense proved to be more than our guys could handle. Good luck to the Bears as they face the Packers next week in the NFC Championship game that one more time the Seahawks will be forced to watch from home.

   I expect to see Pete Carroll do some more rebuilding next year to try to put together a team next season that has a better chance of going all the way. While I personally hope Matt Hasselbeck gets to come back in 2011 for another year, I will leave those decisions to the guys who make the big bucks.

   Year after year our faith and resolve as fans and individuals is tested by our local home sports teams here in Seattle, and after 35 years I can truly say that as painful as it has been to root for our guys , I have grown as a person through it all and would do it again in a minute! Go Hawks! http://jeffsmariners.com

Seahawks get their game face on for showdown with Bears

No more Mr. Nice Guy, As Hawks land in enemy turf

The Seattle Seahawks have landed into the cold and unforgiving heartland of America, otherwise known as Chicago. Coach Carroll will be holding a light workout Saturday afternoon to go over a few last-minute things before Sundays big game at Soldier field.

 
  The mainstream press will be out trying to drum-up a last-minute  story tomorrow with the same tired theme that the Bears are great and Seattle is lucky to be here. I’m sure Pete Carroll will say something that will confuse the press in his sort-of Yogi Berra way of telling the truth with an odd slant. I trust Carroll to not only handle the press but to have a plan to keep building the emotional energy for his team so that they are ready to explode when it is game time.
 
  Right now it does not matter what Fox or ESPN says about this game. This game will be won or lost like most battles based on who is better prepared physically and emotionally, which team executes their game-plan, and the elusive intangibles like weather and turn-overs.
 
Right now our players and coaches are beginning to block-out all other aspects of their lives that don’t have anything to do with Sundays game. Of course you need to keep loose as well, but I have a feeling that our guys are getting into the zone as we speak.
 
   As members of the 12th man out here in Seattle, our role is obviously reduced when our guys are on the road. However we can and should keep the collective positive energy vibe directed towards Chicago, as the team that represents us and our way of life is in for a hard-fought battle on enemy turf this weekend. My oh My the suspense is killing me……Can’t wait for kickoff Sunday…….Still pick the Seahawks by 7 over Da Bears! Tugboat Jeff at http://jeffsmariners.com

Seattle Seahawks will beat the Chicago Bears by 7

Seahawks headquarters in Renton 

        Like many of you I would be happy to just replay last week’s game over and over and continue to savor the stunning upset over the Saints last week. But alas the Seahawks have a game to play this Sunday in frigid Chicago and thus have been preparing all week over at the Seahawks compound at 12 Seahawks way in Renton. I took a little trip over there Tuesday to see if I could catch a glimpse of our gladiators at work on the shores of Lake Washington. Unfortunately for me the players had the day off, however I did manage to drive in to the facility and take a quick look around. I parked in the spot designated “12th Man” right next to Pete Carroll’s parking space and walked in.

   The receptionist was quite friendly and we chatted a bit about the exciting times we have suddenly found ourselves in. She let me know that the coaches were around working on preparations for the game, and that the players would be back Wednesday. The picture on the left is in the main lobby above the elevator and was quite impressive. Anyway I did not make it back to see the guys on Wednesday, but I hope they practiced outside to start trying to get ready for the temperature in Chicago which is supposed to be around 15 degrees with wind this Sunday.

   Despite last week’s game against the Saints, the vast majority of the mainstream media types are still picking the Chicago Bears lead by QB Jay Cutler who has never won a playoff game, to beat the Seahawks by 10. We shall see, as I think Matt Hasselbeck and his crew are starting to hit on all 8 cylinders and should be up for the challenge. The Bears will have defensive star Lance Briggs available this game unlike the previous meeting between these two clubs. Briggs is a gamer, and will be a tough addition to a Bears lineup that the Seahawks managed to beat 23-20 back in week 6 of the regular season. The Bears have an experienced Defensive squad overall with 10 of 11 starters bringing a total of 40 games of playoff experience to the table this Sunday.

   While the Bears may have a slight edge on defense, I give the Seahawks the advantage on offense thanks mostly to the experience and street-smarts of Matt Hasselbeck. I also look for none other than Marshawn Lynch to have another big day grinding out tough yards on the frozen Midwest tundra. With the conditions looking to be extreme, I don’t look for a repeat of last Saturday’s high-scoring shootout this weekend, but probably more along the lines of a 21-14 Seahawk win.

   Word on the street is that the Chicago fans and local talk shows are already looking ahead to the Packers the following week rather than giving the resurgent Seahawks any chance at all. While this may come in handy the day after we beat the Bears for bragging rights, rest assured that the Bears players and coaching staff are watching film all week just like coach Carroll down in Renton. And while the Chicago Bears fans may be portrayed as big dumb oafs, their team and coaching staff surely are not taking the Seahawks lightly after the way we took down the reigning World Champs last Saturday.

   So here it is another bold prediction for a Seahawk win this Sunday by 7 at Soldier Field in Chicago. I actually feel this one in my gut and am not just saying it because I’m some sort of crazed Seattle Sports fan, though being the latter is kind of fun this week…. Go Hawks! http://jeffsmariners.com

Hawks get ready to feast on hibernating Chicago Bears

Seahawks flying high above expectations

Due to conditions beyond my control, this Mariners baseball blog has been temporarily drafted into service as a Seattle Seahawks fan blog…..

While I am sorry for the inconvenience, duty calls as all-hands will be needed on deck, if indeed our Hawks are to continue their improbable flight towards Dallas and the Super Bowl one victim at a time.

This Sunday Pete Carroll and his cavalier crew will be descending on Chicago to try to feast on a group of  Bears who have been hibernating for a week enjoying a bye as a result of being the #2 seed.

  As we speak Matt Hasselbeck and the other Hawks are starting their preparations down in Renton, as one more time our guys will need to figure a way to out-flank the chubby Bears next Sunday at Soldier Field in front of a crowd that will not be as friendly as the masses gathered here Saturday.

   Meanwhile here in Seattle, folks are getting into the spirit of things as we once again dare to believe that the long Championship draught just might come to an end in this the most improbable of all seasons. Small business owners will be posting more signs of support for our team, along with random fans wearing  jerseys of their favorite players all week. Things happen fast in situations like this and one must be prepared to take any opportunity to get in the game and show some hometown spirit.

   I have broken-out my ” Fremont the Left-Wing of the 12th Man Sign” and posted it in the rear of my car and am planning on heading down to 12 Seahawks Way in Renton to show some solidarity to our team as they prepare this week.

What will you do to help the cause? Are you in it to win it? Now is the time for all good Seahawks fans to come to the aid of their team and the city they represent. Don’t be shy let your imaginations and hearts soar like the majestic birds our team is named after. We have waited a long time in this town for some real sports excitement, and out of nowhere it is here so let’s make the most of it before the moment slips out of the grasp of the great Seahawk spirit that is carrying this team in its talons all the way to Dallas via Chicago then back to our home nest! 

   While the whole 12th man thing  may seem hoaky at times, it has an effect on our boys on the field and since they are traveling this weekend we need to do all we can this week to show our team we are indeed as hungry for a Championship as we are for Sun this time of year. And yes we can get a little zany, but you would be to after waiting 35 years for a Super Bowl win……Go Hawks! http;//jeffsmariners.com

7(8)-9 Seahawks stun the world with 41-36 win!

Jeff celebrating the Hawks 41-36 win!

Sometimes you just have a feeling about a game before it starts no matter what anyone else says. Todays 41-36 victory over the favored Saints was one of those games, and thus I predicted a Seahawk win by 10 earlier in the week here on my blog.

 
As it turned-out we only won by 5, but it was the greatest Seahawks game I have ever watched, let alone attended, in my 35 years as a Seahawks fan.
 
  I grabbed a couple of tickets on Craigslist down in section 137 and was treated to a carnival-like atmosphere as our hometown boys battled the defending Super Bowl champion New Orleans Saints in a game that went along way to redeem the Super Bowl that was stolen from us 5 years  ago.
 
The whole 12th Man thing was magical today as we gave our hearts and lungs to a team that nobody in the mainstream media picked to win. As a matter of fact there were precious few in the local media who gave Pete Carroll and his team a chance today. But we believed in our guys and their manic head coach,and we were rewarded as the old cagey veteran Matt Hasselbeck  lead Seattle to one of the most stunning upsets in NFL playoff history today.
 
   Yes Drew Brees threw for 404 yards and had the National media (and perhaps a few of the refs) behind him today, but the Saints vodoo proved helpless as the Seahawks sent a clear message today: NOT IN OUR HOUSE. For once we had a balanced offense combining the great game by Hasselbeck with a running game lead by Marshawn Lynch who broke through for a 67 yard TD run in the fourth that turned Qwest field into a miniMardi Gras. I am not sure how many tackles Marshawn broke with that incredible run, maybe 7 or 8, as the kid showed enough desire and determination in that one run to save our city from our long drought of sports depression. I am still nearly speechless about this game as it has not all quite settled in yet but figured I should write something tonight while the  feeling of elation is still with me.
 
   You probably saw the game and may be able to read a better break-down of the play- by-play in many other reports. But after taking heat all week for predicting this upset online, you are not going to read another post from anyone who is savoring this sweet victory more than me.
 
   My friend Kevin T. who I went to the game with, along with myself  have been through a lot of adversity in our lives and at one point in the fourth quarter before Marshawn turned in the Lynch-pin run, we both kinda looked at each other as that familiar feeling of angst and pain began to set in. But I am here to tell you that at that moment two grown men (along with perhaps several others in attendance) looked into the clear blue sky and asked our Higher Power for his will to be done…….And Boom! It was, with a clear sign like a bolt of lightning as Marshawn made his mad dash into history!
 

    Who knows how  the rest of the playoff season will unfold, but for tonight I am grateful! Go Hawks!http://jeffsmariners.com

FYI CHECK OUT”THE RUN” by Marshawn Lynch taken from Youtube: “http://www.youtube.com/v/xU8WKVpGnaQ?fs=1&amp;hl=en_US&amp;rel=0″></param><param 

Seahawks will beat Saints by 10 this Saturday

Go Hawks!

   Well I know this is a Baseball Blog but after last nights win by the Seahawks over the Rams I felt compelled to write something positive here, especially with all the negativity both locally and on the national scene due to the fact that the Hawks are in the playoffs despite finishing up at 7-9.

  As you may have guessed by now I’m an old veteran when it comes to Seattle sports and my best memories of the Hawks date back to the Dave Krieg/Steve Largent era. However I did come back into the fold in 2005 and not only attended the NFC Championship game here against Carolina, but also went to the Super Bowl in Detroit. It has taken me nearly this long to get over the way that game was stolen from us, but I’m breaking-out my Hawks gear and may even grab a ticket for the Saints game!

   While I’m sure most of the smarmy types in the local media and blogosphere will try to hedge their bets with all sorts of talk about not really expecting to win etc. I am picking the Hawks to win, and yes they have a chance. You see on any given Sunday any NFL team can get hot like the underdog SF Giants did in the Baseball playoffs last year, much to the chagrin of all the brilliant/arrogant pundits in the mainstream media.

   So I am going to pick the Seahawks by 10 over the New Orleans Saints this Saturday right here at QWEST Field baby! Yes you heard it right I think we are going to win as sort of pay-back for the Super Bowl that was stolen from us 5 years ago. Now since most of you don’t bother to comment I’m not to worried about making this prediction and facing an onslaught of negative energy, but I would like to hear what you think out there on this cold crisp night one way or the other. 

   By the way is Pete Carroll the coach you always wanted to have growing up or what! I love the guy, and also think the whole 12th man thing combined with either of our quarterbacks will be too much for the over-confident boys from down on the bayou….http://jeffsmariners.com

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