CenturyLink Field: A September Good Luck Charm in Seattle
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Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson steps up and fires the ball into the corner of the end zone. Unless you've been under a rock since Monday afternoon, you know the result.
After three weeks of watching the replacement officials, the zebra-shirted regulars returned to action. Of course, this is a relief after bad calls, missed calls or spending more time reviewing a replay than it takes the intramural flag football All-American to put on all his accessories.
But what if the Monday Night Football debacle wasn't the fault of the referees? I blame the field.
CenturyLink Field is the temporary venue for the Washington Huskies as their stadium is being renovated. U-Dub started off the month of September with victories over San Diego State and Portland State on the 1st and 15th, respectively.
Heck, even the Seattle Sounders of Major League Soccer joined the party with a 2-1 victory over Chivas USA on Nov. 8th!
But in walked the Dallas Cowboys, and the 3-0 record for the stadium in September would surely end. Sixty minutes and 27 points later, the Seahawks came away with an impressive victory over a fresher yet sluggish-looking Dallas team.
CenturyLink wasn't finished.
Led by Keith Price, who Athlon Sports rates as the second-best quarterback in the Pac-12, the Huskies had one more game to play in September. Playing the eighth-ranked Stanford Cardinal, Washington was seven-point underdogs.
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After scoring 14 unanswered points to take a 17-13 lead, the home team was in position to pull off the upset. Josh Nunes, however, led the Cardinal down the field and into Huskies territory. Faced with 4th-and-4, he threw a jump ball to his 6'8" tight end. Cornerback Desmond Trufant, however, hit the ground with the ball for Washington. No simultaneous possession; Huskies ball.
Sure CenturyLink, it's fine when the home team gets the interception.
And so a month of victories will shortly come to a close in the Emerald City. At least until the end of October, a new nickname for Seattle could be "Upset City."
One game remains to be played, though. The Oregon Ducks head into "Upset City" to take on the Washington State Cougars. Even if it isn't likely, it could happen.
Heads up, Oregon. CenturyLink Field is coming for you.
Wazzu might be there, too.
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