In 1991, the first President Bush introduced to us a phrase that will forever be remembered as the “mother of all insert-event/topic-here” annoyances. It was the beginning of the barrage against Iraq for its invasion of Kuwait. It was the “Mother of all Battles."
Since that epic “mother of all press releases” there have been thousands of “mother of all references” to the initial coined phrase in movies, TV shows, sports broadcasts, water cooler chatter, and escalated bar conversations.
This past offseason the Seattle Seahawks signed free agent T.J. Houshmandzadeh and they hope their new wide receiver is the “mother of all free agent acquisitions," guiding the Seahawks back to the playoffs.
T.J. was once comically introduced by then Cincinnati Bengals teammate Chad (Johnson) Ochocinco in a starting lineup TV clip as T.J. “Who’s-Your-Momma”.
The phonetic assistance provided by Ochocinco lends both a humorous and realistic view of Houshmandzadeh.
New Head Coach Jim Mora Jr. hopes T.J. can provide a motherly touch to help nurture a Seahawks offense that struggled last year due to injuries. Mothers are known for their incessant focus on keeping their “kids” safe and Houshmandzadeh may be that emergency outlet that allows quarterback Matt Hasselbeck to stay upright this season and protect his injury-prone back.
Houshmandzadeh is mature. He is one of the few NFL stars that hasn’t immersed himself into the Twitter and Facebook technology phenomenon. He doesn’t go after the spotlight. He is a family man and a father focused on results on and off the field as a professional.
Regardless of his ability to cuddle this team, Houshmandzadeh will impact Seattle’s ability to matriculate the ball down the field more consistently than last year. He had 92 catches last season for Cincinnati and 51 of them were good for a first down. That’s over 50 percent of his catches that moved the chains and kept a drive alive.
Did the Seahawks even have 51 first downs all season last year as they imploded to a 4-12 record?
This year, T.J. will be one of the focal points of opposing defenses that may free up a healthy and rejuvenated Nate Burleson for some bombs down the sidelines. This season, Houshmandzadeh may catch the attention of linebackers with crossing routes opening up the middle of the field and giving Julius Jones some running room to improve on his two touchdown, 698 yard 2008 performance.
The Seattle Seahawks are considered by many to be the most likely team to have the “mother of all turn-arounds” this season.
The play calling will be more exciting and spontaneous with new “Who’s your Daddy” Coach Mora (introduced to the league as the son of former NFL Head Coach Jim Mora, SR.). The signing of Houshmandzadeh was his baby!
The defense will be much improved with first round draft choice Aaron Curry and a healthy Patrick Kerney.
The offense will be much more effective with a healthy receiving corps and offensive line.
They play in a very winnable division even though they will face the NFC representative in the last year’s Super Bowl twice.
Only time will tell how the signing of T.J. Houshmandzadeh affects the Seahawks this season, but Seattle coaches and fans like what they’ve seen this preseason.
The Seahawks hope to return to the playoffs in 2009 and find that magic that carried them to Super Bowl XL.
“Who’s-your-Momma” and “Who’s your Daddy” will lead the way, and Seattle will be poised to prove they are the “mother of all contenders.”