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Hasselbeck, the Seahawks, BYU, and other thoughts
First off, some Tuesday morning links:
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http://seattletimes.nwsour
(This is a pretty neat article about a high school football player in Washington and his unique circumstances. This just happens to be the high school I graduated from as well, so it’s of particular interest.)
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http://seattletimes.nwsour
(Seahawks coach Mike Holmgren remains optimistic despite 1-4 start)
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http://seattletimes.nwsour
(Well, this isn’t good. So much for Matt Hasselbeck’s bulging disk not being a problem. Blah! I suppose there wasn’t much that could have been done. He needed to play as much as possible. It just sucks really bad obviously that now he’s having knee problems because of it)
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http://seattletimes.nwsour
(When you get turned down by the Detroit Lions, I think it’s best to just call it a career. Are the Redskins really THIS desperate? Apparently so.)
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http://blog.seattletimes.n
(Good to know WR Deion Branch will be back for Sunday’s game at Tampa. Although without Hasselbeck, I’m not sure how that will work out.)
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http://blog.seattletimes.n
(Seattle Times columnist Jerry Brewer talks about the future of the Seahawks after this season.)
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http://seattletimes.nwsour
(Former Seattle Sonic guard Gary Payton wants to help bring another NBA team to Seattle. James Donaldson, another former Sonic who Payton wanted to team up with, apparently isn’t interested and has no faith in the project working anyway. At least Payton isn’t giving up though.)
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http://blog.seattletimes.n
(An optimistic blog from Seattle Times Bob Condotta regarding the state of the Washington Huskies basketball program)
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http://sports.espn.go.com/
(All I’ve been hearing about is that Lane Kiffin will replace Tyrone Willingham. ESPN’s Pat Forde has a different idea though. I’d be even more for this suggestion.)
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http://blog.seattletimes.n
(Washington Huskies running back Brandon Johnson on how the bye week helps the team.)
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Okay, so I get out of church yesterday at 3 p.m. MST and immediately wonder what the score of the Seahawks game is. So I text Google and they tell me it’s 10-3 Seahawks in the second quarter. A few minutes later, I text back and it says it’s now tied at 10 at halftime. I’m thinking, “Well, not so bad. Green Bay’s got a decent offense, maybe the Seahawks defense is actually playing well today.”
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Unfortunately, I get home, flip on my computer, and find out my boy Matt Hasselbeck isn’t even playing. In his place is none other than third-string quarterback Charlie Frye. “Game over,” I say to myself. No way do the Seahawks win the game with Frye leading the troops.
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As I anticipated would happen, Frye failed to move the ball, forcing the Seahawks defense to stay on the field much too long. Green Bay scored 17 second-half points to win 27-17. Frye finished with just 83 passing yards and threw two interceptions.
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The loss moved the Seahawks to 1-4 for the first time since their last losing season in 2002.
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Furthermore, Arizona defeated Dallas 30-24 in overtime to improve to 4-2.
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What a horrible, horrible Sunday afternoon of football.
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I like being optimistic, especially about the Seahawks. I just have so much confidence in them. But at this point, I’m thinking it’s time to call it quits, at least for this season. I watch and read about this team and I just feel sorry for them. I can’t even be angry at them, because I know how decimated they are with injuries. It’s like laughing at New England for losing to San Diego 30-10 last night. You know there’s no point because what you’re seeing isn’t the REAL New England Patriots without Tom Brady.
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Deion Branch missed yesterday with a bruised heel and has now missed four of the Seahawks’ five games this year. Bobby Engram also missed yesterday for the fourth time in five games. The passing game was already in trouble, and now to lose Hasselbeck for who knows how long … Just sad. No matter how bad the NFC West is, at least the rest of the division is relatively healthy. There’s just no way a team with as many injuries at skilled positions on the offensive side of the ball like the Seahawks can compete. Even in the lowly NFC West.
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Hasselbeck likely won't play this week at Tampa Bay, but from coach Mike Holmgren’s post-game comments yesterday, it looks like second-string quarterback Seneca Wallace will be healthy enough to make the start. Wallace is okay, but I have no confidence he can lead a punchless offense to a road win at Tampa. 1-5 anyone?
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BYU’s win over New Mexico this weekend was rather interesting. 21-3? You’d expect more out of Max Hall, Harvey Unga and Austin Collie. But I figure every offense has one of those games. This week is the true test. BYU at TCU. There’s nothing amazing about TCU, but unfortunately, it’s the toughest opponent BYU will have played thus far. I suspect BYU will pull off the victory, but unfortunately—the way teams are suddenly jumping over the Cougars—this needs to be decisive.
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Here’s a question. Why is Oklahoma still in the Top 5? Will someone with any sort of college football knowledge please tell me how it can be justified that Oklahoma be in the Top 5?
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Consider this. Oklahoma’s five wins this season have come against teams with a combined record of 15-16. One of those teams was from the Football Championship Subdivision.
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This is hardly impressive to me. If we’re going to beat on BYU for playing a garbage schedule, we must hold Oklahoma to the same standard. What’s the argument people always use against BYU? Well, they don’t play anybody good. Then, when they do, they lose. Well, so far this year, Oklahoma has played nobody good. They had a chance on Saturday, and they lost. Until this team proves itself, rewarding them with a No. 4 ranking is just absurd. This team was extremely overranked heading into the season considering last season’s Fiesta Bowl blowout loss to West Virginia. To continue overranking the Sooners is just garbage.
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This week’s updated rankings:
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NCAA Top 25
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1. Alabama (6-0) - How could they move down on a bye? Not fair if they did.
2. Texas (6-0) - Defeating Oklahoma was huge. But Alabama's tough road win at Georgia is still more impresssive
3. Penn State (7-0) - Putting them at No. 3 is especially hard after the route of Wisconsin.
4. Oklahoma State (6-0) - When you defeat Missouri on the road, and consistently put up 50 points a game, you deserve this.
5. Texas Tech (6-0) - Nebraska almost ruined this ranking, but the Red Raiders demolishing of K-State still looms as impressive
6. BYU (6-0)
7. Florida (5-1)
8. USC (4-1)
9. Ohio State (6-1)
10. Missouri (5-1)
11. Boise State (5-0)
12. Utah (7-0)
13. Oklahoma (5-1)
14. Georgia (5-1)
15. LSU (4-1)
16. Minnesota (6-1)
17. Virginia Tech (5-1)
18. North Carolina (5-1)
19. Georgia Tech (5-1)
20. Kansas (5-1)
21. Wake Forest (4-1)
22. Pittsburgh (4-1)
23. South Florida (5-1)
24. Florida State (4-1)
25. Ball State (7-0) - ONLY because they're undefeated and I feel obligated to put them here. Michigan State is far more deserving though in my opinion.
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NFL Power 10
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1. Tennessee (5-0)
2. Pittsburgh (4-1)
3. Buffalo (4-1)
4. Tampa Bay (4-2)
5. NY Giants (4-1)
6. Washington (4-2)
7. Dallas (4-2)
8. Carolina (4-2)
9. Atlanta (4-2)
10. Arizona (4-2)
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