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Hawks and Huskies and a Little Storm

While the V-Mac in Renton resembles a Chinese fire drill, Montake won’t be pulling the emergency fire alarm.

The Seahawks continue to mold their 53-man roster, definitely proving that they are in a rebuilding frame of mind. Julius Jones must feel like the famous Mark Twain quote about the “reports of his death being greatly exaggerated,” as the reports of his dismissal from the team being erroneous. What isn’t wrong is that he’s not the main man at running back anymore as that title goes to Justin Forsett. He isn’t even the #2 guy undoubtedly, but he still has a place on the squad. #6 pick Russell Okung won’t be playing on Sunday as he is still injured. Matt Hasselbeck better have his rear view mirror working as his blindside may be in danger. The most interesting pickup for me this weekend was 337-pound offensive guard Stacy Andrews. This guy could be a real help on what has been a light offensive line that is being turned into a larger one. Andrews may be the best acquisition of the several new faces.

The Huskies didn’t snap their nearly 2 year losing streak on the road and sounded (no TV…really?) like they played an awful 2nd half. But, not to jump to conclusions. BYU is a very solid team, especially at home. This was no gimmie, in fact they were 3-point underdogs going in. This week at home against Syracuse is a different story. This is a “must-win” for a team looking to get to a bowl game again. They must hold serve at home, particularly against oponents that they are supposed to be better than. I expect a different game and a different outcome.

Shame on me for having not blogged on the Seattle Storm most of the year. As a former high school girls basketball coach, that is inexcusable. The Storm have been the best team in the league and proved it over again in the playoffs, as they reach their second WNBA Finals. Yes, I know they don’t get quite the respect they should in this town because the sport is not considered in the same breath as the NFL, NBA, and MLB. The reality is that they brought this city a professional championship a few years ago, there coach is perhaps the best in the league, and they have three of the top players in the league in Lauren Jackson, Sue Bird, and Swin Cash. As they head into the finals, I will be spending more time covering them and their quest to win their second title. Heck, I may even need to find a ticket to the Finals. That may be our only opportunity for a few years!

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New Seahawks, Old Seahawks, and a Crazy Weekend

No matter what happens to the Seattle Seahawks on the field, you can’t say they’re boring.

T.J. Houshmandzadeh is out the door, but he only started it revolving. Former key (I use the word loosely) players Julius Jones, Jordan Babineaux, Steve Vallos, and Owen Schmitt are reportedly out, too. Mansfield Wrotto was supposed to start at tackle next week. H might somewhere but not for us. Add to them players they brought in this year like Kevin Vickerson and Kevin Ellison and you have a major house cleaning. ESPN is reporting that the Seahawks are shopping OT Sean Locklear.

Here’s the deal. The Hawks were atrocious the last 2 years. That is putting it mildly. I don’t think there is any doubt that the small amount of “talent” that we thought was there wasn’t even that good. Heck, Housh has only 2 teams interested in him – Washington and Oakland – and neither of those two are even contenders. When Minnesota, who is without Sidney Rice for half the year – says no, you’ve got a clearer picture of where T.J. is right now.

I don’t know many of these new names streaming in. I will definitely need to buy a roster next Sunday when I show up to Qwest Field for the opener against San Francisco. The players may not even know each others names.

And what the heck was this thing with Alex Gibbs. The “Godfather” of offensive line coaches quits , er retires, right before the opening game? C’mon! I don’t think he burned out as has been reported. I believe there was disagreement on the direction of the O-Line.

You know, if the Jets weren’t such a compelling team for HBO’s “Hard Knocks” the Seahawks would have made a fascinating back-up this year. And I don’t think it’s over yet. Fasten your seat belt, this might be a fun ride on the Pete Carroll express!

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