Sunday links, thoughts and a James McMurtry plug

LOOKING FOR a silver lining in Seattle’s 24-0 loss to Pittsburgh? The Seahawks’ defense, for the second straight week, showed signs at times of being pretty good. The offense, meanwhile, didn’t even make it past midfield until the fourth quarter. I don’t think WR Sidney Rice (Jay Glazer of FOX reported that Rice has a torn labrum) would make a difference at this point. And neither would Matt Hasselbeck, who’s playing good and looking comfortable in Tennessee. Until Seattle’s offensive line figures it out, points are going to be tough to come by. And if offensive tackle Russell Okung is healthy, then we might be looking at a major bust. In addition to being penalty-prone, the sixth overall pick in the 2010 draft has stunk it up in the first two games.

STEVE RUDMAN OF SPORTSPRESSNW.COM writes this about Seahawks’ sad-sack offense: “At this risk of offering this thought prematurely (just two games), the trend is not only not looking good, it’s smacking of historically inept. The Seahawks are averaging 186.5 total yards per game. In 1992, when they went 2-14, that offense averaged a franchise-low 210.9 yards per game.”

GUESS WHO leads the NCAA in touchdown passes? Yep, the UW’s Keith Price, who has 11 TD passes. I’ve seen enough already to believe that Price is a better college quarterback than Jack Locker. But will those gimpy knees hold up for the rest of the season? Imagine how productive would he be if he was able to move around like he can. When healthy, he’s a big-time running threat.

COACHES ON THE HOTSEAT? Put UW defensive coordinator Nick Holt on the list. Except for the final four games of 2010, Washington’s been a below-average defensive team under Holt. You can find UW postgame interviews with Holt and others on Ryan Divish’s blog at the Tacoma News Tribune here.

IF I HAD A HEISMAN VOTE, right now it would go to Kellen Moore, Boise State QB from Prosser. He’s coming off a 455-yard, 5-TD game against Toldeo. Moore and the Broncos are ranked No. 4 and poised to make another run for the BCS Championship game. Will they get there? Will Moore win the Heisman? Probably not.

IT’S LOOKING more and more like the Pac-16 will become a reality with Texas, Texas Tech, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State signing on. Check out Sunday’s story in the Austin-American Statesman. The move toward four 16-team Super Conferences continues to make sense.  Pittsburgh and Syracuse announced Sunday that they are moving from the Big East to the ACC, giving the ACC 14 teams.

HALL OF FAME QB Terry Bradshaw will be the guest speaker at Habitat for Humanity’s Raise the Roof fundraiser on Friday at the Kitsap Sun Pavilion. Because of Bradshaw they’re expecting as many as 1,500 people. The goal is to raise $200,000, or about five times more than they raised a year ago. Tickets for the black-tie event are $90 per person ($700 for table of eigth). Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets are available at:$70

BREMERTON HIGH’s looking for a new baseball coach. Rob Tomlinson coached the last two years but his son, Kaden, is no longer in the district, having moved to Arizona.

RANT!: How can Philip Rivers of the Chargers complete 29 passes for 378 yards and none of them to All-Pro tight end Antonio Gates. Rivers, you’re killing my fantasy team!!!

McMURTY TIME: I’ve heard him in Austin at SXSW, I’ve heard him at the Tractor Tavern in Seattle and now y’all can hear Texan James McMurtry on Bainbridge Island. The acclaimed singer/songwriter is playing at the Treehouse Cafe Thursday at 8 p.m.. Here’s a sample of what you might hear.

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