November 12, 2007
The Seattle Seahawks are taking care of business against the San Francisco 49ers on Monday Night Football. Must be the good luck brought about by the Olympia consumed in the Ward household.
The 12th Man has already caused a couple of false starts. The defense is shutting down Frank Gore, forcing turnovers and only gave up one first down the entire first half. Finally Coach Holmgren has opened up the passing attack. When you have Matt Hasselbeck and a squad of talented receivers, throw the ball downfield.
The Hawks have been in a bit of a funk all season; coughing up a pair of very winnable games at Arizona and Cleveland last week. Nonetheless they are still on top of the NFC Worst and are probably guaranteed at least one home playoff game - they don't face a team with a winning record the rest of the season.
Once again Qwest Field is sold out. Hundreds of thousands of Hawks fans are watching on TV. And millions of Americans get to see the brighter side of Seattle and the Puget Sound region.
As a local you might get bored with the standard footage of the Space Needle, Mount Rainier, ferry boats and Pike Place Market fish throwers aired during these broadcasts. Why don't they get the Fremont Troll, the Arboretum or a shot of a drunken Congressman Jim McDermott; all common hidden gems that the average Seattleite enjoys seeing everyday?
In regards to tourism and business marketing, however, one MNF game is worth more than a decade of phony, artificial SayWA or Metronatural ad campaigns when it comes to bringing attention to a region.
So isn't it a pity not enough voters listened to Chris Van Dyke and his group, Liberals Against Everything Important - or whatever it's called - and voted down the pair of stadium packages in the 1990s.
Especially now that Major League Soccer is finally coming to town. Alright, I might be laying it on a bit thick with that last statement. Still, there are a lot of soccer fans out there, I'm told. And literally millions of people have gone through the turnstiles at Qwest Field, Safeco and the Washington State Convention Center to watch pro, college and high school sports events, concerts and trade shows. Not a bad investment considering the funding mechanism comes from sports fans, tourist dollars and the sports franchises which directly benefit from the facilities.
Hawk tawk: With the FCC in town last week, it is disappointing no one lobbied for the pressing need to ban networks from using stereotypical female sideline reporters who add nothing to a sports broadcast. Everyone knows the chick reporters are just there for eye candy so just show more shots of the SeaGals if television producers think this is necessary.
More Squawk: Most of the Hawks roster is filled with standup players and all around good guys - a fact that drives Seattle "progressives" to chewing on their couches. With that said, linebacker Julian Peterson's sack dance has to be one of the more annoying spectacles in sports. If you haven't seen it, he repeatedly and spasmatically points at his name on the back of his jersey with his thumbs. It looks like he's trying to stop a baboon from dry-humping him back there. 'Nuff said.
Seattle R. Oops. Yes it is Julian, mental goof. *embarrassed*
Chris. They do still sell Olympia which was a complete surprise to me. Although it is now bottled by Pabst Blue Ribbon so you can be assured of its quality.
Posted by DonWard at November 12, 2007
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1. I actually voted for the new Seahawks stadium. and even though I haven't been to a single game (I really do need to go) I'm glad it's going well, and I do enjoy catching some of the games on TV. Quest Field was a good spend, imo. (so was Safeco Field, even though I DIDN'T vote for that one!)
"Olympia" ???? They still sell that water?
Man you got to get used to a different brand. I had flashbacks of Blitz and Beer Beer....
To each their own..... And yup, those Hawks kicked some butt tonight.
4. Interesting post. It's Julian Peterson, not Adrian. He points to his jersey particularly at the 49ers bench because he used to play in SF. He's one of our more talented players. Let him have his fun.
I'd like to claim credit for bringing the Seahawks luck since I was at the game. Of course I was also at the Saints game...err, never mind.
On a related soccer note, Drew Carey hoisted the 12th Man flag, as one of the owners of Seattle's new MLS team set to start playing at Qwest in 2009. I'm no great soccer fan but that development seems like a good thing, especially with the Sonics headed out the door.
The Patriots, Celtics, and Red Sox all self-funded their stadium/arena/ballpark projects.
The Red Sox just won the World Series and the Pats and Celts are the only undefeated teams in their respective sports.
Not that I am linking private financing with success. I don't have to because the Boston sports teams already did!!!
7. Don -- If, like a video version of a Rorschach ink blot test, the first thing that pops into your mind when watching a victory dance is "dry-humping baboon," you've been watching too many of those PBS nature specials (porn for liberals who can't afford the movie channels).
Don, make it to the BlogWorld convention? Any SP commenters?
Olympia, Rainier, Buckhorn and Animal Beer. Aaah, for the good days.
Isn't the MLS about the fifth generation? I remember as one of my sport highlight events going to the MLS games at the Stadium at Seattle Center. The buzz was in the air and it was a great time at a reasonable price. There was Pepe Fernandez and Barry Watkins at goal. It was a time to remember from the mid-70s.
I also remember going to Portland for the championship game.
9. I believe that was the NASL (North American Soccer League) i.e. 1st sporting event in the Kingdome with the NY Cosmos (Pele') playing our Seattle Sounders. MLS is current Major Soccer League - whose playoffs are going on right now.
Ironically NE is a force to beat in this sport also.
It IS exciting that major league soccer is coming to Seattle [especially with such apparent formidable ownership].
One of my favorite sports; played in Wash Men's League (Over 'whatever age') for years and thoroughly enjoyed it.
Freakmont's statue of Lenin is a much more accurate depiction of Seattle's culture and politics than the Troll.
No more skyline panorams on MNF. We're already a couple million Californians over the limit.
11. If they can only beat a hapless 49 team by 24-0, the Seachickens haven't got crap!!!!!!!!!!!!
12. If they can only beat a hapless 49er team by 24-0, the Seachickens haven't got crap!!!!!!!!!!!!
13. So go root for another team AH !!
Am I the only one to notice? Virtually every single time we have a showcase sporting event on national TV the weather is perfect. Yesterday was no exception. A forecast of howling winds and driving rain,(which didn't materialize in Seattle), miraculously gave way to clear skies just before the opening kickoff. In the middle of November, no less.
I didn't worry about losing power or downed trees yesterday. I knew all would be well. The Seahawks were playing on Monday Night Football. Fine with me, as long as the illusion of Seattle as OZ doesn't drive another herd of moonbats here.
15. Indeed BC...do you suppose 'ol Emmett Watson is up there looking out for us. :)
Sorry, Bill. It may seem that way but it's not.
The last time the 49ers were in town - on a Thursday night game - we had the big storm. Granted, it wasn't MNF.
I believe we also had snow during a prime-time game last year, as I heard horror stories of people getting home at 3 and 4 in the morning.
17. jmg, I said "virtually every time" not every time. I fully realize there have been exceptions. However I stand by my tounge-in-cheek observation that more times than not when we are on the national tube Seattle looks like more like San Diego.
18. I got a hot dog outside the stadium last night. They had Buhner dogs, Edgar dogs and Alexander dogs. I asked what was in each and found that the Alexander dog was cheese filled. I was worried that it was one that had fallen to the ground without being touched. When told that wasn't the case, I ordered one.
I like to win, but I sort of miss the old crappy Dennis Erikson Seahawks because I used to be able to go on TicketMaster the week of the game, and pick up a seat for $33 bucks and go to a Sunday morning game.
Well John we've now got the crappy Mike Holmgren Seahawks that will fold like a house of cards the first time they meet a playoff opponent, if they manage to get that far. Matt can't perform last night's passing magic against a real defense.
Not to be confused with the Mariners who can be counted on to perform a giant faceplant every August after leading their division all year.
And certainly not to be confused with the Sonics which have the worst record of any Sonics team in history. That includes the truly comical but very fun original expansion team of 1967.
Trading away our two best players was part of that charming Clay Bennett's scheme to take the Sonics to Oklahoma City. The Sonics, and the NBA in Seattle is history.
Sarcasm included for emphasis, but it is tough to be a sports fan in this town.
21. Yeah, especially if you're a pseudo-one to begin with. [Don't tell me you're probably a Patriot's fan, a Spur's fan...and of course you'd have to be a Red Sox fan]....how very loyal you are to your home town A TYPICAL FWF.
I know, especially when you factor in UW football. The Dawgs were a national powerhouse until they won the Pac-10 championship 3 consecutive times in the early 90's, drawing the envy and wrath of the 9 other schools. Trumped up charges led to Don James' resignation and a 15 year downward spiral. What is a shame is that USC's present program is allowed to flourish amidst scandelous violations of NCAA rules. I guess those regulations apply only to UW, huh Pac-10?
I've been a fan of our local teams a long time Duffman, win or lose. Does that mean I accept what almost appears to be planned mediocrity? No.
The exception to what I just said is the Sonics and the NBA. I could care less if they leave. The NBA ceased to interest me when they started allowing three steps of traveling and embraced thug culture.
Posted by Bill Cruchon at November 13, 2007 10:57 AM
I know. Just picking nits.
As far as everybody else knows, all people do in Seattle is watch the rain fall and toss fish at each other.
"As far as everybody else knows, all people do in Seattle is watch the rain fall and toss fish at each other."
How I wish this was so,jimg. When I grew up people still thought our streets were unpaved and that we were using horses to haul home the goods we bought at the general store. I wish people still thought that.
Kids in my era couldn't wait to get out of this town.
Now Seattle, like San Francisco, and Portland, is one of the preferred destinations of leftist loons all over the country. Yeah I know Seattle has an historic leftist history. I had a relative that was a Wobblie. For all it's provincial shortcomings, I miss the old Seattle very much.
26. How I wish this was so,jimg. When I grew up people still thought our streets were unpaved and that we were using horses to haul home the goods we bought at the general store. I wish people still thought that.
Oh, I know what you're saying. When we lived in New York City in the late 60s, people thought we really did live like Here Come the Brides.
There were people we had to convince that yes, we actually had running water and horseless carriages.
Regarding the area's leftist history, yes, it runs deep, but I'd catalog it more populist with a progressive vein than today's latte-sipping socialists ... Marion Zioncheck not withstanding.
In my opinion, Seattle - and the general area - drastically changed approximately 20 years ago - gee, long about the time Microsoft started hitting stride - and changed for the worse.
Bill @ 25,
I, too, miss Seattle as it was. In the 50's and 60's Seattle was a rough and tumble town of shipyard workers, Boeing machinists, fishermen and dock workers. First Avenue was peep shows, grimy bars and military surplus stores. Pioneer square featured flophouse hotels and rooming houses overlooking the ever-present winos sleeping on benches below. One didn't venture down Yesler or Jackson after dark unless they were prepared for confrontation with street toughs or an occasional lady of the night. The tallest building was the Smith Tower and the Kingdome had yet to rear its ugly head.
Although this vision of Seattle may appear anything but glamorous in contrast to the glitter of present-day skyscrapers and high-dollar condos, 50's/60's Seattle had a soul. In that day, the wealthy (and Seattle had plenty of "old" money) didn't flaunt their wealth like the nuevo rich do today. They dressed conservatively in public and donated time and money to the less fortunate. Politicians eminated from a true cross section of of the city and were diverse in background and perspective, in contrast to today's extreme left echo chamber. Neighborhoods teemed with children and public, private and parochial schools were filled to the seams. There was a sense of civic and neighborhood pride and the public, for the most part, grudgingly accepted the seedier elements of society as long as they kept their distance.
"Old" Seattle didn't mind being views as a bit backward, and indeed reveled in its image as a blue-collar provider of airplanes, ships, lumber and seafood. The city was viewed as the crown jewel of the beautiful and rugged northwest.
Today we long-time locals view Seattle as an embarrassment. My mosquito-fleet, logger, tradesman and fisherman ancestors from the late 19th and early 20th century would have looked upon the present-day city with utter distain as drug gangs contest for turf, sodomite marchers flaunt their "pride", empty schools teach utter nonsense while the limp-wristed and feminists dominate the political scene. Agressive panhandlers are allowed to hustle elderly shoppers and naked bicyclists pedal to the applause of middle-aged, pony-tailed welfare recipients.
And the city has no soul......
28. SH: I too remember those days with fondness. You have said it beautifully. Peace!
Duffman: if you are referring to me, I lived in Massachusetts for most of my life. So I am
a big fan of my hometown teams. I am no fairweather fan, but a diehard Boston sports fan. I was rooting for the Red Sox and Patriots while living in the Bay Area and the Niners and As were ruling their respective leagues.
I've never cared about soccer much (although I did occasionally go see the New England Tea Men of the NASL, in the old Shaefer Stadium), though I'd rather have the Revolution win than not.
But hey, if you're bitter about Boston sports winning everything in sight, check out this great song I just found the other day, Thank Goodness for the Bruins. I can laugh, even though the Bruins are my favorite team of all sports ... maybe because the successes of my other teams are deadening my pain. Also, the Bruins DO have a winning record, so it's not like they suck.
30. Not referring to you 'pudge'; was just inferring that many FWF's relinquish support for their 'home-town' team in favor of WHOMever is at the top at the time. I believe in ALWAYS supporting one's sports team to the nth degree; whether their winning or losing. :)
You said it beautifully. I remember when the Smith Tower and the Northern Life building dominated the Seattle skyline. My dad was in the merchant marine and I spent many a day on the waterfront as a kid. The rest of the country didn't know where Seattle was and we liked it that way. The papers had wonderful writers such as Doug Welch and Emmett Watson. Now we have the bitter rantings of D.Parvaz.
I guess we all wish for the "good old days" as we get older. I wish sometimes that I could blink my eyes and it would be 1960 again.
32. Yeah Bill sometimes I close my eyes and it's the nostalgic 60's again...only to open them and realize that I'm standing at a gas pump, HOLY REALITY Batman!!!
33. Marmstro @ 18. Thank you for your comment. I haven't laughed that hard in awhile.
@27: "empty schools teach utter nonsense while the limp-wristed and feminists dominate the political scene"
Last I heard schools were over-populated. As far as politics go, the reason the 'limp-wristed and feminists' dominate the political scene is, we current seattle-ites agree with them. Like it or not, this state belongs to the far lefts, just as our neighbour Idaho belongs to the far right.
It was a cute story though. I love how you claim superior status as a long time resident. Yet I bet your kids share the same views as the 'limp-wristed and feminists'. So who is it really that is destroying your beloved old timey seattle?