Shaking my head
There is a saying I have always lived by: If you forget where you came from, you will never know where you truly are.
And there has never been a time where this quote has become reality more than it has in the past two months for me.
I have seen a huge amount of Seahawks fans popping up all around the Valley of the Sun. Now I’m not calling them all fair-weather fans, but the bandwagon is filling up faster than it ever has in the past.
I recently attended a viewing of a game at the “Official Club of the Seattle Seahawks” at a Irish bar and restaurant here in Gilbert, Arizona.
All I can say is, I haven’t seen that type of enthusiasm since the last game I attended at the Kingdome many, many years ago.
What brings up my opinion that all these birds aren’t from the same feather is the fact that I wore my Jon Kitna jersey to the game. There were a lot of whispers from the crowd of close to 100 about “Who is Kitna?”
Now, I know that we all weren’t lucky enough to live through the Kitna ”glory years,” but c’mon now people. If you’re going to wear the colors of my team, at least know some of the history behind it.
I even heard this chick ask who “Fan” was, as the owner of the place was wearing a 12th man jersey. I give her the benefit of the doubt because she is a girl, but honestly, if you’re that dumb, please take off my freaking colors please.
When we get the type of national hype that we are getting for the first time in franchise history, it comes at a price. And I am seeing what that price exactly is down here in Arizona.
But, there is one way to quell the stupidity of these people. Winning a Super Bowl. And we are off to a good-looking start after finishing the preseason undefeated.
Thank you for letting me rant, now back to official team business. The state of our Seahawks.
Big roster moves
The past 24 hours have brought some unexpected roster moves, at least they were in my eyes. Michael Robinson, Brady Quinn and Antoine Winfield were all given their pink slips after the preseason finale on Thursday.
Quinn looked to be a lock to be the 2nd string QB behind Russell Wilson when he was signed. But then life threw him a curveball when Tarvaris Jackson became available, and the Hawks snatched him up quick like.
As I posted on Twitter today, I didn’t NOT like the play of Quinn this preseason, but T-Jack definitely won the job.
What surprised me the most though was the fact that the Hawks are going into the season with only two QB’s for the second straight season.
The other big news of the weekend was the release of Michael Robinson. Robinson was the gift of angels to us Seahawks fans.
Who in their right mind could ever replace the great Mack Strong? Well Robinson came in, got to work, and did the best job that any fullback in the league could’ve ever done.
You will be sorely missed in these parts.
Well here comes the hard part. It is always easy to say that your team will win the Super Bowl after going 4-0 in the preseason, including a complete dismantling of the Denver Broncos.
But, the hard part is to look at reality.
This team is good. No check that. This team is great. But so are the San Francisco 49ers.
A good step was the Hawks taking Chris Clemons off of the PUP list, including him in the Week 1 roster. This perhaps was the biggest question mark heading into the season opener in my opinion.
We will still be without Bruce Irvin, but getting Clemons back was absolutely huge for this defense.
Are we still the first choice Super Bowl champion? I think that is the consensus around the water cooler, but are we really?
The only way we will find out is when we get out there on the field every week this season.