The Seahawks Are Back In The Playoffs

The Seahawks Are Back In The Playoffs

In a year where almost everyone said they wouldn't, the Seahawks proved them wrong and will be playing postseason football once more!

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My oh my, what's this? Why, it appears we have the allegedly "dead and buried" Seattle Seahawks once more in the playoffs. Yes, the Seahawks. A team the national media, fans, and football analysts everywhere were all writing premature obituaries for.

Seattle was supposed to utterly collapse after missing the playoffs last year. Pete Carroll was supposed to be run out of town. The Seahawks were supposed to only win four games. As ludicrous as it sounds, teams like the San Francisco 49ers and even the ARIZONA CARDINALS were supposed to pass them in the standings. One "genius" even pegged them to contend for the No. 1 overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft.

Unlike fine wine, those opinions did not age well. Over the summer I wrote an article explaining why the Seahawks would not be as bad as everyone thinks and why they would still be competing for a playoff spot. In the article I addressed the arguments in question, and to quote myself:

"Poppycock, I say. Hogwash. Balderdash. Needless drivel that amounts to a big ole pile of malarkey and other nonsensical words."

Poppycock, indeed.

I received a little pushback by bucking the national narrative surrounding the Seahawks, but I am glad Seattle proved me right. I made my case in the summer with three factors for this team: Russell Wilson, an improved offensive line, and a defense which would still be fine without former star players.

Indeed, Russell Wilson went on to have one of his best seasons to date, the offensive line paved the way for the No. 1 rushing attack in football, and the defense managed to weather the storm without Richard Sherman or Michael Bennett.

Linebacker Bobby Wagner, safety Bradley McDougald, and defensive end Frank Clark stepped up in a big way when it came to being leaders. Players like receiver Tyler Lockett and running back Chris Carson turned into unexpected critical players. Oft-criticized offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer made the necessary adjustments to create one of the league's more consistent offenses. All of this helped guide the Seahawks back to the playoffs in a year when they weren't supposed to make it.

Of course, this team is far from perfect. The inexperience of the secondary still gets exposed, the run defense is leaky at times, the play-calling can be too conservative at times, and the kicking game is an adventure at best. But more importantly, this team is fun and it has been a joy watching them.

The Seahawks are young, hungry, and well ahead of schedule when it comes to transitioning to the next stage. I don't know what the remainder of this year has in store for them. Could they make a surprisingly deep postseason run? Or will they be one-and-done? Only time will tell.

All I know is that it's always a heckuva lot more fun to watch your team play in January instead of someone else's. Go Hawks.

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To The Coach Who Ruined The Game For Me

We can't blame you completely, but no one has ever stood up to you before.
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I know you never gave it a second thought, the idea that you're the reason I and many others, never went any farther in our athletic careers.

I know you didn't sincerely care about our mental health, as long as we were physically healthy and our bodies were working enough to play. It's obvious your calling wasn't coaching and you weren't meant to work with young adults, some who look to you as a parent figure or a confidant.

I also know that if we were to express our concerns about the empty feeling we began to feel when we stepped onto the court, you wouldn't have taken the conversation seriously because it wasn't your problem.

I know we can't blame you completely, no one has ever stood up to you before. No one said anything when girls would spend their time in the locker room crying because of something that was said or when half the team considered quitting because it was just too much.

We can't get mad at the obvious favoritism because that's how sports are played.

Politics plays a huge role and if you want playing time, you have to know who to befriend. We CAN get mad at the obvious mistreatment, the empty threats, the verbal abuse, “It's not what you say, its how you say it."

We can get mad because a sport that we loved so deeply and had such passion for, was taken away from us single-handedly by an adult who does not care. I know a paycheck meant more to you than our wellbeing, and I know in a few years you probably won't even remember who we are, but we will always remember.

We will remember how excited we used to get on game days and how passionate we were when we played. How we wanted to continue on with our athletic careers to the next level when playing was actually fun. We will also always remember the sly remarks, the obvious dislike from the one person who was supposed to support and encourage us.

We will always remember the day things began to change and our love for the game started to fade.

I hope that one day, for the sake of the young athletes who still have a passion for what they do, you change.

I hope those same athletes walk into practice excited for the day, to get better and improve, instead of walking in with anxiety and worrying about how much trouble they would get into that day. I hope those athletes play their game and don't hold back when doing it, instead of playing safe, too afraid to get pulled and benched the rest of the season.

I hope they form an incredible bond with you, the kind of bond they tell their future children about, “That's the coach who made a difference for me when I was growing up, she's the reason I continued to play."

I don't blame you for everything that happened, we all made choices. I just hope that one day, you realize that what you're doing isn't working. I hope you realize that before any more athletes get to the point of hating the game they once loved.

To the coach that ruined the game for me, I hope you change.

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ASU Baseball Is Already Knocking It Out Of The Park

All eyes are on the Sun Devils as they enter the national poll this previous week. The Sun Devils are the last unbeaten team left in the NCAA.

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Starting off the season 18-0? Not bad, considering the Sun Devils' haven't gone undefeated at the start of the NCAA baseball season since 2010 when they went 24-0, but honestly where did this come from? In the 2017-18 season, the Devils finished off with 23-32, sitting towards the bottom of the Pac-12. Now they're the top of the conference, past the usual Pac-12 baseball powerhouse, Oregon State.

On a team with only 27 on the roster, which makes it the smallest team in the Pac-12, you wouldn't really expect such an explosive start to the season. Take a look at the improvements made, though, and you'll see why.

For starters, catcher Sam Ferri is back healthy and ready for this season to start with both pitchers Alec Marsh and RJ Dabovich, who've both thrown some great games, but if we're being honest here, have been a little inconsistent with a few errors, but have been backed up by the offense to get the job done.

On offense, Hunter Bishop and Spencer Torkelson are the ones to watch out for. Torkelson was named Pac-12 freshman of the year last year, after setting the Pac-12 freshman record of home runs. Now he's back with some deadly at-bat presence, as you can always expect a few RBIs from him, and also doing a great job at infield (#TorkBomb). Bishop's following suit, with major at-bats against Notre Dame, Michigan State, and Xavier.

Safe to say being ranked #23 right now is huge for a program that struggled majorly in the past seasons and has had some great players transfer out recently. Despite being faced with huge adversity before the season, this lineup is really producing some good stuff this year, and by being undefeated through the first month of play really exemplified that.

Hats off to Head Coach Tracy Smith for helping these young men after having the program suffer for a while.

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