The city of Seattle has been in the news all week after our Seahawks thrashed the New Orleans Saints, so when I heard the news this morning that the lowly Mariners had actually signed Robinson Cano I was shocked, and still am….
Robinson Cano pictured above living the good life with his high-profile Jay-Z and his Roc Nation Sports agency must indeed be celebrating tonight after somehow squeezing a 10-year $ deal out of the old miser Howard Lincoln himself following a late night bargaining session here in Seattle. I did hear that Lincoln balked at paying $252 million for Seattle’s newest Superstar and managed to come up with the compromise figure of…. Gulp…$240 million…So perhaps Howard Lincoln is going to finally shed his image as the Grinch here in Seattle with this deal…time will tell but for now I am shocked by the old devil…
As far as Cano goes, I love him as player and look forward to getting 4-5 good years out of the future HOFer, but the last 5 years of this contract could be brutal being that he was born on October 22, 1982 down in the Dominican Republic. But that is the way it goes if you want to play hardball with the Big Boys and the 5-time All-Star will bring a lifetime .309 batting average to go along with his slick fielding and a power bat that produced 27 dingers last year for the New York Yankees.
I guess what concerns me so much about this deal is that we have been screaming for a big bat or two here for the past 10 years and though Cano is great, he alone won’t be enough and the mariners will have to keep going to bolster this weak lineup with some like Nelson Cruz to protect Cano in the lineup. But with a reported 2 billion dollar deal with Root sports in hand and no contract commitments outside of King Felix to speak of for the next several years old Jack Zduriencik may indeed get a chance to preside over a winning club.
By the way I’m wondering how young Nick Franklin feels about this whole thing? Oh well he had his chance maybe he can split time at short with Miller and Willie Bloomquist or get packaged up and sent somewhere else in the next stage of this “Seattle in The Sports Spotlight Era” Go Mariners! Go Hawks!http://jeffsmariners.com
After following the Seattle Seahawks since 1976 this is the first time in my memory that we are considered to be the best team in the NFL. Of course it took 38 years, a great coach and a team led both on and off the field by the best young quarterback in the league, and oh ya a firm thrashing of the New Orleans Saints last night 34-7 on MNF in front of the whole nation. Every where I turned today in the National media pundits and wanna be experts we’re falling all over themselves to jump on the bandwagon today after Drew Brees and company took it on the chin last night at Century 21 field.
This is a new feeling that I kind of like though it’s kind of odd at first, but yes folks we are finally on the map in the NFL after so many years of losing or close calls by the teams in the 80′s and the 2005 squad who went all the way to the Super bowl in Detroit before getting robbed of a National title. Of course the haters are still out there lingering and with the upcoming 49ers game this Sunday I’m sure that we will have some of these same pundits and experts jump off the bandwagon later in the week and pick the 49ers who are already apparently 2 1/2 point favorites down at Candlestick this Sunday…
On another note I wanted to let everyone know that I did not get in to the game last night for a couple of reasons. 1: I’m saving my money for the Super Bowl, 2: I refuse to pay over $150 bucks for a regular season game unless I’m on the 100 level and 3: just as the prices we’re starting to drop about 5 minutes into the 1st quarter last night, the word started to spread that there we’re some fake tickets being sold by a couple of dudes so I went with the ” Audible” and punted and went into a nice bar right across from Safeco and watched the game there for free.
I did manage to mix it up with a lot of fans both before and after the game and I even almost got into a fight with a mouthy Saints fan at the old ” New Orleans” restaurant in Pioneer Square. Apparently he did not like my ” Fremont the Left Wing of The 12th Man ” sign and asked me to take it off. This of course led to a quick comeback from me about the Civil War and before things got to far this sore Loser got up and left. Who knows he could have been a cop or maybe he went down to the Saints plane and spent the night on the tarmac dreaming of gumbo with his hero Drew Brees….
So now it is back to SF to finish the 8-4 49ers off next weekend. I’m sure that Pete Carroll and the boys are already fast at work getting ready for this game, but for myself I’m enjoying being #1 and writing goofy posts like this and calling in to East Coast Sports channels like Mad Dog Sports on Sirius Radio, join me there we need reinforcements as there are very few Seattle based callers…. Go Hawks!
As you can see by the above I not only was at the Seahawks one and only Super Bowl in Detroit 8 years ago where we lost, but I also attended the Seahawks-Saints game 3 years ago when we upset the New Orleans Saints in probably the best Sehawks game I recall since I began following them in 1976.
But now I need to pick-up a couple more nearly identical tickets to check them off my Bucket List. The first one of course would be a ticket to the huge NFC showdown this Monday here in Seattle, and the second would be for the Super Bowl this February in NY/NJ. And believe it or not I have been looking for both on craigslist this past week and I have not pulled the trigger on either events yet.
With the upcoming MNF game I intend to employ the stratedgy that I have perfected with the Mariners and once this year already for the Seahwask-Rams game. I will call this stratedgy ”Line of Scrimmage Audibles” wherin I head downtown from Fremont on the bus and get to the stadium about a half an hour early to scout out where the scalpers are at, then wait for the kickoff. This style of play is not for the weak of heart as there is always the chance one could get skunked and have to go watch the game on TV for free, or actually pay above the face value cost of the ticket which in this case I’m willing to do. But lets get real I’m not going to pay $300 bucks for a nose-bleed ticket to this game, and so I’m bracing for a tough night of negotitions down at Century Link.
As far as the Super Bowl is concerned I already have a plane ticket and a room lined-up for 4 nights in NY City, and now it is once again a matter of playing the waiting game unless once again I am willing to pay $3,500 for upper level seats directly from the NFL without even knowing if we are going to make it. So this Saints game is definitely the biggest test of the year for not only our 10-1 Hawks, but for me as well on the “Line of Scrimmage” trying to get a ticket for say $150 max so I can join the madness inside.
As far as the game goes I was able to feel confident about our chances even with the loss of a couple of corner backs due to ” Stonergate” until I heard a few minutes ago that Percy Harvin is ” Doubtful” for Monday’s game. That hurts as the Saints are no pushovers and we are going to need to score 30-40 points if we are going to be able to stop Drew Brees here even with our recent home streak dating back till 2011, thanks in no small part to those of who make up the 12th man. Well it should be a great MNF game and I plan on being there!
Well I have to say that despite the smooth press conference that coach Pete Carroll gave today see :http://www.seahawks.com/videos-photos/videos/Pete-Carroll-Week-13-Tuesday-Press-Conference/62794153-fcc7-4423-972a-9e0eb51aef11
I can’t help but get the feeling that this whole suspension of Browner and Thurmond around smoking pot has indeed become a major distraction as we prepare to take on the New Orleans Saints next Monday here in Seattle with the eyes of the Football world focused on us.
The more I hear about second chances, warnings, troubled players etc. the worse feeling I get in my gut that we have fallen into sort of a collective amnesia about who we are here in Seattle and have fallen for the old “Win at any Costs” mentality that Pete Carroll used down at USC before getting slapped there.
The reality is that use of marijuana is not only legal here in Washington state but way less harmful than the legal drug alcohol which doesn’t trigger red flags when NFL players are tested. And just like the rest of society a certain percentage of people don’t have the option of just saying ” No” when it comes to alcohol and drugs and suffer from the disease of addiction. I don’t know if these two players fall into that category but I wouldn’t be surprised given their track record and thus I hope they can get into recovery before they ruin not only their careers but their lives too.
Either way this whole thing is making me take a cold hard look at myself and how important Sports really are in the big picture of life. Or maybe I am just from a different era and still believe if you have talent, work hard, keep out of trouble and are a good teammate you can win on the field and in life, let’s hope I am not wrong and that the next generation of athletes get to have some real heroes like Russell Wilson to grow up with. Go Hawks!
I have not been able to even consider anything Mariners related since the Seahawks have started playing this year whether it be a new coach hiring or the usual Jack Zduriencik mumbo-jumbo, until I got the news a few hours ago that Chuck Armstrong has announced he is going to retire at age 71. Armstrong cited the desire to spend more time with his family in light of the recent deaths of several close friends with his usual used- car salesman pitch. The reality is he milked this job for 10 years past the point that he or Howard Lincoln were doing any good here and speaking for myself I’m glad he is finally gone.
Chuck Armstrong was a notorious meddler, manipulator and played the Seattle fan base off as naive baseball fans who would come out to the Ballpark that was subsidized by their own tax money and not expect a winning team on the filed as long as the Hydros were running and bobble head nights were plentiful. And he and Howard Lincoln may have been right about a lot of the fans, but for the loyal hardcore fans like myself and those of you reading this he will never be forgiven for his dereliction of duty turning the Mariners into one of the worst franchises in Pro Sports History, Shame on you Chuck Armstrong!
Now back to the Seahawks and ” Stonergate” …as most of you know by now not only Walter Thurmond been suspended for 4 games due to a violation of the NFL substance abuse policy, but now the injured Brandon Browner has joined the ” Legion of Bong ” gang with a little toking of his own and is probably not ever going to where a Seahawks uniform again. As messed-up as this is I’m sure the Seahawks brain trust will figure out a way to get somebody like Antoine Winfield or maybe old Marcus Trufant out on the field lickety split. The irony of this is that of course our home state Washington is officially the ” Evergreen” state now where recreational use of marijuana is legal…Go Figure…
Anyway I’m feeling slightly better about the Mariners tonight and slightly worse about the Seahawks so I guess that’s a wash so to speak….Lets see what tomorrow brings…Happy Thanksgiving and Go Hawks!