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Morning links: ESPN ranks Hawks No. 83 franchise in sports

Post by Eric Williams on July 1, 2010 at 11:14 am with 21 Comments »
July 1, 2010 11:16 am

Looking for another sign that the Seattle Seahawks do not command much respect nationally? In the eighth annual survey performed by ESPN The Magazine ranking the major sports franchises, called the Ultimate Standings, the Seattle Seahawks were ranked a surprising 83rd overall among 122 sports franchise in the magazine’s latest addition due out this Friday.

The Seattle Mariners, a team with only four playoff appearances in the history of the franchise, were ranked 58th overall. And our former NBA team, the Seattle SuperSonics – now the Oklahoma Thunder – ranked 25th overall.

Even teams like the Memphis Grizzlies (75th), the Vancouver Canucks (64) and the Jacksonville Jaguars (71) were ranked ahead of the Seahawks.

The New Orleans Saints rode a Super Bowl victory to the top spot, followed by the Orlando Magic, Los Angeles Angels, Indianapolis Colts, Pittsburgh Penguins, Tampa Bay Rays, San Antonio Spurs, Detroit Red Wings, the Packers and Cleveland Cavaliers.

The Los Angeles Clippers placed last on the list at 122nd overall.

Other bottom feeders include the Toronto Maple Leafs (121), Washington Wizards (120), New York Knicks (119), New Jersey Nets (118), Philadelphia 76ers (117), Minnesota Timberwolves (116), Oakland Raiders (115), St. Louis Rams (114) and Toronto Raptors (113).

The survey ranks MLB, NBA, NFL and NHL teams in eight different areas, including ownership, bang for the buck, coaching, fan relations and stadium experience.

I understand the Seahawks have only won nine games over the past two seasons. However, they still regularly sell out Qwest Field and have one of the richest owners in pro sports in Paul Allen, who is committed to putting a winning product on the field. Hard to believe those two things alone don’t get you further up the list.

Jim Moore of catches up with former Seattle Seahawks head coach Jim Mora at his annual celebrity golf tournament at Newcastle golf course. Mora says he has moved on from being fired in January after one year on the job.

Brian McIntyre of, a knowledgable source on contract issues, takes an educated guess why the Seahawks may have waived safety Kevin Ellison and signed him to a new contract. Essentially by signing Ellison to a new deal, the Seahawks would have to pay him less money if he makes the roster and is placed on the reserve list, lessening the risk to the team for the 23-year-old safety with has a history of knee issues.

Scout Inc’s Matt Williamson says he doesn’t believe Matt Hasselbeck as someone the Seahawks can trust moving forward in this piece looking at the 34-year-old quarterback’s future.

San Diego Chargers receiver Vincent Jackson, whom the Seahawks are rumored to be interested in, is suspended for three games for violating the league’s personal conduct policy. Jackson had his second DUI conviction in February, triggering the suspension.

Matt Bowen of the National Football Post breaks down the spot route – a three-man route executed effectively by Minnesota’s Brett Favre against the New Orleans Saints for a short touchdown reception to Sidney Rice.

Our own Dave Boling talks with KJR’s Elise Woodward about the state of the Seahawks with a month left before the start of training camp in this audio link.

Lawyer Milloy talks with KJR’s Ian Furness in this audio link.

Looking for some inspiration this morning? Then check out Chris Carter as he addresses first-year players during the Rookie Symposium in California this week.

Alex Marvez of Fox Sports reports the players union is looking to negotiate a six-year CBA extension.

Morning links
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  1. BobbyAyala says:

    Wow, now that ESPN the Ragazine has spoken, I don’t know if I’ll support my 83rd most “?” franchise in sports.

    I swear to god, every ESPN analyst in Connecticut would whip out their junk and rank it against their peers’ for size, speed and staying power for some meaningless list in a second if their MTV-broken producers said so.

    Journalism is dead.

  2. I guess the “superman” Tod Leiweke is not a Superman after all. Maybe Mr.Allen will finally wake up and pull the trigger and fire TL and bring someone with real qualities necessary for running sports franchises.
    What-ever my Seahawks are rated, I’ll still love them. I tried before to “walk away ”
    and I haven’t gone anywhere.
    Seahawks, in my book You’re always #1 for ever as long as You are in Seattle.

  3. Dukeshire says:

    Tod Leiweke has nothing to do with what the flavor-of-the-month ESPN blowhards have to say. ESPN has become a parity of itself. Total crap.

  4. freedom_X says:

    Don’t be so sure Paul Allen isn’t the root of the problem. Take a look at the Portland Trailblazer saga.

  5. I barely even watch espn anymore.

  6. Paul Allen is the best owner in pro sports, I just pray to God that he makes it through his major health issues OK. Seems like the summer high school interns have temporarily taken over ESPN while every staffer there is on vacation.

  7. BobbyAyala says:

    Paul Allen isn’t anywhere close to the best owner in sports.

    I appreciate the hometown love, don’t let the truth get in the way, right?

  8. Dukeshire says:

    Paul Allen has been a great owner for the Seahawks. Period.

  9. kurtthekraut says:

    How quickly people forget that Paul saved the Seahawks for the city of Seattle. The team had the trucks loaded,…they were LA bound. Funny how funny fair-weather fans can forget.

  10. kurtthekraut says:

    Oops should have proof-read,……” Funny how QUICKLY ” was what i meant.

  11. Hawks finished #83? Wonder where Sue Bird and the Storm finished.

  12. snydro22 says:

    One good thing about Paul Allen – he always pays his debts.

    I wonder how many more sellout crowds we’ll need before we pass up the prestigious Jacksonville Jaguars?

  13. wabubba67 says:

    BobbyAyala–I’m almost willing to pay off your $20 debt to snydro so I won’t have to listen to snydro whine about it anymore…it’s starting to seem like money well spent to me.

  14. snydro – good one. ESPN site is apparently shut down. Eric’s link isn’t working for me, but neither are any other ESPN links right now. Upset sport-franchise fans?

    Anyway, Eric said that the franchises were ranked based on “ownership, bang for the buck, coaching, fan relations and stadium experience”.

    What is good ownership? I see three kinds of owners – one kind has the bulk of their worth invested in the team and gets involved in the minutia of day-to-day operations, trying to run a successful business enterprise, with having a winning team being a sub-goal. That’s maybe where the Raiders fall, but there are lotsa team owners in that category. Another type of owner has a smallish percentage of their worth tied up in their team, who hires the best professional managers and staff to run the organization. Dolphins and Seahawks have that kind of owner, with PA being the prototype. PA sets the goal which is to rebuild the team into a winner, ASAP. The last type of owner is the Packers, a kind of co-op, owned by the fans and run by an elected board responsible for hiring their managers. Where the fans are the owners, it does make them more interested, which is probably why GB ranks so high. Still, of the first two ownership types, I’d take the laisse-faire one. That way you don’t end up with a “back stairs” route for players to go over the head of their coach, like Kraft allowed when PC was coach there. Another potential problem with more ‘involved’ owners is the access and power that gives to their major corporate sponsers, which could redirect team effort from establishing winning football to helping corporate sponsers improve their images. Imagine if BP was a major sponser of the Saints, how we’d probably be seeing Drew Brees, et al pitching in to clean up beaches and birds. Then there’s the Cardinals owners…

    Bang for the buck: That is where PA falls down, according to ESPN. PA spends for the Hawks like it’s a large market team, which it really isn’t.

    Coaching: 2 out of 3 Seahawk coaches in the last dozen or so years are HoF quality coaches. Elite.

    Fan relations: To me, this is where PA shines, “giving back” to the Seattle community way more than any other owner gives to their community.

    Stadium experience: Is there another stadium in the NFL that has as good a stadium experience during the game as Qwest? I don’t think so.

  15. ryanryan says:

    snydro…that literally made me laugh out loud. always pays his debts…bahahahaha. i have trashed you before on this blog and would like to apologize, you are funny as s**t.

    and what about the “thunder” being 25th…um, i wonder what they would have been ranked if they were still the sonics, prolly 115th.

    i couldn’t care less about being ranked 83rd…in the words of the great sean connery (as played by darryl hammond), “Suck it trebek”!

  16. Just more ESPN bias crap. Espn is bias for all the teams from Harlem.

  17. Dukeshire says:

    I apologize this is unrelated to anything Seahawk oriented. I blame ryanryan and snydro.

    Okay, back to football…

  18. I like and appreciate Mr. Allen as much as anyone else here, it is Tod Leiweke I can’t stand. I believe he is responsible for our fall from perennial play-off participant and S.B. contender to the present as the laughing stock of NFL.

  19. Dukeshire says:

    White’s 4 game suspension is now official. I wonder if he knows why…?

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