John McGrath of The News Tribune says the glass is half-full as the Seattle Seahawks try to get into the playoffs with a losing record, using some examples from other professional sports leagues like the 1938 Stanly Cup winners, the Chicago Blackhawks, who got into the playoffs with a 14-25-9 record.
While the Seahawks are hoping to defy history – as well as a porous defense, an unstable offensive line and a backup quarterback less inclined to harbor deeper thoughts than Billy Madison – they should remember that a team that once won 14 of 48 regular-season games is recognized on the oldest, most hallowed pro sports trophy in North America.
As far as the potential embarrassment of lugging a 7-9 record into the playoffs? It can’t be denied: Never has an NFL or MLB team qualified for a postseason berth after losing more games than it won. (I’m discounting the 1982 NFL season that was truncated by a strike.)
Clare Farnsworth of Seahawks.com takes a quick look at the St. Louis Rams.
Rod Mar of Seahawks.com offers these photos from the Tampa Bay game.
Richard Deitsch of Sports Illustrated pens his Media Awards for 2010 column, a very entertaining, must-read that breaks down the year that was in sports television.
Peter King of Sports Illustrated writes that Sam Bradford’s rookie numbers compare favorably to Peyton Manning’s numbers as a rookie.
Rob Rang of NFLDraftScout.com offers his all-rookie team for the NFL.
Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch says the Rams have a chance to finish an impressive turnaround, with the possibility of going from 1-15 in 2009 to 8-8 this year with a win over Seattle on Sunday.