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.)