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Morning Links: Malcolm Smith working to consume each opportunity

Post by Todd Dybas / The News Tribune on Dec. 12, 2013 at 2:10 am with 78 Comments »
December 12, 2013 2:10 am
Malcolm Smith is back in the starting lineup. / AP photo
Malcolm Smith is back in the starting lineup. / AP photo

Good morning.

With K.J. Wright gone for the foreseeable future, Malcolm Smith re-enters the Seahawks’ starting lineup.

Smith played a lot early in the season when Bruce Irvin was suspended. He had seen his snap reduced significantly after Irvin returned and Bobby Wagner was healthy.

Now that Wright is out for 4-6 weeks after having a broken bone in his foot operated on, Smith is back in the mix as a starter at Will.

Our Dave Boling caught up with Smith, who talked about his esophagus disorder which makes it hard for him to swallow, and what’s in front of him on the field with Wright out. From Boling:

The versatile Smith has started five games this season because of the suspension of starting strongside linebacker Bruce Irvin and an injury to middle linebacker Bobby Wagner.

Seahawks linebackers coach Ken Norton Jr. recruited Smith out of Taft High School in Woodland Hills, Calif., and coached him during his career at USC.

Smith was a touted high school running back who followed his older brother, Steve, to USC. The elder Smith was a star receiver who went on to an NFL career, mostly with the New York Giants.

What Norton saw from the start were the same qualities he admires in Smith to this day.

“He’s really smart, really fast, strong … a fantastic football player who really enjoys what he does,” Norton said.

How fast?

“When I say ‘fast,’ I mean exceptionally fast, weapon fast … wow fast,” Norton said. “You watch the films and he’s just a flash across the screen.”


> I wrote about Perrish Cox returning to the Seahawks and expecting to stay longer this time.

> 710 ESPN says the Giants game is a big opportunity for the Seahawks.

> The Giants’ Justin Tuck on the Seahawks: “This is a team if you’re not ready to play, they will embarrass you. And laugh about it. That’s point blank. I ain’t in the business of being embarrassed.”

> has the focus on Tarvaris Jackson, who earned a lot of respect when he played through a torn pec muscle in 2011. He tore it against the Giants.

> Reuters says the Seahawks hope this weekend’s game at MetLife is a dress rehearsal for the Super Bowl.

> Over at MMQB, a roundtable of five beat writers explains what it’s like to cover the NFL.

> Also at MMQB, Don Banks wonders if it is worth it to attend the Super Bowl, saying “Super Bowl 48 seems poised to set a new standard for the No Fun League.”

> Also from MMQB, their Pro Bowl picks. Some names you may recognize in there.

Leave a comment Comments → 78
  1. montanamike2 says:

    The No Fun League, i understand the need to beef up security, but it may drive away some serious season ticket owners.

  2. Macabrevity says:

    I’ve been watching games commercial free and a day late for so long that I’d forgotten just how bad the product is for viewers lately… between possession changes, play reviews and hankies flying all over the field, there’s not much football happening. Then they have to go and take out the fan rituals, player celebrations and whatever else they can think of. I can’t think of anything good to say about it, doesn’t change the fact that I’m addicted, although the addition of Thursday ball has been real overkill for me.

    No Fun League is definitely a fitting moniker.

  3. MikeFromNewJersey says:

    The big game is just 20 mins from my house and I will be there this sunday!

    Also who cares if it snows during the super bowl! why do people think that’s such a bad thing?? Some of the best most memorable playoff games in the history of football were played in the snow or cold weather. I loved watching the games last week in the snow.

  4. The better team doesn’t always win in the snow. It’s good if the Seahawks make the Super Bowl and play the Broncos but bad if they play anyone else.

    And it’s good it won’t be snowing on Sunday. Snow evens the playing field and we don’t want that when the disparity between the teams is so large.

  5. MikeFromNewJersey says:

    No snow on sunday, we’re suppose to get a few inches saturday night but sunday should be ok.

  6. Southendzone says:

    Hey Todd, in regards to the MMQB article about beat writers, at least one of them mentioned his biggest competition is Adam Schefter, how do reporters like Schefter get their inside info?

    Are they constantly calling players and agents and hounding them, or do people reach out to them? What is the motivation for the person supplying the info?

  7. I don’t see how anyone other than the Bengals or Donkeys make the Super Bowl from the AFC. I know I shouldn’t count out Brady, but I am without Gronk and Wilfork.

  8. mindnbrad says:

    “I’ve been watching games commercial free and a day late for so long…” Curious as to why, Maca..?

  9. montanamike2 says:

    MikeFromNewJersey if i lived there i would go to several games, it just seems a bit far for Seattle fans. No denying that most of the country has been hit by severe weather.

  10. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Good article on Smith. I think he’s played really well the few chances he’s gotten this year.

  11. chuck_easton says:

    It’s Thursday. Focus. There are no games in February. Seattle doesn’t play the AFC anymore. The only game that matters is Sunday against the Giants.

    Must win game. Seattle can’t afford another loss.

    The only thing Seattle is ‘guaranteed’ at this point is they will have a 17th game against some other NFC team. No guarantee who, where, or when that game will be.

    Seattle is the Wild Card. That won’t change even with a win on Sunday, but a win puts them one step closer to the next goal of taking the division.

    Focus, focus, focus.

  12. montanamike2 says:

    Agreed Chuck, we need two more wins!

  13. I am a fan. I can think about the AFC if I want. I don’t need to focus on the Giants like the players need do.

  14. seahawkNJ says:

    I’ll be at the game on Sunday too. I think the Giants will show up and at least keep it interesting for the first half. It could get ugly for the G-men after that.

  15. chuck_easton says:


    Yes, you can think about anything you want as a fan!

    I am more sending out the vibes to the team and the football gods.

    Sure we as fans can talk about next season if we want.

    The TEAM can’t afford another weekend where even they treat the game like a ‘scrimmage’ to borrow Sherman’s words. There are no more scrimmages for them.

    They are still two wins away from securing the division. Due to the terrible records of the teams in the NFCN and NFCE whomever the division winner for the NFCW ends up being also is guaranteed a 1st round bye so two goals can be achieved at once.

    This is more MY OCD kicking in Bobby.

    No disrespect to you, and I would never think to tell you or anyone else what they can, can’t, should, or shouldn’t talk about.

    Just a friendly reminder that the TEAM has secured nothing but a Wild Card. THEY have more work to do so WE fans can have more of a season to talk and share each other’s football company.

  16. montanamike2 says:

    Well said Chuck, Bobby you have the right to talk AFC. I was only talking about HFA.

  17. montanamike2 says:


  18. chuck_easton says:

    And BobbyK, I admit that I too have caught myself thinking about potential ‘matchups’ and who Seattle would be better suited to play in that game that they are not guaranteed to be attending.

    I just don’t want to have that letdown that has happened for the last 37 years. So, for my own sanity (and I can admit that thanks to my doctor I have more initials after my name than a board certified physician) I am choosing to focus only on this weekend and rooting for a Seattle win.

    I don’t want a situation where Seattle ends up HAVING to win both of their final two games against to very tough division opponents or they go on the road for that one guaranteed playoff game.

    In the past I would be happy and satisfied with the team just making it to the post season. It’s hard on me as a fan knowing how close they are, so I can only imagine the pressure the players are feeling.

  19. Love the Tjack article. He was such a warrior in 2011 and am so glad he came back to back up R Dub. B. Quinn (or most anybody else for that matter) would’ve made me nervous and most likely been a disaster given the chance. At least with Tjack, we have a guy that we know what he can do and has the respect of his peers. I just hope we never have to see him in something more significant than mop up time.

  20. Dukeshire says:

    The better team doesn’t always win, regardless. It’s the team that plays best that wins.

  21. chuck_easton says:

    True Duke. And no team enjoys losing at home. So even though the Giants are not a very good team this year, even though they are already eliminated from the post-season, even though they are by far the easiest game remaining on Seattle’s schedule, they ARE playing at home.

    If Seattle goes into Sunday thinking they will win by simply showing up they (and we) may look back and consider this the year that could have/should have been.

    There are no more easy games on Seattle’s schedule. Each and every game is a must win here out.

    As far as I’m concerned, and I hope the players are thinking this way as well, the playoff have already started.

  22. Dukeshire says:

    Agreed, Chuck. We’ll see how committed to “every Sunday being a championship Sunday” they truly are. And with that, I do expect a fairly decisive win for Seattle, regardless of the weather. (And BTW, I don’t fully understand the concern over the weather forecast. Look at this roster. It’s loaded with players either from cold / snow weather areas of the country, or have play as professionals in such climates.)

  23. GeorgiaHawk says:

    I think the players have been thinking that way, (like the playoffs have already started) since the first pre-season game, if not the first practice.
    That’s why they have the best record in the NFL. That’s why, (to them) it’s 1-0 every week. That’s why every week is a championship week to them.

  24. RDPoulsbo says:

    I few years ago, someone write an article about how the conference championship games have replaced the Superbowl as the best games of the season in terms of pure fan enjoyment. They are played in front of engaged fans and teams that know each other fairly well considering scheduling tends to put these teams together at least once in the regular season. Then compare it to the SB where ticket prices lock out most of the engaged fans and most of the events around itdon’t have a while lot to do with the game itself. Media day is just a joke with entertainment media asking stupid questions for example. It all leaves a sterile atmosphere absent the passion of fans that build up to the big game. In many ways, is very true. Given the costs, I’d much rather attend a championship game than the SB.

  25. chuck_easton says:

    I fully expect a win this weekend as well. Seattle has built a very good cold, wet, snowy, weather team. The best way to move the ball in the snow is straight ahead running. No east/west dancing around. No trying to get cute and spread the field. North/south power running. With Lynch and Turbin Seattle is designed for that.

    Now, if the game turns out to be mild weather the team is also built to open things up.

    Seattle can play any style, any conditions, and any speed they need to.

    But they HAVE to show up.

  26. RDPoulsbo says:

    As for Sunday, I’d consider it a must win game. Let’s see the division locked up and get a win against the Cards. Get things taken care of now and avoid all the drama.

  27. chuck_easton says:


    I believed that as well until last week. It’s not the loss that was upsetting. They played a very good team, in their house, who had everything to play for, and only finished two points down.

    What bothered me was Sherman’s comment that it really didn’t matter because it was ‘more like a scrimmage’.

    Maybe he was just trying to look at the bright side, but if the players have indeed begun to expect they will be home for the playoffs, if the team doesn’t understand that SF can still win the Division, if the team really has assumed the mindset that they are locked in to the playoffs so the remaining season isn’t important. Then there might be more than a few people looking back and thinking that Seattle blew one of the best chances they have ever had to get to the promised land.

    Season like this don’t come around often. There are no assurances that the stars on the 2013 team will be here 1, 2 or 3 years from now.

    When I played competitive college baseball and later national championship level softball it was actually harder mentally to get this close and not finish the job than it was to get eliminated early.

  28. chuck_easton says:


    I am now thinking that the football gods are smiling down on my 3+ decades of Seattle fan suffering.

    I try to take my son to one home game a year. It’s a big deal for us because it involves airfare, hotel, rental car and taking the following Monday off work (with no pay) in addition to the cost of paying scalpers prices for the tickets.

    At the beginning of the year, somehow we just settled on the Arizona game. Now, to think that my son and I can share a day where we have the potential to watch Seattle wrap up the Division and 1st round bye is more than I could have dreamed.

  29. Seasons like this don’t come around often…so true Chuck. I admit, I have talked about wanting a big WR for a while now, but have tried to tame the chatter as of late. And now that we’re in the crunch time of the season, I find myself annoyed with all the speculation for NEXT year. To you and those keeping the blog relative to this year, I appreciate it.

    I’m still disappointed about last Sunday but I’ll be furious if the team lays an egg, plays flat and loses to the Giants. It won’t be easy, but after playing two high caliber teams the last two weeks, this has all the signs of a letdown game. I just don’t see PC or the players letting that happen.

    And running the ball effectively is the #1 priority. If we don’t, I think it gets inside our heads a bit.


  30. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Chuck- They didn’t have a let down last week more then they just played a very good team,(at their place) desperate to get into the playoffs.
    The 49ers are the second best team in the NFL imo. The Seahawks showed up for that game and just made one more mistake then 49ers and it cost them the game.
    Believe me if they didn’t show up they would have been blown out imo.

  31. yankinta says:

    Yup Yup,, Proud of my boy Russ!! I’ve been speaking up for you the Football player since day one but never realized you’re a better human being than the Football player….. :)

  32. GeorgiaHawk says:

    And forget what Sherman said Chuck, He was just being a sore loser/Cry baby.

  33. Ewalters7354 says:

    I believe the Hawks will definitely show up Sunday,ready to play.From the articles I read and videos I watched,all the players were talking about how the San Fran loss was a “wake up call” and “humbling”.If this team doesn’t shoot themselves in the foot,they will win every other game.

  34. chuck_easton says:


    That is what I was saying. It wasn’t the level of play. I was concerned about the post game commentary coming out of the locker room.

    No game is a ‘scrimmage’ until you have assured that the goal is met.

    If the players think clinching a playoff spot is the final goal, then there is a problem. At least for me.

    We all know the final goal. We also all understand that the shortest and easiest path to that final goal would be to play one less playoff game and to ensure that anybody that wants to get to that game has to come to the lions den to achieve it.

    I was not at all happy with the cavalier attitude and comments after the game that the loss didn’t matter. That it was just a ‘scrimmage’ and the two teams will likely play each other again. Yes, it’s true, SF and Seattle are on a collision course for another playoff game. I just would prefer that game be played on OUR turf and not theirs.

  35. Ewalters7354 says:

    Oh btw I just found out I’m going to be a father in late July!Any keys on preparation for a kid? I’m 25 and have a pretty good idea of what I need to do,but any small tips parents on this blog can give me to be in the best possible position for the upcoming delivery?

    Sorry for getting off the football subject but I had to tell the good news lol

  36. Ewalters7354 says:

    Chuck if you don’t give me any tips after all these post this morning I will be very upset with you lol

  37. yankinta says:

    Wow, 2014 cap is projected to be $126.3 million….

    Say goodbye to Rice, T-Jack, Brandon Mebane (dead money only $400K), and maybe Cliff Avril. :)

    Notable Cap Savings
    Rice = $7.3 mil
    Cliff Avril = $7 mil
    Mebane = $5.3 mil
    Miller = $5 mil
    Red Bryant = $5.5 Mil

  38. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Congratulations Ewalters.

    My only advise is spend more time with your family and less time on the blog.
    Something I have yet to learn. Lol.

  39. Since Russell Wilson became QB of the Seahawks, when the Seahawks have played a team with a winning record and then had to go on the road the following week to play another team with a winning record, they lost EVERY time for a total of 0-5 with the Defense blowing late 4th quarter leads in 4 of them!

    vs NE (W), then lost at SF and lost at Detroit —> 0-2, 1 of them Defense blew a late 4th quarter lead
    at Wash (W), then lost at Atlanta —> 0-1, Defense blew late 4th quarter lead

    at Houston (W), then lost at Indy —> 0-1, Defense blew late 4th quarter lead
    vs NO (W), then lost at SF —> 0-1, Defense blew late 4th quarter lead

  40. Ewalters7354 says:

    Lol thanks Georgia

  41. chuck_easton says:


    First of CONGRATULATOINS!!!!!!!! Being a parent is the most important and most rewarding experience you will have for the rest of your life.

    As a father my best advice is BE INVOLVED from day one. There is nothing written that says dad can’t change diapers. There is no rule that only the mom can be the nurturing caregiver.

    Plan for the next 18+ years to arrange your schedule to be at every school play, every parent teacher conference, every peewee football, baseball, soccer, hockey, gymnastics event, music recital.

    You are young and I’m assuming that your partner is as well and this is the first for both of you. Take some parenting courses. Those things don’t get delivered with an owners manual, and you don’t have to take a test and get a license to be given the keys to the child.

    And, as a Family Law Lawyer, start now to work on your relationship. Even if it is great, start the extra work now. It becomes too easy when children are involved to get so caught up in daily life that you forget that the two of you are in love. Take time for date night. Get the GP’s, aunts, uncles, friends, anyone you trust involved early so that you two have time for yourselves.

    Nothing is worse for a child than to have their parents split up. This is coming from a Divorce Lawyer. Don’t let things reach the point that splitting up the family is the only solution.

    It seems like just yesterday I watched Tyler come into this world. I don’t know where all the time went, but now he’s got his driver’s license, he’s got a girlfriend, we’ve had to have THAT TALK on more than one occasion and more detailed each time, and he doesn’t NEED me as much as he used to. ENJOY your child in their younger years. Relish in the fact that at least for the first 10 years or so, you are their HERO, you are all knowing, you are needed.

    Oh, and from a practical standpoint, start saving money now. Kids are expensive! Start saving for college now. We did that and my son can pretty much get through undergraduate without it costing us a dime.

    I think off all the toys I could have had if I didn’t have to support my son. But then I take time to reflect and realize, I have the best thing I ever will.

  42. Ewalters, you will get so much unsolicited advice over the next eight months (actually over the next 18 years) about parenthood, some good, some bad, and much of it conflicting, that you may be sorry you asked.

    With that being said, Congratulations!

  43. Ewalters7354 says:

    Thanks Chuck!Truly appreciate those words of wisdom.I really look forward to this upcoming experience.

  44. Dukeshire says:

    Chuck, I would actually argue it *was* level of play, and to me the post game comments were a reflection of why they played poorly. “Scrimmage…”? The false starts, the offsides, lack of discipline generally with regard to assignment… That’s not going to win one many game in the NFL, especially against a club like San Fran. I expected something of a let down from them after the NO game, but it was still a bit disappointing to see.

    I certainly expect them to be far more focused this week, and the results, I believe, will reflect that.

  45. Ewalters7354 says:

    OrrObb, lol thanks

  46. MoSeahawk12 says:

    At least no one is predicting a blowout like last week. That didn’t really work out too well. This team will need to double the efforts against The Giants. Last regular season road game and a win gets us to twelve on the season, plus gives Russell the record for most wins by a QB in first two seasons.

  47. Ewalters – all of what Chuck said and then Remember your kid is NOT your best friend – your kid is your kid!!! They can be your best friend when they are adults.

    Have fun together -trust each other (where warranted) – but remember who is the parent and who is the child when it comes to making important decisions. Don’t give a toddler wide open choices, like what do you want to wear today, instead give them would you like to wear option 1 or option 2. teaches the child from a very young age that 1. you are ultimately in charge and 2. They still have some options from which to choose.

    just my 2 cents

  48. I am going to miss the start of this game – BARG!!! – gotta work until about 11:30 not going to be fun! Hopefully it won’t be the most epic game ever – just a great game for the hawks – up until that point. then it can be the most epic game ever

  49. FleaFlicker says:

    Concur with Duke. Coming off a short week and lop-sided win over the conference #2 team, our guys were just not sharp. A slice of humble pie and a full week to prepare makes for a much better upcoming Sunday.

    I actually think the SF loss is good for us in the long term. Potentially having to beat them three times in a season is a tall order. Now we’ve got the revenge factor on our side, not theirs.

  50. ChrisHolmes says:

    Anyone see this?

    “Daniels talked to Wilson this morning and made it a point to tell him the club wasn’t trying to distract him and that they won’t be bothering him until after the football season. But Wilson was excited he was taken and told Daniels he wants to come to spring training.”

    WTF? Spring training? Is this a misquote?

  51. Ewalters7354 says:

    Thanks xcman.I’ve always been a firm believer that the parent is the parent and not a friend.I believe that is a big problem these days with some parents.Thanks for those words.

  52. I don’t think we played well and still only lost by 2 and “should” have won. Hopefully we get that our of our system and can move on to this week.

    I am hoping to see some pressure from the DL this week on a consistent basis AND – I want to see a big play from an unhearalded guy (are there any on this team?) a guy like Baldwin – Kearse – Turbin – Lane – Maxwell – Smith.

  53. Dukeshire says:

    ChrisHolmes – It reads like he’ll go for a week or so (maybe only a few days) to draw some attention for the Rangers. In other words, Wilson isn’t considering a baseball career.

  54. thursday says:

    Hah, as a Rangers and Seahawks fan, I love that news.

  55. Ewalters7354 says:

    Looking back at last game I was really pleased with Jeremy Lane.Dude is just a baller.His speed causes him to be very disruptive against the Niners.

    I was also impressed with Luke Wilson and think it’s time for the coaches to cut him loose and utilize him like they did Anthony McCoy.He seemed to be very successful against the Niners in the first half then it looks like they(coaches)shut him down in the second.I think it’s time to let the guy play ball.

  56. Ewalters7354 says:


  57. GeorgiaHawk says:

    From the comment section at ESPN. Lol.

    “So the Texas Rangers have a better QB than the Dallas Cowboys now.”

  58. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Another one-

    “He should give football up. I don’t think it’s working out for him.”

  59. Baseball contracts are guaranteed and there’s no salary cap, right? Maybe John Schneider made some sort of deal with the Rangers, whereby the Rangers sign RW to a Robinson Cano type contract, Paul Allen reimburses them directly plus some sort of margin. That way, RW gets paid, but is also never a burden on the Seahawks’ salary cap.

    Yeah, I know, there are probably rules on many levels to prevent that type of thing, and RW does not seem like the kind of guy to go for a shady deal like that, but it’s fun to imagine.

  60. Spring training sounds good. It’s often been said that RW’s experience on the infield has augmented his skill set of playing QB on the move.

  61. GeorgiaHawk says:

    This is a very good article explaining why Wilson is an elite QB, right behind Rodgers and Manning and will likely be the top QB in the NFL soon.

  62. then it looks like they(coaches)shut him down . . . .It’s possible – but it is also possible that SF made an adjustment to limit how he was getting open as well.

  63. FleaFlicker says:

    Speaking of QBs. So glad we never even got close to drafting RG3. The Washington team is a dumpster fire.

  64. sluggo42 says:

    There will be no mercy this week

  65. Awesome news, EWalters. Good luck to you, man.

    When my first child was born, back in the Chuck Knox era, I ran the idea of calling her “Seahawk Victory” past my wife. She could be called Vicki and maybe we’d get free tickets. Didn’t work.

    My wife pulled through on the next kid, though. Though he was overdue, she thoughtfully held off on going into labor until after the Broncos game (1988-Hawks won)and I could give my full attention to my role as birth helper.

    Needless to say, neither kid is a football fan.

  66. doubledink says:

    Congratulations, Ewalters.
    That’s wonderful news. My two cents would be, children are not a blank slate. They come pre-programmed with their own spirit. A wise parent learns to read the child as much as they strive to direct him. My guess is you will gain a new appreciation for your own parents.

  67. montanamike2 says:

    Good news Ewalters, i’m happy for you.

  68. jawpeace says:

    Thanks GeorgiaHawk for the Film Room: Russell Wilson link that was a sweet read!

  69. Southendzone says:

    hey Georgia, that was a great article, thanks!

  70. rramstad says:

    My two cents Ewalters is that it’s really normal for dads to get into a weird frenzy shortly after birth where they suddenly feel a lot of pressure to create a lot of economic security. It’s the logical companion to the female nesting instinct. This kind of financial stress is totally normal and somewhat artificial… so do what you can to recognize it for what it is, just a weird old survival reflex kicking up in a modern context, and relax. Mom needs your help more than you need more money!

  71. Ewalters7354 says:

    Thanks for the helpful tips guys.My mind has been all over the place trying to get things prepared early.It would be a shame if I didn’t ask those who I believe are/were successful raising kids.I just wanna do it right.

    I do have to get use to the ever changing emotions of my girlfriend/future wife though lol those emotions have me confused at times.

    Just the other day we were having a great conversation.Then, before you know it,she just clicked out and hung up in my face.a”About 20mins later she was a whole new person.Talk about roller coaster lol

  72. Ewalters – You will lead your son or daughter by example. Be the best role model you can be but don’t get frustrated when you’re not perfect.

    Russell Wilson works his butt off, is great, but even he one-hopped Tate on that important third down last week, yet that doesn’t mean any of us thinks he sucks. We love him but he’s not perfect.

    Strive to be a great husband, father, person, etc. but don’t throw in the towell when you’re not perfect. When it’s the middle of the night and the baby is crying and you’re both tired – remember, it will be worth it in the long run. Nothing is more rewarding when there’s a little one cuddling with you and they say “I love you.” Nothing.

  73. MoSeahawk12 says:

    My son turns ten next week and it has gone by in a blink of the eye. I used to carry him around on my forearm and now, well he’s pretty hard to pick up. Lots of great advice and I’m sure you’ll here more and more as the due date gets closer. Enjoy every second as the seconds go by much faster than you’d imagine. As much as all of us love the Seahawks, your love for your own flesh and blood is a billion times more powerful and meaningful. Concrats and enjoy Ewalters.

  74. Ewalters – congrats from me as well – as a father of 3, all of what Chuck said in his great post and remember – it’s tough, tough at the beginning, but it does get easier as time goes by. And there is nothing in life that brings you more true joy and contentment than the good times with your kids and family.

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