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Morning Links: Understanding the Beast

Post by Todd Dybas / The News Tribune on Jan. 16, 2014 at 1:10 am with 190 Comments »
January 16, 2014 1:10 am
Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch, seen before Seattle's divisional playoff win over New Orleans on Jan. 11 at CenturyLink Field, has been talking briefly with the media lately. But he still does the bulk of his communicating with his punishing running style. / AP photo
Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch, seen before Seattle’s divisional playoff win over New Orleans on Jan. 11 at CenturyLink Field, has been talking briefly with the media lately. But he still does the bulk of his communicating with his punishing running style. / AP photo

Good morning. We’re four days from knowing if the Seahawks are going to the Super Bowl.

Today, we start with Marshawn Lynch. Lynch is slated to speak with the media Friday. Hopefully, you can get an office pool going on the number of words in his answers.

Meanwhile, our Dave Boling wrote about Lynch for today’s paper. From Boling:

Simply, perhaps it hasn’t been Lynch’s unwillingness to speak that’s the problem, but our collective inability to understand his message — to translate the Tao of the Beast.

For instance, as commonly attributed to Buddha: “A dog is not considered a good dog because he is a good barker. A man is not considered a good man because he is a good talker.” A running back gains no yards with his words.

During the bye week before the divisional playoff game against New Orleans, Lynch was asked of the benefit of spending time practicing against the Seahawks’ own talented defense. “When you get to practice against the best, it brings the best out of you,” Lynch said. Or was it Buddha? (“Better to conquer yourself than win a thousand battles.”)

When asked successive questions about Wilson, the receivers, the offensive line, the fullbacks, Lynch provided successive answers that sounded like a mantra. “I love them, I love him, I love them, I love them.”

In this case, he might have been coached by the Dalai Lama, who said, “I have found that the greatest degree of inner tranquility comes from the development of love and compassion.”

These exposures have not only given us insight to what he’s thinking, but also how he thinks.

> I wrote about the Seahawks keeping their focus during the week, knowing the Super Bowl is 60 minutes away.

“Today is just Wednesday,” Breno Giacomini said. “I get it that there are a lot of things on the line, but it’s just Wednesday.”

> I haven’t confirmed this, but it wouldn’t be surprising if NaVorro Bowman and Patrick Willis ate dump trucks for their pregame meal. Our Don Ruiz is with the 49ers and wrote about the daunting San Francisco linebackers.

> And, our notebook looks at Colin Kaepernick scrambling, Harvin not practicing and the injury situation for both teams.

Other links:

> 710 ESPN says Thursday is key for Percy Harvin, which it is. He probably needs to practice Thursday to play Sunday.

> Tampa Bay quarterback Mike Glennon tells MMQB how tough the noise at CenturyLink was.

“There wasn’t another stadium this year that compared to Seattle’s raucous environment. We played in the Georgia Dome, Ford Field, the Superdome—none of them come even close. The noise was just overwhelming, and I can imagine it’s going to be even worse with the Super Bowl on the line.”

> MMQB also writes that Colin Kaepernick’s eagerness to freelance could be the 49ers’ undoing.

> Linebackers coach Ken Norton Jr. was on KJR yesterday:

> KJR also had Tarvaris Jackson on:

> The San Francisco Chronicle says that quieting Seattle will take a certain swagger.

> Seahawks.com answers three questions for 49ers.com.

> Seahawks.com also talks to Red Bryant about his playoff memories.

> The San Jose Mercury News says you can’t deny the rivalry between the teams.

> Jim Harbaugh also told the Mercury News he has “great” memories of Richard Sherman as a college player.

> The Sacramento Bee wonders if the 49ers’ receivers are up to the challenge of the Seattle secondary.

> The SF Chronicle also points out that Russell Wilson and Colin Kaepernick have not brought out the best in each other (might have to do with the defenses they have faced).

> Keys for conference championships wins from Doug Farrar over at SI.com.

 

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  1. DisplacedSeahawkFan says:

    If Percy Harvin doesn’t play Sunday, and we lose, he’d be a bigger first round bust than Aaron Curry or any other Seahawk first round bust. My rationale for that statement is at least we got some games out of our other first round busts.

  2. UltimateHawk says:

    Great Boling writing.

  3. BlowMontana says:

    DisplacedSeahawkFan I couldn’t agree more.
    Harvin has a history since college of being a distraction.
    And sure enough, here are we are one game away from the Super Bowl, and he’s a distraction.
    Leopard doesn’t change its spots.

  4. CDHawkFan says:

    I don’t know how you can now label Harvin a 1st round bust when he has completed more years (4+) than the average NFL players career (3.3). To me 1st round busts are guys that don’t pan out within the first few years of entering the league because they ”took the money and ran” (Aaron Curry) or were drafted too high and really should have been a later pick as a back up (James Carpenter).

    Its not like Harvin is healthy but riding the pine as a 3rd string QB with a clipboard. Go ahead and be disappointed, but he didn’t take the money and dive in Minny and almost everyone agrees he has a unique NFL talent.

    And Blow, there was another guy playing last week that was trouble in college…the guy scored 4 TD, but I bet NE isn’t bitching about him being a distraction. There are plenty of guys playing this weekend that have a ”history” of being a destraction. Pretty unfair to call a guy with a concussion from playing football last week a ”distraction”.

    Now that I think about it, wouldn’t you consider ”taking the money and running with it” if this is what you get from ”fans”?

    As I stated a month ago, would you have been happier to see Harvin hurt his hip this summer on tape and scream like Nancy Kerrigan ”why me?”, snap his leg like Theismann, or have Kenny Hamlin call up his buddy and ”take care’ of Harvin after a game. Just because you didn’t see it on tape you assume he is a puss. You know its a doctor and rules that kept him out of last weeks 2nd half? Sure you could fake it, but why would he have played in the first place, or after the first hit?

    Unbelievable!

    There is a good chance Harvin is the difference maker this weekend and pulls out a couple of plays late vs San Fran. Then he could be the SB MVP. I believe there is a great chance of those thing happening then him being a ”distraction” to his teammates.

  5. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Agree UltimateHawk.

    That was a fantastic piece on Lynch by Boling.

  6. Macabrevity says:

    Regardless of the Percy-ved talent, Harvin can very easily be labeled a bust this year based on his pay scale vs. the limited contribution he’s made to this team. He ‘might’ stick around and become the focal point of our offense for years to come, but chances are that will also cost us the re-signing of other players. He also cost us draft picks (which are usually valued much higher than veterans – given the proportionate difference in cost) so he cost us some cheap talent which may or may not have made a contribution, might cost us a ‘nucleus’ player, and made no contribution himself as of yet.

    So far, this reads as a pretty good definition of bust for me. It remains to be seen if he’ll ‘save our season’ and ‘win’ us a SB – a thought which I actually don’t care for considering the Hawk’s total team approach.

    I get the argument, but even a talented player (remember Emtman anyone?) has to be considered a bust even if injuries are what prevent him from making a contribution equivalent to what was spent in money/draft picks, etc. to acquire him.

  7. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Hopefully we will win the special teams battle against the 49ers like we did the Saints.

    http://i.minus.com/ibbhTnoq5VUDOq.gif

  8. Dukeshire says:

    Harvin is only a so-called distraction because of the attention he receives, not because of distracting behavior.

    What is Harvin plays and they still lose? Would he still be considered the biggest first round bust? To me, that’s a very odd prediction when there are so many variables at play.

  9. If we play in SB and PH make 2-3 key plays for win, even if he dont play rest of his career he wont be a bust.

  10. GeorgiaHawk says:

    I thought Harvin contributed well with helping us get out to a 16-0 lead in the first half against the Saints.

    I hope he can play Sunday, but if he doesn’t hopefully he will be ready for the Super Bowl where I think he will be more valuable to the team.

  11. montanamike2 says:

    I hope Harvin plays this Sunday, if he can’t go and we make the SB anyways, he’ll be ready with 2 extra weeks to get ready. I was more worried about the hip than any thing. He was targeted and “taken out”,
    most players would be gone after the first hit. I can understand the frustration with his injuries, but so far i haven’t seen a malcontent.
    I want badly to keep Tate and i hope we can retain him after Harvin’s monster contract. Those two together could make a dynamic duo for years to come.

  12. djbargelt says:

    Calling out Harvin as a bust when an injury has kept him off the field is just plain nonsense. Percy received a deal that says Seattle has made a long term commitment. The few plays that he has been able to participate in have resulted in positive yardage. He is supported by his teammates. The hit he took from that thug Bush in the NO game would have rung any players bell! Unlike other Seattle busts, Percy has a body of work that shows his special talents. Does he get hurt easily? Perhaps. Does he offer up his body and give it his all? Absolutely! He does not take a fall to avoid the big hits. He plays with heart and at full speed with a small frame, so injuries occur. I’ll take a guy like that to a Prima Donna type any day of the week!

    Let’s give the guy a chance and keep our fingers crossed he clears his head in time for this weekends game. He is indeed a difference maker, along with a player Seattle seems to intend to keep around for awhile.

    GO HAWKS!!!!!

  13. montanamike2 says:

    The 49’rs fullback and backup fullback are injured, Gore has no lead blocker. I hope Marshawn goes beastmode because he’s been killing the Whiners since he got here.

  14. montanamike2 says:

    One more ting: Lynch looks healthier than i’ve seen him in a while. I think that extra week really helped him health wise.

  15. Hammajamma says:

    The only real bust I see on this roster would be Carpenter.

  16. chuck_easton says:

    So, about Sunday, oddly enough I’m not nervous at all. I’m excited. This is the ideal scenario that any fan could ask for.

    This is a winner take all cage match against two bitter rivals who happen to really be the two best teams in the NFC. It isn’t a situation where some lesser team had a great day and got to the conference championship in the place of a better team.

    There won’t be any woulda, coulda, shoulda, for Seattle after Sunday. They win and they deserve to go to the SB. They lose and it would simply be a situation where they come up against an equally talented team who had a better day.

    Whomever wins Sunday deserves it and the losing team can hold their heads high knowing they came up short against a very talented team.

    Of course I want Seattle to win and I think they pull out a close hard fought battle. But if for some reason SF has the better day it won’t be a situation where we spend the off season wondering how the Seahawks could have lost to an obvious inferior team.

    Sure it would suck losing to the hated 9rs…and nobody wants that!

  17. I agree on that extra week for Lynch – he came back looking like an All Pro last week.

  18. GeorgiaHawk says:

    “Lynch looks healthier than I’ve seen him in a while.”

    Could this Perhaps have something to do with him speaking to the media? Lol.

    My favorite Wilson play-
    http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/1916141/55fail.gif

  19. montanamike2 says:

    The way Pete stated that the Saints hits on Harvin were perfectly legal indicates to me that he doesn’t want anything called on us when we do that.

  20. montanamike2 says:

    Very creative GeorgiaHawk.

  21. montanamike2 says:

    Since my computer starts but doesn’t boot up or go to BIOS, i think my motherboard may be fried! I just replaced it last year, meanwhile my old Pentium 2 is still good even though it’s slow. Too bad i gave it to my wife. Motherboards aren’t cheap for a new AMD 8 core CPU, i hope there’s no memory damage too.

  22. montanamike2 says:

    Talk to you later, i have to surrender the old computer now.

  23. chkn_liddle says:

    If you are taking the time to write a negative post about PH 4 days before the NFC championship…well we can draw our own conclusions. Go Hawks!

  24. confucious says:

    If I bought an expensive car and it wouldn’t start but two times in six months, I’d call it a worthless piece of ( insert expletive here). However, if the mechanic was able to fix the problem and it started to drive great, I’d be happy with it. Probably try to sell it as soon as I could.

    It has been a horrible trade for Perssy to this point. That may change. But until we start seeing the payoff from taking on this well known clunker Ferrari, it’s ok to think he’s a bust.

  25. CDHawkFan says:

    Mac, you are twisting things again. Displaced used the words 1st round bust. My point is that he has been in the NFL for 4+ years, how can you label him a 1st round draft bust with 4 good years under his belt?

    If you start calling guys bust after less than 1 year with injury/surgery, then where do you stop? Are you saying your predict his career is over. Can I call Marshawn a bust after a 1 yard gain?

    Emtman is a bad compairsion. Looking at his wiki site, it doesn’t look like he played a full year, his first 3 years ended on IR. How is that like PH who I believe only missed 3 games in 3.5 years (before he broke his foot/ankle vs the Hawks last year)? Also, Percy hasn’t retired.

  26. Dukeshire says:

    Did anyone see Anquan Boldin yesterday compare the Seahawks / SF rivalry to Pitts / Balt? We know what it’s like from our perspective, but to hear that from someone who knows first hand what the other is like is really impressive. This isn’t just a regional hatred, it’s legit. Love it.

  27. Those two hits that Percy took were huge. You can’t really fault him for the concussion.

  28. Dukeshire says:

    Bobby- Absolutely. Two wicked shots.

  29. I hope the training staff is smart enough to realize that all they need to do to get Percy to pass his consussion test is to have Michael Bowie put his hand on the head of Percy and all will be healed.

  30. GeorgiaHawk, montanamike – the reason Pete said NO wasn’t targeting Percy (although they clearly were)is he didn’t want to get fined $50k. John Schneider had probably already issued a private complaint to the league office. . . .

  31. thursday says:

    Good words cdhawk. But clearly some people will never get it thru their impatience and tunnel vision.

  32. Duke – I didn’t hear the Boldin comments, but that is awesome. Steelers-Ravens rivalry has nothing on us. Its about time. 2005 was special, but in 2013-14 we really have arrived.

  33. GeorgiaHawk says:

    This is why I’m not much concerned with the Seahawks future and what Harvins contract could possibly mean to their future cap.

    http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap2000000314072/article/pete-carroll-has-put-seattle-seahawks-on-map-for-free-agents

  34. “as commonly attributed to Buddha: “A dog is not considered a good dog because he is a good barker. A man is not considered a good man because he is a good talker.” A running back gains no yards with his words. — Dave Boling

    This is priceless.

    I’ve been watching Marshawn since the day the Bills drafted him. I can’t say I’ve ever understood the dude, but I love him.

    Go BEAST!
    Go HAWKS!

  35. GeorgiaHawk says:

    jbltzfk- I don’t recall posting anything about the reason Pete said NO wasn’t targeting Harvin.

  36. Bobby, Hawks should just move Michael Bowie to WR on sunday. Problem solved. ;-)

  37. Stevos – that would lead to a blowout and the Seahawks are trying to be nice and keep it close for the television ratings.

  38. Lol Bobbyk and Stevos!

    Michael Bowie is so tough, Chuck Norris is studying his moves.

  39. Southendzone says:

    Two thumbs up on the Boling article, great stuff.

    I just imagined a world where there are no further Harvin comments on this blog until there is ACTUAL HARVIN NEWS (which should be later today).

    It was a beautiful place, kind of like the garden of eden, but all the plants were blue, gray and green.

    No one is saying anything new here about Harvin, it’s the same stupid argument. Move on please.

  40. Tao of the Beast…LOL

    Great title for Lynch’s autobiography.

  41. “Bobby, Hawks should just move Michael Bowie to WR on sunday. Problem solved.”

    Stevos, remember Refrigerator Perry?

  42. There are a lot of big strong running backs in the NFL but I think what sets Marshawn Lynch apart, and what most analysts miss, is his quickness and shiftiness. He fakes people out all most as much as he runs over them. Not only that, he’s actually pretty fast too.

    One of my favorite Marshawn plays of all time (there are many) was against Ray Lewis and the Ravens a couple of years back. Lynch was running around the right side and Lewis was there to meet him. As he braced for the collision, he was faked out so bad that he almost broke both ankles as he fell over and Marshawn cut back and ran right by him.

  43. Vegas56 – ha! but what would Lynch’s autobiography say? It would be one page long:
    “If I do, I do. And if I don’t, I don’t, Bossman.”

  44. Michael “The Bowie 777″

  45. Chuck Norris wants to be Michael Bowie…

  46. It surprised me how many decent WRs were drafted after the pick the Seahawks traded to Minnesota. There were even a few after the Christine Michael pick.

  47. The reason outer space exists is because it’s scared to be on the same planet as Michael Bowie.

  48. To echo what Duke said about Boldin’s presser yesterday, I have to admit, I came away pretty impressed with him, Kaep and even Harbaugh should some human side. He’s still a meat head, but the difference between him and Pete is what makes this rivalry so great.

    In fact…I LOVE THIS RIVALRY and embrace it wholeheartedly. As much as I want to hate them, my feeling for them is more about respect. I want to be the tar out of them, but there’s no denying how great of a team they are.

    And if it means that these two teams will be battling it out for the next decade similarly to what Green Bay, Dallas and the Niners used to be…how can you not be for that?

    Boldin is a straight shooter…would love to have him on our team but will hate him come Sunday.
    Kaep is a lot smarter than people give him credit for. A lot gets lost in his tattoo’s or Kaepernicking but the dude is legit.
    Harbaugh…well…I still can’t stand his sideline antics and his gruff style, but he’s a helluva football coach and the perfect foil for Pete and the Hawks.

    This stuff is awesome. This weekend is shaping up to be the best ever. You can hate, but it takes a lot more energy. I say love ever bit of it and respect the outcome however it goes.

    Of course at the end of the day, I’m still a little biased and know we’re all rooting for the same thing.

    GOOOOOOOOOOOOOO HAWKS!!!

  49. montanamike2 says:

    Well said Joreb. I love the rivalry and Kaep is going to better, but in no way do i ever root for them. Wilson is the man. GO HAWKS!!!

  50. tealskin says:

    Joreb-Great post. Yeah, they’re people too. And then there’s the rest of the division as well. It’s shaping up to be a dogfight every season.

  51. “This is why I’m not much concerned with the Seahawks future and what Harvins contract could possibly mean to their future cap.”

    http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap2000000314072/article/pete-carroll-has-put-seattle-seahawks-on-map-for-free-agents

    Could someone please forward this link to the Mariners…

    Can hardly see straight so excited for Sun!
    Go Hawks!

  52. Southendzone says:

    Wilson is tremendous, I love the story this year about the girl he visited @ Childrens who was so sick, her treatment wasn’t working, and against odds, she got on the transplant list and got a heart transplant.

    You could look at the Hawks organization after Holmy’s last year and Mora’s 1st year and say that WE needed a heart transplant. Itwas performed by Dr. Schneider, we didn’t know right away that it was going to work out. The body appeared to be rejecting it (Whitehurst). Then one day in January 2011, the new heart thundered to life and here we are today, strong as ever.

  53. seahawksteven777 says:

    I think the team from San Francisco being called the 49ers makes sense now since all their fans live in the past.

  54. WiscCory says:

    What an awesome week!

    I’d encourage folks on 2 topics:

    1) Let’s stop making excuses on why the Hawks lost to SF before the game is even played. Harvin is the goat by some, and the game is still 3 days away.

    2) Stop with the ‘we’re being disrespected’ by the media demeanor (none in this thread, so that’s good). Who gives a rip what the so called experts say?! They are entitled to their opinions, right? It’s all a guess anyway. 90% of those folks are simply giving opionions, and 90% of those opinions won’t pan our. That means 81% of those discussions are simply hot air.

    I think the Hawks will win. Sure – I’m a big fan, but that also means I know alot about this team and envision a few scenarios where Seattle wins this game. That’s all I need to know for my personal assurance, and what guys like Shawn Merriman or ESPN analysis say won’t change that.

    Chuck – I see funny irony that in a thread of heavy Harvin comments, that your post had nothing to say about it. Don’t let yesterday’s discussion scare you completely away from that topic.

  55. “Those two hits that Percy took were huge. You can’t really fault him for the concussion”

    Totally agree. I re-watched the 1st half of the game, and that shot Tate took to the head was also ugly – and it was noted that he looked woozy coming off the field.

    As I’ve stated, I don’t think Harvin’s done anything justifying labelling him soft – we don’t know details about his surgery (nor are any of us doctors/hip specialists), and I haven’t seen him shy away from contact, etc.

    What is reasonable is to worry how durable he can be with his size/frame. Tate’s not huge either, and we’ve seen multiple teams try unusually hard (unsuccessfully so far) to really beat him up and knock him out the game.

    Points up the the obvious fact that we are missing a bigger receiver who can absorb the kind of blows that seem to be even more a part of the game at this point of the season. got to figure we’ll address that this off-season.

  56. They have just as many Super Bowl appearances and Super Bowl wins as we do this century.

    I hope we’re the ones who are able to make fun of them in a few weeks in terms of having seen our team win the Super Bowl this century.

    With the emergence of Michael Bowie, I’d be surprised if the 49ers show up for the game on Sunday. I wouldn’t if I were them.

    In other news, I would have to assume that Smith will still see the field plenty on Sunday – even if Wright starts/plays. I would assume that Wright will play situationally or maybe more than situationally, but I would highly doubt that he’d fully take over for most snaps having just come back and Smith having played so well in his absence.

    I have been worried the last month about our LBs because we have had no real/quality depth. With Wright back, we’re now back to having 4 good LBs and only 3 spots for them to play.

    I was especially worried early in the game last week when it looked like Wagner was down. I was thinking “crap,” we have nobody any good to take over (whereas before it would have been easier to handle with moving Wright inside and Smith into the game).

    One thing I’m scared of this game is that Iupati is back and he’s the only guard I’ve ever seen that can dominate Mebane on some plays. Other than that, Mebane never gets owned like that by anyone (maybe a play or two by someone, but not consistently like Iupati can do to him). That is one matchup I’m extremely worried about.

  57. WiscCory says:

    Michael Bowie wipes with sandpaper.

    When he showers after the game, players and media surround him and applaud.

    His first football was a 600lb sow.

    Bowie is so manly, he’s been mistakes as Rosie O’Donnell.

  58. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Marshawn Lynch now has three 130,(or more)-yard playoff games. Emmitt Smith only topped 130 in the playoffs twice.

  59. Macabrevity says:

    CDHawkFan – I’m not saying the Vike’s didn’t get the value of the 1st rounder they spent on him, I’m saying we didn’t get the value of the package of picks and cash we spent on him. I think anyone would have to agree with that. I use the term ‘bust’ to describe a large negative imbalance between player promise/potential/price and actual production.

    The Emtman comparison was only in allowing for the term ‘bust’ to be applied to stud players who pour their hearts out for the game and still draw the short end of the stick.

  60. chuck_easton says:

    WiscCory,

    My post intentionally steered away from that subject. I may be dumb, but I’m not stupid. Sometimes the application of a 2×4 with precise force can even get a message through my thick skull.

    I’ve had my say. I can add nothing to further the conversation that has not previously been said. Time will resolve that debate and, as DFloydd so kindly and ‘gently’ pointed out, it is clear in which opinion camp I firmly stand. It’s not like I could go back now and say something completely different.

    So, from my personal standpoint, the horse was given a grand burial sendoff and all whips were retired for other uses. But what am I going to do with all that free time?

  61. I watcdhed that NFL replay of the 2nd Hawks-Niners game, and a few observations – –

    The idea that RW had a subpar game in that one is incorrect. He was very solid, and missed only one throw that was noticeable. His stats 15-25, 199, 1 TD, 1 INT, look worse than the game he had, the INT was on a hail mary (and his WR fell down and completely took himself out of the play), and he had at least 4-5 intentional throwaways.

    Luke Willson was a big deal in that game. He was too fast for Willis to cover and beat him big twice, once on a 30+ yarder, and again on the 39-yard TD play.

    Kam seemed to be everywhere – he had a great game.

    Seeing our offense play SF’s offense dead even, on the road, made me feel better about things going into this weekend.

  62. GeorgiaHawk says:

    “But what am I going to do with all that free time?”

    Easy chuck! Talk about how elite Russell Wilson is. Lol.

  63. Macabrevity says:

    GeorgiaHawk; as far as putting us on the map for big name FA’s, I’d rather not. Great teams are built through the draft (which we’ve done) then supplemented through FA (which we’ve done) but I can live without those superstar big dollar FA signings that almost always seem to turn out bad for the team that manages to woo them.

  64. And now…stayed tuned…for the obsessive chatter of Michael Bowie.

    I’m glad we’ve solidified our line a bit. Nice to see how he’s developed. Funny…I don’t see much Cable bashing going on this week.

    Things that make you go hmmmmmm….

  65. pdway–Thanks for the analysis. Its good to hear. All I remember–as it was more than a month ago–was Seattle seemingly running a Ground Chuck offense and dinking around. I hated the predictability, and the Niners D seemed to know what play we were running nearly every time.

    If Seattle opens the playbook a little–ie, uses multiple types of passing routes and run blocking schemes, I think they will have success. They better not try the same tired gameplan from last time, or it will be a scary game.

    Yes, Im really hoping Willson plays, and well. Im also rooting hard for Harvin. I think Tate bonces back in a big way, and I want to see Seattle get him the ball in the open field OFTEN, and RW take a shot when they get him in Single Coverage. Let the WR’s make a play!

  66. Was wondering where you went Georgia!

  67. Michael Bennett and Michael Bowie are so tough, they dont do pushups, they bench press the earth!

  68. If Bowie whiffs on a block come Sunday, I’m going to blame it on Unger or Okung. If he’s beaten on a play, I’m going to make an excuse for him. If he gets Wilson sacked, I’m going to blame Wilson for being in the spot in which the defender sacked him. If the Seahawks lose, it will be because of all the other players. If the Seahawks win, it will be solely because of Michael Bowie being in the starting line-up. If the Seahawks go to the Super Bowl and Bowie isn’t the first player in the history of the game NOT to have been named MVP prior to the game – I’m going to cry foul!

  69. That’s for you, joereb! :)

  70. No extra “e”

  71. seahawkNJ says:

    BobbyK – I hope this makes you feel better about Iupati. http://profootballzone.com/nfl/red-bryant-ran-mike-iupati-gif/

  72. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Macabrevity- I agree about the superstar big dollar FA signings, but the Avril, Bennett type free agent signings have been huge for this team.

  73. As of 10:56 Pacific Time, there were 73 posts under this topic. That’s Michael Bowie’s number.

    Okay, it was fun, now I’ll cool it on the Bowie stuff for awhile. I promise. Unless someone antagonizes me. :)

  74. seahawkNJ – Thanks for that. I sure hope we see some of that on Sunday!

    My concern is the run game though. I never see anyone ever get the best of Mebane in the run game with any consistency, but when Mebane goes against Iupati in the run game… I have seen Mebane lose that battle against Iupati more than against any other guard he’s ever gone against in all the games I’ve ever seen. I’m not saying he gets owned on every run play, but he loses against Iupati more, it seems with my naked eye, more than he does against anyone else.

  75. GeorgiaHawk says:

    I predict that Sweezy’s career will be the longest on the O-line.

    I believe he will get extra coaching and guidance in the off season from Russell Wilson at their youth camp at NC state.

  76. tealskin says:

    Georgia-How old is Sweezy? Young enough for youth camp?

  77. chuck_easton says:

    But how do you really feel about Bowie BobbyK?

    Since we are getting to pick our game MVP’s ahead of time without the need to look at the game, the final result, and the stats, I’m claiming Lynch. If Seattle wins the game it will be entirely because Lynch picked up the ball, the 10 other offensive players, and ran right through SF’s defense.

    If it doesn’t go as well, it will be entirely because of Sweezy.

    We know who Georgia is claiming has his pre-game hero so the begins somwhere around Augusta and can trail back to Seattle.

  78. Seen this?

    http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap2000000314072/article/pete-carroll-has-put-seattle-seahawks-on-map-for-free-agents

    Could you imagine if we had landed Brandon Marshall or Vincent Jackson? I think they’d more than fill that void of who to go to on 3rd on 6.

  79. WiscCory says:

    Regarding the QBs in the game this Sunday evening, I’m going to throw out 2 words. Tell me the first thought that comes to mind with each.

    Classy…..

    Punk……

    So glad I’m a Seaahawk fan!

  80. chuck_easton says:

    joreb,

    I know this isn’t going to be a very popular comment on here, but in addition to the theme of the article that players now want to come to Seattle even if it means less money was specifically what Rice had to say.

    He talked of ‘we’ and ‘us’ and guys wanting to come to Seattle and not wanting to leave once they get here. I fully expect Rice to be with Seattle next season. If it means a paycut he is sounding like he isn’t against that step. Rice wants to be a Seahawk. Yes, Seattle had to overpay to get him to come here initially. But Seattle traditionally always had to overpay for free agents to come.

    Rice would appear to be the last of a long line of overpaid FA’s. He gets right in line with Branch, Houshmanzadah, Wistrom…and many others. It used to be known that for the Seahawks to land a prized FA and convince them to live, play, and thrive in the hinterlands of South Alaska it took Seattle outbidding all suitors. Not any longer.

    If Rice comes back with anything left in the knees after the surgery he will be a Seahawk next year.

  81. I cant stand to think how much better off Seattle would have been had we signed Marshall instead of Rice. Gah! And it didnt work out worth a damn for him in Miami anyway…now he’s happy in Chicago, but I think it would have been wonderful to have a talented and huge WR like him…except for his mental health issues…

  82. Georgia–I agree Sweezy may have the longest career. But it wont be the best. He’ll have the longest career because after this year, he will be a backup for life! Ahahahahaha!

    Just yanking your chain.

  83. chuck_easton says:

    Marshall is over those now. It’s amazing what an un-diagnosed chemical imbalance can do to a person. That person can present as angry, unstable, violent, unreliable, and many other outward appearances.

    Suddenly there is a diagnosis and the proper prescriptions are put in place and the very same person now appears happy, ‘normal’, productive, outgoing, easy-going…

    I’m glad for Marshall that he got the help he needed and that he has responded so well to the treatment.

    I know I have no medical training like Nate, but this is one area I can speak to with some authority. I have seen the change in both my son and myself since our diagnosis for ADHD. I wasn’t diagnosed until last year myself. After spending countless hours at the appointments for my son, the psychiatrist and the psychologist pulled me aside and handed me a pamplet on Adults with ADHD. I think they were trying to tell me something.

    I’m much more productive at work, much better organized, and am a much more emotionally stable person to be around. I even have time to write these long boring paragraphs (that’s for you DFloydd) and still am more productive at my work than I used to be.

  84. Rice will have to out-compete Kearse and Lockette and whatever big fast rookie we draft this year. He may beat out Lockette, but if we draft a WR, we’re gonna keep him and Kearse. The only way Rice is on this team next year–IMO–is if a) He plays for vet min, and b) Tate or Harvin leave. There’s no room for a guy making 7 million a year and catching at most 2 passes a game, who’s made of glass.

  85. Southendzone says:

    Tony Stark traded in the Iron Man suit for a Bowie jersey.

  86. chuck_easton says:

    STTBM,

    My theory on Rice staying comes with the assumption that Tate is leaving. The team can’t lose both Rice and Tate. Again, just my gut feeling, but I see Rice as willing to do what it takes to stay while I have the feeling that someone out there will overpay for Tate.

  87. He’s also back with Cutler, his security blanket and the only qb ever who could work well with him. Dont underestimate the value of Cutler+Marshall. Together they are way more than the sum of their parts.

    Proper diagnoses is huge. I have friends with ADD, ADHD, and friends with Aspergers. All of them were initially mis-diagnosed, and some are still being mis-diagnosed, and I can also testify as to the damage of screwing that up, and the benefit of getting it right.

    Not sure I’d believe Marshall is set, and not likely for more trouble, but he’s definitely improved his behavior and become a solid, steady player. Hard to say if that would have happened without a reunion with Cutler though.

    Glad to hear you got the right diagnoses and are moving forward in better shape. Good for you, and your son.

  88. Southendzone says:

    Yoda went to the swamp planet of Dagobah to learn the force from Michael Bowie.

  89. CHuck-Well, no one’s gonna overpay for Rice again, thats for sure!

    And yeah, Im afraid Tate will get snatched for big money as well, which sucks. However, Seattle has rarely given Tate the chance to be the stud player he has shown he can–and wants–to be. You just cant take a guy with his talent and passion, and expect them to be happy being a role player making 2-4 plays a game. Not gonna happen, he’s too competitive.

    And so we will lose him, not because of the money per se, but because they went out and got Harvin, paid him too much money, and instead of really increasing Tate’s touches, they cut them. After all his hard work and steady improvement, if I was Tate I would leave in a heartbeat.

  90. sluggo42 says:

    Stuck in jury duty today, thanks for the serious Bowie laughs… Excellent

    Bowie plays guard, but he is the 4th rated QB in the NFL, just ahead of Andrew luck

  91. GeorgiaHawk says:

    STTBM- You may be Yanking my chain, however there’s a good chance you could be right about Sweezy.

    BTW- speaking of Yanking, where is Yank?

  92. FleaFlicker says:

    Can somebody explain all the excessive love for #73? Don’t get me wrong, I’m happy that he came in last week and started as LG and did a good job. But does anybody remember his first start against the Rams? Holy smokes, that was a disaster. Admittedly, his first NFL start against a sick pack rush. He’s obviously made tremendous strides in his rookie year and that’s a great development, but I just don’t understand Bowie Boosters club.

  93. chuck_easton says:

    I’m not going to blame Tate one bit if he jumps at the opportunity go go somewhere for #1 money and the opportunity to be in a pass first offense.

    Seattle can’t afford to pay Tate anywhere close to the range of #1 money and I don’t buy the opinion of some on here that nobody will pay Tate more than 6 million per. He’s going to get an offer in the 8-10 range easily and I don’t see Seattle being able or willing to match that.

  94. tealskin says:

    Maybe on a different team he’d be worth that kind of $. Not the way Hawks use him. Too bad. Think there’s a lot of potential.

  95. Chuck – I actually love Rice! I think his fellow WRs do as well. He was kind of the leader of that crew. I just think talent wise, I’d give the edge to B. Marsh and VJax as far as being more complete WRs that do a lot of damage across the middle…not something Rice is particularly known for.

    With that said, I hope he is retained next year albeit at a lower cost to go with Harvin and Baldwin. As much as I have enjoyed the maturity of Tate and what he brings to us as a Punt Returner, I believe that he will want to move on because of financial incentives that will be thrown his way.

    I still hope #81 has a huge game Sunday but think depending on outcome it could be one of his last as a Hawk.

    I really miss Rice. Never quite felt this way until recently, but now have a much better understanding for the role that he’s been playing.

    GO HAWKS!

  96. sluggo42 says:

    Bowie poops kryptonite

  97. sluggo42 says:

    I like rice, but he is too frafile

  98. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Oh no!

    Luck is #2 behind Peyton Manning in a poll of NFL players who they would want to start a Franchise with.

    What do you think about that Yank?

    http://a.espncdn.com/photo/2014/0114/nfl_MostRespected_560x1094.jpg

  99. Southendzone says:

    When Bowie goes to sleep, NORAD relaxes the DEFCON status by 2 levels.

  100. sluggo42 says:

    Chevy announced their new logo….

    Like a Bowie…

    Early settlers knew he was coming, and created a knife in his honor. The Bowie knife…

    Deliala had an option, but in fear chose to cut Samson’s hair instead

  101. Sluggo–Hopefully Niner Kryptonite!

    FleaFlicker–Its hyperbole for sure, but the Bowie love is real. He gets my vote as favorite Seahawk right now for several reasons. One, he looked just like Carp at RT–like he should be playing G–so I dont blame him for that. Besides, he was okay, just not better than Breno. Two, he played better than Sweezy ever has at RG vs AZ in his first and only start at that position. Three, he played better at LG in his first game as a rookie than Carp or McQ has all year. Four, we havent had a LG who could play consistently at even a mediocre level since 2005 when the Ice Fisherman was the best G in the NFL. It really sucks to go from first to worst at a position in one year, and then to stay there for more than 7 seasons…Five, the offensive line is the achilles heel of this team and improvement there will improve this team more dramatically than anything else that could possibly happen.

    So, five good reasons why Bowie playing at LG–and doing well–is a very big deal.

  102. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Tate is inconsistent without Wilson.

    Tate needs Wilson like Favre needed Holmgren early in his career.

    If some team is foolish enough to pay Tate #1 money, let him go.
    He will come back in a few years,(when it doesn’t work out) on the cheap.

  103. sluggo42 says:

    The Beatles wanted to reunite, but Bowie opted out as lennons replacement

  104. STTBM – You don’t mean it when you say that you’d rather have Marshall over Rice.

    Marshall would have cost at least two #2 picks (he was not a free agent). One of those #2 picks was used on Golden Tate.

    The #2 pick the following year was used to trade down. One of the picks attained in trading down from that second rounder was used on someone named Richard Sherman.

  105. sluggo42 says:

    The NSA doesn’t tap bowie’s computer

  106. chuck_easton says:

    Hey, I liked Carp. I was pulling for him. I wanted to believe it was just the unfortunate injuries. I wanted to believe the weight issues were due to his injuries holding him back from workouts.

    But if the team has soured on him now to the point he was inactive last week and will likely be inactive this week, let’s all get behind Bowie.

    Is he better? We will see. But we do know he couldn’t be any worse.

  107. Best post of the day up to this point:

    “Southendzone
    Jan. 16, 2014 at 10:36 am
    Yoda went to the swamp planet of Dagobah to learn the force from Michael Bowie.”

    LMAO

  108. sluggo42 says:

    3-M has submitted paperwork to change the name of Kevlar … To… Bowie…

  109. sluggo42 says:

    Obama has singed executive orders to have Bowie replace the secret service upon retiring from football.

  110. GeorgiaHawk says:

    chuck-
    I liked Carp too, or at least his potential, however it was becoming more and more obvious that he was eating himself out of a starting position.

    Hopefully he will shape up in the off season before he eats himself out of the NFL.

  111. yankinta says:

    lol, I’m here…. just boring topics so didn”t wanna jump in. As for luck being 2nd,, lol I don’t care… it’s a popularity contest,, We all know.. YankinTa doesn’t care about being Popular…,, p.s., players are brainwashed too because they all watch ESPN/NFL network like we do….

    I’m actually reading up on Big WR’s that we could pick with 32nd or 64th overall pick,,, so far I like Kelvin and Brandon….

    Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Florida State
    Allen Robinson, WR, Penn State
    Brandon Coleman, WR, Rutgers

  112. Bowie is a guard, not a tackle. That is clear. Bowie was overwhelmed as a RT.

    However, that game against AZ made it clear that he is suited for guard. He didn’t go against chopped liver either. He went against Dockett and Campbell that game. They are clearly two of the better DL in the NFL. He not only played, but he played well. There’s a difference. And to play well against two guys like that is pretty special, IMO.

    Bowie had started two NFL games at guard and his only two games are better than any game ever played by Carp at guard (or RT). Granted, that’s not saying much – but his play the last two games is action speaking louder than words in a good way.

    For the record, we’re not going to start a “Bowie’s Booster Club.” It’s going to be a Cult.

  113. How about this for a topic of interest:

    The Seahawks are playing the 49ers in just a few days for the right to go to the Super Bowl!

    This is only the third we’ve ever seen the Seahawks in a conference championship game.

    This is reason enough to be excited to the point of posting and posting silly things because we’re so giddy about the prospects of potentially seeing our Seahawks in the Super Bowl!

  114. BobbyK…I could be wrong, but I don’t think Tate’s draft slot would’ve been affected. I believe Marshall went to Miami for a couple of 3rd rounders which in my opinion was worth it at the time. Of course, knowing how Schneider drafts, I might have second thoughts but B. Marsh is another Beast that would’ve gone well with our current Beast.

  115. GeorgiaHawk says:

    That’s pretty cool Duke.

    Perhaps he figured it had a better chance to stay than if he put a tattoo with his girlfriends name on it.

  116. I hear Bowie goes to Sasquatch Strip Clubs.

  117. Georgia–Thats ridiculous! I dont know whether to laugh my ass off or scream. Tate needs Wilson!? For what–to one-hop 5-yard slant routes to him? To throw slant routes a yard behind him? To underthrow nearly every deep pass instead of hitting a wide open Tate in stride?

    Tate will do a lot better with a qb whose throws are more accurate, one who can aim a ball and throw a WR open. Wilson really isnt doing much of that the second half of this year, especially since the first NO game.

    Now, I love Wilson, and Im expecting him to get back on track. But saying Tate’s performance is more related to Wilson than Tate is mind boggling wrong.

    Tom Brady and Peyton Manning and Drew Brees can make avg WR’s with speed and/or great route running look elite, but Wilson isnt one of those guys. At all.

  118. Wow. That dude with the tat is crazy. I hope he’s right!

  119. Dukeshire says:

    Lol. Girl’s name is kiss of death.

  120. GeorgiaHawk says:

    What Marshall did to the LOB in Chicago last season was remarkable.

  121. Southendzone says:

    I’m enjoying this post more than any for some time. Just screwing around & having fun.

    Since 70’s hawk fan stated he has regular communication with Hawk players including the O-Line, maybe he can make up a list of all our fun Bowie facts and deliver it.

  122. I dont know why Cable insists on trying to make lumbering G’s into RT’s. Breno isnt even great in run blocking, so it just pisses me off they cant get a ‘normal’ RT prospect in to freaking man RT.

    But Im glad we have Bowie!

  123. There would have been no Golden Tate if we had traded for Marshall. The Dolpins traded two 2nd round picks for Marshall. Their #2 pick that year was higher than the Seahawks had – so we actually would have had to have given something else to get Marshall. If we would have had traded that 2nd rounder for Marshall… we would not have had a 2nd round pick to take Tate. We didn’t have a 3rd round pick either because of the Whitehurst trade and there’s no way Tate would have slipped for us to draft in the 4th round. As I said, there’s no way we’d have Tate (and perhaps Sherman) if we had made the Marshall trade.

  124. FleaFlicker says:

    STTBM & BobbyK: thanks for the color on Michael Bowie. And you guys are both right. I’ve become so accustomed to LG being a liability I didn’t even stop to think about how awesome it would be if #73 is a long term QUALITY fix to that position to go alongside Okung. Changes a lot of things for the positive.

    Fun Fact: Michael Bowie doesn’t call the wrong number. You answer the wrong phone.

  125. God went into time and asked Michael Bowie how many days there should be in a week. Bowie said “seven.”

  126. sluggo42 says:

    Bowie made STTBM, YANK, AND CHUCK stop complaining…

  127. FleaFlicker says:

    sluggo42: great one!

  128. Thats a great idea Southendzone. BUt SeventiesHawkFan, dont tell them how disgusted many of us were with poor McQuistan (whose dedication and effort we love, he’s just lost it) and useless Carpenter, and the overall poor play through much of the year. Just keep it positive–we love Bowie and the job he’s done at G in his two starts.

    On second thought, you can tell Carpenter whatever you’d like. I think he ripped off the team. He showed his appreciation for being drafted two rounds early by not bothering to get in shape at all during the strike, and followed that up by eating his way to something resembling 360 lbs during a season where Cable practically begged him to take the LG slot all the way to the Super Bowl. The man just doesnt care, and he has no shame. I just cant understand how he could piss away being the starting LG for a SB contender…

  129. Southendzone says:

    A Pop Tart burned the roof of it’s mouth on Michael Bowie.

  130. seahawks.com always has auctions for stuff. I’ve never bought anything but I like to follow what they have. Right now they have game used ball from the Saints game going for about $250. That’s a pretty decent deal, IMO (I’m not going to buy one), although the auction isn’t over. Kam’s jersey that he wore that game is currently at $1,200. The helmet is James Carpenter that he wore vs. the Rams is on there but there are NO bids yet ($500 minimum). If they put the helmet of Bowie on there from the 49ers game – I’m going to place a bid (only if the Hawks win, of course).

  131. seahawkNJ says:

    Google won’t search for Michael Bowie because it knows you don’t find Michael Bowie, he finds you.

  132. GeorgiaHawk says:

    STTBM- We all need Wilson. Lol. Just yanking.

  133. sluggo – lol

  134. Okay, I ain’t gonna lie. I love todays thread (probably not if it were a daily thing though). I’m getting some good laughs on a day I don’t have to work b/c of a blizzard and 50 mph winds. I wish the game was earlier this weekend though b/c I’m just going to end up wishing my weekend away…

  135. Sluggo–I will always complain about guys like Carp though. What a waste.

    Bobbyk–Good point. Id rather have Tate and Sherm. Im just having a hard time dealing with the likelihood of losing Tate. Plus we still need a big tall WR with physicality (Rice never offered that).

    There used to be a street named after Michael Bowie, but it was changed because nobody crosses Bowie and lives.

  136. But the helmet of Bowie will probably be in the Louvre after the game, Bobby.

  137. seahawkNJ says:

    Bowie once roudhoused kicked the SeaHulk in the face. Now he hides in the forest and changed his name to Shrek.

  138. I’d like to have Tate on the team, but I don’t think he’s worth big money. A significant raise, yes, but not a huge deal that he’ll want. We talked awhile back, I think he’ll get $7 million per year, but I don’t he’s worth that much and I would pay him that but think someone, unfortunately, will.

    Percy and Tate are super elusive guys and I hope we can watch at least two full games with those two on the field for four quarters in each game!

  139. Southendzone says:

    When they opened the Ark of the Covenant, Michael Bowie flew out and burned off the Nazi’s flesh.

  140. CDHawkFan says:

    I understood what you are saying Mac but I have to disagree. I’m not willing to conclude who ”Won” the trade less than a season after the Harvin trade. It’s not like he is dead.

    We are in the final 4, we are as far as we can be at this point, how has PH hurt our SB dreams?

  141. Michael Bowie and Superman once fought each other on a bet. The loser had to start wearing his underwear on the outside of his pants.

    Bowie doesn’t flush the toilet, he scares the crap out of it!

  142. Soggybuc says:

    Real fans would have already renamed their children after Bowie!
    Off to call my daughter Bowiena.

  143. The Helmet of Bowie will be proudly displayed in my house, because the TNT staff and blog community will pool their resources and buy if for me, in return for me signing an agreement to never bag on Sweezy again…

  144. chkn_liddle says:

    Okung wanted to take Bowie to Pamplona, but the bulls threatened to go on strike.

  145. Georgia–I figured you just wanted to get a rise out of me. Good job lol!

  146. If you have the Helmet of Bowie sitting next to the Hammer of Thor on your fireplace mantle, you can rule the world.

  147. Tell you what, Soggybuc, my second kid is due the end of March, and if Seattle wins the SB and Bowie locks down LG, I will nickname her Bowiena too lol!

  148. When the Boogeyman goes to sleep every night, he checks his closet for Michael Bowie.

  149. On the south side of Seattle
    Is where the Hawks live by the sea
    And if you go down there
    You better just beware
    Of the man wearing 73

    Now Micheal, he’s more than trouble
    You see he stand about six foot four
    All those Sodo ladies call him C-Link Lover
    All the men just call him Sir

    Cause he’s bad, bad Michael Bowie
    The baddest man in the whole damn city
    Badder than old King Kong
    And meaner than a junkyard dog

    Well on a Saturday about a week ago
    Michael Bowie was playing line
    And he steamrolled Saints
    Until they trembled and fainted
    And oh that running game looked fine

    Cause he’s bad, bad Michael Bowie
    The baddest man in the whole damn city
    Badder than old King Kong
    And meaner than a junkyard dog

    And next weekend, on a Sunday
    When Michael puts on his cleats
    The Forty Niners will know
    That only one man owns them
    And that man is named Michael B.

    Cause he’s bad, bad Michael Bowie
    The baddest man in the whole damn city
    Badder than old King Kong
    And meaner than a junkyard dog

  150. Todd needs to print this thread out and show it to Bowie.

  151. That would be awesome Vegas! I bet he’d get a kick out of it!

  152. Stevos – Love it! That’s one of my favorite posts EVER!!!

    Yeah, Todd, The Cult of Michael Bowie has begun. Let him know if you will.

    Michael Bowie is the guy in red and the rest of us on this blog are blue:

    https://www.seoclerks.com/pics/trade1178-1elgxv1380749269.png

  153. It shows what kind of fans the Seahawks have when people get this worked up over a rookie who has started 9 games, two at G, and only one game at LG….

  154. Michael Bowie is his name,
    Who will lead Marshawn Lynch in this upcoming game,
    And he’ll eventually wind up in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

    But for now he’s going to single handedly lead us over the 49ers,
    And nothing is going to feel finer.

    Until a couple of weeks from now when the Seahawks finally win that Super Bowl ring,
    Then we will all sing: Long live 73, leading the Hawks in the land of the free, and Super Bowl Champions the 12th Man will see the Seahawks be. Can’t you see? Michael Bowie will lead us to the Lombardi Trophy!

  155. FleaFlicker says:

    Off-topic: does anybody know if that Saints safety was fined for that 1st quarter personal foul on Percy?

  156. Southendzone says:

    Years from now, after the SeaHawks have won their 3rd consecutive “Bowie” trophy, we will look back on this day with fondness.

  157. chuck_easton says:

    Um, can Sunday hurry up and get here already? I think we might all be certified as insane if this has to last much longer.

    But,hey, when in Rome…

    Some magicans can walk on water, Bowie can swim through land.

  158. I suppose all the 49ers fans unhappy with that MMQB article on Kaepernick can just go read whatever Kevin Seifert writes.

  159. All right, chuck! Hop on board with the fun day instead of the Luck stuff. Even STTBM wants to mother one of Bowie’s children? Right, STTBM? lol

  160. How many Defensive Coordinators stay up at night scheming to stop Golden Tate?

    Here’s a hint: It’s 32 less than the number who stay up scheming to find ways to get by Michael Bowie.

  161. Southendzone says:

    The flu virus gets a Michael Bowie shot each year.

  162. yankinta says:

    Wow,, JAWS is picking the Seahawks…. is this a Jinx?? smh….

    http://espn.go.com/nfl/picks

  163. chuck_easton says:

    The Lombardi Trophy has already scheduled its parade to celebrate winning Michael Bowie.

  164. sluggo42 says:

    Oh man this isthefunniest thread ever

  165. Just got back from Palace Station sports book…interesting stuff on the betting lines. The point lines haven’t budged all week…Seahawks -3.5 and Broncos -5. But the money lines have gone all wonky overnight. Yesterday the money lines were ridiculous, Seahawks -175 and Broncos -240, which means the payback from a $100 bet on the favorites is ridiculously low.

    They must have drawn a huge amount of bets on the road underdogs with those money lines because just a few moments ago the Seahawks and Broncos money lines dropped to even – $100 wins $100. That is crazy movement but makes a bet on the Broncos and Seahawks more worthwhile. The books are trying to balance their bet totals on each side.

    You still have to give -3.5 to get the Seahawks though, that hasn’t budged since opening and I don’t think it will move much now. I absolutely hate betting home favorites at -3.5 because it is the worst burn line in football. Especially a Pete Carroll team…come on, the chances are crazy good he plays for a winning field goal at the end from a tie game. And that’s the burn. I bet the damn thing anyway because I’m a fan but I just know this is going to finish just like the Tampa Bay game where we position for a field goal win from a tie. You can damn well bank on it now that my money’s got -3.5. Damn.

  166. Vegas, Do you think the news of Percy passing his concussion tests would sway the line more in the Hawks favor?

  167. Michael Bowie threw a grenade and it killed a couple of hundred terrorists. And then the grenade exploded.

  168. Yes, it could have an effect if it brings in more Seahawk bets. The money line is moving to balance the total of bets, they obviously had too much money on the underdogs. I just don’t think the point lines are moving at this point.

  169. Just tweeted Bowie about us starting a cult. He’ll probably think we’re crazy, but… well, he’d be right I guess!

  170. cr-p: http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2014/01/16/percy-harvin-still-not-cleared-to-practice/

    and re a post above – i haven’t read anyting about a fine on the Saints safety for the headshot. he should get one.

  171. sluggo42 says:

    Plaque and tarter are afraid of bowies teeth

  172. sluggo42 says:

    Bowies jock itches

  173. sluggo42 says:

    Raindrops always go around Bowie

  174. sluggo42 says:

    Don kings hair lays flat when Bowie walks by…

  175. sluggo42 says:

    MSNBC actually had viewers when they interviewed Bowie…

  176. Dukeshire says:

    Now this is a great article by the brilliant Chris Brown from Smart Football.

    http://www.thv11.com/news/watercooler/294835/70/Seahawks-fan-gets-Super-Bowl-Champs-tattoo

  177. Macabrevity says:

    Georgia – count me in on loving the D-line signings, esp. Bennett. The guy wreaks havoc, I knew he was special when, if I remember right (I think it was Tenn) he bull rushed through the line to sack Fitzpatrick (or whatever QB it was) WWE-style. I’ll have to go back and re-watch some games.

  178. WiscCory says:

    Charlie Sheen just tweeted that Michael Bowie is “Winning”.

  179. sluggo42 says:

    Deadliest catch boat loses main engines and requests coast guard to bring michael Bowie and a large paddle due to 100 foot waves

  180. Carrie Underwood has changed the name of the song:

    Michael Bowie Take The Wheel

  181. sluggo42 says:

    Michael swims through land…. Now that one busted me up

  182. Actually I think Sheen now calls “winning” – “Bowieing”

  183. SandpointHawk says:

    Great one @Stevos…thanks…

  184. seahawksteven777 says:

    This thread is pretty awesome, except for the troll.

    It’s no longer “Coming in like a Wrecking Ball.” It has now been renamed: “Coming in like a Michael Bowie.”

    Okay, I tried lol.

  185. Soggybuc says:

    A single tear from Michael Bowie could cleanse all the oceans of pollution.
    To bad he never cries!

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