Friday, September 24, 2004
One, I'm not going to list the announcers for every single game. I'll just list the announcers for the Seahawks game. If you want to know who's calling each game, here's USA Today's Week 3 Preview (which is where I get the info for who's calling the games).
In Week 2, I was 11-5. So far in the young season, I'm 19-12 (.613). Not too bad, but I can do better. As always, don't use my picks for gambling purposes because you will get burned by at least one game or two.
SUNDAY, SEPT 26
Arizona at Atlanta (FOX)
Philadelphia at Detroit (FOX)
--The Eagles are ripe for an upset. And it's a short week for them, coming off of Monday night's win over the Vikings. The 3-0 Detroit Lions? Why not?
Cleveland at New York Giants (CBS)
Pittsburgh at Miami (CBS)
Houston at Kansas City (CBS)
---This is a must-win for the Chiefs. If they can't beat the woeful Texans, they're in deep trouble. BTW, Eric Hicks needs to STFU.
New Orleans at St. Louis (FOX)
Jacksonville at Tennessee (CBS)
---I can't see the Titans losing 2 weeks in a row at home.
Baltimore at Cincinnati (CBS)
---This game comes down to the young quarterbacks. Who will play better? I'll go with Carson Palmer.
Chicago at Minnesota (FOX)
San Diego at Denver (CBS)
Green Bay at Indianapolis (FOX)
---Brett Favre hates domes. Take the Colts here.
San Francisco at Seattle (FOX: Ron Pitts, Tim Ryan...AGAIN!)
---The Seahawks have to take it to the 49ers on Sunday. 3-0 would be very, very nice going into the bye week. And at least after this season's bye week, the 'Hawks can play at home, instead of going on the road.
SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL
Tampa Bay at Oakland (ESPN)
---Jon Gruden returns to the Black Hole. Warren Sapp faces his old team. I'm surprised that there hasn't been more hype about this game...(rolls eyes).
MONDAY, SEPT 27
MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL
Dallas at Washington (ABC)
---All Cowboys, all the time. I hate it.
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Enjoy the games.
Thursday, September 23, 2004
Anyways, is anybody else bothered by the fact that ESPN is going to air the Pete Rose TV movie "Hustle" on Saturday? A Saturday night in September? There's no reason why this should happen. Saturday nights in September on ESPN should be reserved for college football. But this is the ESPN that we've had to deal with for the last couple of years. "ESPN Original Entertainment", they call it.
I'm still haunted by Tom Berenger as Bear Bryant in "The Junction Boys".
"WE'RE GOING TO WORK NOW!"
I do have a few posts in me this weekend. I know a few of you want to see some action here at Sports and Bremertonians. After all, we don't want to be placed in the "dormant blogs section".
Musical recommendation: Go get Green Day's "American Idiot" ASAP. Link to the full album at Windows Media Player if you can't buy it anytime soon. I'll have my review of "American Idiot" when we re-launch Music and Bremertonians, our music blog (link to the left under "Our Other Sites")
Before I end this post, Buck Showalter has to be the American League Manager of the Year. There should be no debate here at all. What the Rangers have done this season is simply remarkable. All the more reason why Mariners fans should be pissed off. I digress.
Tuesday, September 21, 2004
I'll give you my version of the Mariner recap, however:
Only 12 more games of this trainwreck of a season. Oh, and 12 more games we have to put up with Bob Melvin. Is that a good enough recap for everybody?
I thought so.
And for the few of you (probably 3 at the most) who were looking for the "No Hawk Ramble" (running blog of a non-Seahawks game), I've decided to discontinue them. No reason really, I just decided to end them. No harm, no foul.
Needless to say, I'm angry as hell about the way this season has gone for the Seattle Mariners. There's no reason why it had to come to this. Without going into a long rant about it, let's just say that if the Mariners didn't have their overrated "no superstars" policy in place, there's no way in hell they would be on the verge of losing 100 games this season.
As for our music blog, Music and Bremertonians, we're in the process of making it a better place. In other words, it's under construction. It should be back up, new and improved, in a week or so.
That's all for now.
Stay classy. Joanie loves Chachi!
Monday, September 20, 2004
Basically, I have this to say...
-- Be nice to Jeremy when I'm gone (you all were the first time). Needless to say, I'm not worried because he flew solo for six weeks during the summer and Sports and B's got through just fine.
-- If someone out there has the CBC and is interested, I won't be able to see at least the first episode of Making the Cut, which airs Tuesday at 8pm, I believe. Basically, if someone out there has the dedication and the pure generosity to email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) a synopsis of how the show went, I would be extreeeeeemely grateful.
-- I'll be back on the night of Tuesday the 28th, hopefully in time to not miss the second episode of Making the Cut, and in time to crank out six more Mariner recaps.
-- Dammit, I won't be able to crank out a Seahawk recap next week. Though I won't be able to watch the game (unless for some odd reason the Fox affiliate in Minot, ND shows it), let's just hope it's a big Seahawk win where the offense finally clicks, the defense keeps doing what it's doing for the most part, and everyone stays healthy.
I'll see y'all in eight days. Jeremy will keep flying the Sports and B's flag as time and school allow until I get back and resume normal posting habits.
Until then, ciao to all our great readers from Western Washington, the handful or so in BC, the scattered readers from around the country, and those around the world who stumble upon us daily via any combination of Google or Yahoo searches. Thanks for stopping by, readers. Stay classy.
Sunday, September 19, 2004
The hockey equivalent to this game would be a matchup between the late '90s New Jersey Devils and the current Minnesota Wild.
Ray Roberts is on the KJR postgame show calling the game "boring." That's in no small part to the Seattle offense, which hasn't gone anywhere near sniffing their potential in their first two games.
Short fact: Tampa Bay still hasn't managed to find the end zone after two games.
Mo Morris didn't get a lot of touches, this even with Shaun Alexander not being at 100%.
Seahawk radio sideline reporter Tony Ventrella told us today that the Bermuda grass at Raymond James Stadium is straight from golfer Greg Norman's sod farm in central Florida. Thanks a lot for that, Tony.
Now, the notes I had jotted down...
>> 1st Seattle possession
14:45 Tampa Bay linebacker Ian Gold almost picked off a Matt Hasselbeck pass over the middle
14:39 Darrell Jackson caught a 12-yard pass for a first down
14:03 Alexander ran up the middle, through the line, and got to midfield for the first down
##12:12 On 3rd and 6, Hasselbeck's pass was tipped and hauled down by Derrick Brooks of Tampa Bay at their own 38. This of course necessitated the Fox cameras giving a shot of Geraldine Mitchell (Brooks' mom).
>> 1st Tampa Bay possession
11:57 Charlie Garner ran for 5 yards on the first Buccaneer play from scrimmage
11:26 Garner got across midfield for a first down
9:53 Grant Wistrom dropped Brad Johnson as the Seahawks had some great pressure on third down
>> 2nd Seattle possession
9:11 Hasselbeck found Jackson wide open down the right sideline for 15 yards and a first down to the Seattle 36
8:06 Hasselbeck was getting rid of the ball on third down and was drilled in the act of doing so
>> 2nd Tampa Bay possession
7:54 Billy Schroeder dropped the punt, but recovered it at the Tampa Bay 15
7:07 On 2nd down, Jamel White was hit in the backfield for a loss of 5
6:24 Johnson didn't get enough juice on a 3rd-down pass, and the Bucs were forced to punt
>> 3rd Seattle possession
6:05 Mack Strong fumbled on the first play, but Steve Hutchison fell on the ball for some positive yardage
5:22 Strong had a pass go off his hands, and Tampa Bay was called for a sideline warning, something I've never heard of before
4:59 Koren Robinson had a first-down catch on the numbers to the right side down to the Tampa Bay 33
2:48 Tampa Bay was hit for another weird sideline warning. I have no idea what happens after a third sideline warning
**2:27 The drive stalled, and Josh Brown was called on for the 44-yard field goal, and he nailed it (SEA 3-0)
>> 3rd Tampa Bay possession
1:32 Mike Clayton made a leaping catch, good for 20 yards along the right sideline
##0:00 The final play of the quarter was Marcus Trufant picking a pass by Johnson and running down the right sideline from the Seattle 30 all the way back to the Tampa Bay 29, thanks to some blockers
The quarter didn't start out too nice with the Hasselbeck pick, but one saving grace was that Tampa Bay failed to do anything on offense, which was in part due to Seattle's play on defense (imagine that). Though the one sustained drive by the Seahawks stalled and ended in a field goal, it was still a decent drive. It was especially a decent drive compared to all the crap they were about to shovel out for the remaining three quarters, anyway. Sorry to spoil that for you if you didn't know about it already.
>> 4th Seattle possession
**14:27 On the second play from scrimmage, Hasselbeck play-faked and hit Koren Robinson down the right sideline for a 27-yard touchdown strike (SEA 10-0). Here's to hoping this does wonders for Koren's confidence
>> 4th Tampa Bay possession
14:18 Tracy White made a nice tackle for the Seattle special teams unit, and Tampa Bay started from their own 19
13:39 Johnson had Garner wide open on 2nd and 8 and threw wide
13:32 The Seahawks force a three-and-out
>> 5th Seattle possession
11:38 A Chris Terry false start put Seattle into a 3rd-and-long situation, something which they encountered countless times today against the Tampa Bay defense
11:12 Robinson had some nice yards after the catch, but he was still two yards short of the sticks
>> 5th Tampa Bay possession
10:32 Heath Evans wrapped up the punt returner. On a fair catch
10:25 Chris Simms got his first NFL experience, and would stay in for the rest of the game. Charlie Garner ran for 24 yards to midfield
9:08 Rocky Bernard almost picked Simms' first NFL pass attempt (grrr!!!!!)
8:39 Simms was incomplete to Charles Lee to the right side
>> 6th Seattle possession
8:14 Jerramy Stevens caught a 30-yard pass down the right sideline to move the chains. Good to hear Stevens' name called
7:46 Alexander's illegal motion penalty was declined, leaving the Seahawks with a 3rd-and-10
7:42 Hasselbeck is sacked by Spires on third down for a loss of seven
>> 6th Tampa Bay possession
6:35 Ken Dilger caught a pass on the right side and moved the chains to the Tampa 42
5:51 Rickey Dudley (huh?!) caught a pass at the numbers on the left side, good for 18 yards to the Seattle 41
5:10 Garner scampered for 5 to the Seattle 33
3:57 Schroeder caught a first-down pass to the Seattle 28
3:09 Garner ran down to the Seattle 16 for a first down, marking the first time the Tampa Bay offense had made it into the red zone this season
2:18 Simms scrambled to the Seattle 3 to force 1st-and-goal
1:05 Terreal Bierria was all over Jamel White's back, and stopped him short of the goal line to force third down
1:02 Chris Simms fumbled on 3rd-and-goal!! Tampa fell on the ball, but the bottom line was that Tampa had a set of downs from the 3 yard line and had to settle for...
0:52 Martin Gramatica's 24-yard field goal (SEA 10-3). Unliek his brother, there was no raucous one-man celebration after the field goal, and there was no ACL tear
>> 7th Seattle possession (the radio broadcast came back way late, and since I was depending on them to cue me on when the game was coming back on, I missed the kickoff and probably two plays from scrimmage)
0:39 Jackson was found on the right side for a strike to the Seattle 39
0:19 Morris scampered down the right sideline and out of bounds for a first down
0:15 Morris didn't turn around to receive the screen pass
0:09 Hasselbeck threw a very deep ball over the middle to Bobby Engram, but it was overthrown
The end of the half had some discrepancies between the scoreboard and the sideline markers over what down it was, so people at RJ Stadium probably thought the Seahawks were punting on third down to end the half. Not so.
Again, the field goal drive in the first quarter was the only sustained Seattle drive all day. They got absolutely no rhythm going today, and depending on which way you might look at it, the offensive line either was crap, or the Tampa blitzing schemes were way too much. It seemed like all too often there was one guy that was totally uncovered and had an unabated path to Hasselbeck. Not a good thing. I don't know how much of a running game you can expect against a Tampa Bay defense with Shaun Alexander not at full strength, but 23 rushing yards in the first half still doesn't seem like a good number. What was a good thing about the first half was Koren Robinson getting a couple of key catches. Good for him. Dropping bad, catching good. Catching and running long way verrry good. For what it's worth, I wrote down that Chris Simms was 5-for-8 on that field goal drive for Tampa with 47 pass yards.
>> 7th Tampa Bay possession
14:20 Garner caught a pass on 3rd down, but was short of the sticks, as Seattle forced a quick 3-and-out
>> 8th Seattle possession
13:59 Morris ran toward the line before the ball was snapped, and Jackson ran out of bounds before touching the pass and not coming down with it. Both penalties were declined for the loss of down
13:46 Jackson had first-down yardage on his catch, but Terry was lined up in the backfield (I hate "WTF?!?!" written on my sheet)
13:15 Strong had a decent run, but it didn't move the chains, and Tom Rouen once again punted, which he did many times today
>> 8th Tampa Bay possession
12:33 Wistrom drops Garner in the backfield
12:01 Orlando Huff got in Simms' face and sacked him for a 10-yard loss
11:21 Simms threw the ball behind Garner, forcing another 3-and-out
>> 9th Seattle possession
11:06 Alexander had a short 3-yard scamper to the Seattle 33
10:33 Alexander missed a block, and Hasselbeck was wrapped up, leading to a 3rd-and-11
9:58 Terry was called for ANOTHER false start, his fourth penalty on the day
9:30 On a 3rd-and-forever, Hasselbeck had nobody to throw to
9:20 Chris Richard on the Seahawk punt team ran out of bounds trying to avoid a block. That's a penalty
>> 9th Tampa Bay possession
9:10 Tim Brown almost dropped the fair catch, and Alex Bannister nearly took the ball out of his hands
8:20 Garner ran a 3-yard sweep to force a 3rd-and-1
##7:32 Wistrom knocked the ball loose from Simms and Rashad Moore fell on the loose ball
>> 10th Seattle possession
7:24 Alexander ran for 5 yards
6:15 Bannister caught Rouen's punt at the Tampa Bay 4
>> 10th Tampa Bay possession
5:06 Simms hurried, ran, and was short of the marker to force another 3-and-out
>> 11th Seattle possession
4:17 Alexander ran to the left side for 5 yards
3:41 Hasselbeck was hurried and overthrew Jackson running down the right sideline
3:36 On 3rd-and-5, Anthony McFarland blew through the line and wrapped up Hasselbeck
>> 11th Tampa Bay possession
2:03 Anthony Simmons knocked Simms out of bounds on a scramble to the left side to force a 3rd-and-5
1:32 Clayton caught a first-down pass
0:15 Simms hooked up with Brown for 13 yards down the right sideline
Did I stress enough how crappy the offense was today? Wistrom forced a fumble and the offense responded with a three-and-out, for goodness sakes. Warren Moon pointed out on the radio about how the Seahawks were constantly finding themselves with 3rd-and-11 or 3rd-and-14 or 3rd-and-9, but never any 3rd-and-shorts. Quite frankly, that'll happen when you have no semblance of a ground game, your offensive line is a sieve, and your quarterback is getting drilled a little too often. Still it was a little unnerving to see Tampa Bay gather a little momentum toward the end of the quarter.
>> 11th Tampa Bay possession continued
14:47 Brown caught a 6-yard pass to the left side to bring up 3rd-and-4. The radio crew noticed that Tampa Bay wasn't throwing to receivers being covered by Ken Lucas, either
14:21 Antonio Cochran sacked Simms to force a punt
>> 12th Seattle possession
13:39 Engram caught a pass to the Seattle 24 for a first down
13:04 Jackson was downfield and almost tipped the pass to himself
12:59 Robinson laid out on the left side for a 12-yard catch and a first down
11:50 On 2nd-and-4, Alexander was leveled to force...
11:03 3rd-and-5, when McFarland blew through the line and sacked Hasselbeck again
>> 12th Tampa Bay possession
9:19 Clayton caught a wide-open pass over the middle for 14 yards to the Tampa Bay 42
7:53 Simms threw a deep ball to the end zone, which went incomplete; Simms was drilled hard as he let go of the ball
7:49 Mike Alstott caught a pass and got just past the marker for a first down
6:54 Lee caught a pass between Lucas and Ken Hamlin and got all the way to the Seattle 6
5:35 Simms was hit and made a late "throw" as he fell, not getting nailed for grounding
5:19 Garner caught a short pass to the Seattle 5, forcing...
**4:36 Gramatica's 22-yard chipshot field goal (SEA 10-6)
>> 13th Seattle possession
3:41 Jackson caught a pass to the right side and was just short of the chains
2:56 Seattle called a timeout after the play clock wore down
2:50 Alexander was stopped just short of the sticks (dammit)
>> 13th Tampa Bay possession
2:26 Garner ran up the middle for 9 yards
2:04 Brown caught a pass over the middle for a first down
1:55 Simms' pass was tipped, but that came after Chike Okeafor had a path on Simms and tried to tip the ball himself. When he reached to tip the pass, he got a hold of Simms' face mask. I'm not entirely sure why this was called as a 15-yard face mask instead of just five yards. This moved the ball to the Tampa 45
1:49 Wistrom was called for pass interference along the sidelines. Of course, this implies that Wistrom had to start on the line and move out toward the sideline for pass coverage. Did this guy have foot problems? I hope they don't come up again
1:44 Bernard dropped an interception. The ball was right in his hands. If he would have caught it, all Seahawk fans would have been able to breathe much easier
1:34 Marcus Trufant picked the pass from Simms, but Okeafor was whistled again, this time for going for Simms' legs after the pass, even though it looked like he was obviously letting up
1:05 Michael Boulware picked a pass after Wistrom picked up Simms during the pass attempt. Of course, the conspiracy theorists were out as the people in the replay booth reviewed whether Simms' knee was down as he threw the pass. The ruling was no (I don't think it was planted), and it was finally Seattle ball
>> 14th Seattle possession
From here, it was a couple of Alexander runs, a couple of Tampa timeout calls, and the game clock running in sync with the play clock. The Seahawks were on 4th down with 40 seconds left, but Tampa Bay didn't get the ball on downs. The game was finally over
I couldn't believe I kept the number of times I cursed at the TV in the 4th quarter at less than five. It seemed like a perfect storm was coming together to give this game to Tampa Bay. It wasn't just that three penalties were called on the Seahawks inside two minutes to go, it's that the three penalties were automatic first-down penalties. Adding to this was Rocky Bernard's drop of what should have been a pick, and the fact that people in the replay booth went back to review the final interception play, and it seemed like a nightmare compressed into the final two minutes of a football game. Thank goodness it finally turned Seattle's way though. A KJR caller pointed out that with any past Seahawk team, you could play this game 10 times and the Seahawks would lose 10 out of 10 times. I'd have to agree with him. In the final minutes of the game, all I was thinking was "God, not again. What did Seattle fans do to deserve this?" Alas, it's never going to be easy for the fans of Seattle, I guess. I felt this way even knowing full well that I would have been pleased if the Seahawks came into Week 3 at home against San Francisco after splitting the two road games to start.
But you know what? This was a road game. Against Tampa Bay. And the Seahawks won. They have two road wins this year, and had exactly that many last season. Dick Fain of KJR is giddy over a possible matchup of 4-0 teams in Week 6 when Seattle takes on New England, but I'm not looking that far ahead. This team has to come out against San Francisco next week, take an early lead, and just bury them. The offense just needs to prove to themselves that they can do this. They're not going to be able to get away with games like this against better teams, and they shouldn't be able to, frankly.
As for the Seahawk defense on that final Tampa Bay drive, good gracious. Of course, the officiating was a little shaky, but if I remember right, Tampa was starting to go no-huddle, and that probably got the guys a little tired. Of course, it's not like the Seahawk offense was giving the guys any rest either. They were 6-for-15 on third down against New Orleans last week, and they weren't even close to that today. It was just brutal.
Well, the Seahawks are flying home 2-0 with San Francisco coming in next Sunday. I more than likely won't be able to chime in with a recap, so everyone enjoy that game, all right?
A win is a win. But Mike Holmgren will give this team a lot of stuff to work on this week, because this team, and especially this offense, needs work. Granted, the offense started out sluggish last year too, but just seeing this offense not click is always somewhat concerning.
Okay, this is where the recap ends. Have a good night and a good week, everyone.
Games like this could have gone the other way last season. But the Seahawks didn't have a defense like this one last season.
"I love defensive battles," said Grant Wistrom following the game. "I'll take it any day of the week. I hate games that are 42-35; I want to be out there on the field."
"I knew they couldn't drive 70 yards, and this team believes it has what it takes," said Wistrom on the final plays of the game. "They (officials) started calling them pretty tight down there at the end, and that's all I'm going to say about that. I want to hang onto my money."
Yeah, Grant Wistrom isn't worth the money.
This guy is a winner. The Seahawks should be happy as hell that he's on their team now. In just two games, he's already made a difference. And get this, he missed the majority of training camp due to a foot injury.
Players like Wistrom make me believe that this is going to be a special season for the Seahawks. Get fired up. Or don't bother knocking.
These aren't the same old Seahawks, folks.
Sure, it was ugly in the Raymond James today. But the fact is, the Seahawks got the W, beating the Buccaneers 10-6. Offensively, there isn't a whole lot of good stuff to report. Matt Hasselbeck was 12-of-26 for 147 yards, 1 touchdown, and 1 interception. He was also sacked 4 times by the Bucs defense. Judging by today's numbers, Shaun Alexander shouldn't have played. He could never seem to get it going, only running for 45 yards on 17 carries. In case you were wondering, Maurice Morris only ran for 2 yards on 3 carries.
Koren Robinson showed up today. 4 receptions, 66 yards, and the 'Hawks lone touchdown. Is it the dark visor? He can wear a feather boa for all I care, just as long as he catches the damn ball.
However, the reason why the 'Hawks won today is the defense.
They did make Chris Simms look like Joe Montana, but they held the Bucs to 2 field goals. I would venture to guess that Simms will be the starting quarterback in Tampa Bay from here on out.
Grant Wistrom is worth the money. At least he's trying to earn that money, unlike some players in this league. 6 tackles, 2 sacks, and 1 forced fumble. It's just too bad that the offense couldn't capitalize on the turnover. Wistrom is the missing ingredient to this defense, no doubt about it.
Orlando Huff had 8 tackles and 1 sack. He's been solid so far at MLB. Marcus Trufant had 7 tackles and an interception.
Thank you, Michael Boulware. His interception on the final Bucs drive sealed the win for the 'Hawks. That's 2 interceptions in 2 games for the rookie out of Florida State. The Seahawks may have another young stud in the secondary on their hands.
I knew that the game today was not going to be easy. There is no such thing as an easy game on the road, especially when that road game is in Tampa Bay. The Seahawks may have looked less than stellar on offense, but every contending team has a game like this. In today's NFL, you're not going to dominate every single game. It's fair to say that the Seahawks needed a game like this today.
The Seahawks have matched their 2003 road win total of 2. They are 2-0 headed into their home opener next Sunday against the 49ers. This was a big win today for the Seahawks. The fact is, the Seahawks teams of the past wouldn't have won today. But the 2004 Seahawks did. Maybe this is a sign.
Before I end this post, I have to post this little thing from the Bucs' official website:
Time: 4:05 PM
Location: Raymond James Stadium Tampa, FL
Just another one to add to the "Lack of Respect" file.
Oh well, the Seahawks are 2-0. And they have won 2 straight on the road. Good freaking deal.
UCLA beats the Huskies, 37-31.
Heaven help the psyche of Washington.