Tuesday, January 24, 2006

THE 3-4, OH NO! 

The Pittsburgh Steelers run the 3-4 defense.

So leave it to the national media guys to bring that fact up when it comes to the Seahawks. The Seahawks faced the Dallas Cowboys back on Oct. 23, who, you guessed it, ran the 3-4. Sports Illustrated's Don Banks has fallen victim to the most overhyped storyline this side of Jerome Bettis returning to Detroit:

1. Expect Seattle to struggle against the Steelers' 3-4 defense. The Seahawks have faced only one 3-4 formation all season, at home against Dallas in Week 7. The Seahawks won 13-10, but they needed a gift Drew Bledsoe interception to help them score 10 points in the game's last 40 seconds in avoiding defeat. Seattle only had 289 yards of offense against the Cowboys, with Shaun Alexander being held to 61 yards on 21 carries. The Seahawks were just 3 of 13 on third downs against Dallas, which stuffed the Seattle ground game by putting so many bodies at the line of scrimmage.

What Banks and the rest of the national media have failed to bring up is that the Seahawks were without their two top wide receivers, Darrell Jackson and Bobby Engram, against the Cowboys. As most Seahawks fans know, when in doubt, you throw to Engram on third down. Trust me, the Seahawks won't be 3-of-13 on third down against the Steelers. Not with Engram in the lineup.

But hey, the ignorance is cool. I love it. My smirk over the last two days has been as big as a redneck's belly. You know how great it is to finally brag about a Seattle sports team? In the South? It's awesome, let me tell you.

Oh, and I've already spotted a few Steelers "fans" over the last two days. One guy was wearing a Jerome Bettis jersey while his wife was wearing a Antwaan Randle El jersey. Folks, the Steelers Nation is big. It's as bad as the Red Sox Nation.

(Note to self: Any fanbase that is a "nation" automatically loses points in my book.)

Nobody is picking the Seahawks to win. Even though they're 13-3, they're an underdog to the 11-5 wild card Steelers. Hey, it's cool. Fine.

It just means that when the Seahawks win the Super Bowl, we'll be smirking for eons and eons. And for the record, I love to smirk. It's not very "Southern-like", but then again, who said I was "Southern"?

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