So What?!

By Joe Okabe

Listen. You can hear it already. The murmurs, the whispers that will soon turn into a crescendo on Monday morning. The cacophony of complaints that neither the Rams nor the Seahawks are deserving of a playoff berth.

It’s possible that two 10-win teams might be shut out of the playoffs while the 8-8 Rams or the 7-9 Seahawks not only make the postseason, they get to host a first-round game! Under normal circumstances, I’d agree with them. However, as Seahawks fans are well aware, these are not normal circumstances.

The winner of Sunday night’s Rams/Seahawks game will win the NFC West, while the loser’s season will be over. Both teams are in a must-win situation. The stakes could not be higher. The winner deserves to move on.

Giants fans will be up in arms if they don’t make the playoffs. Well, don’t blow a 21 point lead late in the game to the Eagles. Don’t show up in Green Bay for a crucial game and stink up the joint. It doesn’t matter if you win ten games and you’re out. The Giants had their chances and they blew them. If they don’t make the playoffs, they have nobody to blame but themselves.

The Packers definitely won’t have anyone to blame but themselves if they don’t make the playoffs. They’re in unless they lose to the Bears at home on Sunday. They also lost to the Lions three weeks ago. They’ve also had plenty of opportunities.

The Buccaneers have been battling it out with the Falcons and the Saints all season long. They had to know that finishing third in the NFC South would make the playoffs an unlikely possibility. They can still make it, but they need lots of help, help they might not have needed had they not lost to the Lions as well two weeks ago.

It doesn’t matter that the Rams and the Seahawks have poorer records than those other teams. All that matters is that they win this one game. That’s the way it should be.

Tags: NFC West Playoffs Seahawks Seattle St. Louis Rams

  • coreyd74

    Ode to the 12th Man

    Poem by Brian Donovan Olson

    This ode’s from Largent, Zorn & Kreig,
    from Joe Nash who used to fake injury to his leg
    to stop the game so you could go crazy & cheer
    or yell at Bill the Beer Man for another King Beer.

    This ode’s from Dr. Dan Doornink, Jeff Bryant & Jacob Green,
    from the Boz, as Bo Jackson runs off the screen -
    it’s from the astroturf that tore up the Curt Warner’s knees,
    the stained, white Bronco & Raider Buster tees,
    and Easley’s kidneys.

    This ode’s from Rufus Porter, a caged animal,
    from Norm Johnson, often the only Seahawk to make the Pro Bowl –
    from D.T., aka Daryl Turner,
    who had no hands & was a very slow learner.

    This ode’s from Ground Chuck, who knew the acronym
    NFL meant the No Fun League way back then -
    from the falling concrete slab called the Kingdome,
    which on Sunday in Seattle became our second home.

    This ode’s from the man who played tuba on the street,
    from the replay of #80 knocking Mike Harden off his feet -
    from the sandwiches at the deli run by Mike Tice,
    from WR’s Brian Blades and Jerry Rice (?).

    This odes’s from Steve Raible, the announcer & player,
    from the last week of every season & we still have a prayer -
    from Derrick Fenner, Chris Warren, and good ol’ John L.,
    who all made that last week a living hell.

    This ode’s from the AFC Championship Game in 1983,
    from our drafts of Dan McGwire & Rick Mirer, our love for Paul Skansi -
    from the helmet car that drove the SeaGals onto the field,
    from the heartbreaking losses that never healed.

    This ode’s from the ‘Tez, Manu, & Fred Young,
    from the death of expansion owner L.W. Nordstrom,
    before the first season had even begun.

    This ode’s from the taped up cleats,
    from Dennis Erickson drinking in the driver’s seat –
    from our Michael Jackson singing the National Anthem,
    from Warren Moon the Canadian of Washington.

    This ode’s from the Ring of Honor,
    and here’s its last line -
    Do a Wave for the 12th Man,
    the greatest fans of all time!

  • Riley Moore

    Well done!