The View From Section 333

What a Fan Believes… She sees….

At the half way point of the season, this is not quite where I thought we’d be. I have to say, my heart is broken a little tiny bit. Being 4 and 4 doesn’t break my heart… but the process of becoming 4 and 4 has been challenging at best. As I thought about this process the last couple days, I’ve reached a couple of conclusions about my beloved Seahawks and the 12th man.

I don’t know of a single 12th man that feels iffy about the Hawks. I’m pretty sure it’s a pre-requisite that you must become emotionally involved with this team. It is this emotional investment that causes the noise at the Clink, the swearing on Twitter and the tearing out of the hair when your team appears to be something other than what you believed. Let the Detroit game be the example here… finding out that your defense is human indeed and not the “impervious wall” you thought they were is traumatic.

What a ride. As I was expressing my discontent with our performance the other night (read as still agonizing over the loss) my beloved delivered the wisdom of the ages. I will now share it with you…

“As angry as I was when we lost the Detroit game, I have to admit, this has been the most entertaining season to date. Every single game has been a roller coaster ride down to the final minute of the game.”

This was an eye-opener for yours truly, as I had just tweeted …. I love my team, but just once this season, I’d like to take the lead in the 1st qtr and never look back…

So yes, I have to admit, this has been one of the best seasons ever. They haven’t been blown out. They’ve beat teams the talking heads said we didn’t have a chance to beat. On the other hand, they’ve lost games I thought they should have won. Which ultimately makes it hard to talk smack… I’ve learned that I can’t anticipate success…yet.

Because the other conclusion I came to was that this team is very young indeed. And I’m not making excuses. Pete and John have set records for personnel changes in their 3 years. And what we have now is mega, mega talent, youth, and not much “veteran experience”.

So, am I happy about our record? No. Am I entertained? Yes. Am I calling for the heads of the coaching staff? No. Do I wish we’d kick ass the rest of the season? Hell, yes! Because I want those talking heads on TV to regret they said the Seahawks season was already over at the halfway point. And in spite of the calm logic my beloved displayed (48 hours after the loss) I am still that fan that’s utterly in love with her Hawks.

Now, go kick some Viking butt!

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  • Michael Bernazzani

    The thing about this season is despite how talented we are, the first half of the season served as a reminder that you can’t win on talent alone. These coaches now have plenty of evidence to teach these young guys discipline. Penalties were our biggest problem, they’ve gotten better each game. Same goes for the passing game & I anticipate the 3rd down defense as well. I said 11-5 before the season & I’m sticking to it. Teams that make deep playoff runs are the ones who get hot down the stretch. #12thMan

    • Asthmagirl

      Agree that penalties and third down defense have gotten much better. Would like to see more effective pass rushing.

  • ricefield

    I agree with you, this team is entertaining and frustrating. They could be 8-0 or 3-5. What worries me is that the defense doesn’t seem to adjust. The last two games exposed holes in the run and pass defense. Those short passes are frustrating and we are still getting killed on deep passes. Let’s hope things turn around against the Vikings. AP is scary and so is PH.

  • ricefield

    By the way, love your copy. Keep it up. Your hubby is doing a great job as editor also.

    • Asthmagirl

      Thanks! Much appreciated. Agree with your assessment of the D. I’m worried about the Viking game also. They play well at home, but hoping that they’re well prepared for AP.

  • Hawk_Eye

    You are forgetting about the Dallas game. We went ahead early and stomped them. Don’t worry, were a young team with a rookie quarterback that is getting better every game. Plus we have 5 of the last 8 games at home. I still say we make the playoffs this year.