Jan 19, 2014; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll (right) and general manager John Schneider embrace after the 2013 NFC Championship football game against the San Francisco 49ers at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Free agency grading doesn't matter yet and other thoughts

I have been amazed at the 2014 Free Agency season in the NFL.

From nationally known Pete Prisco at CBSSports.com to the small timer’s like myself, there is this need to grade this year’s free agents. Oh, and just in case you feel the absence of grading in the NFL soon, be patient. The draft grades are coming soon to a web site near you.

Did anybody learn from the Super Bowl destruction the Seahawks displayed? Cast offs, late picks, CFL players, the recently cut. These are guys who fall under the label of HUNGRY! Seattle scared a few fan’s this offseason with the number of players they allowed to walk. The combined salaries of these incredible football players? Just in the neighborhood of $83 million. The decision-makers in this organization have deserved our faith and patience.

They spend money wisely.

In 1982, I witnessed the worst ending of any game ever when the 49ers beat the Cowboys with what is known as The Catch. As a youngster who loved the Cowboys then (I stress the “then”), I cried. The only other time? Hint: It was February 2014 during a game in which Peyton Manning became Bubby Brister.

In 1982 I was crying as if I lost my Cowboys football.

In 2014, it was a teary happiness for all the years of hoping.  Fans stuck in the chaotic world of lost faith, please remember it was this front office who made a miracle happen. In my blessed life, miracles are real and worth waiting for.


Richard Sherman is loud.

He is hated and despised by most all fans of this great game. He is also a very thoughtful, articulate and well spoken man. Sherman didn’t just show up at Stanford and earn an advanced degree in apple peeling. He took his studies in Communications seriously.

And stop all you haters.

A degree in Communications from Stanford is not something to roll your eyes at. His recent SI.com, MMQB article regarding DeSean Jackson was 100 percent correct. Who are we to judge those who had a very large disadvantage because of where they were born? I grew up in the Mayberry of Washington State. I knew people who had a sketchy background. Many were friends. Did I follow their lead? Not when it came to things I personally had issues with. It’s not my desire to be Andy Dufresne during the first half of The Shawshank Redemption. I do believe guilt by association is simply unfair.

If we find out Jackson did do some bad things, have your fun speaking that mind. Until then, let’s just allow the man to breathe in his new city with a new opportunity. As someone who has been accused of very hurtful, personal things, I know it’s best and appropriate to hold back judgement. As my very good friend Alice in Spokane recently taught me, we need to take focus off our own desires to be heard. If you do you will learn that the other people have feelings and those feelings matter.


I was absent from my writing duties for a period while I was taking care of a few things. I received messages and texts from friends asking how I was doing. It never fails, these people are always around when they are needed for anything. So to the good people at Providence, my friends and family including Phil, Maddy, Chris, Ashley, Tony, McKay, Tony, Kelsea, Jensen, Noah and Avery, thank you for your continued love and support!


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