Sunday, September 12, 2010

SEAHAWKS: Team completes the Washington football sweep

I have been waiting for this weekend.

The weekend where all Seattle football fans join together. Republican or Democrat, Huskie or Coug, we were all joined by a common purpose, and that purpose was football.

We have not had a weekend where the Cougers, Huskies, and Seahawks have all won since September 8-9, 2007. Yes, that is three years ago. But that all changed this week.

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On Saturday the UW and WSU played their home openers vs. Syracuse and Div. 2 Montana State. There was obviously a much better feeling in Montlake than in Pullman, where the Cougers were almost only the third Division 1 school to lose to a Division 2 school at home in the History of the NCAA. If not for a late game field goal, they would have done that, but would ended up winning 23-22. (a win is a win, right?)

Enough about the Crimson though. Let's move onto the Purple and Gold. I actually went to the game and let me tell you, it was electric. At least not at first. The Huskies started off the game with special team blunders, slipping to a 10-0 deficit.

But then Jake Locker, well, started being Jake Locker.

After a couple mental lapses in the first quarter, Locker turned it on. By the end of the game he had hurled 4 touchdown passes and 0 interceptions. He actually threw 3 of those TDs to Player of the Game Jermaine Kearse, who also finished with 179 yards. The Dawgs took this one 41-21.

So 2 down, 1 to go. Could our teams pull it off? Did the 12th man still have it in them to strain their voices and will the Seahawks to victory? Did Hassellbeck leave the game with less than 5 sacks?

Didn't seem like it at first.

On the very first play of the game, Matt threw an interception. The Blue and Green didn't get a first down until their 4th drive. We had 1 rushing yard in the 1st quarter! All a recipe for a blowout.

Don't tell the Seahawks defense that.

San Francisco drove inside the redzone on its first 3 drives, only getting 6 points out of it. The 49ers got greedy and tried to go for it on 4th and 1 inside our 5, only coming up short when they did a play-action fake and the intended receiver dropping the sure TD.

So after all these defensive stands, the offense decided to come alive. Hasselbeck led a determined drive down the field and on a 1st and goal Matt ran into the endzone and gave the team a 7-6 lead. Eventually, through a Marcus Trufant pick-6, Deon Butler TD reception, and a Deion Branch TD catch, the Seahawks were somehow up 28-6 midway through the 3rd quarter. I just sat in my seat (went to this game too, lucky me) amazed. Last year this team would have quit and we would have Jim Mora boring our minds out on the "Jim Mora show."

But this team was gritty. It put a pass rush on Alex Smith, the 49ers QB. It smacked Frank Gore around, to the point he was eventually sulking off the field. And most of all, we protected Hassellbeck, only giving up 1 sack. The Seahawks would win the game 31-6.

So that concludes one of the greatest weekends (in my opinion) in Seattle sports. It was one of those weekends where you don't want it to go away, just to stay a couple extra days. But, life moves on, and so do sports.

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