I'm a patient man. I understand the big picture. Excellence is a process that takes time and doesn't happen overnight. This mindset is essential for Seattle sports fans right about now. The Seattle Mariners are currently on the longest losing streak in franchise history and the Seattle Seahawks are in DEEP rebuilding mode after the departure of starting quarterback Matt Hasselbeck. Is there a silver lining?
The Mariners are a youthful bunch with a lot of potential. Second baseman Dustin Ackley has been better than expected and starting pitcher Michael Pineda is a star in the making. Several other minor league prospects have gained valuable experience this season and the future looks bright. Unfortunately I'll have to wait until 2013 before this team really comes into its own.
The Seahawks on the other hand will be victims of their own success. The team overachieved last year by winning their division and upsetting the Super Bowl champion New Orleans Saints in the playoffs. Reality will set in this year however as the Seahawks have a brutal schedule. With games against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Baltimore Ravens, Chicago Bears, Philadelphia Eagles, and the Atlanta Falcons one would be hard pressed to expect more than 6 wins this season.
As strange as it sounds I still have confidence both teams are headed in the right direction. I think the Seahawks are in a better position to be a title contender in the near future (mostly because of Pete Carroll) but the Mariners have a nice nucleus to build around as well. The bad news is both teams will experience severe growing pains and embarrassing losses along the way. If you're going to bake a cake you're going to have to break a few eggs. 2011 clearly is not our year, but rest assured Seattle sports fans good things are on the horizon.