Because I'm drunk off the Pete Carroll Kool-Aid and predicted the Seattle Seahawks will win Super Bowl XLVIII I thought it was a good idea to see the team up close and personal. I was fortunate enough on Sunday to go down and see the Hawks practice. The first thing that jumped out at me was how comfortable Russell Wilson looked running the offense. He was in total control on every snap and the players responded to his leadership and poise. Marshawn Lynch was in "Beastmode", but Texas A&M rookie Christine Michael wasn't too far behind. If Robert Turbin doesn't get healthy soon his spot might not be there when he returns. The Legion of Boom was in Pro Bowl form and the offensive line looked mean and nasty.
The only negative I took away from the practice was the impact of Bruce Irvin. He didn't look comfortable in his new position as if he was thinking too much instead of reacting to the plays. The transition to linebacker might take longer than originally anticipated. All in all the practice confirmed my beliefs. The Seahawks will be Super Bowl champs this year. Big thanks to Alan Artis Sr. for hooking me up with the passes. Here are some observations over the weekend.
It's only been 3 days and 3 critical starters are done for the season. Philadelphia Eagles receiver Jeremy Macklin and Denver Broncos center Dan Koppen both suffered torn ACL's and Baltimore Ravens tight end Dennis Pitta suffered a hip injury. I hope this trend doesn't continue, but unfortunately this is football and there's a good chance we'll hear stories like this again during training camp.
The Tampa Bay Rays will will the American League East because of their stellar pitching. Matt Moore, David Price, Chris Archer, and Jeremy Hellickson have put on a clinic this month and trail the Boston Red Sox by a mere 1/2 game. If the foursome continues to pitch at a high level people will start to make comparisons to the Atlanta Braves staff of the mid 90's.
The Los Angeles Dodgers have won 9 of their last 10 games without Matt Kemp or Carl Crawford making major contributions. Imagine what they could do when those two return to the line up. To make matters worse for the NL West there are rumors LA is interested in acquiring Cliff Lee from the Phillies for the home stretch. Maybe money can buy a championship after all.
Johnny Football got kicked out of a frat party at the University of Texas. Not sure what's more amusing, him getting more negative publicity or him being so arrogant he thought he could walk up on the Longhorns campus uninvited. Johnny Football better win ALOT of games this year to offset the downward spiral or he will no longer be worth all the trouble. My guess is he won't win enough.