Wow, a rough week for Seattle sports fans across the board. First the coveted “next Babe Ruth,” Shohei Ohtani signs with the Angels after most local fans were convinced he would become a Mariner. Then the Sounders drop a 2-0 decision to Toronto in the MLS Cup match showing few signs of being able to hold off Jozy Altidore or the rest of the FC attack. Finally, the Seahawks go to Jacksonville and allow 30 points to an offense that isn’t exactly noted for lofty scoreboard numbers, and to make matter worse, several players and coaches lost their cool in the final two minutes of the game.
As you know I’m all about finding the silver lining in every cloud and a few of them appeared this week. The Husky men’s basketball team scored an upset win over No. 2 ranked Kansas, the first big victory in the Mike Hopkins coaching era.
And how about that Seattle City Council approving the MOU for the renovation of Key Arena, opening the way for an NHL team in Seattle Center by 2020. So you see, it’s not all bad. There’s always something to cheer about.
In fact you may be cheering next Sunday night after the Seahawks dispose of the L.A. Rams at Century Link in what has suddenly become the game of the year for both teams. If the Rams win, they’ll take a two game lead in the NFC West and all but lock up the division and a home playoff game. If the Seahawks win they’ll be tied for the lead with the Rams in the division and have the tie breaker since they would’ve beaten Los Angeles twice this season.
So you see, all is not lost. Not yet anyway. There’s still hope. Now all we have to do is await the NFL’s decision of how many Seahawks defensive players won’t be suspended for next week’s crucial game against the Rams (Editor's Note: The Seahawks were spared from suspension). Don’t get me started on all the unsportsmanlike conduct flags that flew against the Seahawks in the final two minutes in Jacksonville. Keep the faith.