Fan Noise: And the Hits Just Keep on Comin'

As the pre-season rumbles merrily along, bad news springs up all over the NFL. Injuries, some season ending, crop up all over the league as teams get ready for the regular season. But with bad news there has to be some good in all of this.

It's quite pleasing to see topics I've written about over the past two seasons crop up every once in a while – as if some of the most excellent ideas I've penned become suddenly "of interest" to others. Well, it COULD be coincidence, I guess, but considering I have a readership that appears to span in the single digits, I can make assumptions and get away with it, no? If they (they being the Seahawks front office, coaches, players, and local media) aren't reading this, then they'll never care to refute it, and if they ARE reading it, then they can't very well admit it, can they? Win win for me.

What am I talking about? Well, last week's column about the sprinkler, for one. I write it, and suddenly a few days later the idea I've planted springs up in a player interview. Coincidence?

Or how about a famous (well, locally infamous) radio personality discussing a topic I had raised in a much earlier column, and bringing up on air – almost word for word – points I had raised the very next morning after my article had been published. And this was in March. Talk about out of the blue.

Coincidence again? Perhaps. More likely just might show how desperate Seahawk fans and players (and even the media) are for even the most mundane Seahawks news. If they're stooping so low to read my articles, you just KNOW it's a slow news day. It would be nice, however, that at least some credit is given where credit is due. At least I'm flattered (at least in my own mind) that SOMEBODY cares enough about my opinions to read them.

And then, to top it off, what do I read this morning in the Seattle-PI? Jim Moore reporting that Dave Kreig is getting inducted into the Seahawks Ring of Honor.

I couldn't be more pleased. It gives me the grandiose impression that I'm actually making a difference in this world. I'm well aware that it's all fanciful thinking on my part, but at least I'm happy in my dementia.

But I digress.

Swelling ego aside, it's become quite interesting, in the old Chinese curse kind of way, this past pre season, of how many teams are getting struck by devastating injuries. All over the league. Players rupturing tendons. Broken feet. Pulled hamstrings. The casualty list grows day by day. Our own divisional opponents have been hit especially hard, although I doubt too many tears have been shed up here in the Pacific Northwest about those.

Even the Seahawks have managed to remain fairly injury free. Oh, sure, at any given moment we've got a whole herd of players sitting on the sidelines nursing various strains and pulls, but none of them are (knock on wood) apparently going to be much of a factor once the regular season starts. The only apparently somewhat serious injury might be to Brock Huard, but with four quarterbacks on our roster and Seneca suddenly looking like a halfway decent prospect, it's not the end of the world. Well, it might be to Brock, of course, and I sympathize, but for the team as a whole, it's just being pragmatic.

After our team suffered though the 2002 season bearing boundless bad luck with injuries, there has to be a little bit of good luck karma built up. You just have to hope. If there ever was a time to break out the four leaf clovers, rabbit's foot, or any other talisman to good fortune, now is the time.

But, for the life of me, I could swear that this is quite possibly the deepest team in terms of talent we've seen in decades. The production difference between starter and backup on this team is fairly enviable. The only weak spot is at middle linebacker – but not because of skill but because of lack of experience. In that regard it appears that it's going to be relatively weak no matter what, so changing from Orlando Huff, to Bates (or vice versus) isn't going to mean much. I like both of our players (not to mention our rookie, but hey, he's a rookie for crying out loud) and I think we're probably okay in that position after all.

So it's nice to have a team loaded for bear. When was the last time you've read THAT by a somewhat legitimate, egotistical, plagiarized, media wannabe?

And I'm not the only one saying so. Look at The Sporting News. How about ESPN? And CBS Sportsline has us at #5. Just to name a few. They all recognize the talent and depth of our team, and our own Seattle Seahawks have become the "sexy" pick of 2004.

No team can have pro bowl caliber players at every position, with pro bowl caliber players as backups. What teams can have most importantly, is depth along all facets of the team. The Seahawks have it in spades. Let's just hope we don't have to find out the hard way.


Glenn Geiss writes the Fan Noise column for Seahawks.NET every week. Feel free to send him feedback at awpilot@wavecable.com.

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