So it comes to this, something every football fan craves at the beginning of the season. A win and in game, live on national TV, under the big lights. I'm so excited I can barely sleep in anticipation.
And yet I hear my fellow Seahawks fans talking about wanting to lose, wanting to play for draft positioning instead of the glory of getting to the playoffs. We should lose so we get pick number 12 rather than pick number 21. Really? The player at 12 is going to be that much better than the one at 21? Didn’t someone once say that you play to win the game?
I also hear the media and other team fans talking about how disgraceful it is for a possible 7-9 team to not only make the playoffs but to host a game, and how the Seahawks don’t deserve to have that honor.
Deserve? What the fuck does deserving anything have to do about anything? If Seattle wins, and I’m not saying it’s a certainty by any means, then they win the NFC West, as sorry as it’s been this year. And, they get the honor of representing the NFC West in the playoffs. As a division winner, the Seahawks would host a playoff game.
Not fair, you say? It’s the rules. I don’t see one rule in that book, or in life for that matter, about it being fair. You want fair? Change the rules. While you’re at it, make a rule where I don’t have to watch the fucking Cowboys, Vikings, Packers, Patriots and Steelers every week on Sunday or Monday night. It should be a rule that every team gets at least one night on prime time instead of the same stupid teams they have now every week.
But that’s not a rule either, so I’m stuck watching teams I hate every week. It’s not fair but that’s the way it is.
Seattle has gotten screwed many times over too so don’t expect to see me turning down the playoffs if the Seahawks win. Was it fair that the Sonics got moved to Oklahoma City by Clay Bennett with a huge illegal assist from David Stern and the NBA? Was it fair that the referees screwed up so badly in Super Bowl XL? Was it fair that the Mariners win 116 games (in 2001) and don’t get to play in the World Series?
I don’t see anyone rushing to Seattle’s side to cry about how unfair that all was. Sure, there was talk at the time but now the world has wandered away.