For something different, yesterday I decided to try going into Qwest Field stone cold sober. Actually, it was more about circumstances beyond my control but nonetheless, I walked into the stadium in a completely non-alcohol fueled state. Hell, nothing else had worked so far in turning my team around and at 2-5; the Seahawks needed my help badly so a little sobriety seemed like a small price to pay.
At the end of the first quarter, Seattle was down 17-0 and had me eying up my neighbor’s beers like a dog drooling at a butcher shop’s window. Not only had Detroit put together a fine drive after taking the kickoff only to have the Lions kicker, Jason Hanson, shank the kick into the upright, but Seattle’s first two offensive plays had produced two turnovers! The first six Seattle offensive plays produced two turnovers, three runs for losses and a short gain pass. No first downs anywhere in that mix.
I realize some Seahawks fans may have felt Detroit was an easy win coming in what with the horrid record and the rookie quarterback, but I was not so sure. Maybe it was the lack of alcohol, but looking at the statistics, Detroit is not the worst team in the league. They are not great but they are improving and are better, again statistically, than the St Louis Rams and the Oakland Raiders. If Seattle couldn’t come out and play against them, and play well, then all the talk about rebounding in the second half of the season was meaningless. It would be time to start looking at next year. Some voices in my section already were before kickoff.
As I searched for something to give me a buzz and relieve the agony of the scoreboard, the Seahawks woke up as Lions QB Matthew Stafford decided Christmas came early to the Pacific Northwest and he wanted to be Santa by gifting Seattle five interceptions. Seattle had only come up with three picks in the last seven games so five did seem like a Christmas miracle. It definitely was music to my ears, like that Christmas angel was singing for me.