Seattle Sink-Hawks Suggest Need for Change

Seahawks Won NFC West with 7-9 losing Record.

Given the horrific events that unfolded in Tucson over the weekend, I almost feel guilty giving time and space here to an issue that absolutely trivializes any list of priorities that are most important to our American culture at this moment in time. I only go on with it in the belief that our need for relief from life’s uglier faces through sports is more important to our ongoing purge of personal and cultural demons than it is powerful as the creator of new mind-monsters through sports.

We could spend a month of Sundays on the previous thought, but let’s escape the opportunity and go straight to the trivial.

The NFL has beaten MLB and the NBA to the punch with this one, although I will not be surprised to learn that it has happened previously in professional basketball, given their all-encompassing playoff structure. I just have no knowledge of it happening elsewhere, until now.

The NFL finally has produced a “reward for losers” plan through the 7-9 Seattle Seahawks playoff ascendance as champions of the NFC Central Division and a first round home-based playoff game against a 10-6 Wild Card and reigning Super Bowl Champion New Orleans Saints.

The Seahawks jumped on the opportunity like scavengers of dead fish on a rocky North American coastline, picking the Saints apart and moving on to a chance for a .500 season record with a second round playoff victory this coming weekend over the Bears in Chicago.

The question lingers: Do the Seahawks even deserve to be involved in the 2011 NFL Playoffs?

According to the current rules, they certainly do. They won their division – and there’s nothing in the rules that states that a club has to have a winning record. They simply have to be better than the other teams in their group. The Seahawks did all that was asked of them. Then they got to play a first round game against a wild card club with a superior record and they beat them fair and square.

What should the NFL do, if anything?

(1) Nothing. Let it be. The worst that could happen from here is that a losing team goes on against all odds on the road and wins their way to the Super Bowl and then pulls a supreme “Rocky” string and wins the big one too. America loves “Rocky” – and champions who end up winning even though they can no longer see how out of either eye.

(2) Change the Rules a Little Bit. Deny division winners with losing records to play any home games, unless the wild card team they are facing has a worse record. In this instance, that one rule change would have haf transferred the Seahawks-Saints game to New Orleans and the possibility of a different outcome with the Cajun “Who Dat?” crowd on hand.

(3) Change the Rules a Whole Lot. Remove the playoff spot from division winners who fail to finish the regular season with at least a .500 record. Transfer that sp0t to the next open non-divison winner with the best winning record that has yet to have won one of the other two wild card spots. In these unusual years, go with three wild cards, including the one that replaced the “loser division” representative.

That’s almost it on this one for me.

In the end, it’s still much adieu about nothing. And its far easier to contemplate than the latest crushing blow to civility in America that has now been inflicted upon all of us over the weekend in Arizona. I’m really getting fed up with all the small-minded people whose “perception is reality” grasps upon our current stream of socioeconomic fate includes shooting innocent people in service to some psychotic cause that only they each embrace in their twisted individual, but Internet political spam-fed minds.

Go Seattle. Go Rocky.

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5 Responses to “Seattle Sink-Hawks Suggest Need for Change”

  1. Sam Quintero Says:

    Well said! I was disappointed with the outcome of that game but remember the NFL prides itself “on any given Sunday!” Too much is riding on these games for a singular motto to be a rallying point for marketing NFL games. The “best of the best” should be playing in these games!

    And, a losing record does not represent the best in any sport.

  2. Mark Wernick Says:

    Bill, I remember back in the day when I played in a men’s 30-and-over softball league (I was over 40 then) and my team went into a three game playoff at the end of the season with a record of 3-6. The first place team had an 8-1 record and a bye, and we had to win three straight games in the same day in order to claim the championship. We won all three games. While the comparison to professional sports no doubt is laughable, I can at least say this much: I’m as proud of what our team accomplished that day as I was when I played on a team that finished the season 14-0. I think when you’re out there competing, you like to think you always have a shot, no matter what the score or what the W-L record.


  3. David Munger Says:

    Seattle qualified by winning thei Division, as bad as it was. The NBA has
    losing teams in the playoffs. Weren’t the Rockets one of those teams, and advanced. Sports can be very humbling, from 40 and over softball
    all the way to the pros. And before I forget, How about those LSU TIGERS…..GEAUX…….

  4. mike Says:

    Bill, as a lifelong Saints fan, my take is that the many injuries the team suffered throughout the year hurt much worse than traveling to Seattle. The defense has been a shadow of what is was last year. The offensive line hasn’t played as well. Drew Brees has been a mere mortal. And if we’d played one more week, you or I might have been the backup running back. So it’s impossible for me to get indignent about having to travel to play a losing team. And that bout of civility has nothing to do with reaching across the aisle to Seahawks fans. 🙂

  5. Anthony Cavender Says:

    I believe the Rockets record was 40-42, and they advanced to the finals against the Celtics. The bus stopped ther.

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