By Andy / 35th & Jackson

It was a mixed bag of a weekend for the 35th crew. We saw the Beavers look foolish against a bad Arizona team, the Seahawks finally show up and the Mariners…ah, who the heck cares?

Here’s what I took away from the weekend:

Beavers:

Yikes. I’ve been more optimistic than most about this team’s ability to at least be competitive this season and with the exception of Ohio State, they have been. Saturday was a big step backwards. People can make excuses and say this thing will take time (I’m not referring to Coach Smith and the staff, just the general population), which is all fine and good, but there’s one problem… ARIZONA ISN’T FINE OR GOOD! In fact, they’ve looked pretty terrible. And after watching this game, I don’t think their success had much to do with them playing significantly better. This isn’t meant to be negative, I’m just being frank. The most concerning thing I saw was that they seemed to be content just letting things wind down in the second half rather than fighting to get back into the game. I hadn’t seen that up to this point and that is something I couldn’t stomach in the Gary Anderson era. I want to see a team that is out for blood and looking for a fight down to the last second, no matter the score.

I still think they can bounce back (especially offensively). However this game certainly left us with more questions than answers, some of which include the following:

-Why can’t this team tackle cleanly?

-What happened to the offensive execution?

-How does a 17 play drive end in a punt? *This hasn’t happened in college football in over 15 years.

-When a team has a kicker that has missed twice already, wouldn’t you at least consider the possibility of a fake the next time he struts out there?

– Is it realistic to expect to see any improvement out of the defense this year?

– Why is Isaiah Hodgins not targeted 8-10 times per game?

– Will we see a conference win this year?

– How will this team respond to its worst outing thus far?

-Will 35th and Jackson ever get suite access at Reser?

Seahawks:

What a circus this team is. They struggle enough as it is to be consistent on the field, they certainly don’t need all of the madness off of it. I’ve said this before but Earl Thomas is a strange individual. He doesn’t practice this week but not to worry… Mr. sunshine and rainbows, Pete Carroll took it all in stride. A player could hold Pete at gunpoint, rob him poor, punch him in the face and leave him for dead and I doubt Pete would press charges. He’d probably just say that it presented a unique opportunity to overcome adversity and that the player in question was only guilty of competing his tail off in a unique way.

For the record, I think Pete is awesome, and I think there’s more order behind closed doors than we realize. However, he is the most player friendly coach in the history of sports. This team has more drama than a Kardashian family Christmas and yet Pete always puts a positive spin on it. Take Doug Baldwin’s sideline outburst that was inexplicably directed at co-director of player personnel, Trent Kirchner. This is just the latest outside the lines, one-way scream fest that Pete Carroll classifies as “exchanging competitive thoughts.” That phrase cracks me up every time.

But of course, winning cures all. The Seahawks looked like the team I hoped for them to be in a 24-13 win over the Cowboys. They ran the ball, controlled the line of scrimmage and created timely turnovers. It’s amazing what can happen when they stick with the run.

I had to laugh at the fact that Earl had two impressive interceptions that killed the Cowboys. Every Dallas fan had to be ripping their hair out.

Let’s see if the Hawks can build off of this win and get a streak going against the hapless Arizona Cardinals. Braught and I will be in attendance (probably still licking our wounds from Saturday’s ASU game).

Mariners:

The annoying surge of useless wins is over. The Mariners are back to doing what they’ve done since July… losing… a lot. This team finally got what it deserved as it watched the A’s celebrate a playoff berth at Safeco Field. Why do we root for this team? Maybe a better question, why did we all let ourselves believe that this was the year they’d get back to the playoffs? June was a long time ago. It might as well have been 17 years ago at this point. Another year without postseason baseball in the Northwest. Maybe the Portland Diamond Projects will get there? Yes, I know that isn’t what the team will be named, but I think it’s a funny joke and I like it, so shut up!

Earlier this summer I swore I’d stick by the M’s even if Portland does get a team. Now, I’m not so sure. Ah, who am I kidding? I can’t help it. I can’t quit the Mariners. And at this point I’ve wasted too many years to jump ship now. I have a sickness. Man I hate this team. I want to have a beer with the guy that runs the mariner rants twitter account.  I’d add a link to his profile, but I feel like my computer might get a virus. I wouldn’t recommend anyone under the age of 23.5 read his tweets. His tweets go way too far, but the Mariners almost make them feel like they aren’t vulgar enough.

Hope springs eternal! Go Mariners!

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