I had the pleasure of flying out to Chicago this past weekend to witness my sister's engagement. I knew that it was more than likely that I would not be able to find the time to watch the Seahawks preseason opener-- at least not with the attention I would normally pay it-- but I wasn't worried, because I knew that I could just DVR it and watch it when I got back.
Or, so I thought.
My wife called me Saturday morning to inform me that Dish Network, our cable provider, is beefing with local channels who are demanding Dish pay to carry their signal, despite the fact that their broadcasts are supposed to be free to the local public. While I appreciate Dish's effort to prevent having to pass the buck to the customer, they should have made considerably more noise BEFORE the football season was upon us, if they wanted any support or sympathy.
Not only was I unable to record the game-- I now have the issue of 'how the hell am I going to watch the NFL season this year?' to deal with moving forward.
Fortunately for me, I was able to tune in on the hotel's NFL Network broadcast to catch the last quarter of the game. More specifically, I was able to watch Trevone Boykin lead a group of guys fighting for roster spots on a game-winning two minute drill.
Since I was unable to watch the game first hand, I will share with you some of the observations I've heard on local sports radio this week.
From all accounts, the offensive line looks good. No one was comfortable with the idea of 5 new players manning the line, but the ceiling is high for this group.
Christine Michael might be pushing for the starting running back job. Sometimes, a swift kick in the ass is what someone needs to live up to their potential. Michael got that after bouncing around the league last season before ultimately returning to the team that drafted him. While Michael may not win the starting job from Thomas Rawls, he is making a case to factor into Seattle's run game plans this season.
All in all, the Seahawks are in good form. Let's hope my digital rabbit ears I purchased on Amazon arrive in time for Thursday night's playoff rematch against the Vikings.
starters taking over the group that protects our franchise quarterback and paves the way for our post-Beastmode run game. Nothing about that situation felt good. However, it seems like they may have got it right. Though, it does sound like Garry Gilliam will be returning to the right tackle position he manned last season. In the aftermath of the first preseason game, it would appear that the only question mark on the line is who will start at left tackle-- the most important spot on the line.