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“Everyone in this organization I’ve talked to, players and staff, watch (Kansas City) and think what coulda, woulda, shoulda,’’ Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik says.
And so it has come to this for the Seahawks, who once were the darlings of football, the baddest team in the NFL, the model of a franchise that seemed to do no wrong: They are grasping for positive signs in defeat. The Seahawks’ present is precarious at best, and grim at worst.
Ishikawa’s 3-run home run in Game 5 of the NLCS put the San Francisco Giants into the World Series. He also made the game-winning play in Federal Way’s state title game in 2001.
The risky move does bring the Seahawks a conditional 2015 draft choice, as well as financial flexibility.
Let’s not overlook the fact that the Seahawks this season have been in equal-opportunity regression. To be blunt, their defense simply has not been as impactful and disruptive as it was in their championship run.
Seahawks receiver Doug Baldwin was angry and Russell Wilson apologetic after an awful offensive showing in Sunday’s loss to the Cowboys. “The whole offense needs to refocus,” Baldwin said.
The Washington quarterback helped direct his team to a stellar win over Cal Saturday afternoon.
The Cougars stay close to Stanford, but it slipped away, just like it always seems to for Washington State in this maddening season. The Cougars are a team desperate for a breakthrough, but every time they seem on the verge of one, fate intervenes.
John Timu’s infant son and wife live on a naval base in San Diego, but the Washington linebacker teammates call “Pops” is determined to be the best father possible.
On Saturday, Lisa Hallett of DuPont will stare down her fears, plunge into Kailua-Kona Bay and begin the 2.4-mile swim that kicks off the grueling Ironman Triathlon on the Big Island of Hawaii.
Sure, the Seahawks were sloppy in their 27-17 “Monday Night Football” victory at Washington. But it’s a measure of the stature they’ve attained that they can make silly mistakes and still coast to a win on the road.