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Seahawks Richard Sherman and Doug Baldwin held a mock news conference Tuesday to rage against the machine — in particular, the NFL and the $100,000 fine of teammate Marshawn Lynch for not speaking to the media.
It starts with Seahawks at 49ers, then the Apple Cup and then the deciding match on the MLS Western Conference
Safety Earl Thomas, in particular, was waxing lyrical about trust and love and togetherness. It was as if the Seahawks had just held a consciousness-raising session, not crushed the will of an Arizona Cardinals team that came into CenturyLink as the NFL’s best.
Angst turned into bliss. Second-guessing was replaced by first-praising. And the only issues of clock management for the Huskies involved the need to contain their celebration until it hit zero.
With injuries to almost every unit, Seahawks dealing with different circumstances, depth than they enjoyed in 2013
As the Seahawks’ will-they-make-the-playoffs drama plays out, the riveting backstory is Marshawn Lynch’s future in Seattle.
Washington coach Chris Petersen’s poor clock management in a devastating loss at Arizona on Saturday was bad, but his stubborn refusal to admit his mistake compounds the error.
For the Seahawks, it is now a season on the brink. The track is unforgiving, as grueling as a treadmill at warp speed. The Seahawks have squandered their margin for error, and face an increasingly uphill road to even get a chance to defend their title in the playoffs.
Baseball writers who voted against Felix Hernandez explain why. “I thought Kluber was better in September,” wrote Sam Mellinger of The Kansas City Star. “I thought Kluber had to overcome more to reach comparable numbers,” explained Dan Hayes of Chicago.
Another heartbreaking ouster would have been the most painful yet for a team that has broken hearts in the postseason throughout its otherwise mostly exemplary existence. But it is all still out there for the Sounders, who continue to prove that the past is not necessary prologue.
Seahawks Marshawn Lynch ran for 140 yards and a career-best 4 touchdowns, willing his team to victory and showing his teammates again how important he is to Seattle’s hopes to repeat.