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Monday, November 12, 2007

Hey, what time does that game start?

posted by on November 12 at 18:33 PM

Ok, this is a little late for the live-slogging I promised, but it was a beautiful 60 degree day here in flat bicycle-able Chicago, so I went for a little 25 mile spin and am running a bit late. And I stopped at Chicago’s best bar, the Hopleaf, on the way to Bruno’s, and that slowed me down too.

But, anyway, Seattle seems to be dominating the lowly ‘49ers, which is not a surprise. Missed the first TD, but saw the turnover that the ‘Hawks couldn’t turn into more than a field goal. This whole 12th man cult you guys have going seems to work, though, as false start penalties for SF seem as common as cunt jokes in Shakespeare. Maybe I’ll bring some earplugs.

The updates will follow after the jump, so the sports-phobic need not be distracted from politics and music and other such shite.

6:46 pm (real time, not game time) Sheesh, another false start, followed by swarming defense. For the Bears, "O-line" doesn't mean "Offensive Line" it means "Old As Methuselah Line" and the way the 'Hawks D is swarming promises lotsa sacks for Greise or Grossman or whatever other slug the Bears play at QB.

6:50 OK, would you be surprised if I told you that the player that Hackett just beat on that last pass was Walt Harris, ex-Bear?

And Morris the Cat does it again. Shit, Shawn Alexander the Not So Great better heal and get his shit together or he'll be yet another forgotten running back.

6:55 Hey, your special teams coverage doesn't look so good. How was that returned to the 34? Devin Hester will eat you alive. And, as I've mentioned before, bragging on your special teams is just fucking sad.

7 pm: Ah, the two-minute warning, also known as time to piss. Luckily, I'm so dehydrated from biking and Belgian beer that I can just sit here and contemplate this game. The 'Hawks are not impressing on this drive, but they're probably playing it conservative with a big lead and the half almost done. Just like they did in the Super Bowl two years back. Next week I suspect I'll suffer some passive-aggressive Seattle fan attitude (I'll just have a Bears hat on: no Urlacher jersey or other provocation). Any commentors who care to let me know what they've seen Away-Fans suffer at Qwest?

7:03, Oh, Seattle can get penalized too. Hey, didn't the commenters on my earlier post predict the Zebras would be against the 'Hawks?

7:08 Nice work on this field goal; seems like the noise at Qwest can even hurt the 'Hawks. A penalty helps, a penalty hurts. A kick makes it, a kick misses. Life.

Halftime Thoughts: OK,. Hasselback is on track for a 400 yard passing game, which he could get against the Bears in the first half next week. If the lead holds up, of course, the 'Hawks will run the ball more and so his second half numbers won't be as gaudy. But other than the Noise causing penalties, I see nothing frightening about Seattle, so I'm guardedly optimistic about the game next week. Engram will want revenge against the Bears, but who doesn't?

Other half-time thoughts: how can a fan order a beer from a vendor with the Noise at Qwest? Is there some elaborate signal system? Does there have to be a rail between my seat and my nephew's for the Washington State Liquor commission to approve my purchase of an $8 beer?

7:26 Shit, turnovers will kill you. So will Ebola and other bad things. That SF would try an onside kick to start the half show show desperate they are, but occasionally a crazy play can turn a game around.

7:33 The old pretend it's a 4th down try and attempt to get the D to go offside. How lame. Instead, a punt. The Seahawk's D doesn't impress me so much as the Niners' lack of Offense offends me.

7:36 Oh, my darling Clement-ine--nice pick. Hasselback throws that kind of bullshit pass against even the crippled and semi-incompetent Bears D and he will regret it. Still suspect, after a quick first down, that the Niners will only get 3, though.

7:42 I am wrong yet again: not even 3 points. Give SF credit for going for it on fourth and a yard (not fourth and goal: they coulda got a first down and then they'd have four more plays to score), take that credit away for the predictable Run It Up The Gut play selection For fuck's sake, try a QB rollout once in a while in this situation. This sort of bad coaching has been the bane of the Bears for the last two years (if you find me at the Comet or Liberty, I will explain why Rex Grossman is not to blame fo the Bears SB XLI loss--Ron Turner, his Offensive coordinator is, due to shitty play-selection).

7:50 OK, the problem with stuffing someone on your own one yard line is that if you don't get a few first downs, you just punt it right back to them and then they're in scoring position. Just FYI.

7:53 Then again, dumbass bad team goes for it on fourth again instead of trying a long field goal, you get the ball back.

8:05 OK, this almost put it so out of reach that I might turn the computer off just to avoid the chance of spilling beer on it. Seattle is indeed the best team in a bad division.

8:24 Not much to say for a while now. Back and forth, forth and back. SF sucks, Seattle isn't doing much to take advantage of that suckitude.

8:36 You know a game is totally over when they let the sideline reporter talk to an injured player while there are still, you know, plays going on. But 24-0 with less than five minutes left is pretty much a done deal. Will ponder what this all means for next week as soon as I sober up a bit.

With 2:18 left, ESPN just put up a shot of some female fans with neon green sign reading "12th Woman." Virginia Woolf wrote something about this, A Cheering Section of One's Own. ECB, take note.

OK, game over. ESPN paid about $100 million to broadcast this game. And you Seahawks ticket holders think you got ripped off?

See ya next Sunday.

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Are you hot?

Posted by pix | November 12, 2007 7:15 PM

Hawks are looking like what they were supposed to be: A completely dominant team in a weak ass division.

Qwest field looks great on High Def. Great night for football, but I can only afford 2 games a year.

Posted by SeMe | November 12, 2007 7:16 PM

I LOVE LOVE LOVE Hopleaf! Kwak may be the best invention of all time. Makes me miss Chicago!

Posted by Lori | November 12, 2007 7:18 PM

@3: Kwak is too hard to drink with that wooden glass-holding thing.

@2 Not watching on Hi Def here. Is Hi Def better than real life, that's the real question.

@ 1: That's up to you, I suppose. Look for me around the 30 yard line, row SS. Or at the Comet or Liberty.

Posted by Chicago Fan | November 12, 2007 7:24 PM

Hi Def is the only way to watch sports. Hi Def makes Hasslebeck look like Joe Montana.

I will be at the game as well. along with my 8 year old son. We will both be wearing lucha libre masks with seahwaks gear. Any other sloggers going?

Oh damn! back 2 back turnovers. Clements got the interception.

Posted by SeMe | November 12, 2007 7:37 PM


Keep it going. We can turn this into a gang-live-slog. Pix, you in?


Posted by Chicago Fan | November 12, 2007 7:39 PM


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Posted by SeMe | November 12, 2007 7:44 PM

re: beer at qwest: it ain't a mariners game, so it's more beer friendly. the vendors are good at scanning the rows -- just wave and catch his eye and you're good. people are good about passing brews and money back and forth if you're in the middle of the row, too.

as for the hawks/bears, your secondary hasn't been exactly tearing it up lately so i'm less worried about picks than sacks/pressure on number 8. part of the reason the hawks have been looking good in the first half is hasselbeck has had time to make plays. our o-line doesn't do a good job of giving him time in the pocket. or at giving alexander a shot at making it past the line of scrimmage without getting pounded into the ground.

... damn. that was almost a safety ...

so what's the word -- we going to see griese or will i get my rexy back ribs?

Posted by sexy rexy | November 12, 2007 7:45 PM

I swear, I only hit post once.

Morris is a poor man's Tony Dorsett.

Posted by SeMe | November 12, 2007 7:47 PM

i thought drew carey was from cleveland?

Posted by SeMe | November 12, 2007 7:50 PM

hey seme

his post just once, please

hey sexy rexy: no word yet from the Lovie Smith Administration, which tosses around information like the Bush Regime. Greise allegedly had an owie on his left shoulder yesterday, and should be fine for next Sunday. We shall see. And everyone should check out the best sports blog in America, Kissing Suzy Kolber

Posted by Chicago Fan | November 12, 2007 7:51 PM

i dont think the SF qb is all that bad. he just has no offensive line.

thats prolly the same problem the bears have.

Posted by SeMe | November 12, 2007 7:53 PM

i want my rexy back rexy back rexy back...

Posted by sexy rexy | November 12, 2007 8:35 PM

Next week will be the battle of the mediocre teams. I predict Seattle by 3, as payback for last year.

Highlights from tonight?
Gore gets nothing.
Momo surprises us all.
Matt's rocket arm? Where'd that come from?
Big Mike not turning red ONCE!
Sean's face from the sidelines as his team did better without him.

It was great to see them playing like they'd all been at the same practice. Go Hawks!

I'm still pissed that Bobby never got the ball though. I just lost to the worst team in my fantasy league.

Posted by Jonah S | November 12, 2007 9:56 PM

Drew Careys is in town cuz he just became a minority owner of Seattles newest sports franchise....Its unbelievable a team COMING into town, not trying to flee...oh and its soccer.

Posted by boobie man | November 12, 2007 10:02 PM

Come on, the Bears suck this year. There is no comparison to the teams of the past couple of seasons. You are STILL without a QB, but the big mistake was getting rid of Thomas Jones this offseason. Benson can't do it by himself (especially behind that O-line).

The Bears have had exactly ONE quality win this year (against the Packers, and 5 turnovers sealed the deal). The Bears had to comeback against the Raiders, for chrisskes!

Posted by Mahtli69 | November 12, 2007 10:03 PM

I would start watching Football if Tim Gunn told me to. I'm open-minded.

Posted by Mr. Poe | November 12, 2007 11:48 PM

Who cares. Go home, ChiFan, and quit polluting our local blog.

Oh, and FU, Dan, for nepotism. -10.

Posted by mmbb | November 13, 2007 4:16 AM

Seattle's just as bicycle-able as "flat" Chicago. Unless you're a pussy.

Posted by DOUG. | November 13, 2007 8:07 AM

Monday morning quarterbacking, not counting multiple posts or my own comments, the score in this thread is 14 positive, 2 negative. A victory for sports slogging and nepotism!

and @21, I'm on the Slog record as being able to bike in Seattle. that dig was for the "Seattle's too hilly for bikes!" slog trolls.

Posted by Chicago Fan | November 13, 2007 8:51 AM

I was at the game last night. Granted, the SF line ain't that great, but I have to disagree with you SeMe - Alex Smith was appalling with his accuracy. Appalling. I'm no 49ers fan, but Jesus Christ, dude couldn't hit a 7-yard pass to an open guy on an unhindered roll-out. Sad. Feel bad for the guy. And can Darrell Jackson even catch a football any more?

I do agree with you SeMe in that two games a year is all I can afford as well. Done til next year.

CF-I hope those "SS" seats are downstairs. I'm in "HH" upstairs, and that's a long goddamned climb. That's no quick run to the beer line or bathroom. Good luck.

Posted by Lloyd Clydesdale | November 13, 2007 9:11 AM

Bears / Seahawks? Who cares? We all know that America's Team - the Cowboys will be representing the NFC this year in the super bowl.

I was at the game last night though. You'll be fine wearing a Chicago hat to the game. Fans will probably yell at you a bit, but this isn't NY.

Posted by Clint | November 13, 2007 9:17 AM

Clint - Dallas can suck an egg. Go pack!!

Posted by 'merica's team | November 13, 2007 9:26 AM

I like Brett Farve and I am glad the team is sending him out on a high-note, but the Packers really don't have a chance.

Posted by Clint | November 13, 2007 9:39 AM


Steamed mussels and CB&J. Wash it down with a nice lambic. Cannot beat it.

Posted by iheartbeer | November 13, 2007 9:39 AM

Lloyd, despite a bad game, it sure looked fun to be there. Im hoping the Bears game is just as fun, but like I said, Qwest is a good stadium to watch a game.

I know the SF qb looked lost, but I mean, he barely hiked the ball and was surrounded or was being chased by the Blue's D. A couple of times he looked like he just landed at Normandy. Id like to see him with a better line. I mean, he is no Vince Young, but he could be better with a better line.

By the way, what do you think about the Huskies' QB? Is he done? I know they say he will be back, but those neck injuries can comeback to haunt you, and he might start being a wee more restraint about running.

I think college football should do something about those blatant helmet to helmet hits.

Posted by SeMe | November 13, 2007 9:56 AM

i wouldn't be surprised if favre didn't retire this year. he's having too much fun. i wouldn't count favre, or the pack, out just yet. they're quietly having a big year. dallas has a great team, and the AFC is going to win this year no matter what, but the packers have been beating expectations all year long.

They play carolina, det, dal, oak, stl, chi, and det to finish the season, and I could see them reasonably going 4-2... and if they can beat dallas and split with det, 4-1.

Posted by packer backer | November 13, 2007 10:23 AM

SeMe - I think he'll be back. It looked worse than it perhaps is playing out - stinger/trap muscle injury. I'm sure he's being attended to enviably. But, agreed: Helmet to helmet has to be addressed. It's amazing the number of huge injuries specifically in the NFL this year. I don't know how long that can continue to go on without either more rule changes on hits or changes in equipment.

Posted by Lloyd Clydesdale | November 13, 2007 11:00 AM

"I think college football should do something about those blatant helmet to helmet hits."

I wish Husky fans would grow some balls and stop whining because Locker got knocked out. Locker tucked the ball and ran with it. He was advancing the ball and deserved to be punished - the hit was perfectly legal.

If you're planning on having this dude take your team to the promised land, you have to take the good with the bad. You can't change the rules of football just to protect your savior.

I realize the the Huskies don't have a lot of options, but there is a reason that Locker was about to break the season rushing record for QB's. Most teams know that your QB shouldn't be running the ball that much.

Posted by Clint | November 13, 2007 1:56 PM

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