Sports Hey, what time does that game start?
posted by November 12 at 18:33 PMon
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.