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A New Year’s surprise: Seahawks in the playoffs


Fans make plenty of noise as their Seahawks are introduced Sunday night at Qwest Field. The Seahawks became the first NFL team with a losing record (7-9) to qualify for the playoffs. Sequim Gazette photo by Michael Dashiell
 

Scooter Chapman
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So, sports fans, how many of you went into last Sunday’s Seattle Seahawks game thinking the Hawks had a chance to win against the St. Louis Rams?


OK, I did not. The Rams took a 20-3 win in October in St. Louis. I was thinking about the game around regular start time and said Seattle didn’t have a chance.

After a 4-2 start, the Seahawks went 2-7, getting outscored by 120 points. The NFC West had been outscored by 322 combined points all season long and the combined nondivisional record for Arizona, SF, Seattle and St. Louis was 13-27.

I was invited to the Lucas Robinson home to watch the game. I was invited to give Lucas some moral support as the majority in attendance would be wearing Ram colors, that being Tony Chapman and his son.

It was prime Sunday night NFL time on NBC with Al Michaels, Chris Collingsworth and Co. Imagine, prime time to decide which team would enter the post-season with the worst record ever for a playoff team ….

It was clear and cold at Qwest, but die-hard Seahawk faithful had plenty of time to fortify themselves against the bitter cold by tailgating all day long.

Then Seattle went the distance on its first drive with Charlie Whitehurst at the helm and took a 7-0 lead. Lo and behold, they held it, got three field goals and limited the Rams to a pair of field goals and took a 16-6 win.

It was one of the best defensive efforts of the season and they got just enough running in the third period to keep the Ram offense off the field, got a couple of favorable calls from the striped shirts down the stretch and now play again.

Seattle hosts New Orleans on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. and there are just six teams left. Can the 12th man and the Seahawks pull off an upset of the defending NFL champs?

If you think Seattle can pull this one off, I have a bridge I want to sell you in the desert of Arizona.

Huskies
I know, I know, I picked the Nebraska Cornhuskers to beat the Huskies in the Holiday Bowl and I was delighted as any other U.W. fan when they pulled off the 19-7 victory after being picked to be two touchdowns down at the end.

Washington turned into a running team after spreading the Nebraska defense all over the field and they pulled it off, but I was more impressed with the young defense that halted the running game of the Cornhuskers whom I watched dispatch the Huskies 56-21 in Husky Stadium.

Can the Dawgs do it one more time in Nebraska come September? We’ll wait and see, and wasn’t it great to see Jake Locker go out a winner?

Bowling
Going into Monday’s Orange Bowl, I was 13-15 in bowl predictions and really struck out in picking Big 10 teams.

Prep stuff

The West Central District has lined up the sub-district formats for basketball, baseball, fast pitch and volleyball for the year and the Olympic 2A League has many options for getting teams to the state tournaments.

The first three Olympic League finishers (and you can throw out Bremerton and Port Townsend) will make it to the West Central District 2A tournament and two other teams could make the district field if they can win two postseason games as the sub-district sends 12 on to district.

Other leagues involved are Seamount and South Puget Sound. Game sites and times are being determined.

The 3A Bremerton Knights gets one point for every league team they beat and the points earned will be divided by the number of league games played. Bremerton will have to have a better average than the No. 3 3A teams in the Seamount league to advance to the 3A district.

Downside for the Knights? Teams in the 2A/3A Seamount have the advantage as they play more 3A teams and those wins count as 1.5 points.

A must see: Mark Jan. 13 on the calendar, folks. That’s when Port Angeles visits Sequim for basketball action. The girls play at 5:15 p.m. Plan to be on hand early as the gym will be packed.

The WIAA leaders have moved the 3A and 4A softball sites to Lacey and Spokane. The 3A/4A golf tournaments remain in Spokane, the A/2A will be in Tacoma at Lake Spanaway (girls) and The Classic (boys).


Columns by KONP 1450 AM sports announcer Scooter Chapman appear weekly in the Sequim Gazette. He can be reached via e-mail at scooter@olypen.com.

 

 

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