In case you haven’t noticed, the Hugh Millen vs. The Seahawks Receivers story has gained national attention in the past 24 hours. After we initially detailed the events shortly after they occurred, the story was picked up by Danny O’Neil of The Seattle Times, before making it to the hallowed pages of ProFootballTalk.com. The consensus from all parties was clear: the Hawks receivers were more or less out of line, and Hugh Millen is a genius.
We’ve discussed Hugh Millen at length before, so you know where we stand. The man is the Moses of football analysts, and questioning his word is akin to telling untruths with your hand on the Bible. Why the trio of wideouts felt the need to issue a veritable gang raping of Football Moses is beyond me, but suffice it to say everyone hates them and, in turn, loves Hugh.
Hugh Millen is only one man, but damn if he hasn’t become the mouthpiece for Seattle’s football fans in the past few years. How many of us have wanted to confront T.J. Houshmandzadeh, Nate Burleson, and Deion Branch the way Hugh did yesterday? Housh is a highly-paid big mouth that has been nothing short of a bust this season; Burleson fits under the same umbrella as Housh, though over a longer term; and Branch has epitomized unfulfilled potential after arriving from New England in 2006. All three of these guys are failures when it comes to on-field performance.
Worse yet, if these guys are allowing talk radio analysts to get under their skin, what does that tell their opponents? The mental toughness just isn’t there, and perhaps goes a long way in explaining their gameday gaffes.
As this story continues to take on a life of its own, we salute our hero, Hugh Millen, who has spoken the words of the people, for the people. Praise be to Hugh.