First of all, everybody calm down! In the replacement rules, it CLEARLY STATES that if a receiver has so much as A FINGER on the ball, it is BY REPLACEMENT RULE a reception. You cannot argue with the replacement rules. The replacement rules are enforced by the replacement officials TO A TEE! If you don’t like it, that’s too bad. If a travel leads to a home run on a wicked googly, JUST GO WITH IT! A win is a win and you can’t deny it! It feels so good!
Look, folks. Let’s get serious here for a moment. I’ll be honest. If I was a Green Bay fan, I’d be mad, too. Was that a reception? Was that an interception? Who really knows. How closely did those replacement refs really double-check that last play? Not close enough, I’d wager. Was it worth a discount double-check? Yeah, probably.
But seriously. How beautiful was that game? It was so ugly. So freakin’ ugly! And yet so amazingly beautiful. It was Sarah Jessica Parker. It was Taylor Swift. It was Lindsay Lohan. Are you ugly? Are you beautiful? I can’t tell right now, but you know what? I’m happy anyway. And that’s what really matters.
I’ve never seen anything like that before. I don’t even really know what to say. To spare you from further disorganization, here’s a bulleted list of the muddled thoughts in my head:
Brandon Browner shoving Greg Jennings for no real reason whatsoever was AWESOME! I’m hardly a fan of cheap shots, but that single play set a tone for what this defense and this team is all about.
No one cares about or respects the Seattle Seahawks. It’s just a fact of life. The nation will downplay the defense’s effort in this very ballgame because of one decisive, game-ending play. The disrespect will continue. The lack of acknowledgement is perpetual.
But what Browner and his defensive cohorts did tonight will absolutely have lasting repercussions. They scared the piss out of the Packers’ offense. And in the process, they sent a clear message to every other offense in the NFL: the Seahawks will not be messed with. Teams will fear the Seahawks. It’s moments like the Browner-Jennings scuffle which will instill that fear. And at the end of the day, a feared ballclub is a dangerous one. If danger equals winning, then by all means bring it on.
I believe in Russell Wilson. I do. And I have all year. The difference between a good Russell Wilson and a bad one is the play-calling, plain and simple. This has nothing to do with Wilson’s skill or ability; he’s talented, without a doubt. But when fans turn on Wilson, it’s a direct result of the plays called for him by the coaching staff and hardly dependent on his physical, in-game performance.
Can you blame Russell Wilson for not throwing the ball when the coaching staff calls a run play? No. Can you fault him for scrambling when the pocket collapses around him? No. Is he perfect? Not by any means. Will he make mistakes? Of course. But when all is said and done, is Russell Wilson more often better than he is worse? A thousand times, yes. He has poise under pressure, a great arm, keeps plays alive with his feet, and has that “It” factor that takes a good player and turns him into a champion.
Whether you like it or not, Russell Wilson is here to stay. I’m thankful we have Matt Flynn as our backup, but I’m perfectly content with Flynn being nothing more than that. Wilson has been impressive, simple as that.
Check the box score: the Seahawks allowed a mere 12 points. Twelve freakin’ points! To one of the best offenses in the league. Replacement refs or no replacement refs, win or no win, you cannot argue against the importance of that very metric.
One might even argue that if the real refs were officiating this game, the points allowed might have even been lower. Each team was impacted by odd rule enforcement, but it was the respective offenses that seemingly benefited most from questionable calls. Sure, the Seahawks came out on top, but Aaron Rodgers and Green Bay weren’t spared from a few generous breaks along the way. Did that prevent the Hawks defense from recording eight sacks and limiting the Packers to just 268 total yards? Nope.
And say what you will, but the Pack held the ball for seven minutes longer than the hometown eleven, AND totaled 30 more yards than Russell Wilson, et al. Did Green Bay have opportunities to win? Absolutely. But it was the Seahawks’ defense that shut them down when it mattered most.
Fact is, a win is a win is a win is a win. Take the victories however you can get ’em and move on happily. Undoubtedly, the media contingency will frown upon this Seahawks triumph. But you know what? They don’t know that we’re usually on the losing end of these things. They don’t know how often we’ve had wins taken from us. They don’t know and they don’t care. And frankly, they don’t need to care.
When the final whistle sounded on Monday night, the Seattle Seahawks were victorious. The Seattle Seahawks improved to 2-1. The Seattle Seahawks looked like one of the best teams in the NFC, and no one can take all that away.
It’s time we got one of those stolen victories. And on Monday night, we did.
Screw the rest of the world. This one’s for us.