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"It's just a game"
Mon Jan 14, 2013 12:32 pm
  • Can we stop saying this? For most Seahawks "fans" it is just a game. However, can't we agree that for those of us who are invested enough to post here regularly that it is a little more than that? I know you are all hurting and want to compartmentalize things. Nobody should base their life around something they can't control, and that is unhealthy. But it is a little more than "just a game."

    When New Orleans won the SB not long after that whole Katrina disaster, that win picked that whole city off the ground. That was just a game? I am saying it is a BIT more than that. If we won how many people would be saying "guys stop being so happy, its just a game!"

    Let's deal with reality. We lost a game that couldn't have been scripted to be more of a heart breaking loss. It really stinks. Not the end of the world, but it stinks ALOT. Why do we have to start talking about next season just 24 hours later?

    I understand outsiders looking in saying its just a game, I'm sure if I wasn't so good at hiding my feelings my wife would said that to me. But you guys understand why it means so much, don't you?
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Re: "It's just a game"
Mon Jan 14, 2013 12:37 pm
  • I know what you are trying to say but let's try to be a little positive.

    Winning the superbowl is the best thing that can happen to an NFL team and the second best thing in my opinion is having a franchise QB that plays at a high level. We should be glad that Russell Wilson is on our side and look forward to next year.
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Re: "It's just a game"
Mon Jan 14, 2013 12:37 pm
  • Damned straight, Skybeard. If it's just a game to you, that's a beautiful story; it's more than that to us, and to those in that group, we are only annoyed by your "It's just a game, calm down" reminders.
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Re: "It's just a game"
Mon Jan 14, 2013 12:38 pm
  • I agree. I'm jealous and a bit blown away by the positive feelings some people can bring to a loss like this so soon after. I wish I had that kind of personality. It will take me a month to get to the point where I can find any "brightside" to a loss like this. These opportunities to make the Super Bowl are rare - there's no guarantee Russell Wilson doesn't get hurt in the regular season next year and we don't even make the playoffs. Unlikely, but possible.
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Re: "It's just a game"
Mon Jan 14, 2013 12:38 pm
  • RolandDeschain wrote:Damned straight, Skybeard. If it's just a game to you, that's a beautiful story; it's more than that to us, and to those in that group, we are only annoyed by your "It's just a game, calm down" reminders.


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Re: "It's just a game"
Mon Jan 14, 2013 12:39 pm
  • You're right. So how do we petition for this do-over?
    Should we sue?

    We lost, it's not the end of the world, it is just a game (believe it or not), and there's plenty to look forward to.
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Re: "It's just a game"
Mon Jan 14, 2013 12:43 pm
  • I agree. To me this game was the worst loss of the year, simply because by mid-3rd quarter I had resigned myself that we weren't going to win. My dad and I were watching together and as we were mounting the comeback (in the 4th QTR) the fire of HOPE was reignited in me to the point that I was SURE we'd win. When we scored with 30 seconds left I thought surely the defense will hold. Surely they will finally come through in the end.

    Then to lose on the FG It was doubly painful (as If we'd lost twice). This day SHOULD have been all about Russell Wilson and his unbeleivable comeback he help mount. Instead the defense did what it's done all year- fold in the most critical time of the year. very disheartening.
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Re: "It's just a game"
Mon Jan 14, 2013 12:48 pm
  • I disagree. It is always good to keep perspective and while I agree the people who go around reminding everyone "its just a game" are annoying, its true. We arent doing anything important ourselves, we are enjoying football vicariously through the players when we enjoy football games. In this way we should always be reminding ourselves football game outcomes arent really important to us personally and it is just a game. I know its always hard to keep this kind of perspective. I was unbelievably bumped yesterday after the game.
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Re: "It's just a game"
Mon Jan 14, 2013 12:53 pm
  • jlwaters1 wrote:I agree. To me this game was the worst loss of the year, simply because by mid-3rd quarter I had resigned myself that we weren't going to win. My dad and I were watching together and as we were mounting the comeback (in the 4th QTR) the fire of HOPE was reignited in me to the point that I was SURE we'd win. When we scored with 30 seconds left I thought surely the defense will hold. Surely they will finally come through in the end.

    Then to lose on the FG It was doubly painful (as If we'd lost twice). This day SHOULD have been all about Russell Wilson and his unbeleivable comeback he help mount. Instead the defense did what it's done all year- fold in the most critical time of the year. very disheartening.


    Just highlighting what is likely the only (real) important part of this. Perhaps the perspective helps?
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Re: "It's just a game"
Mon Jan 14, 2013 12:54 pm
  • "It's just a game" is probably one of the phrases I hate in life the most. I heard it countless times as a kid growing up and whenever I hear it now I just think of how untrue it is for me. It's more than just a game to me, and to you and others, it's an emotion, a passion, something we love. Like all the other things we love in life, it gives us great happiness and amazing moments and memories like BeastQuake, games and plays that define what would normally be random days. The flip side to this is that it gives us moments like yesterday that can bring you down. It comes with the territory but I wouldn't trade it for anything in the world.

    Tough one yesterday and it's okay to feel how you're feeling right now. I just laid down for a second and it really hit me. I thought of going to Seattle and all the great times this season gave me. The excitement. The hope. I love those feelings and always will, which is another reason why I love the Seahawks so much. It's been a tough year and the Hawks were always something that would keep my mind preoccupied.

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Re: "It's just a game"
Mon Jan 14, 2013 12:57 pm
  • Man I love Seahawks and the NFL as much as anyone. But for me win or loss it's just a game. The outcome doesn't provide food and shelter for my family. The could win the Super Bowl but if I were unemployed I'd feel just as down come Monday as if they hadn't even made the playoffs. I'll admit it's great that they are giving us something positive to talk about around the water cooler vs the rest of the depressing news. I think the biggest reason that I'm able to refer to it as "just a game" is because I'm not on the field. What I do has ZERO impact on what they do. I try not to get to worked up about things I can not control.
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Re: "It's just a game"
Mon Jan 14, 2013 1:03 pm
  • NYCoug wrote:"It's just a game" is probably one of the phrases I hate in life the most. I heard it countless times as a kid growing up and whenever I hear it now I just think of how untrue it is for me. It's more than just a game to me, and to you and others, it's an emotion, a passion, something we love. Like all the other things we love in life, it gives us great happiness and amazing moments and memories like BeastQuake, games and plays that define what would normally be random days. The flip side to this is that it gives us moments like yesterday that can bring you down. It comes with the territory but I wouldn't trade it for anything in the world.


    I know its a bit difficult to convey what I am trying to convey, but I think you got closer than me. Football (and other things that have a similar effect) add color and depth to an otherwise monotone life.

    The highs can't feel high without the lows feeling low. That's what we sign up for.

    I can't remember who was on espn 710 on the drive back home yesterday, but they made my point so much better than I could. When you are really plugged in to something emotionally, whether it is a LOW or a HIGH one thing you know is that you are alive. I concur.
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Re: "It's just a game"
Mon Jan 14, 2013 1:29 pm
  • CaptainSkybeard wrote:
    NYCoug wrote:"It's just a game" is probably one of the phrases I hate in life the most. I heard it countless times as a kid growing up and whenever I hear it now I just think of how untrue it is for me. It's more than just a game to me, and to you and others, it's an emotion, a passion, something we love. Like all the other things we love in life, it gives us great happiness and amazing moments and memories like BeastQuake, games and plays that define what would normally be random days. The flip side to this is that it gives us moments like yesterday that can bring you down. It comes with the territory but I wouldn't trade it for anything in the world.


    I know its a bit difficult to convey what I am trying to convey, but I think you got closer than me. Football (and other things that have a similar effect) add color and depth to an otherwise monotone life.

    The highs can't feel high without the lows feeling low. That's what we sign up for.

    I can't remember who was on espn 710 on the drive back home yesterday, but they made my point so much better than I could. When you are really plugged in to something emotionally, whether it is a LOW or a HIGH one thing you know is that you are alive. I concur.


    Well said my friend. I agree with you 100%, especially about feeling alive.

    Nice original post. Hang in there.
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Re: "It's just a game"
Mon Jan 14, 2013 1:50 pm
  • CalgaryHawk wrote:I agree. I'm jealous and a bit blown away by the positive feelings some people can bring to a loss like this so soon after. I wish I had that kind of personality. It will take me a month to get to the point where I can find any "brightside" to a loss like this. These opportunities to make the Super Bowl are rare - there's no guarantee Russell Wilson doesn't get hurt in the regular season next year and we don't even make the playoffs. Unlikely, but possible.


    It could be a lifelong result of teams that dissapoint you. Getting to the bigger games and blowing it is much harder to deal with than being a fan of teams that just constantly suck (like my cubs). On the other hand I have seen my soccer, college football & basketball team blow game after game. I expect it to happen......

    In addition having a few kids over the past few years doesn't allow me to get as emotionally invested in the game and then the outcome isn't as devestating.

    I have more time to invest in the game here at work :) than being home.........
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Re: "It's just a game"
Mon Jan 14, 2013 1:50 pm
  • To be blunt - sports matter so much exactly because they don't.

    You will eat tomorrow regardless of if the Seahawks win and because it has no effect and is a positive experience people can get very excited about it.

    People who treat their health like we treat the Seahawks are called hypochondriacs - stressing over minutia on a daily basis because that is what they choose to stress over.
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Re: "It's just a game"
Mon Jan 14, 2013 1:51 pm
  • The sad part is I think the fans get more depressed than the coaches and players.

    I'm all bummed out yesterday, and then I read the tweets from the players once they landed back home and they're joking around and positive. So IMO that's a lesson for those of us (myself included) that get super down after crushing defeats, you should never take sports more seriously than the players do. If they're upbeat and positive, then that's how we should react as well.

    I agree that it's NOT just a game, it's bigger than that to a community and fanbase. But on the other hand it's not the end of the world either. That's the beauty of sports, hope for next year. It's what keeps us coming back.
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Re: "It's just a game"
Mon Jan 14, 2013 1:54 pm
  • I will be depressed until the Superbowl is over, and if San Franfreakin'cisco's Whiners win it, maybe till the draft, or longer. They will be UNBEARABLE.

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Re: "It's just a game"
Mon Jan 14, 2013 1:55 pm
  • Football is just a game, the nfl isn't, if the nfl was just a game, this website wouldn't exist and the nfl wouldn't be a billion dollar industry. "It's just a game" is something you say to a kid in youth football, when it comes to the nfl, it is more than just a game
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Re: "It's just a game"
Mon Jan 14, 2013 2:00 pm
  • Dude, it's just a game. Sorry if that ruffles your feathers but at the end of the day, and our lives, it really is just a game. Yes, we are emotionally invested more than most people, it's our jobs as diehards, but let's not get melodramatic here.

    I invested a decade of my life to help nurture, grow and expand this website community. I lost a lot of money and even made some enemies during that time. But it was all worth it because of the community it has become. It's a legacy I will always be proud of but let's not lose sight of the fact that this is really just entertainment. It's a fantastic part of our lives to be sure but yes indeed, it is, just a game.
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Re: "It's just a game"
Mon Jan 14, 2013 2:18 pm
  • I wish we could stop making posts trying to decide whats ok or not ok to say.
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Re: "It's just a game"
Mon Jan 14, 2013 2:18 pm
  • For the fans, it is just a game. You don't have to like that fact, and you can invest emotionally in a game and feel pain of the loss and exhilaration of the wins, but that doesn't change the fact that for us fans it's just a game.

    I will concur though that in one aspect it's not just a game, it's a business. From the NFL to the individual teams, to all their employees and especially to the players, this is a business. Sure, their "business" is competing in this game we love so much, but it's still a business.
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Re: "It's just a game"
Mon Jan 14, 2013 3:04 pm
  • CaptainSkybeard wrote:Football (and other things that have a similar effect) add color and depth to an otherwise monotone life.


    That sounds really depressing.
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Re: "It's just a game"
Mon Jan 14, 2013 3:16 pm
  • I'm in the "it's just a game" camp when it comes to taking it out on your family, friends, coworkers, or anyone around you. I'm on here everyday and obviously I'm fairly invested in this team. But I'm not going to let things I can't control ruin my day or have me ruin others.
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Re: "It's just a game"
Mon Jan 14, 2013 6:06 pm
  • I have two daughters that play soccer and I have coached both of their teams. I have never said to them that it is 'Just a game'. It isn't. You invested a lot of time, effort and heart into it. But....I have always encouraged them not to cling to a loss. You lose. You learn. You move on. You can't replay the game. When you win you revel in it, enjoy it and get ready for the next game. There will always be a next game. When you lose learn from it and try to make changes so it doesn't happen again.
    That being said after I dropped off the kids at school I went home and went back to bed. A luxury indeed. But do you think Russel Wilson is walking around feeling sorry for himself? Fuck no. He was watching tape. It reminds me of a Chuck Norris joke; Russell Wilson doesn't sleep, he waits.
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Re: "It's just a game"
Mon Jan 14, 2013 6:10 pm
  • its whatever you make it out to be for yourself. For some its life. For me its entertainment. Either way is fine, its your own personal choice. But i'm going to continue posting as if its nothing more than a game and entertainment, crack jokes and laugh after wins and losses. You are free to continue posting as if its the most important thing in the world.
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Re: "It's just a game"
Mon Jan 14, 2013 6:10 pm
  • It's never just a game to me. Can't help it, I'm bummed, big time. I don't just think of it as just a game. That being said, I get over it WAY quicker than in the past. Especially w/the season we just had.
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Re: "It's just a game"
Mon Jan 14, 2013 6:14 pm
  • Aros wrote:Dude, it's just a game. Sorry if that ruffles your feathers but at the end of the day, and our lives, it really is just a game. Yes, we are emotionally invested more than most people, it's our jobs as diehards, but let's not get melodramatic here.

    I invested a decade of my life to help nurture, grow and expand this website community. I lost a lot of money and even made some enemies during that time. But it was all worth it because of the community it has become. It's a legacy I will always be proud of but let's not lose sight of the fact that this is really just entertainment. It's a fantastic part of our lives to be sure but yes indeed, it is, just a game.

    This. I'm invested in everything-Seahawks more than any person I know, and I have been my whole life. But at the end of the day, it is nothing more than a game, FOR ME anyway. Does that somehow make me less of a fan, or mean that I don't care as much? I would like to think it doesn't.
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Re: "It's just a game"
Mon Jan 14, 2013 6:21 pm
  • bmorepunk wrote:
    CaptainSkybeard wrote:Football (and other things that have a similar effect) add color and depth to an otherwise monotone life.


    That sounds really depressing.


    Yeah, it sounds that way a little the way I worded it. Monotone does not equal depressing though. What it really means is normal life doesn't have the same level of drama / wild swings as what a football season does. I am glad. I wouldn't want a real life that turmultulous. I had my wild days when i was in the marine corps.
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Re: "It's just a game"
Mon Jan 14, 2013 6:27 pm
  • I'm still a little bummed about the loss yesterday.
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Re: "It's just a game"
Mon Jan 14, 2013 6:35 pm
  • Unless you work for the team or the NFL in some capacity, or you are crazy enough to bet your life savings on the outcome, it's just a game. Presumably you still have your home, life, family, etc., regardless of who wins or loses.

    This is not to say you and I aren't more emotionally invested than a casual fan, but it still is a game at the end of the day.
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Re: "It's just a game"
Mon Jan 14, 2013 6:46 pm
  • mikehawks wrote:I'm still a little bummed about the loss yesterday.


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Re: "It's just a game"
Mon Jan 14, 2013 7:52 pm
  • I try to believe its just a game . But my " believing " got a good kick in the balls yesterday. I took that one real bad even teared up .ive spent countless hours days and months of my life on this Seahawks thing. I'm tired just tired weary and emotionally spent . I know I know " it's only a game " but that's not working for me .
    To sum up my feelings the Seahawks are like a bad girl friend when it's going good it's great but in the back of your mind you know she is going to F you.
    Man this one hurts worse than XL for me for some reason . It stole my Believe aspect from me I never ever felt that way ever ! it's crazy to feel that way but I'd be lier if I said it didn't .
    I guess I'm just tired of next year and so on been a long time Will it ever come?!? I just don't know like I thought I did any more. Say what you will but this one was that moment when magic became a myth for me call it corny but that's how I feel.
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Re: "It's just a game"
Mon Jan 14, 2013 7:59 pm
  • I don't mean to downplay the impact this team has on our lives. We all know how much we invest in this team year-round. I'm just saying that at the end of the day it's a football game. Not the life or death of your wife, brother, daughter, sister, father, mother, best friend. Shit gets real in a hurry when REAL important things occur in our lives. You know what I mean. But to pay respect to the spirit of the topic, yes of course it's a heavy impact to us diehards. ALL of us had heavy hearts yesterday when they kicked that game-winning field goal. To tease us like they did with a historic comeback, only to watch it be snagged away thanks to prevent/soft zone defense...

    Yeah man, it hurt bad.

    I just want to state for the record I'm not trying to gloss over the very real impact these games have on us emotionally. My only point is if we are trying to compare losing a football game to REAL life injustices and heartache (not saying anyone in particular was), then it's no contest. Football is a game. A game. A game.
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Re: "It's just a game"
Mon Jan 14, 2013 8:05 pm
  • bellingerga wrote:I wish we could stop making posts trying to decide whats ok or not ok to say.


    You just did.
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Re: "It's just a game"
Mon Jan 14, 2013 8:10 pm
  • If you can say "it's just a game" and skip off happily... I just don't know how a person who does that can be a true die hard fan of any sports.

    I am still depressed. Maybe I will get over it in a week or so but aint no way I'm getting over it any time soon.
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Re: "It's just a game"
Mon Jan 14, 2013 8:26 pm
  • For whatever reason I was bummed and dwelled on it for the evening but today I was good cus I know that as much as this hurt most fans I truly feel our dynasty is coming in 2013. We've waited 37 years and said dynasty will be one that will equal or better those teams of the past. Book it! I've never been more excited about what's to come than I was after the loss yesterday.
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Re: "It's just a game"
Mon Jan 14, 2013 10:08 pm
  • hawkfannj wrote:I try to believe its just a game . But my " believing " got a good kick in the balls yesterday. I took that one real bad even teared up .ive spent countless hours days and months of my life on this Seahawks thing. I'm tired just tired weary and emotionally spent . I know I know " it's only a game " but that's not working for me .
    To sum up my feelings the Seahawks are like a bad girl friend when it's going good it's great but in the back of your mind you know she is going to F you.
    Man this one hurts worse than XL for me for some reason . It stole my Believe aspect from me I never ever felt that way ever ! it's crazy to feel that way but I'd be lier if I said it didn't .
    I guess I'm just tired of next year and so on been a long time Will it ever come?!? I just don't know like I thought I did any more. Say what you will but this one was that moment when magic became a myth for me call it corny but that's how I feel.


    Exactly. The end of the roll we were on is only made worse by the history of this team and the fickle nature of success in the NFL. We should be playing San Fran. this weekend. Next year anything can happen. I like to think this season was only a harbinger of things to come, but I know our team had it in them this year.
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Re: "It's just a game"
Mon Jan 14, 2013 10:18 pm
  • I totally get it. I was thinking today about age. I'm 44, not ancient but by no means a spring chicken either. I've lived and breathed this team their entire franchise existence since 1976. I've lived through SO much heartache and misery it's just plain ridiculous to go into detail. I too ask, "When...When will the Seahawks finally win the Super Bowl?" As you get older, it's easier to get a bit more insecure about when they are going to win it all. If you are in your teens or twenties, you can't relate to what I'm saying but if you were middle-aged or older, you totally see where I'm going with this.

    I have a lot of awesome stuff on my Bucket List. But at the very tippy top is seeing the Seahawks win the Super Bowl before I leave this Earth.

    With Russell Wilson, I feel that is going to be checked off before I hit 50.

    Now let's hope I don't get hit by a bus before that happens!
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Re: "It's just a game"
Mon Jan 14, 2013 10:49 pm
  • Hey folks calm down. It's just a game! ...that we should have won IF we had played our passing game in the first half. IF PC hadn't make that stupid time out call in the end.
    IF our defense could get any pressure on the QB at all.
    And do we have to mention our fricken OC and DC interviewing for jobs before the most important game to date?
    Sheez, here I go again. Now I won't be able to sleep for another 24 hrs OH CRAP. Gotta go to work in 5 hours. Remember it's just a game. It's just a game. :cry:
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Re: "It's just a game"
Tue Jan 15, 2013 5:07 am
  • Hawk-A-Loogie wrote:If you can say "it's just a game" and skip off happily... I just don't know how a person who does that can be a true die hard fan of any sports.

    I am still depressed. Maybe I will get over it in a week or so but aint no way I'm getting over it any time soon.


    I guess you're just a better real fan.

    And here I thought all the years in the kingdome were because I like football and my Seahawks. It turns out I just enjoy expensive parking and $10 beers.

    *what's the over/under on this guy knowing what the kingdome was btw?
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Re: "It's just a game"
Tue Jan 15, 2013 5:17 am
  • Russ Willstrong wrote:Hey folks calm down. It's just a game! ...that we should have won IF we had played our passing game in the first half. IF PC hadn't make that stupid time out call in the end.
    IF our defense could get any pressure on the QB at all.
    And do we have to mention our fricken OC and DC interviewing for jobs before the most important game to date?
    Sheez, here I go again. Now I won't be able to sleep for another 24 hrs OH CRAP. Gotta go to work in 5 hours. Remember it's just a game. It's just a game. :cry:


    The better team won is the reality, whether we won or lost you're still off to work.
    We got handled and well behind in the first half without any points on the board. We come out 2nd half changing things up and playing better, ATL D playing a bit worse. We get the turnovers and come ahead by 1 point leaving :30 on the clock roughly, and the Hawk D (much like the first half) didn't stop their weapons, long plays that get them within FG range.
    I'm just happy it was a great game and not a blowout, it certainly showed what this team is made of in rallying back like that 2nd half.

    So, the other reality is that you do have much to look forward to in this Hawk team coming around.

    Either way, you're off to work. It's just a game.
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Re: "It's just a game"
Tue Jan 15, 2013 5:35 am
  • Aros wrote:I totally get it. I was thinking today about age. I'm 44, not ancient but by no means a spring chicken either. I've lived and breathed this team their entire franchise existence since 1976. I've lived through SO much heartache and misery it's just plain ridiculous to go into detail. I too ask, "When...When will the Seahawks finally win the Super Bowl?" As you get older, it's easier to get a bit more insecure about when they are going to win it all. If you are in your teens or twenties, you can't relate to what I'm saying but if you were middle-aged or older, you totally see where I'm going with this.

    I have a lot of awesome stuff on my Bucket List. But at the very tippy top is seeing the Seahawks win the Super Bowl before I leave this Earth.

    With Russell Wilson, I feel that is going to be checked off before I hit 50.

    Now let's hope I don't get hit by a bus before that happens!


    I concur Aros. I turn 40 tomorrow and I've felt the same way. When does the heart ache end? When does this team win it all? I've almost given up on this team a few times but my loyalty and dedication has never faltered. I'll say this, I've never been more excited than I was after the loss on Sunday. Even more so than the 05 season because I'm seeing the light at the end of the tunnel and its never been brighter. We've waited 37 seasons for him. The blessing that is Russell Wilson has arrived. His loyalty and dedication to winning a championship for the Seahawks, the 12th man and the city will not falter. He will not let this team be denied. Remember, per-season started Monday. :)
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Re: "It's just a game"
Tue Jan 15, 2013 11:51 am
  • bellingerga wrote:I wish we could stop making posts trying to decide whats ok or not ok to say.


    I really think it's not OK to say that! :sarcasm_off: :mrgreen:
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Re: "It's just a game"
Tue Jan 15, 2013 11:58 am
  • One of my best friends just lost his Mother to Cancer...Yeah, it's just a game....

    Perspective is important, I think. I love the Hawks, and would do anything I could to ensure they win a Super Bowl..and I do (I travel to away games, spend thousands of dollars to support them), but in the end...there's a lot more to life than just football.
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