As I watch the national media spin this PED issue into a frothed frenzy and read articles with fans making comments about the Seadderal Seahawks, I realized that this is just like any other celebrity is treated by our media. For some reason, when our TV watching society smells "blood in the water" there is a finger -pointing rush to judge someone based on a lot of hearsay and assumptions that have never been validated. They have become "assumed facts" because the internet just regurgitates these juicy, sensationalized stories and opinions until everyone believes their own BS. The assumptions have compounded into ridiculousness and unbiased perspective has been lost.
How about a little real perspective...
1) like is Pete Carroll really a "cheat"...I hardly think so. I have actually met Pete and it took about 10 seconds for me to think, this guy is awesome. I only wish I had his energy, mastermind for football and positive outlook. The players respect him and love playing for him. He has coached for many years and is among the most successful college coaches and now making a statement in the NFL. If people think he could be so successful at USC like he was without being an excellent team leader and manager, they are delusional. We don't really know what happened with the whole Reggie Bush thing, but you have to give Pete kudos for what he has accomplished. Pete haters need to just go away.
2) Does Pete have a team that is spiraling out of control with PEDs? Lets see...over 50 players on the roster and we have had 5 PED issues in two years? It is an issue, but I am pretty sure Pete and John have had the right discussions with the team (ultimatums) and pounded their fists on this issue. You see what happened with Josh Portis today...I think they are tired of the players not taking it seriously.
3) Are Bruce Irvin, Brandon Browner, Richard Sherman, Marshawn and the other players horrible and irresponsible people? No! I can tell you they are not. I have also been lucky enough to meet several of the guys and have spoken with Bruce and Richard and many other players. I can tell you that they are good guys that want to play hard and win for Seattle (and support fans and local charities). These guys are college grads who have worked hard at their sport and become wealthy and are still in their twenties...I can't begin to describe how out of control I would have been if I had that kind of paycheck and fame at that young age.
4) why did they take the PEDs when they knew it was not allowed? Well I am pretty sure they all feel pressure to perform... if our jobs and paycheck depended on our physical performance, we would probably look hard at any edge we could find too. I can picture one of these young athletes hearing from some other young athlete that it might be ok to risk getting an edge by taking adderal during off-season training to help with playbook studying and making the team. Bad decision... yes criminal and bad person...no
5) Is Richard Sherman a loud mouth? Well, ok the guy does not back down from an argument (that's for sure) but he backs up what he says and I can't say I have heard him say anything that was not true. Do other team's fans and players hate it? yes. My response...oh well, I think he is a blast to have on our team. I have seen the guy make a point of stopping and spending time with fans and kids at many events. Haters can keep hating, but the guy is a gem.
Personally, I love this team, I love our coaches, I love the whole behind the scenes staff from John Schneider to Sandy Gregory and the others, I love and appreciate all that Paul Allen has done for this city. All the guys have heart and play damn hard. They have fun and they love and appreciate the 12th man (and we support them like no other fans). Their chip on the shoulder attitudes have given Seattle a team that is fun to watch and potentially can win for years and give us a heck of a ride (along with a satisfied feeling we have rarely had in Seattle sports).
So what needs to happen from here...
Pete has already started by his press interviews showing that he is not happy. They need to turn this "opportunity" into a strength and show the character I know they demand of these players. I know Bruce already owned up to it with Twitter, but it would be nice to see Bruce (and maybe Russell standing next to him) do an interview where he just said, "yeah, I made a stupid decision to take a short cut and I really blew it. I really felt the pressure to be great this year and I thought I could get away with something this off-season. But really it just doesn't pay to do this kind of thing. Russell Wilson and coach Carrol got us all together as a team and we talked about the high cost of losing a premier playmaker with this kind of PED use. The players have all made a commitment to each other and we all decided we don't want to win that way. Yeah we've made some mistakes but you will see a team united after this." and then Russell would probably step in and say "Now lets go show the NFL how a real team wins, GO HAWKS!"
Then these guys need to live up to it and not take the stupid risk using these banned substances and go work their asses off this year all the way to the superb owl.
As far as other fans using this PED thing as a way to spin up their hatred for our team...oh well. As far as I'm concerned, they probably still won't love us when we beat their teams this year, but they will respect us. I can't predict the games but when we show that we are a tough physical team again this year with our unexpected success of a QB and possibly win into the playoffs, I will bet there will be a lot more Seahawks fans out there. Harvin, Winfield, Avril, Bennett, Williams, Willson (the other Willson) and all the new talent are going to be a real boost. It's going to be a fun year to be a part of the 12th man, try not to take the insults from the media and internet pundits too seriously and get caught up in their BS and let's just enjoy the ride we know is coming.
hope you don't mind my getting this off my chest.
(borrowing a line from Russell)...GO HAWKS!