I live in Oklahoma, so the only coverage I get is national. Every win we've had this season was against a good team- a team expected to be better than we were expected to be. It's a study in sociology. We're Seattle. We have relatively little winning tradition, we're not on the East Coast. We probably have a bigger fan base than the Jets- they split 15 million people- and probably not 50-50 in their favor. But they get more run...we serve WA, ORE, ID, MT, AK...I'd say there are probably as many Hawk fans in this nation as Jets fans. Maybe not. More importantly, though, is we don't have Joe Namath in our pedigree. We don't have Montana and Young, Staubach and Aikman, Eli or Peyton, any Superbowls, we don't have Halas and Ditka, don't have Lombardi and Favre, don't have Brady and Belichick, no Theisman and Riggins, no Elway, no Don Shula or Marino, no Bradshaw/Steel curtain or Roethlisberger...we flat out don't have the tradition that demands coverage. And we don't have the geography.
We went 9-7 in 1983 and we beat the Raiders both times in the regular season. We played in the AFC Championship...and lost to the RAIDERS. Until we can finish the job, we'll be right where we are right now- viewed as pretenders (because that's what we are doing- we're pretending that we're relevant in the NATIONAL Football League).
That being said...and all things considered...I think we're getting a decent amount of respect nationally. Lack of coverage is due to the above- that's not a respect issue, it's a demand issue. We're getting a lot of talk on the radio- not much of which is bad.
I CANNOT STAND the "disrespect card" that people play on this board. It is so tired, so old. We don't deserve much more than what we are getting, nationally. Which is actually a fair amount. We flat out haven't forced their hand and made them deal with us as equals. Nobody should "crown our ass". The fact that Rome pimped us as much as he did yesterday in his opening hour is enough for me.
In the end, we'll get exactly what we deserve on Friday morning, win or lose.