Saturday, January 21, 2006
Today at 5:30pm CST the Seahawks play the Panthers in the NFC Championship.
I have to admit that I haven't been this excited about sports in a long time. The last time anything great happened in Seattle sports was in 2001 when the Mariners won 116 games to tie the most wins ever in a Baseball season. They went on to set another record for the team with the most wins to not make an appearance in the World Series.
Before that was 1996 when the Supersonics went to the NBA finals against Michael Jordan and the team of legend (72 wins that season). They lost in 6 games.
The last time the Seahawks won a playoff game I was 6 years old.
I have to say that it's no wonder that most of the national media don't give teams from Seattle any credit. They've never proved that they deserve it. Professional Seattle sports has all of one championship: the 1979 Supersonics. For 26 years Seattle has been without a champion.
But that's about to change. The Seahawks are in position to do the unthinkable, but that's the very reason I think they will do it. No one expects them to win. Carolina will underestimate them. They may try not to, but they're from the East Coast and to them Seattle only has expensive coffee and rain. They feel like their wins against New York and Chicago have been their real challenges.
So here's my prediction (for those of you who have persevered to read this long):
Smith puts up 150 yards receiving and gets 2 touchdowns. Alexander puts up 150 yards rushing and 3 touchdowns. Seattle's defense forces 2 turnovers that give Seattle a short field and easy scores. Carolina abandons their running game early and passes almost exclusively to Smith. While Smith has great numbers, he's not able to make enough plays by himself to secure the victory. Seattle wins by a touchdown, 30-23 (I'm sticking by my previous prediction).