East Coast Media Bias
In the spring of 1864 Ulysses S. Grant ordered General William Sherman to keep the Western Confederate Army occupied so they could not reinforce Robert E. Lee in Virginia in order to allow Grant the opportunity to produce the knockout punch on the Confederate army needed to end the war. Yesterday Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman got his faced shoved, though no knockout punch by Trent Williams the giant offensive lineman for the Redskins after the Seahawks won the battle between the two young quarterback sensations Russell Wilson and RG III.
And now General Pete Carroll will retreat back to Seattle for a few days before Sherman and his fellow Seahawks march on to Atlanta once again in a classic battle of the West Coast vs. the South to take on the Atlanta Falcons who got to sit home Sunday with the rest of the Union and watch the Seahawks win the most exciting game of the weekend. The Falcons are the number 1 seed and of course are favored playing at home, but like everyone else they are all to aware of this growing storm emanating from the wet and soggy Pacific Northwest.
As for me I am temporarily on assignment down here in Portland where a surprisingly large percentage of the locals are not Seahawks fans based on the ever brewing Seattle-Portland rivalry which has more to do with dueling hipster cultures than the NFL. But I was able to look online and found a place called Nepo 42 in Northeast Portland where a lively group of 40-50 fans gathered for the game Sunday. It is odd to feel I am behind enemy lines even here in Portland as far as fandom goes but after this weekend I bet that a lot more Portlanders jump on the bandwagon of the sole Northwest team left to do battle with not only the favored teams like the Falcons but also the infamous East Coast bias in the media which is begrudgingly start to give the Seahawks the credit they are due.
I received a few calls and texts from well-wishers around the country after Russell Wilson led our guys to a stunning 24-10 comeback win over the RG III and the Washington Redskins, As a matter of fact one of my friends from New York officially announced he is on the Seahawks bandwagon and I have a hunch if we can get by the Falcons this week we could see a whole nation jump onboard the Sehawks for the rest of the way.
I have started to contemplate making plans for the Super Bowl, as after going to the debacle in Detroit in 2006 I feel obligated to make the trip south for the ” Battle of New Orleans” (more history on that later). But for now I’m just grateful our Seahawks are still alive after the rough start yesterday and I’m going to relish all the commentary on ESPN and Fox this week.
One final note on the whole East Coast Media bias, is it just me or has anyone else notice that the huge comeback win by the Seahawks yesterday has gotten lost in the debate of whether or not RG III should have finished the game? What about Marshawn Lynch, Russell Wilson, and the rest of Pete Carroll’s gang of wild-eyed Hawks…..Oh well as any long-time Seahawks fan can attest to it is simply part of the deal and from the looks of it our team is simply using this sort of disrespect as an additional motivator for a team that is already on fire….Go Hawks!