Monday's thoughts.....Hawks, D-League and more.
Damn, I need a laptop in the worse way? Any suggestions from you computer-wise folks, please pass them along for where to go. I am anti-Dell, so any other thoughts would be appreciated.
Now, HOW ABOUT THEM SEAHAWKS!?!?!?
Say it with me..... TRUE-FONT! From??? Washington State University! Little Steve Smith, partially pictured here, knows who he is. He also knows Kevin Bentley-a linebacker who also shadowed the all-everything receiver who disappeared yesterday.
One thing I do know is that everyone in the Portland area will have true rooting interest in Super Bowl 40. It seems from Friday's show, and the e-mails, that people have one of two thoughts about the Hawks-
1) They love them
2) They can't stand them and thus will be big Steeler fans for at least one day if it means seeing Seattle lose.
Don't ever question Paul Allen as an owner. He is the biggest fan, and loves to win. That was evident yesterday before, during, and after the game. He isn't in sports to make more money, he is in as a fan who loves to see his team win. People who have in the past, or currently work for him, always say that he will spend whatever it takes to be successful.
Key stat: 74.8%. That is the completion percentage for Matt Hasselbeck in the last six games, and yesterday he started the game by going 8-8 in the first quarter.
In the Super Bowl, the Hawks will see a quarterback who is putting up similar numbers: In three playoff games, Ben Roethlisberger has completed 49 of 72 passes for 680 yards, seven touchdowns and one interception. He has had passer ratings of 148.7, 95.3 and 124.9.
We all heard about how great the Panthers defense was. Ok, not so good now. Pittsburgh you ask? The Steelers have 11 sacks in the postseason and held Denver 62 yards below its season rushing average (158.7).
WHEN the Hawks get Alexander re-signed, which you KNOW they will now, they could be a very consistent presence in the playoffs for the next few years. The defense has incredible speed at the linebacker position (remember how bad the organization got killed on Draft Day 2005 with the pick of Tatupu?) which is also very young. And the offense is, well, the best in the NFL.
On first look, the numbers don't look great for Martell Webster. He is shooting 40.7% from the field and scoring just over 10 points per game in 21 minutes per outing in his three games down. But..... his first two games he made 9-19 from the field (47%) including 3-4 from outside the arc. Last night he was just 2-8 which obviously brings his overall average down. So how is he playing? I am going to talk to Kevin Pritchard later today for a better feel as to the reports he has received.
Sergei Monia wasn't good last night either-going 1-4 from the field with a couple of rebounds and just two points. In his three games, Monia 8-22 from the field (36%) and just 1-5 from outside the arc.
Again, more later.