Turns out not everyone holds an East Coast Bias. Perusing ESPN Page 2 I came across an articled titled, “The suffering of a Seahawks fan.” Its noteworthy (and the reason for the title of this post) that Jackson (the author of the article) lives in Connecticut.
Written by Kevin Jackson, Executive Editor for ESPN.com, he recounts the painful history of the Seattle Seahawks and gives us his Top 10 Worst Seahawks losses. What makes this list particularly galling is the fact that he had to limit them to the “New Millenium.” Here’s the list, click on the link for the whole article.
The 10 Worst Seahawk Losses of the New Millenium
1. Jan. 4, 2004, NFC wild-card playoff: Packers 33, Seahawks 27 (OT). “We want the ball, and we’re going to score.” Matt Hasselbeck was right â€¦ but his pass near midfield scored a 52-yard TD for Green Bay’s Al Harris.
2. Nov. 23, 2003: Ravens 44, Seahawks 41 (OT). The NFL later apologized for the refs’ failure to restart the clock in the final two minutes. The Seattle defense apologized for blowing a 17-point lead in the final six minutes.
3. Oct. 10, 2004: Rams 33, Seahawks 27 (OT). On the bright side, Seattle was up 27-10 with six minutes left. (Editor’s note: No, this is not a typo. Seattle really did blow a 17-point lead in the final six minutes of two games in back-to-back seasons.)
4. Jan. 8, 2005: Rams 27, Seahawks 20. Bobby Engram couldn’t pull in a potential game-tying TD pass in the game’s final seconds.
5. Dec. 6, 2004: Cowboys 43, Seahawks 39. Dallas erases a 10-point deficit in the final two minutes, with the help of a recovered on-side kick, a TD “noncatch” by Keyshawn Johnson and 1,256 rushing yards from rookie Julius Jones.
6. Jan. 9, 2000: AFC wild-card playoff, Dolphins 20, Seahawks 17. The final game at the Kingdome. Holding a 17-13 lead, the ‘Hawks have Dan Marino backed up on his own 8-yard line, facing a third-and-17 late in the fourth. Marino gets out of the hole and levels the ‘Dome with the final meaningful drive of his career.
7. Jan. 6, 2002, Jets 24, Raiders 22. True, the Seahawks weren’t playing. But after beating Kansas City earlier in the day, all Seattle needed was a win by the heavily favored Raiders to make the playoffs. Instead, John Hall hit a miracle 53-yard field goal as time expired to give the Jets their first win in Oakland since 1962.
8. Oct. 26, 2003: Bengals 27, Seahawks 24. Matt Hasselbeck has two passes tipped into the air for interceptions in the final eight minutes, both coming with the Seahawks in range for a potential game-tying field goal.
9. Oct. 2, 2005: Redskins 20, Seahawks 17 (OT). The only real “Seahawk loss” on this year’s schedule so far. Josh Brown raises his hands in victory as he clanks a 47-yard field goal off the left upright as time expires.
10. Oct. 24, 2004: Cardinals 25, Seahawks 17. A terrible Cardinals team drops Seattle to 3-3 after the ‘Hawks had looked terrific in a 3-0 start. Hasselbeck plays the worst game of his career, misfiring on 27 of 41 passes and throwing four interceptions.
At least losses like these make it easy to distinguish between the true fans and the bandwagoners.