Aug 30, 2012; Seattle, WA, USA; General view of CenturyLink Field during the NFL game between the Oakland Raiders and Seattle Seahawks. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-US PRESSWIRE
This is a big game. CenturyLink Field now rests, conserving energy, knowing soon she will be a battleground between two distinct styles of warfare. And the nation will be watching. A city will be roaring. The most storied franchise in American history versus an upstart team birthed, like myself, in unassuming 1976. Precision versus Power. Offense versus Defense. Passing versus Rushing. Actual versus Potential. Superstars versus the Team of "He's too short, he's too tall, he's too slow, he's too small." The Modern Aerial Attack Style versus the Old Classic Football Style.
And I have no fear. I am not assured of the outcome. But I have peace. Why? Because a measure of truth will be revealed. Is this team for real? We will know soon. Can the defense hold up? On a more ambitious thought: Can the defense dominate this offense? Can the defense do it on a big stage? Can the offense keep pounding foe after faceless foe with the hammer of Lynch? Can the offense draw upon the untapped resources - an undisturbed deep well that modern Americans refer to as 'a passing game?' Will Russell Wilson emerge above what has been the most conservative offense in the NFL? Gruden, the Pre-Draft Prophet, sits high in the booth - eagerly yearning for the fulfillment of his word.
Will the Seahawks serve the football world notice? Or will the they fall like so many other mortal NFL teams, gunned down by Aaron Rodgers? We will find out. We will find out very soon. Pete's philosophy will be tested. Fans want to believe, but still carry doubt. Seattle media still wrestles with the idea, "Can a team win this way?" Seattle was bathed in Mike Holmgren's style for a decade - a style that resonates in the modern NFL. Everything rises and falls with the quarterback. Offense over Defense. Passing over Running. Receivers over Running Backs. Cornerbacks over Linebackers.
The questions remains. Can this team, playing this style, beat that team, playing that style?
TIES THAT BIND US
And, interestingly, so much of us came from Green Bay. Why Paul Allen obtained his fascination with Green Bay, I will likely never know. But I see it in his acquisitory actions. Mike Holmgren. Ted Thompson. Matt Hasselbeck. Now, John Schneider. Don't laugh. Matt Flynn. Paul Allen wants what Green Bay has. The Coaches, The GMs, The Scouting, The Draft, The Team that Stays Forever Young, The Quarterbacks.
So many defining moments and big games have taken place against the Green and Gold. "We want the ball and we are going to score." A young man that served notice that the Seahawks were here to take the NFC - and they eventually soon did it - despite that bitter loss. The Monday Night Game, snow lightly falling and stadium bells ringing, versus Favre, with Shaun Alexander sledded for 200 yards and the win. The flipside 2007 season playoff game, in snowy Lambeau where the Seahawks went up 14-0 and then got routed.
I, for one, am ready for the truth, whatever that truth may be, to be revealed. Oh hell yes. I am ready for some football.