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I'm down here in Olympia to host Night of the Living Tribute Bands (this link is far more readable in my current exhausted condition), which means I'll be spending the next 36 hours either writing lame jokes or telling them.

Sorry for the disconnected style of this entry. I'm a little tired. I went to a pre-wedding dinner with my former bandmates and wound up doing a surprisingly lucid karaoke version of a popular song, and now I'm a little too spaced out to be thinking clearly about football.

But I'll do what I can. There's nothing else to do in this town anyway, right now. Here's a final update of all the brouhaha surrounding the Seahawks before their game on Sunday.

To wit:

  • Vikings linebacker E.J. Henderson, who committed the calamitous knee hit on Matt Hasselbeck in last Sunday's game, will not be fined by the NFL for the hit. I didn't think he would be. Sando reports that Henderson feels vindicated, and is even a little snarky about Hasselbeck's suggestion that it was a dirty hit. Make of this what you wanna.
  • Sean Locklear has been suspended for the game against the Chiefs for violation of the NFL's "personal conduct policy." This stems from the January incident Locklear had with his girlfriend outside Belltown Billiards, which Locklear settled with city prosecutors this summer. I didn't realize he'd have to serve a suspension for this incident during the regular season.

    Can I just say Sunday's game is looking more like a dress rehearsal for The Longest Yard? I mean, jeez.

  • As Scruffy reports in his diary, Tom Ashworth (aka Fraud Monitoring) will start at right tackle in place of Locklear.
  • Following up on Thursday's news, Chiefs QB Damon Huard is still very tentative for Sunday's game after suffering a groin injury in practice. Huard's status for Sunday will be a game-time decision:
    "I don't think it's the end of the world," a visibly frustrated Huard said as he clutched a wooden lectern. "I don't think it's really that big of a deal. And hopefully on Sunday I can go out there, feel good and just play ball. It's just unfortunate it's a couple of days before the game. Is this a severe injury? No, by no means. It's just kind of like, 'Wow, what a weird time.'"

    According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the Kansas City Chiefs have never won a game after their quarterback has clutched a wooden lectern.

  • Rotoworld reports Bobby Engram isn't expected to play this week, as he needs to regain his strength after the weight loss from his thyroid condition.

    Interestingly, Rotoworld also reports that D.J. Hackett has taken over third on the Seahawks' depth chart with "Engram out and WR Nate Burleson struggling." Hmmm.... Hackett's promotion was something a few Seahawks fans wanted to see (not necessarily me) (well, maybe a little bit).

Honest to gosh, there are so many players absent from this game that it feels like it's not even a real Seahawks game. It's like the Microsoft Annual Flag Football Scrum, except it's at Arrowhead. Strange days, indeed. Most peculiar momma.

See you at the game thread on Sunday morning.