• Birdfinger

    I'm just seeing selfishness. He signed what I believe was a front-loaded contract. (Please correct me if I'm wrong.) So he was aware that the back-end of that contract wasn't going to be as rich as the front-end. The Seahawks invested in him with that contract and he should honor the entire agreement. Or at a minimum, fulfill all the duties required, like taking part in practice and showing up to meetings on time, while him and his agent are engaged in talks for a new contract or a trade. This horsesh*t of choosing when or even IF he will practice and all the public comments regarding the situation is just low rent.

    I don't like that the younger players see this. He's showing how far one can push PC/JS. I really want PC to punish him the way he would any other player. I want to hear about the discipline handed down to him. He's only a part of a team and he needs to calm the "F" down, play by the rules, and either be all in, or be a hold out and go home.

    I hope Earl isn't a leader on this team because this crap isn't leadership. Its grade school sniveling.

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  • sammyc521

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    What’s your mindset now? Was this your last game as a Seahawk?
    ET: I don’t know if it was, but I had a damn good time and I’ll go out like that if I have to.
    Is there any part of you that is still hopeful that something can be worked out in Seattle or has that ship sailed?
    ET: I just want to be appreciated.
    And you don’t think you’re appreciated here by this organization?
    ET: I mean, show me.

    "I need to make sure my body is 100," Thomas said when asked about missing practice Wednesday and Thursday for what coach Pete Carroll had only described as personal reasons. "I’m invested in myself. If they was invested in me, I would be out there practicing. But if I feel like anything -- I don’t give a damn if it’s small, I’ve got a headache -- I’m not practicing. But I don’t want that to be taken the wrong way. I know I’m going to get fined. But that’s just where I’m at with that."

    I know that a lot of people are 100% done with Earl (rightfully so), but I want to talk about how crazy good he's been in these 3 games.

    If he played 100% of the Denver game, maybe we win that.

    For this year, fine him and play him on Sunday. Then Franchise Tag him and trade him before the draft in the off-season.

    I'm not done with Earl the player; I think he's worth extending right now as risky as it is.

    I'm done with Earl the person; the Seahawks have to move on from players that don't buy in even if they are great.

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  • Birdfinger

    https://sportsradiokjr.iheart.com/content/2018-09-23-earl-thomas-addresses-his-practice-absences/

    So Earl says he won't practice if anything slightly hurts. Then says if the Seahawks would invest in him he'd practice.

    Not a good look. I think HE is done with US. Just get a vibe that option 1 is to get traded with a new Seahawk contract a distant 2nd.

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  • sammyc521

    Quick reactions:

    • Defense is built to play a close game
    • Forced Turnovers make this team so much better
    • Team is better at home (hope this continues all year)
    • Running and a balanced offense make for a better team
    • Seahawks played very disciplined all game
    • First Running TD from the Redzone since 2016
    • S Bradley McDougald is one of the best Free Agent signings by the Seahawks and FO (nearing Avril and Bennett)
    • #ExtendEarl

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  • Birdfinger

    He shouldn't play if they are really gonna trade him. For me, he either plays happy or he sits. I'm very wary of a disgruntled guy playing not to get hurt. I don't think he is really gonna be 100% in this game.

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  • sammyc521

    So Earl is playing now... and then we're gonna trade him to the... Chiefs?

    So confused. Go Hawks!

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  • Veda the Moor

    So apparently Im excited.. woke up at 5'30am and cant get back to sleep!

    Go Hawks!

    Flew over for this game, really pumped!

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  • Veda the Moor

    Excellent read, Jesse. And interesting follow up Sammy.

    I think the more one on one aspect of martial arts really does lead to special opportunities for self awareness. Theres probably nothing like 3 minutes in a ring or on a mat with someone trying to put on the floor of it to let you know exactly where you stand. And for my thinking more importantly, where you can do better.

    But I do think it does extend to other sports , just not as directly. And that is interesting...because I think then it comes down to other factors.. as to what people take away from it. Ive come away very rarely from an interview or talking to a martial artist and though they were somewhat self deluded about their abilities. In Tokyo I have a very good friend named John. John does aikido and iaido. And when I say "does" I mean, he is the #6 guy in his form in iaido and is of similar though not quite as in aikido and teaches both -- as a foreigner in Tokyo thats nothing to sneeze at. Through him I frequently meet some elite practitioners of these arts. When I first was getting to know him I expected these people to be hypermasculine, cocky people. But none of them are. They are very aware of themselves.

    Turn it to football and there is an interesting dynamic. Football player evaluators have a difficult job compared to just about any sport. Little of what is done in football is purely a one on one battle, even when something looks like it, its influenced by so much else. Its a true team sport with as much in common with chess as rugby. What does that mean for players? I find that football players at times are extremely deluded as to both their ability and their importance. The nature of the game makes it easy to do that.. makes it easy to excuse your own bad play, makes it easy to misjudge your play, makes it easy even for professionals to not understand what they are seeing. And so while some find football a very humbling sport, others come away having had it have an opposite effect on them. Its a very interesting dynamic.

    Its food for thought and maybe a strong argument that children should be exposed to both team and individual sports.

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    Lymon

    And I've got two words for you folks: Go 'Hawks!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • sammyc521

    Nice share.

    My brother is a big proponent of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu; he even has his own studio that he ran for a while before life got in the way.

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    He's always asked me to spar with him and even offered to take me to a couple of classes but it's just never been my jam. The sports/athletics that I've always been drawn to were the same sports that I played when I was younger; basketball and football. While I'm not good at either those have been the sports that I gravitate back towards.

    I see the draw of sparring and the mental aspect of building up skill to know yourself. I think that there's a perception that martial arts are all about being combative but there is a huge skill in developing knowing of your limits and self.

    While I may never go to a dojo or put on a gi, I respect the people that enjoy the art and take knowledge out of the programs like BJJ.

    Nice read.

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