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Writing

The only way to get better at writing is to write. I am writing everyday to perfect my craft. What is my craft? It's sports writing. I grew up loving sports because of my mom and I want to be a writer because of my dad so naturally I want to be a Sports Writer. It is going to be a long and tough journey and that's ok. I just got to keep chipping away at it. Sports writing is a hobby right now that I am passionate about that I don't mind working hard at. The way to get better is learning from my mistakes. I know I am making mistakes constantly and realizing that it's ok is part of the process. I am growing and developing as a writer. I want to learn from the best writers so that I can be the best sports writer I can be. It would be nice to make a living at this. I want to realistically read three books per week. And write three hours for each book read. Writing keeps my thoughts from being stuck inside my head. Writing gives me an opportunity to verbalize my feelin…

Russell Wilson

Being new to the Seattle, Washington area, I watched all of the Seahawks' 2012 preseason games on NFL Game Pass. Russell Wilson is amazing right from the start of preseason. You could see flashes of brilliance in those first preseason games. The mobility and elusiveness combined with the poise of a season veteran. The accurately thrown balls that zip ten to fifteen yards across the field into the wide receivers' hands. The flawless routine handoffs to his running backs. Russell Wilson did it all and  thoroughly outplayed Matt Flynn that preseason. Wilson began the climb to back to back Super Bowl appearances and the rest is history. This past month, Wilson was handsomely rewarded in the form of a contract extension that is worth $22 million a year!

NFL Game Pass

I recently signed for NFL Game Pass to catch the live NFL preseason games online. After I had signed up I immediately tuned in to watch the Eagles/Colts game that had Tim Tebow rush for a touchdown on Sunday. I have the 7 day free trial and have made up my mind to keep it for the season. It's $99 to be able to watch live preseason games as well as old archived games from the past few years. It's a little pricey for something that doesn't have live games in comparison to the other major sports packages like MLB, NBA, and the NHL.


Preseason or Playoffs?

The Seahawks played the Broncos last night. They lost the game 22-20 in front of their adoring fans that numbered up to almost 67,000 strong. The 12s enthusiasm and intensity made a meaningless preseason game inside CenturyLink seem like the playoffs. What happened last night won't mean anything come September when the real season begins.

Though the Seahawks lost the game we found out that explosive rookie Tyler Lockett has a dangerous return game that will immensely help the middling Special Teams. High draft pick and rookie defensive end Frank Clark had a heck of a game too. Their respective debut performances made geniuses out of Seattle's front office.

Coach Carroll seems as energetic and experienced as ever. Russell Wilson is their franchise QB and will be for the next four years because the front office smartly signed him to a long term deal. The Seahawks also managed to add the best Tight End in football in Jimmy Graham. Their top rated defense is practically the same f…

New York Jets

New York Jets Quarterback Geno Smith got a broken jaw from a punch by a rookie third stringer and is out 6 to 10 weeks. The Jets backup quarter Ryan Fitzpatrick will replace Geno as their starter to start the season. Fitzpatrick is no stranger to football fans having started for the Buffalo Bills while he played under current offensive coach Chan Gailey when Gailey was the Head Coach at Buffalo. I'm curious to find out how well Fitzpatrick will do under Gailey as the Harvard alum threw career highs of 3832 yards and 24 touchdowns in all 16 games in 2011. Current Jets Head Coach Todd Bowles said there's no guarantee that Geno Smith will get his job back. It's the former 7th round draft pick Fitzpatrick's job to lose. For the sake of momentum if this year Fitzpatrick does a decent job and posts his 2011 numbers then leaving him in the starting role would be the correct move and no one would question it. However, it would be very disappointing to Geno Smith and all his fa…

Press Box

I went on a stadium tour of CenturyLink Field on my birthday. It was well worth the $12 price of admission for the 90 minute tour.

I got to go on the field and all the way up the 300 level seats. I also got the grand tour of the press box, the broadcasting section, and a private suite. I even got a tour of the locker room and shower. It was a complete stadium experience minus the actual game day atmosphere.

The best part of the tour was the press box. Seeing the press box and sitting in it was a surreal feeling. I could imagine myself being a Seattle Times Sportswriter watching the Seahawks play against their archival 49ers while typing away on my laptop. 
Sportswriters are a lucky bunch. They get to go to games, eat stadium food, and travel the country while covering their favorite teams. It's most every sports fans dream. It's odd but I envy sports writers more than the actual athletes. Most of my favorite writers are sportswriters. I would not mind being a sportswriter even…

Seattle Seahawks

Having moved to Seattle just a few months ago, it's hard to explain Seattle's love for their Seahawks. Seattle is filled with diehard Seahawks fans, also known as 12s. They are loud and they are everywhere! In 2014, when the Super Bowl was held in NY/NJ the 12s outnumbered the Bronco fans I would say by a margin of 8 to 1. These 12s border on fanatical as evident by their already sold out training camps for this year (meanwhile in other cities, teams like the Jets are practically begging people to come for free) and the high cost of a preseason ticket to a game on their home field, CenturyLink, is averaging $80-$100 on StubHub. The prevalent number of Russell Wilson's #3 and Fan's #12 jerseys that people adorn in the dog days of summer when baseball is supposed to rule is also unusual. The Mariners are definitely beloved here in Seattle but they come in at an albeit distant second. Seahawks Football unquestionably reigns supreme here in Seattle, at least for now and w…