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Military Sea Hawkers Newsletter — December 8, 2012
Pete Carroll and the Seahawks host Major General Stephen Lanza and Soldiers from the 7th Infantry Division for an open forum on traumatic brain injuries on Nov. 20. Seattle Seahawks photo.
Hope you all enjoyed a great week of Seahawks highlights and replays of Russell Wilson leading the team to victory (twice). Wilson earned a couple of awards this week for that game, and it left everyone wondering what’s wrong with the Bears defense.
Now the Seahawks are back home and playing the 4-8 Arizona Cardinals. I don’t know about you, but I get really nervous before these games that the Seahawks are “supposed to win.” On top of that, the Cardinals are on an eight-game losing streak. I’m hoping it is the blowout win that everyone seems to be suggesting.
A win on Sunday would be a great start to catching the San Francisco 49ers for the division title. If Seattle can win out and San Francisco can lose one more game apart from the Dec. 23rd matchup, then we’ll have a home playoff game. I can’t believe we only have four more regular season games left this year.
Thanks to those of you who were able to volunteer or offer up donations for the Toys for Tots drive at the game on Sunday! No ticket donations yet, but some have shown interest and dropped me messages thanking you all for your service.
The Seahawks are on AFN once again!
I feel as though we’re approaching some sort of record for the number of weeks the Seahawks have been on AFN. I’m sure it must be the case since at least since I started keeping track.
This week you can watch it on AFN Prime Atlantic at 1300 PST/2100 GMT/0130 Afghanistan (Monday). No luck for our Sailors viewing DTS, but hopefully you were able to catch the Bears game on NFL Replay this week.
Please continue to vote for the AFN Game of the Week on Facebook starting Sunday night through Wednesday. As soon as the Seahawks win, my first post will be on the Facebook page of an old Navy buddy who is a huge Cardinals fan, and then I’ll be voting for the Seahawks vs. Buffalo game to be on TV next Sunday.
Reflecting on an old Russell Wilson report
I’m part of a small group of about 74 Seahawks fans on Facebook that share articles back and forth and keep up on team news.
This week, one member found and posted an article from before the 2012 NFL Draft. In hindsight, it is hilarious to read how much the author downplayed Russell Wilson’s potential.
The article on Football Outsiderswas hyping up its college football quarterback projection system, claiming to have a formula to predict the success of quarterbacks taken in the first three rounds.
This projection system, called the Lewin Career Forecast (LCF), had just come up with a 2.0 version that more accurately predicts success. Guess who came out with the highest ranking of the draft class? Yep. Russell Wilson. He was followed by Robert Griffen III and Andrew Luck.
Since this couldn’t possibly be correct, they pushed Wilson all the way to the bottom, discounting him as a likely fourth round pick and a guy who was too short and essentially had numbers the system wasn’t build to handle accurately. The amount of improvement from Wilson’s junior year at North Carolina to his year at Wisconsin was explained away as an anomaly.
Not only did Wilson receive the highest ranking of the 2012 class of quarterbacks, he received the highest ranking of all quarterbacks since 1998.
If only the author had enough confidence in the LCF system to hype Wilson as a huge sleeper, he would now look like a genious. Maybe he is anyway?
-Brandan Schulze, Military Sea Hawkers
Brandan Schulze Military Sea Hawkers VP of Communications and Membership