Tuesday, November 20, 2018

I'm Ready for Change

The hardest part of the last five years for me has been feeling like I'm still trapped in my 2012 self. Things are getting easier but the countdown is tough. I'll be free from school or work in six weeks. I don't know what I'll be doing after that.

That doesn't bother me right now. I need to focus on my sports blog and my goals. As a child, I was a Grizzlies, Canucks, Mariners and Packers fan.

Here is the break down of what my teams did every year.

Grizzlies  Canucks  Mariners Packers
1993 Yes Yes
1994 Yes Yes
1995 Yes Yes Yes
1996 Yes Yes
1997 Yes Yes
1998 Yes
2000 Yes
2001 Yes Yes Yes
2002 Yes Yes
2003 Yes Yes
2004 Yes Yes Yes
2005 Yes
2006 Yes
2007 Yes Yes
2009 Yes Yes
2010 Yes Yes
2011 Yes Yes Yes
2012 Yes Yes Yes
2013 Yes Yes Yes
2014 Yes Yes
2015 Yes Yes Yes
2016 Yes Yes
2017 Yes

The yes, refers to if they made the playoffs or not. My favorite teams as a kid made the plays 48 times since 1993 and two Championships. I hope my math is right. In 1999 and 2008 all my favorite teams missed the playoffs. 2018 might be one of those years as the Packers need to make the playoffs to keep the streak alive.

In 2013, I hit rock bottom. I wanted freedom for once. My Dad would get grumpy when I got angry at sports losses and that wasn't fair because I have Cerebal Palsy and go through way tougher things on a daily basis.

I feel bad for ditching a few of these teams but it was what I had to do at the time. I'm not a bandwagon jumper and thankful that I'm doing better now.

I choose the Suns because my family has a place in Arizona, Mets because I was a fan before 2001 and Seahawks because I had a bunch of Seattle fans on my FB.

Here is my current table:

Suns Canucks  Mets  Seahawks 
1993 Yes Yes
1994 Yes Yes
1995 Yes Yes
1996 Yes Yes
1997 Yes
1998 Yes
1999 Yes Yes Yes
2000 Yes Yes
2001 Yes Yes
2002 Yes
2003 Yes Yes Yes
2004 Yes Yes
2005 Yes Yes
2006 Yes Yes Yes
2007 Yes Yes Yes
2008 Yes
2009 Yes
2010 Yes Yes Yes
2011 Yes
2012 Yes
2013 Yes Yes
2014 Yes
2015 Yes Yes Yes
2016 Yes Yes

This table equals 46 playoff appearances and 1 Championship. This proves that I'm not a bandwagon jumper.

I'm going to do my best to plan something on my blog every day at 11pm so that I won't have any distractions when I write.

This process was hard on me and it really made me realize that you don't pick a team. A team picks you.

Thursday, November 15, 2018

My Anxiety Effects My Writing

I'm upset that life gets busy and I have no time to write. Today there was numerous sports on TV and the best was the Seahawks win over the Packers on Thursday Night Football.

The Seahawks, at 5-5  can only afford one more loss. That loss might come next week when they play on the road in Carolina.

I have a lot of goals in my life and one of them is to write every day on here. A story might not come to me. That being said, putting down my thoughts on here will help me think positively about having a disability.

I was glad I was able to watch a little bit of the Oregon Ducks basketball game tonight. They fell to Iowa 77-69. I think Iowa is going to be a good team this year but their going to have to make sure they get one win tomorrow against Syracuse.

I'm curios what will happen with my Ducks. I was a closet fan for years but I'm really proud of myself for coming out in the last year. I have lots of support now and I'm ready to put my past bullying nightmares from the University of Washington to bed.

I'm ready to turn around my past fears. I'm going to make a new list of goals tomorrow and plan my days around those goals.

Things are going to take off for me one day. I just know it. I just need to get back in the groove. I wish I could stay up to 3am tonight and get back in my groove but I can't. I guess I'll try and do that tomorrow.

Monday, November 12, 2018

Seattle Seahawks Still Have the Passion that Made them Great Before

Are the Seahawks close to contending or are they still hanging on by the thread from their slow decline of last year? Thursday's Seahawks game is a must win game and I believe they will win but the scary thing is, it's also a pretty big game for Green Bay. 

When the Seahawks picked Rashaad Penny last year in the first round, many Hawks fans were pessimistic. Yes, there were other areas where we needed more help but having a running back that is explosive can be very important. 

If anything, the manner that the Seahawks have lost these close games might save Pete Carroll's job. If we draft well in the off-season, our future still might be bright. 

The Rams window might be only two years long. I doubt they can keep all those great players long term. Seattle needs to be ready when there is a opening. 

For those people predicting this team would win 5-6 games all year, you forget to take into account that Russell Wilson rarely loses a game by more than 9 points. This is an incredible stat that only happens one time a year if that. 

It feels good to not be a 2-7 team however. This isn't baseball or basketball where rebuilds take 3-5 years. 

The 12th Man is special. We are on the rise again. The NFC is so tight that it's easy to go from eighth to third in the conference easily. 

There should be no panic from the Seahawks fans despite the unrest. 

Sunday, November 11, 2018

The Gap is Closing in the NBA

The NBA is in a precious spot right now. In the past few years, the neutral fan has criticized the NBA for having super teams. We have seen the same matchup in the NBA Finals the last four years with the last two becoming very lopsided with Curry out dueling King James and the Cleveland Cavaliers.

The last nine games resulting in Golden Sta
te having a 8-1 edge. The rivalry had become stale. I'm glad James moved on to Los Angeles. It will be very refreshing to see a different team in the Eastern Conference. Toronto, Philadelphia and Boston, all have a equal shot.

The landscape of the NBA its starting to change. Curry is 30 and might not be able to have the same success as he does now. The thing that is going to be interesting is who is going to be the next super team.

Boston and Philly have a chance. They both feature young cores that should compete for the NBA Title for the next decade. Milwaukee is strong and Toronto is nearing the end of their window if Kawhi Leonard leaves as a free agent this summer.

In the West, there are not many teams that are building a strong threesome. Denver, Portland and Memphis have had good starts but neither seem to be on the rise. Sacramento, Dallas and Phoenix all have a shot but are still a lottery pick a way from being in serious contention.

I feel the NBA parity gap is getting super tight after the Top 4 teams. The Western Conference is one Curry sprained ankle away from things getting very interesting.

I hope the parity continues.

Here's a look at the current standings:

Eastern Conference
Western Conference