Saturday was a day for
sports to be on my side. The Huskies, Ducks, Boise State, and
Sounders FC all took down their opponents in some damned good games.
Ok, most were good games, but when Boise wins like they did, it's
anything but a good game. I mean once you hit at least 30 points and
shut out your opponent, the game is no longer a good one to follow
since it's just too damned one sided to be fun.
Unfortunately, the luck
didn't continue with the NFL on Sunday. This season is just a giant
question mark with most teams. The Seahawks, however, are more
predictable in all the worst ways. Is it a home game? If so, then
it's a real game. If it's a road game, then the Seahawks looks like
some high school team trying to cut it in the NFL. It only gets
worse when the Seahawks are now tied with the Rams...for first
place. What is going on with the NFC West?
I think, despite what I
used to say, that the problem is Hasselbeck. While the last two
years saw him flounder due to a lack of protection by the offensive
line, it's no longer the case. Do the 'Hawks have a good O-line? No.
But it is improved versus last year. Hasselbeck is just older now,
and every NFL player hits "the age" eventually. The age would be
when a player's game suffers and they just have nowhere to go but
further down. Most QBs can last a while in the NFL, and Hasselbeck
has over a dozen years of NFL experience. It looks like it may be
time for him to go. It only gets worse and more "real" when you see
someone like Bradford (the Ram's rookie QB) with a laser sight on
his arm and a pure cannon behind that sight. It's been a long time
since I could say so, but I think the Rams have one hell of a QB who
can and does make plays.
Unlike many Hasselbeck
haters, I just think he's a bit too old now. I also think the answer
is not Charlie Whitehurst. Whitehurst is not an NFL caliber QB. He
is not too bad of a backup when injuries happen, but he is no
starter. The best solution for the Seahawks is for them to struggle
through this season, maybe even have a good enough of record to
capture the lame NFC West title, and then to draft a QB. Unlike
during back seasons with Ruskell, Schneider can hopefully get
Seattle a good rookie QB for next year.
Anyway, next up for
Seattle is a bye week. Maybe they will take some time to regroup and
refocus, but then comes another road game and an almost guaranteed
On a final Seahawk
thought; since Hasselbeck is not looking good this year, and
Whitehurst looked like garbage in the pre-season, why not try
Robinson? He played QB at Penn State, and threw the longest
pass of the game for Seattle on his wildcat play. Just a
On a different note, I
have now ended my battle with Fry's Electronics. I was finally given
a replacement TV for my busted (under extended service plan)
Mitsubishi 52" DLP. What I was given was a Samsung 50" plasma...a
720p plasma with no composite connections. That isn't quite
comparably to my old TV, so I thought the feud would continue.
Then I wrote one hell of
an email to detail what the service department had been up to, and
actions came quick and professionally from Fry's. The Floor Manager
for the Renton (WA) Fry's contacted me and was ready to give me a
new replacement TV that cost a fair bit more than the Samsung.
However, since I only wanted an equivalent TV, or as close as
possible to my old set, I simply requested an exchange set that cost
the same as the Samsung (and named one that was $50 more, but also
more of an equivalent exchange), but was 1080p (I don't care about p
or i on 1080...just the pixel count for using the TV as a PC
monitor) and had the composite connections that a geek like myself
needs (for all PS2 era and older consoles). The main difference,
above all else, was how I requested a Panasonic or an LG. The Floor
Manager was good about seeing that I wasn't asking for the world,
and started to look for the replacement.
After a little time, the
Floor Manager told me the one I asked for was a clearance model, and
the LG was only available as a floor model. He didn't feel right
with giving one of those, so he got me set up with the next step up
on the Panasonic. Better yet, I was set up with delivery the next
day. So, after a month of headaches, I am finally done and can put
this whole incident behind me.
My final thoughts on
this whole ordeal are pretty simple. For one, I was close to saying
that I'm flat-out done with Fry's. That would be a shame since there
are no local stores, other than Fry's, to get good prices on random
bits of tech. I know online is an option, but sometimes you need
instant gratification (I need an adapter now, so I will pick it up
now). So, I'm not throwing in the towel with Fry's. However, I think
I will avoid their service department. The rest of the store; I have
no problems giving more money over to Fry's instead of a random
price gouging big box store.
Secondly, I can't stand
how the resolutions in HDTVs are going right now. If you show me
someone who can honestly find a real difference in 1080i versus
1080p, I'll show you someone talking out of their ass. There are a
few rare exceptions, but typically the noticeable resolution
differences come in from either 720 versus 1080 (especially on
anything 40" and larger, or using a TV as a PC monitor) and from the
quality of the TV. A high end 1080i display will look better than a
low end budget 1080p any day of the week. Also, I hate how HDMI is
so forced on the market ("a TV isn't good unless it has 4 HDMI
slots"), especially on 720p TVs. HDMI is needed for 1080p, and
nothing less. Component does the same job, with occasional issues on
HDCP...very occasional issues. Also, Samsung really has me at a loss
with the loss of composite. While it may not be standard issue
anymore, it still is what will do the job for regular DVD, PS2, Wii,
and any older consoles.
Also, I do have to say,
despite it's lacking features, Samsung makes a nice low end plasma.
If you don't mind 720p (especially if you're not using it as a PC
monitor, or you just don't run your PC at high resolutions) and a
lack of inputs for older technology, I say the 720p 50" plasmas from
Samsung are really nice.
I also have to say that
the Panasonic U2 series of 50" plasma is really nice. I can't find
too many faults, beyond no VGA port...but when a DVI/VGA to HDMI
adapter can be found for under $3 online (the route I'm going), it
doesn't matter. I'm still tweaking the settings to find the best
image possible. I guess you could say, however, that the image
settings are definitely less user friendly to adjust on the
Panasonic than on either the Samsung or even my old Mitsubishi 1080i
DLP. Still, once you find the right settings, you should have to
worry about it any more. Also, the Panasonic U2 series has a better
screen (less reflective) than the Samsung. I'm not sure what to
think of CATS (the display can automatically adjust contrast and
brightness according to the lighting in the room) yet, but it's a
neat feature and it can be turned on or off easily enough.
Anyway, best of all, I
can now get back to playing Rock Band 2 and I am thinking I'll play
some good old SNES games while waiting for Fable 3 and RB3 at the
end of this month.
Seahawks capturing Marshawn Lynch would be big news. Well, it is
big news. I mean Seattle may finally have a play-maker in the
running game. I'm not trying to talk down about Forsett, but he is
too small to run through the lack of openings that the Seahawks are
not opening up for him. I'm also not trying to talk down about
Washington, but Pete Carroll is just not using him enough in the run
game, so I don't know what he really can do with the lack of running
lanes. However, Lynch may be able to bring about the type of
powerful and swift running that can give Seattle an edge on the
ground. Best of all, he is not a washed up big named talent, like
Seattle would previously go for. Lynch is current.
However, when the
Sounders FC has become the first team to ever
win the US Open Cup in back-to-back title games in the MLS era,
I cannot pay much attention to the Seahawks (who have a bye week
this week). Let me say that again; Sounders FC, thanks to Nyassi
playing like a man possessed, are two time US Open Cup winners in
only two seasons of existence! Plus, Seattle set the record for
attendance for the US Open Cup final game in it's first time of
What more could
you want if you're a Sounders FC fan? Well, I think I would have
liked the game to have been on a channel more people could access. I
am one of the few people I know who gets FSC (Fox Soccer Channel),
so I am one of the few people I know to watch the game who weren't
present at Qwest Field. Also, FSC is only in SD for the Seattle
area, as opposed to ESPN-2, FSN (Fox Sports Northwest), and KONG
(the local usual station for Sounders matches). It only gets worse
when the local voice of the Sounders, Arlo White, is an amazing
announcer, but national announcing teams sound like they are still
trying to learn the game...and getting bored in the process.
standard definition, horrible announcing, not many easy ways to
watch the match, and some audio problems (FSC has poor audio which
cuts out and changes volume constantly), you cannot be too down when
you can see Nyassi own the field.