First things first, I am
glad the Seahawks wore their alternate uniforms last week. I don't
like the neon envy green or whatever that unnatural shade of eye
blinding brightness is called. However, I also do enjoy that the NFL
is supporting Breast Cancer Awareness month this month. Yet, when
you add in that shade of magenta pain on the eyes, the only thing
worse would be that shade with that horrible green. It would cause a
lawsuit against the Seahawks when people start to report blindness
immediately after kickoff. I know, pink is not a tough enough color
for NFL players, but that shade of magenta is not doing many favors
in games with so much of it (like the Seattle/Indy game).
As for the
Seahawks...well, I think it was obvious that the hottest team
currently in the NFL (the Colts) would beat the damaged 'Hawks. That
goes without saying. However, I honestly think Seattle had a chance
if not for one thing. It's like a repeat of the horrible Bears game
the week before. If not for Mare, I think the Bears could have been
defeated in a very sad and pathetic game. With the Colts, I think
the blame entirely goes to the offensive line.
Yes, the Colts were
scoring machines. That's to be expected with Peyton Manning in
control of an offense. However, the Seattle defense didn't do any
worse than one should expect. It was
the offensive line that failed to deliver. Hell, the offensive
line made me glad that Hasselbeck was still benched with his rib
injury. After all, the Colt's defense would have completely killed
such an immobile passer as Hasselbeck. If Seneca Wallace was not so
mobile and able to scramble when it's called for, the Seahawks would
be down to their third string QB now.
It's one thing for the
line to offer no protection for Wallace, which led to many rushed
passes that just couldn't go anywhere. It only gets worse, however,
when the rest of the offensive line problems emerge. Actually, it's
only a single problem. Every pass that was great, or every rush that
made major yard gains were always called back. A 20 yard gain
quickly became a 10 yard loss when the yellow flags were flying like
popcorn in a popper due to offensive line players pulling off some
horrible holds, and being tricked into some really sad false start
penalties. At least the false starts tended to be due to a more
psychological team (the Colts) tricking and baiting Seahawk players
into false starts with some nice minor twitches while in formation
at the line.
There were at least two
drives that become horrible and ruined by these penalties. Add in
the lack of protection for Wallace, and you had some nasty fumbles
and interceptions while Wallace is panicking about who will clean up
his corpse when Indy's full weight of the defense sacks him into
It's not like the
Seahawks couldn't do anything. Even if Indy was starting to pull out
important players near the end of the game, the back to back
touchdowns (along with a great on-side kick after the first TD)
showed that Seattle had some moves. It just wouldn't materialize
when Wallace was left with no options but to pray that he didn't
become hamburger when he was given absolutely no protection unless
it came from illegal maneuvers (like holding).
I would say I'm looking
forward to Hasselbeck returning, but I just can't say that.
Hasselbeck has some good years left to play, but with this
offensive-to-watch line, his career is looking mighty short and
filled with some major pain.
I did get around to
downloading almost all the new songs for Rock Band for the week. I
only skipped one (the Alanis song that is not Ironic...whatever it's
called). In short, the songs are probably all fun enough on expert
guitar to merit some attention and maybe a casual glance if you
don't know the songs well enough to trust buying them.
The only things
worth mentioning seem to be that nothing is overly hard, but nothing
is quite as simple as one might expect (especially
Handlebars...which has some nice guitar passages). It's also worth
noting that these songs are probably best for vocalists. I mean
nearly all of the tracks just seemed geared towards either awesome
lyrics or insane singing styles. Between the craziness of Jack
White's vocals on Salute Your Solution (which sound beyond insane to
deal with on vocals) and the cool relaxed tone of Handlebars, this
is a vocalist's week for DLC.
However, I have
realized a problem with Rock Band DLC lately. The songs just keep
being awesome, but I think I'm losing my attention span when it
comes to RB. Mainly I have lost my usual band (with me being the one
person who would still go nuts for a weekly Rock Band night), and
seem to have no one to regularly play with. This means the entire
game is, more or less, now a single player experience for myself. I
always felt each person, like with the multiplier in overdrive, just
keeps adding to the experience...and a single player is just missing
too much of the crazy fun.
I know, I could
try the horrible abyss known as finding random player on Live, but
that just seems like a dirty and unfavorable place to go when
dealing with RB. Between the song obsessed ("Every song has to be
Welcome Home!"), the elitist asses ("I don't play with anyone who
can't gold star Painkiller"), and the random crazies, I just don't
think this is the right game for me to delve into Live for. Maybe if
I am really desperate, but that's maybe asking way too much for
humanity to deliver upon.
Anyway, I don't
think I'm out of playing, and paying for, RB...yet. However, the day
may be getting quite close. Now that I got my vintage (real) guitar
back from the repair shop, I feel like it might be time to listen
more to the classic bullshit line; play a real instrument already. I
mean the single player on RB is not much different, except having a
instrument track for the parts you don't handle. When you have
enough CDs to cover any songs you love playing on a real
instrument...well, maybe I should just jam with another fake band
(the CD has real bands, but the recording is as inflexible as any
computer generated band on Rock Band).
Blah...maybe I am
just getting too old and jaded.
I'm just not feeling too
inspired for writing lately. In fact, I'm feeling uninspired when it
comes to doing much of anything that's not playing Bookworm
Adventures 2. It's sad when that's the only thing that can hold my
attention lately. Guitar, Rock Band, or even just watching TV or
movies is feeling more like a chore than fun.
will change some when Tuesday rolls around. I do have Brutal Legend
pre-ordered and I'm hoping for the best. At the same time, I have
the PS3 demo for the game and I have not been able to find the will
power to even give that a shot. At least if anything can help
someone get out of a jaded funk, I think a Tim Schaffer game is the
Speaking of that
game, it's no surprise that Rock Band will have some
Brutal Legend inspired music for DLC next Tuesday. I mean they
are both published by EA, so it would only make sense, especially
for two games in which music is so important. Anyway, the only real
thing I've noticed, beyond how Rock Band DLC doesn't excitement
enough lately, despite being pretty damned good, is that Tenacious D
is getting another DLC track due to this pack. I would say it's
getting to be a bit too much if it was another band that got DLC
recently...but it still feels like Tenacious D stuff is just long
overdue after the first year of RB never having a single track.
Anyway, I think
I'll just keep up my bad/down mood by remembering that UW and the
Seahawks both play this weekend, so I'll have plenty of horrible
uninspired football to keep me uninspired.
fair. UW is actually doing some stuff, and is about a thousand times
better than last year. As for the Seahawks, anything I say would not
be fair either...to the extent of how truly bad they are this
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