The 49ers have a lot on the line this Sunday night in Seattle, but not nearly as much as the Seahawks and their head coach, former failed roofing materials salesman Pete Carroll. His team is as good as it can get this year, undefeated at home, and if all that still isn’t good enough to finally beat the 49ers, Pete may want to go back to selling housetops this winter.
This will be the second consecutive week the 49ers play the premier Sunday night game. Chargers vs Jets was originally scheduled for this slot, but in what might be the no-brainer move of the year, these two teams have been quietly put out to pasture on the Sunday afternoon nobody is watching this telecast channel.
49er newbie QB Colin Kaepernick passed the prime time sniff test last Sunday versus the Patriots, and this week Seattle rookie QB Russell Wilson will trot himself under the noses of discerning NFL connoisseurs in an attempt to gain equal favor. Wilson and Kaepernick are quite likely to be butting heads twice a year for the next ten years or so. This will be their first head to head matchup.
As fun and meaningful as this game will be, it’s merely a playoff preview. A loss won’t knock either team out of the postseason, and a win won’t change who wins the NFC West. Seattle is fated to be the number five seed and the 49ers will be either the two or three seed. It’s entirely possible that these same two teams will be squaring off in the NFC Title game, with the winner heading to the Super Bowl.
Carroll may not be able to beat Jim Harbaugh on the field, but when it comes to winning over the media, it’s no contest. Carroll is a smooth charmer; Harbaugh is surly and combative. Quotes from Carroll are witty; quotes from Harbaugh make the eyeball rollers list. In fact, in less than two short years, Harbaugh has become something of a national media punch line for his overthetop preposterousness.
But this ain’t a gentleman’s game. Seattle’s players seem to have taken their cue from Carroll and developed the art of crowing about their superiority while at the podium in the loser’s locker room. Should they actually some day win one of these games, it’s for sure they will be insufferable. That day could come Sunday night, if the prognosticators prevail in their assessments. Though the Niners enter the game as one point favorites, most people are thinking Seattle will win this game.
Then again, most people thought the Patriots would win last Sunday’s game. This goes to show that most people are just most people most of the time and mostly don’t have any more knowledge of what will happen than most people would care to admit. So, eff you Mosters.
The classic example of this Uselessness of the Most will be delivered today when you find yourself reading this column instead of standing in line at St. Peter’s gate. Most of the Mayans did not feel the need to have a calendar past this moment in time. So, if you listen carefully, you might hear a mighty cheer of long, long, long awaited vindication waft across the heavens today from those suffering not-most Mayan souls who thought their leaders were a tad careless about the future. Hahahaha!