In what was a brutal weekend for State of Washington football fans, the Seattle Seahawks’ loss was deemed the most painful blow, at least according to Herald readers.
Last weekend the NFL’s Seahawks and college’s Washington Huskies and Washington State Cougars all lost. The Seahawks were upset 17-12 at home by the New York Giants, the Huskies fell 31-26 at home against the Stanford Cardinal, and the Cougars were routed 38-13 on the road by the USC Trojans. It was the first time since 2011 that all three teams suffered defeat on the same weekend.
Therefore, this week’s Seattle Sidelines poll asked readers which of the state’s football losses last weekend was the worst. Unfortunately there was plenty to parse through.
POLL: The Seattle Seahawks, Washington Huskies and Washington State Cougars all lost on the same weekend for the first time since 2011. Which loss was the worst? Full context, including a brief look at each defeat, here: https://t.co/PF9w8AXHkP
— Nick Patterson (@NickHPatterson) December 7, 2020
Tally up the votes from the poll posted on the blog and the poll posted on Twitter and it’s a bigger blowout than USC’s victory over the Cougars. A whopping 82% of responders said the Seahawks’ loss was the worst. The Huskies came in a distant second at 12%, while the Cougars pulled in just 6% of the vote.
This was the equivalent of Giants defensive lineman Dexter Lawrence bowling over Seahawks fourth-string right tackle Chad Wheeler.
Let’s start from the back. It’s a bit surprising that WSU only received 6%. The Cougars suffered the worst defeat on the scoreboard, and having someone named Amon-Ra St. Brown (awesome name, by the way) catch four touchdown passes in the first quarter is like when the sixth graders decide to join in the fourth-grade football game on the playground. I can only surmise that the expectations for WSU in that game were low to begin with.
The Huskies’ loss was tough to comprehend because they lost to a team of vagabonds. Stanford was kicked out of California, as the state’s coronavirus restrictions prevent football teams from playing or practicing. Having a team practicing at Bellevue City Park one day and running over the UW defense at Husky Stadium the next is kind of like someone in business clothes showing up at the pickup basketball game and dunking on everyone while wearing loafers. However, the result wasn’t damaging for the Huskies, who still may end up in the Pac-12 Championship Game even with the cancellation of Saturday’s winner-takes-all game against Oregon.
That leaves the Seahawks. There really is no excuse for the Seahawks losing to the Giants. Seattle was 8-3 with Super Bowl aspirations, New York was 4-7 with no quality wins. The Seahawks were at home. And the Giants were forced to start backup Colt McCoy — who hadn’t won a game since 2014 — at quarterback. This should have been a layup, but instead the ball sailed over the backboard. And the consequences were substantial as Seattle fell behind the Los Angeles Rams in the NFC West race on a tiebreaker.
That goes a long ways to explaining why the voters decided the Seahawks loss last weekend was the state’s worst.