Archive for November, 2017

Thursday 30th November 2017

Posted in Life the Universe and Other Things on November 30, 2017 by bishshat

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Tuesday 29th November 2017

Posted in Life the Universe and Other Things on November 29, 2017 by bishshat

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Erik Lamela created a goal just over a minute into his comeback but it wasn’t to be as we dominated without reward at the King Power Stadium on Tuesday night.
after 13 months on the sidelines with a hip injury, Lamela came off the bench on 77 minutes and 80 seconds later, played in Harry Kane to rifle home for 2-1.

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That proved the highlight of the night though as we laid siege to the home goal in the second half without finding an equaliser.
Our best chances fell to Christian Eriksen and Fernando Llorente but somehow that second goal proved elusive.
In the end, we paid for conceding two goals in the first half, taken well by Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez.

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Monday 28th November 2017

Posted in Life the Universe and Other Things on November 28, 2017 by bishshat

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Sunday 26th November 2017

Posted in Life the Universe and Other Things on November 26, 2017 by bishshat

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Seahawks 24, 49ers 13

If maybe you were hoping the Seahawks would come out Sunday and do some of the things they haven’t all season — such as start fast

And in finally pulling away from the 49ers in a 24-13 victory on a rainy, windy day, the Seahawks pretty much were what they have been all season.

They looked stagnant on offense early — Wilson throwing an interception into the wind on the game’s first play. They were ahead 7-3 at halftime only because of a Bobby Wagner interception that set up a 16-yard touchdown drive.

Sure, it was a dandy victory for the Seahawks, but three much more mighty foes lie ahead
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Only, calling it an interception hardly does it justice as Wagner stole the ball out of the hands of San Francisco receiver Trent Taylor as each fell to the ground. Wagner ran into the end zone for a hoped-for touchdown, but officials ruled he was down at the 16.

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“I have never seen an interception like that,’’ marveled fellow linebacker K.J. Wright.

Had he not seen it Sunday, Seattle might well have trailed at halftime against a team that has now lost 24 of 27 games since the start of the 2016 season. “Luckily we’ve got a really good defense that keeps us in the game early so things don’t get too out of control,’’ said receiver Doug Baldwin, noting it’s a pattern that has come to define the 2017 season.

The Seahawks then used one of their most reliable combinations — a Wilson-to-Baldwin pass — to get jump-started offensively. The two connected on a 23-yard pass to convert third-and-nine midway through the third quarter during a quick touchdown drive that re-established control for Seattle.

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“That was really the spark in this game,’’ coach Pete Carroll said.

And throughout the game, their defense gave up little, holding the 49ers to just 205 yards until a final 75-yard drive resulted in a touchdown on the final play of the game.

In essence, relying on what has become the winning formula for the 2017 Seahawks, one that doesn’t figure to change now with just five games left.

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“We continue to have our struggles in the first half,’’ said Baldwin. “I don’t know what it is. Maybe we have to calm our jitters down and maybe we are overly excited. But once we find our groove obviously we are able to continue and play well.’’ Seattle, in fact, led just 7-6 with 8:23 left in the third quarter when Wilson and Baldwin hooked up on their third-and-nine play that seemed to turn the game for good. Eddie Lacy had been stopped for just a 1-yard run on the previous play, which followed a Wilson incomplete pass. That left the crowd, which looked to be about half of the announced attendance of 70,134, cheering as it rarely had all day.

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Baldwin, who had just one catch for 2 yards to that point, found an opening as Wilson scrambled, then reached and dived to control the pass for a first down that seemed to finally indicate to both teams that things would, indeed, unfold as everyone expected.

“That was really the momentum-starter for us,’’ said Wilson, who four plays later hit tight end Nick Vannett for a 17-yard touchdown that put Seattle ahead 14-6 and capped a 71-yard drive after Seattle had gained just 129 yards in the first half.

“Just doing my job,’’ said Baldwin. “I’m just playing. I’m just reacting to what the defense is giving me. So, in the moment, I’m not thinking that ‘Oh, it’s a big catch.’ I’m just thinking we’ve got to continue to move the ball downfield.’’

After the defense forced a three-and-out, another big Baldwin play on third down led to another long touchdown drive.

On a third-and-eight from the San Francisco 20, Wilson underthrew a pass to Baldwin in the end zone. Baldwin reached back over 49ers cornerback Dontae Johnson to draw a pass interference that gave Seattle a first down at the 1. Two plays later, Wilson hit Jimmy Graham for a 1-yard touchdown pass to help make it 21-6 and ended the suspense for good.

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“A very savvy play,’’ Carroll said of a move that ultimately sewed up a victory that improved Seattle to 7-4 and kept the Seahawks a game behind Los Angeles in the NFC West. Seattle plays host to the Rams on Dec. 17 and already have a victory over them.

And while there were other contributors — Tanner McEvoy had two well-timed catches for 31 yards and J.D. McKissic provided a nice spark both running and receiving, to name two — it was ultimately a victory in which the Seahawks mostly relied on the same players who have been the face of the franchise for so many years now.

Poison

Alice Cooper

Your cruel device,
Your blood like ice.
One look could kill,
My pain, your thrill.

I wanna love you, but I better not touch (don’t touch)
I wanna hold you, but my senses tell me to stop
I wanna kiss you, but I want it too much (too much)
I wanna taste you, but your lips are venomous poison

You’re poison runnin through my veins
You’re poison, I don’t wanna break these chains.

Your mouth, so hot
Your web, I’m caught
Your skin, so wet
Black lace on sweat

I hear you callin and it’s needles and pins (and pins)
I wanna hurt you just to hear you screaming my name
Don’t wanna touch you, but you’re under my skin (deep in)
I wanna kiss you, but your lips are venomous poison

You’re poison runnin through my veins
You’re poison, I don’t wanna break these chains
Poison

One look (one look), could kill (could kill),
My pain, your thrill.

I wanna love you, but I better not touch (don’t touch)
I wanna hold you, but my senses tell me to stop
I wanna kiss you, but I want it too much (too much)
I wanna taste you, but your lips are venomous poison

You’re poison runnin through my veins
You’re poison, I don’t wanna break these chains
Poison

I wanna love you, but I better not touch (don’t touch)
I wanna hold you, but my senses tell me to stop
I wanna kiss you, but I wanna too much (too much)
I wanna taste you, but your lips are venomous poison

Yeah
Well I don’t wanna break these chains
Poison

Runnin deep inside my veins
Burnin deep inside my veins
Poison
I don’t wanna break these chains

Saturday 25th November 2017

Posted in Life the Universe and Other Things on November 25, 2017 by bishshat

Teenage Heart

Barclay James Harvest

It’s the truth, or so they say
Who holds her hand, holds her heart
She’s old enough to play fast and loose
In a schoolgirl kind of way

But this teenage heart’s driving me insane
The moment that we touch will ease my pain
Who holds her hand, holds her heart
So they say

Finding words, finding the nerve
But never finding her alone
My heart’s like sand she holds in her hands
One look, one smile, and I’d be there

But this teenage heart’s driving me insane
The moment that we touch will ease my pain
Who holds her hand, holds her heart
So they say

Say what she said, “Is she going out?
Or is it me she’ll see tonight?
Tell me the truth, I’m man enough
Well, in a schoolboy kind of way

But this teenage heart’s driving me insane
The moment that we touch will ease my pain
Who holds her hand, holds her heart
So they say

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High Wire

I have seen and I have heard
The story’s all the same
Running here and running there
Your love is like a game
Everytime I look for you
You’re walking in the clouds
When I look into your eyes
I see you looking down

You’ve got something that I want
You’ve got something that I need
If there’s a chance that I can see
I will follow where you lead me

High wire, walking on a high wire
You’re walkin’ on a high wire
You’re walkin’ tall
But you know you’re gonna fall someday

I have seen and I have heard
That you’ve been fooling me
You could try to make me feel
The way I used to be
Is there any reason why
You leave me on the shore?
When I look into your eyes
It makes me beg for more

You’ve got something that I want
You’ve got something that I need
If there’s a chance that I can see
I will follow where you lead me

High wire, walking on a high wire
You’re walkin’ on a high wire
You’re walkin’ tall
But you know you’re gonna fall from your…

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We needed a second half equaliser from Harry Kane to salvage a point against a dogged West Bromwich Albion side at Wembley Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
On what was the 2,000th home league game in our history, our England striker converted from close range in the 74th minute to cancel out Salomon Rondon’s early goal for the Baggies and, despite plenty of possession, it was another of those games in which we just couldn’t create enough opportunities.

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Just four minutes were on the clock when the visitors opened the scoring and it was a poor goal to concede. Former Spur Jake Livermore robbed Dele Alli of possession just inside our half and released Rondon, who managed to fend off Davinson Sanchez and rolled a shot which crept into the far corner.
We huffed and puffed throughout the rest of the first half without really causing the visitors too many problems, Ben Foster saving well from Heung-Min Son before the South Korean striker tried a shot which looped over Foster and landed on the roof of the net.

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The second period saw more tempo to our football and, after Matt Phillips had curled a shot just wide for Albion, our dominance was finally rewarded when Dele’s cross was diverted home by Kane, his 15th of the season and 114th of his Spurs career.
He almost put us in front moments later, but could only head over the top from Kieran Trippier’s cross and we kept piling on the pressure looking for that late winner. It didn’t come and instead, it was Albion with two glorious chances to snatch the points deep in stoppage time.

Friday 24th November 2017

Posted in Life the Universe and Other Things on November 24, 2017 by bishshat

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Thursday 23rd November 2017

Posted in Life the Universe and Other Things on November 23, 2017 by bishshat

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Flirting with Disaster

Mel Coplin and his wife, Nancy, live in New York, near Mel’s neurotic, Jewish, adoptive parents, Ed and Pearl Coplin. Mel and Nancy have just had their first child, and Mel won’t decide on a name for their son until he can discover the identity of his biological parents. After an adoption agency employee locates his biological mother’s name in a database, Mel decides to meet her personally.

Tina, the sexy but highly incompetent adoption agency employee, decides to accompany Mel, Nancy, and the newborn on a trip to San Diego to meet Mel’s biological mother. The trip, of course, does not go as planned, and ends up becoming a tour of the United States.

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First, Mel is introduced to Valerie, a blond Scandinavian woman with Confederate roots whose twin daughters are at least six inches taller than Mel. They quickly realize that Valerie is not Mel’s biological mother, and Tina scrambles to get the correct information from the agency database. Meanwhile, Nancy becomes jealous as Tina and Mel begin to flirt.

Next, the group heads to Battle Creek, Michigan with the hope of meeting the man whose name appears as the person who delivered infant Mel to the adoption agency. The man, Fritz Boudreau, turns out to be a trucker with a violent streak. However, when he discovers that Mel might be his son, he becomes instantly friendly and lets Mel drive his semi-trailer truck, which Mel immediately crashes into a Post Office building.

This leads to a run-in with two ATF agents, Tony and Paul, who are gay and in a relationship with each other. It is discovered that Tony and Nancy went to high school together. Charges are dismissed, and Fritz Boudreau tells Mel that he is not Mel’s father, but only handled Mel’s adoption because Mel’s biological parents were indisposed. Tina locates the current address of Mel’s biological parents, which turns out to be in rural New Mexico. Tony and Paul surprise everyone by deciding to tag along on the trip.

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While Mel and Tina become close, Nancy finds herself flirting with Tony, who returns the compliment, causing friction. The trip through rural New Mexico is fraught with more problems. At last the whole crowd descends on the front porch of Mel’s true biological parents, Richard and Mary Schlichting. They are asked to stay the night. While Richard and Mary are more than welcoming, Mel’s biological brother Lonnie is overly rude and jealous. It is during dinner that Mel discovers that Richard and Mary had to let Mel be adopted because they were in jail for making and distributing LSD in the late 1960s. Not only that, but Richard and Mary continue to manufacture LSD, as becomes apparent when Lonnie, in an attempt to dose Mel with acid at dinner, accidentally doses Paul, the ATF agent.

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In his drugged state Paul tries to arrest Richard and Mary but Lonnie knocks him out with a frying pan. They attempt to escape and decide to take Mel’s car, hiding their supply of acid in the trunk. Mel’s adoptive parents arrive but then change their minds and decide to leave, taking the wrong car. When they change their minds again and make a blind U-turn, the two families crash. Mel’s adoptive parents are arrested while his biological parents escape to Mexico.

Not realizing what has happened Mel recounts the stories from dinner to Nancy and they agree to name the baby Garcia. The next day Paul explains the situation and is able to get Mel’s parents released, and they are happy and reassured to hear Mel call them his parents. A montage of their relationships continues over the credits. They all still have their troubles but Mel and Nancy are happy together.

Wednesday 22nd November 2017

Posted in Life the Universe and Other Things on November 22, 2017 by bishshat

Finham Primary came to Compton Verney today.

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Tulip Fever

It is set in Amsterdam in the 17th century, at the height of the city’s outbreak of “tulip mania”. Like the art market, this was fuelled by aesthetic taste enhanced by fashion and a language born of acquired expertise and, like financial bubbles of more recent times, it spun completely out of control until the inevitable crash.

This is the background for a story about an adulterous affair between a young Dutch painter and the equally young – and very beautiful – wife of one of the city’s most prominent merchants. The merchant, Cornelis Sandvoort (Christoph Waltz), commissions Jan van Loos (DeHaan) to do a portrait of himself and his wife, Sophie (Vikander), and the predictable happens. Painter and subject fall for one another. And out of their passion grows a convoluted scheme to free her from her husband – a scheme which involves a heady gamble on the tulip market.

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Stoppard’s script is an elegant and faithful condensation of the novel, preserving the playfulness Moggach gets in to in her account of the market’s excesses and the chancers who are caught up in it. Chadwick’s evocation of its bustle and tension is wonderfully persuasive.

There’s comedy, too, in the film’s take on the hapless Cornelis, whom Waltz invests with his usual edginess. With a Waltz character it always takes a while to see where the line lies between self-mockery and menace. There’s a droll air to his delivery wherever the words are taking him and he’s clearly relishing the chance to let this pompous burgher gradually reveal the fact that he’s a lot more subtle than he seems.

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There’s fun, too, in watching young British actress Holliday Grainger in the role of Sophie’s maid, Maria, a girl whose good nature is balanced by a highly developed instinct for survival.

There’s a bonus in watching Judi Dench handle the role of the very worldly abbess of the convent where so many of Amsterdam’s prize tulips are grown. She doesn’t have a lot of screen time but there’s no doubting the abbess’s shrewd belief in the theory that commerce and godliness can make perfect partners.

Tuesday 21st November 2017

Posted in Life the Universe and Other Things on November 21, 2017 by bishshat

Now that’s Odd?

I went out in odd shoes yesterday
I admit they are close in colour
The right one being black
And the left one other being blue
I noticed as I walked that one did squeak
Which as a pair being blue
They normally don’t do
The colour miss match lay undiscovered
As the day was very bleak
But as they lay side by side
Upon my bedroom floor
I noticed to my surprise that
The left insole was black
And the right insole was brown
This to me was strange
I examined the shoes more closely
To see if maybe one insole
Had come adrift
Maybe it was stuck to my sock
But no what a shock
I had been out in odd shoes
The right one being black
Ant the left one being blue

If I go out in the other pair today
Maybe this would even up my madness
Restore the equilibrium of the universe
Maybe the comet will not crash into the moon
Maybe there would be no Brexit
Maybe just maybe things would be alright in the end

John Bish 21st November 2017

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Spurs have won their Champions League group after coming from behind in Germany to beat Borussia Dortmund 2-1.

After their Premier League defeat to Arsenal Mauricio Pochettino wanted to see a response from his side and, after a slow start it looked as if Dortmund could turn around their poor form of late as a fine move saw Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang score his first goal since mid-October. Spurs, though, responded after the break with Harry Kane, who had been off the pace in the first half, slotting past Roman Burki with a smart finish from the edge of the box.

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Heung-Min Son, who opened the scoring against Dortmund at Wembley in the first European gameweek, bagged the winner after some fine work from Dele Alli to battle through on the left before finding the South Korean in space.

Topping the group is a fine achievement for Mauricio Pochettino and his side.

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Having been draw with the Germans and holders Real Madrid, as well as Cypriots APOEL Nicosia, many expected a tough task for the north Londoners. However, going undefeated and earning a memorable 3-1 victory over Madrid at Wembley will give them a huge boost going into the knockout stages.

 

Monday 20th November 2017

Posted in Life the Universe and Other Things on November 20, 2017 by bishshat

Ain’t Talkin’

Bob Dylan

As I walked out tonight in the mystic garden
The wounded flowers were dangling from the vine
I was passing by yon cool crystal fountain
Someone hit me from behind

Ain’t talking, just walking
Through this weary world of woe
Heart burning, still yearning
No one on earth would ever know

They say prayer has the power to heal
So pray for me, mother
In the human heart an evil spirit can dwell
I am trying to love my neighbor and do good unto others
But oh, mother, things ain’t going well

Ain’t talking, just walking
I’ll burn that bridge before you can cross
Heart burning, still yearning
There’ll be no mercy for you once you’ve lost

Now I’m all worn down by weeping
My eyes are filled with tears, my lips are dry
If I catch my opponents ever sleeping
I’ll just slaughter them where they lie

Ain’t talking, just walking
Through the world mysterious and vague
Heart burning, still yearning
Walking through the cities of the plague.

Well, the whole world is filled with speculation
The whole wide world which people say is round
They will tear your mind away from contemplation
They will jump on your misfortune when you’re down

Ain’t talking, just walking
Eating hog eyed grease in a hog eyed town.
Heart burning, still yearning
Some day you’ll be glad to have me around.

They will crush you with wealth and power
Every waking moment you could crack
I’ll make the most of one last extra hour
I’ll revenge my father’s death then I’ll step back

Ain’t talking, just walking
Hand me down my walking cane.
Heart burning, still yearning
Got to get you out of my miserable brain.

All my loyal and my much-loved companions
They approve of me and share my code
I practice a faith that’s been long abandoned
Ain’t no altars on this long and lonesome road

Ain’t talking, just walking
My mule is sick, my horse is blind.
Heart burning, still yearning
Thinking about that girl I left behind.

Well, it’s bright in the heavens and the wheels are flying
Fame and honor never seem to fade
The fire gone out but the light is never dying
Who says I can’t get heavenly aid?

Ain’t talking, just walking
Carrying a dead man’s shield
Heart burning, still yearning
Walking with an ache in my heel

The suffering is unending
Every nook and cranny has its tears
I’m not playing, I’m not pretending
I’m not nursing any superfluous fears

Ain’t talking, just walking
Walking ever since the other night.
Heart burning, still yearning
Walking until I’m clean out of sight.

As I walked out in the mystic garden
On a hot summer day, a hot summer lawn
Excuse me, ma’am, I beg your pardon
There’s no one here, the gardener is gone

Ain’t talking, just walking
Up the road, around the bend.
Heart burning, still yearning
In the last outback at the world’s end.

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They fear us
They hate us
And as they hate us
So they promote us
They promote us to make us as them
So that we will stop
So we will stop our condemnation of them
They attempt to turn gold into metal
They attempt to take away our power
They try to stop our voices with new laws
The power of poets as always been this
The power of lyrics has always been this
Banishment is not an option
So they knight us they shower us with garlands
They invite us to their soirée
They give us keys that unlock nothing
They grant us freedom to a city
Where we have always roamed free
If this does not work
Then they will kill us

John Bish November 20th 2017

Seahawks 31 Atlanta 34

On one hand, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll was proud of the fight his team once again showed late in a game. Trailing by 11 points late in the fourth quarter, the Seahawks offense got a touchdown and a 2-point conversion, the defense made a quick stop, and Seattle had a shot at a final comeback.
“The fight in these guys is just amazing,” Carroll said after Seattle’s 34-31 loss to the Atlanta Falcons. “And you can count on it, you know it’s going to happen, you know we’re going to be right back in there battling”
On the other hand, the Seahawks needed that late comeback that eventually fell just short because they were playing from behind for almost the entire game. Two short fields—one because of a big return on the opening kickoff and the other because of an intercepted Russell Wilson pass—helped the Falcons jump out to an early 14-0 lead, and the Falcons scored on another turnover, a 10-yard fumble return following a sack of Wilson, to go up 21-7 early in second quarter.

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“Unfortunately the turnovers really gave them a great opportunity,” Carroll said. “And they took advantage of it, so we were playing from behind all night long.”
Of course explaining away a loss by saying it was just a few plays early in the game would fall short of telling the whole story. Even with those early miscues, the Seahawks were able to stay in the game thanks to plenty of big plays by the offense and Wilson, who rushed for a team-high 86 yards while passing for 258 yards and two scores; the defense, despite all the injuries, limited Atlanta to 279 yards; and after that early big return by Atlanta, Seattle’s special teams played very well.
But against a good opponent like Atlanta that has playmakers on both sides of the ball, doing some things well wasn’t enough on a night when the Falcons forced two turnovers and were lethal on third down, converting 9 of 14 attempts, including eight of their first 10.
“They did a great job on third down tonight,” Carroll said. “For them, that was the difference. They were able to convert… It was a good night for them. We just have to get off the field. We had a number of opportunities to get that done, and we weren’t able to get to the quarterback like we thought we would. So (Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan) had a good look at stuff, and they’re really good, and they converted and did a nice job. I thought that was a real critical aspect of the game, their third-down ability.”
Added safety Earl Thomas, “We’ve definitely got to be better on third down. That showed tonight… Third down was horrible today. We’ve got to get better, plain and simple. But we had new bodies out there, it’s the first time we had to really work together in live-action. This is a great experience, but it’s only going to make us stronger.”
What Carroll wasn’t interested in doing after Monday’s loss was using his team’s injuries on defense as an excuse, injury absences that included two Pro Bowl defensive backs, Richard Sherman and Kam Chancellor.

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“That had nothing to do with that,” Carroll said when asked if Atlanta was able to score early because those two players were missing. “They got great field position. They got the kickoff return at the 50, and the next time they go 35 yards I think. It’s a good club, and when you give them that short a field, it’s really hard to stop them. We worked hard after that, and made it harder, but I thought those two field-position opportunities, they were able to take great advantage of it. That’s not a surprise that Matt would do that and their offense would be able to get that done.”
At 6-4, the Seahawks are still very much in contention in the NFC West, but they know they need to clean up certain areas of their play if they’re going to be at their best down the stretch.
“We just need to tighten things down,” receiver Doug Baldwin said. “We’ve been doing well, we’ve had good games and then we come back and we’re not showing what we’re capable of, so the inconsistency there to me only comes from the details.”
And if the Seahawks do clean up those details, they’re confident they can be a much better team than they were in Monday’s loss.