Sunday 8th September 2019

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Ozymandias 

Percy Bysshe Shelley

I met a traveller from an antique land
Who said: `Two vast and trunkless legs of stone
Stand in the desert. Near them, on the sand,
Half sunk, a shattered visage lies, whose frown,
And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command,
Tell that its sculptor well those passions read
Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things,
The hand that mocked them and the heart that fed.
And on the pedestal these words appear —
“My name is Ozymandias, king of kings:
Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!”
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare
The lone and level sands stretch far away.’

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Send out the Army and The Navy,
Send out the rank and file,
Send out the brave old Territorials
They’ll face the danger with a smile.
Send out the boys of the Old Brigade
Who made Old England free
Send out me brother, his sister and his mother
But for Gawd’s sake don’t send me

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Seahawks 21  Bengals 20

It was the kind of statement that in seasons past might have sounded like an unintentional joke. To a man, after Sunday’s surprisingly suspenseful 21-20 win over the Cincinnati Bengals, the members of the Seahawks offensive line said that the game did not meet their standards.

In the last few years of the Tom Cable era, most Seahawks fans and NFL observers’ response to such a claim might have been that it’s really not that hard to reach the bottom. But after the offensive line’s revival of 2018 — when the Seahawks led the NFL in rushing yards per game, scored the second-most points in franchise history and averaged 30 points a game over the second half of the season — such a statement takes on new meaning.

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Offensive linemen such as Duane Brown spent the offseason saying they felt Seattle could have the best offensive line in the NFL with four of five starters back from a year ago and the only newcomer being veteran four-time Pro Bowler Mike Iupati, signed as a free agent to replace the departed J.R. Sweezy at left guard. Which is why Sunday was such slap to the face as Seattle gave up four sacks and nine quarterback hits on 24 pass attempts and rushed for just 72 yards on 25 carries — less than half the 160-yard average of a season ago.

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Cincinnati has a good defensive line, no doubt. But it also was called “maddeningly inconsistent’’ by Sports Illustrated (maybe the Seahawks just caught the Bengals on a good day?). And if you’re going to be the best offensive line in the NFL, then you should be able to have success against just about any foe, regardless.

Chris Carson ran for one touchdown and caught another, new star defensive end Jadeveon Clowney made a strong debut, and Russell Wilson’s 44-yard touchdown strike to Tyler Lockett in the fourth quarter was the decisive blow.

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