Talking Points: Seahawks not selling us
Sunday, August 28, 2011
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Throughout broadcasts of preseason games, the Seattle Seahawks every year make a pitch for fans to buy tickets to regular-season games. Talking Points is guessing they didn’t sell many tickets during Saturday’s first half.
Sure, the Seahawks rallied and nearly forced overtime, losing 23-20 on a last-play field goal at Denver. But most of Seattle’s points came from the second- and third-string offense against a second- and third-string defense.
The Seahawks’ first-string offense has been impotent throughout the preseason. Sure, it’s only the exhibition season, but the performances have done little to sell tickets for the games that count.
The Seattle Sounders, on the other hand, turned into an offensive juggernaut Saturday, beating Columbus 6-2 in MLS action. As the Seattle Times reported, it was “head-spinning entertainment in front of 36,364 fans” at CenturyLink Field.
We’ll refrain from making jokes about soccer’s typically low-scoring nature. You know, something like, “They must have pulled the goalies!” But we will say this: Hey Seahawks, that’s how you sell tickets.
Another noteworthy item from the Sounders’ six-goal outburst: Columbus’ Josh Gardner managed to score twice in the span of two minutes — once in each goal.
As Columbus coach Robert Warzycha said: “The goals we gave up today were not the best ones. We made a lot of mistakes and they punished us.”
Thanks, coach, but that seems kind of obvious when you give up six goals.
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