Talking Points: Seahawks not selling us

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What’s the buzz from the world of sports? Here are some items that will have people talking:

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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.

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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.

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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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