It’s time to let the Hawks evolve | Sports Talk

I recently rediscovered my favorite TV show, One Tree Hill, and started watching the entire series.

I recently rediscovered my favorite TV show, One Tree Hill, and started watching the entire series.

When I sit and think of the Seattle Seahawks champion season, a line from One Tree Hill comes to mind.

“Every song ends, is that any reason not to enjoy the music?”

I think the same can be applied to the Hawks.

The Hawks are World Champions, they set out to go all the way and they accomplished their goal.

The city, more than a month later, is still buzzing about that win. Blue and green can still be seen all around town and that isn’t going to change any time soon.

The only thing left for them to do is win another and perhaps win it this next season and make it two in a row.

Winning one Super Bowl is hard enough and winning another and in a row is even harder. But I think the Hawks have something good going and I think they have more to accomplish and have the drive to do so.

There will be a lot of changes made to the team and some big ones already have been.

So far, at the time of press, the Seahawks have resigned defensive lineman Michael Bennett, tight end Anthony McCoy, defensive tackle Tony McDaniel, quarterback Tarvaris Jackson and kicker Steven Hauschka. The Hawks have also added wide receiver Taylor Price to the roster.

On the other side of things, the Hawks have made some changes that fans may not appreciate as much.

They have let go of defensive end Chris Clemons and he has reportedly signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Others to say good bye to Seattle are wide receiver Golden Tate, right tackle Breno Giacomini, defensive tackle Clinton McDonald, linebacker O’Brien Schofield, free safety Chris Maragos, cornerback Walter Thurmond and cornerback Brandon Browner.

All have reportedly signed contracts with other teams.

And that’s not the end of it, there are still three unrestricted free agents and four restricted free agents.

I urge fans to let these players go. They played one hell of a season last year and they gave Seattle their all while they were part of the Seahawks. But with no personal ties to the city and having gone all the way with Seattle, why not let the players go who want to leave?

For as long as I can remember, fans have hated it when players leave for more money. Former Seattle Mariner Alex Rodriquez was booed when stepping up to the plate at Safeco Field for the New York Yankees. Former kicker Josh Brown didn’t receive the warmest welcoming when he would return to Seattle as a St. Louis Ram.

Rodriquez and Brown were great when they played for Seattle and so many of the Seahawks that have left already this year were great as well.

But why should we stop them from going or be mad that they did and act like poor sports when they return on an opposing team.

A lot of players said they would never leave for more money and most of the times they do just that. But can we blame them? Stand in their shoes for a second, would you pass up more money to stay?

I think most of us can answer no to that question. Playing professional sports is a business. Playing for the Hawks are these players’ jobs and when they leave, it isn’t because they don’t like it here, it is because they have been offered a better job and a raise somewhere else.

And don’t get me wrong, not every player leaves for money. There are other factors that they have to consider – have I done all I can with this team (example, winning the Super Bowl)? Is it my time to go, is the team going anywhere, can I be better if I play somewhere else?

I can assure you that leaving one team for another is not an easy decision for anyone.

Sure, I hate to see these players go. Of course, I wish the team could remain the same but I know that isn’t logical.

Just because you were great one year, doesn’t mean the same thing will happen again the next year if you keep everything the same – same coaches, same roster. There are variables that change – the schedule changes year to year, guys get hurt.

The Seahawks are evolving and changing and we should let them. Coach Pete Carroll and General Manager John Schneider, along with the rest of the Seahawks organization, did a great job putting together the 2014 Super Bowl champion team, so why not let them work their magic again and put together an even better team for next season.

The Seahawks proved it isn’t impossible to win a Super Bowl if you put your all into it and who is to say they won’t be able to do it again.

Like our great quarterback Russell Wilson says, “Why not us?”

Go Hawks!

More in Opinion

America’s monster

I’m not sure when it happened, but I recently realized I’ve stopped asking myself, “What are we going to do about mass shootings and gun violence in this country?” Instead, I now ask, “When is the carnage going to come to Enumclaw?”

Avoiding loss means more than gaining something else

Some studies have shown that losses are twice as psychologically powerful as gains. American history and our current political situation help reveal a great deal about the American/human psyche.

Congratulations, Jan Molinaro

In every election, one person must win and the other will lose. Now more than ever, it is important to show our children how to be gracious in victory and humble in defeat.

Don’t give into the pressure of driving drowsy

Eleven years ago, a drowsy-driving car wreck left me with injuries that still challenge me today.

Opening our minds can be a beautiful thing

As a leader of my church’s Sunday Adult Forum, I had a goal: to put a human face on Islam for the members of the congregation and community.

The definition of insanity

It is totally clear that the incumbent mayor lacks any ability to bring people together and get things done. She is a failure as mayor, making Black Diamond a laughing stock with her out of control behavior and outbursts at Council meetings.

Baxley and Young should have showed up at public forum

On Tuesday, October 17th, was the Black Diamond Maple Valley Chamber of Commerce Candidates Forum, where the Black Diamond candidates for Mayor and two City Council positions had the opportunity to talk with the citizens of Black Diamond, and to answer questions put to them by these citizens.

Issues to be addressed in Enumclaw elections

Who should I vote for in the Enumclaw City Council and mayoral races?

Enumclaw helped raise $3,500 for Special Olympics

The last couple of weekends the St. Barbara Knights of Columbus have been involved with our annual Tootsie Roll Program.

Court grapples with school funding

When the legal battle on education funding returned to the state Supreme Court Tuesday, the leader of Washington’s public school system was closely monitoring this installment of the McCleary drama from his office down the street.

Baxley is an important choice for Black Diamond mayor

Judy Baxley has been part of our local civics for years, and thank goodness because citizen involvement is critical to monitoring big developers.

Enumclaw chamber board supports Molinaro for mayor

In an election with significant consequences that will largely shape the future of our community, Enumclaw voters have a clear choice for mayor.