Fans and analysts alike set high expectations for the 2015 Seattle Seahawks. Coming off back-to-back Super Bowl appearances and having retained most of their core players, the Hawks seemed destined to soar atop the NFC once again. Eight games into the season, Seattle is 4–4, tied with the Rams in second place in the NFC West. Why? Let’s take a look.
Fourth Quarter Struggles
The most glaring problem the Seahawks have had is closing out games in the final quarter. In Weeks 5 and 6, playing Cincinnati and Carolina, Seattle gave up leads of 17 and nine points respectively.
The Hawks also barely squeezed out a fourth-quarter win in Week 8 over Dallas in a game they were on the verge of losing. Seattle has been outscored 58–33 in the final period of games this year, something coaches must address for the team to be able to contend in the NFC.
Hot on the heels of the Gold Gloves comes another major league honor: Wilson Defensive Player of the Year. The awards were announced last night and recognize the top defensive position players in Major League Baseball.
According to Wilson, the winners were determined "using a formula that combines traditional defensive stats with advanced metrics, as well as the data logged by the baseball experts working for the scouting service Inside Edge."
Atlanta Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons was named the overall Defensive Player of the Year. What earned him the nod? Glad you asked! This highlight reel provides ample evidence for his defensive skill:
Jarrett Jack does not stay in one place for very long. Just take a look at his summer. From D.C. to L.A. to Las Vegas, the Brooklyn Nets' point guard zigzagged across the country to make appearances, visit friends, and look for new places to work out as he prepared for the 2015--16 season, his second with the team.
"When you're grinding during the season, you see the same practice gym," says Jack, who alters his workouts whenever he travels. "In L.A., I'll do sprints on the beach, which is something I can't do when I'm in Vegas. Switching up cities keeps my mind fresh and gets me in a good space."
Injuries are the ceaseless current in the NFL, beating against all the boats that are just trying to get to the opposite shore unscathed. Four more running back injuries have created opportunities on the waiver wire, though at least two of those backs would have been on our radar even if the starters on their respective teams were completely healthy. We start with those two players, who could really help swing leagues as we enter the home stretch of the typical fantasy regular season.
It was only last week that the Kansas City Royals closed out the 2015 MLB season with a World Series win over the New York Mets. But we're not done with baseball quite yet. After the postseason is awards season. And it kicked into high gear last night when Major League Baseball announced the 18 players who will add a Gold Glove to their trophy case.
Those are the winners at the top of the page, but in case you don't recognize them all here's the list:
Army-Navy fans still have a little over a month to wait before the two military academies meet on the gridiron. But the rivalry got a warm up last week when the schools met for the Army Navy Soccer Cup IV.
Fans packed PPL Park, home of the Philadelphia Union, last Tuesday to watch the Navy Midshipmen and Army Black Knights men’s soccer teams square off on the pitch. And after three straight losses, Army defeated Navy for the first time, 2-1.
The Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto held its annual induction ceremony last night, and the lineup heading into the Hall was stacked with legends.
Niklas Lidstrom and Sergei Fedorov, two of the all-time greats, led the 2015 class. They were joined by Sabres great Phil Housely, Chris Pronger, and U.S. Women’s National Team star Angela Ruggiero. Bill Hay (the first NCAA graduate to be a regular NHL player) and Peter Karmanos Jr. (an executive) were inducted in the Builder category.