commented on What Temperature Is Your Seahawks Take?
Last week I said that they would likely be 0-2, but that I saw them winning the next 10. I'm going to stick with that prediction. Then they'll hit a rough patch and lose a couple of the last four games, ending 12-4. My guess is they make the NFC championship game but not the Superbowl.
commented on Seahawks Lose an Exciting Game, May Never Lose a Boring Game Again
I feel oddly OK about this loss too. I mean, the defense gave up 34 points, but aside from a handful of plays (that Kam would have helped prevent), they seemed to play well. And while 9 sacks or whatever doesn't speak well for the offensive line and the new center bobbled the ball way too many times, the team scored 31 points, which is hardly the sign of an offense in trouble. The stats and the subjective experience of the play and the score did not all line up with each other. I think if you ran this same game in 100 identical parallel universes, the Hawks would have won 60 or 70 of them.
Greenbay, though. I think it's a second loss, much soul-searching, and then like a ten-game winning streak.
commented on Is Hillary Clinton In Trouble?
Bernie has a lot of grassroots support in the Democratic Party, and not just in Seattle. I think he could win the caucus next year. The buzz among activists is much more on his side than it was with Obama eight years ago, in my experience.
commented on Senate Republicans Float Bill to Kill Bertha
Step 1: Stop the project.
Step 2: Build a massive new viaduct with bigger-than-ever ramps that screw up the waterfront more than ever.
Step 3: Blame liberals, Democrats, and Muslims for cost overruns and refuse to ever pay a penny to any major projects in the Seattle metro area, particularly transit projects.
Step 4: Blame the same people for the fact there are no projects in the area.
Step 5: Spend billions of Seattle's tax dollars in rural Eastern Washington counties, forever.
I'd add a step where they somehow use anger about this to win support in the city and turn it Republican, but that will never happen because the whole point is they hate Seattle, liberals, Democrats, and everything we stand for and would rather destroy us than rule us. That's an even bigger factor than most of the non-Dori Monson demographic of the city would never fall for their bullshit.
commented on Wait. What? Mayor Murray Dreams of a Fourth Tunnel. (For Transit.)
There isn't enough capacity to put all north-south traffic through one downtown tunnel for all time. If you run East Link and Central Link trains north through Capitol Hill and the U District (and further north), you can run each line every 5 minutes and have trains going that way every 2 1/2 minutes. If you add another line, you'd have to increase headway. (Every line added means branching frequency at longer intervals.) In the short term, there's not enough overall ridership to need headway that short, so you could squeeze in another line. A Ballard spur could work on this concept, though Sound Transit would probably prefer to have a transfer rather than interline. But in the long run, you really want another tunnel through downtown close enough to quickly transfer between the two.
Dec 8, 2014
commented on Seahawks Beat Eagles, Inspiring Levels of Insufferability That Can Only Be Described As "Nelly-Esque"
The Seahawks actually have a good shot at top seed in the NFC. If they win their final three games, they'll have 12 wins. The only other teams that could have 12 wins then would be Green Bay, Philadelphia, Arizona, Detroit, and Dallas. The Seahawks would win the tie-breakers against all of those teams except for the Cowboys.
Now, that depends on beating Arizona at home, which is tough. 11-5 is more realistic (and in their current form, with those other games at home, anything less than that seems highly unlikely). But they'd get past Atlanta no problem, and I doubt they'd lose in Arizona twice in one season. So the Packers really are the biggest worry, and that's only if they don't finish with 12 wins and the top seed, which would mean two home games on the way to the Super Bowl.