Seahawks follow the migration patterns of their spirit animal counterparts

I’ve been sitting on this story for a long time, just like a nesting bird. Which is actually what this post is all about.

Back in May, I spotted a headline that read “Town Can’t Use Fire Alarm Because of . . . Osprey Nest“. The town playing host to that pair of Seahawks since March? Turns out, it’s in New Jersey — where the NFL team named for ospreys had, at the time, recently claimed its first-ever Super Bowl title. And apparently decided to settle in.

Turns out, the Hawks are surprisingly difficult to dethrone:

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My plan to defeat JetBlue’s new baggage fees

Free checking is one of the best things JetBlue has going for it (after satellite TV; I have now spent two consecutive post-winter break flights watching Seahawks Championship Game highlights). But on November 19, JetBlue cut legroom and, for the first time, began charging passengers to check bags onto its flights.

I’m less interested in why the airline made that decision — the New Yorker has a great breakdown, “Why Airlines Want to Make You Suffer” — and more interested in whether it actually made that decision at all. You see, when I checked into my JetBlue flight a week and a half ago, here’s what I saw:

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Why I’m not too worried about Russell Wilson’s “questionable” decision-making

I’ll admit that in the past I’ve expressed concern regarding Russell Wilson’s questionable decision-making. See, “The narrative is wrong: Russell Wilson makes questionable decisions, too“, and “The one guy Russell Wilson needs to stop taking advice from“. But here’s the thing: both of those posts deal with his decision-making ability off the field. I have yet to question (so far as I can recall) his ability on the field. Which is why scaremongering headlines like this one — “Russell Wilson’s Decision-Making Is a Concern Heading into Super Bowl” — don’t have me too worried heading into Super Bowl Sunday.

In fact, in case I wasn’t confident enough before, the article itself actually helped reassure me. Here’s how its author, Sean Tomlinson, spins Wilson’s performance against Green Bay in the NFC Championship Game into his source of primary concern:

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Can you even believe that thing Benedict Cumberbatch just said in his “apology”?

Benedict Cumberbatch has roundly drawn praise for his efforts to remedy a recent Benedict Cumberbotch. I’m not so sure he deserves it. Via the Huffington Post:

Benedict Cumberbatch apologized on Monday for using the phrase “colored actors” on the Tavis Smiley PBS show, and said he was “devastated to have caused offense.”

First of all, this is Benedict Cumberbatch; if anything, he said “coloured actors”, and that’s certainly deserving of at least a modicum of additional forgiveness.

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I spy a delicious irony amidst the swirling snows

So Winter Storm Juno turned out to be something of a dud around these parts, but seems to have done some real damage in isolated pockets of New England east of here. According to the New York Times, the storm “isolated the island of Nantucket, where hurricane-force winds of 78 miles an hour matched those on the top of Mount Washington, in New Hampshire, and forced the cancellation of ferries to the mainland. Almost all of Nantucket’s 12,000 year-round residents lost power, but they were making do.”

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Marshawn Lynch is right: Why bother talking to the media when this is what they do to his words?

The WSJ published a short blog post today titled “Marshawn Lynch: ‘I’m Just Here So I Don’t Get Fined’“. The post itself was a rather dry recounting of the running back’s appearance at Super Bowl media day. Here’s a sample: Continue reading Marshawn Lynch is right: Why bother talking to the media when this is what they do to his words?

The midwife who delivered Marshawn Lynch offered his mother some piss-poor medical advice

As related by the The USA Today:

One of four children raised by a single mother, [Marshawn] Lynch arrived on April 22, 1986, with an unexpected message from the midwife: he might have had a twin that didn’t develop.

“They just knew that Marshawn was living off two placentas,” his mother, Delisa, said. “She told me that with that, he may be an amazingly strong child. And I was like, ‘For real?'”

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The one guy Russell Wilson needs to stop taking advice from

In his column published in Derek Jeter’s The Player’s Tribune today, Seahawks QB Russell Wilson wrote about some of the individuals he leans on for support and draws on for advice. DangeRuss mentioned only one person by name who does not play football for a living (like Marshawn Lynch, Jermaine Kearse, and Doug Baldwin) or work directly for a football team (e.g. Michael Gervais) — and I’m here to tell him he should probably stop doing that:

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That Skittles press conference is why journalists — and the NFL — can’t stand Marshawn Lynch

Let me get this out of the way up front: the footage of Marshawn’s Skittles-sponsored “press conference” was a joy to watch. So thank you, Marshawn, for making today more awesomer. If you somehow haven’t seen it already, here ya go:

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Real patriots don’t root for New England

Don’t let their name fool you: real patriots don’t root for the Patriots. And I’m not just talking about the fact that the Seahawks were recently revealed to be Barack Obama’s secret weapon in the war against ISIS. No. This is about who we, as Americans, can trust to secure our Super Bowl rings. And while the Seahawks can obviously be trusted to handle international affairs, the same cannot be said about New England.

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