The Seahawks’ 2015 season will be remembered as their Return of the Jedi year.
Allow us to explain. Two seasons ago was the team’s A New Hope year with young Russell Wilson playing the role of Luke Skywalker and leading the upstart rebel team to a universally surprising victory.
Their repeat the next year, however, was foiled and the team lost their metaphoric hand in the process after an awful goal line pass play in the final minute. The 'Hawks fell at the feet of the dreaded dynasty, the New England Patriots. Total Empire Strikes Back stuff.
But this year? It’s the third installment! Time for the Jedi to return!
With help from rookies Thomas Rawls and Tyler Lockett, who, unbeknownst to most Seattle fans, are actually Ewoks, the team is poised to take back the title.
We all know how the movie goes, but just for a refresher: A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, the evil Emperor Bill Belichick (pictured above) is building another Death Star to take control of the universe and seemingly nothing can stop him. Meanwhile, Wilson has to rally his friends, including Marsh-Han “Solo” Lynch, to defet him and win the war.
The biggest question for the team this year – as we wrote last week – is how the battle will be won in the air? The key player here is new addition and wild card, Jimmy Graham, playing the role of General Lando Calrissian, of course. The team needs him to lead the aerial strike.
The 'Hawks, like any group of rebels, have an uncanny way of looking down and out, as if they’re about to fall out of the atmosphere and be forgotten. And this year, with their 1-2 start, it’s no different. But the Force is strong with the team – and always has been during the Carroll/Wilson era.
Next along their path to defeating the Emperor and Darth Vader Tom Brady is the Detroit Lions, complete with fast, speeder-like receivers and an often laser-accurate quarterback, Matthew Stafford.
We’re about a quarter through the show, and it’s only going to get better from here. So, stay tuned.
And may the Force be with you.