Seahawks: Russell’s Paradox
The Seahawks belong to the Russell set. This is normal and abnormal.
According to naïve set theory…Sluggo, are we really going there? Yes, and before we start, let me remind you, splitting time between identities is a paradox of its own. So it’s not so abnormal to refer to oneself in the third person. After all, I am not Sluggo, and yet, Sluggo is me. Speaking of abnormal, you might not want to tell people you’re reading this post. It is not every day one reads about Bertrand Russell and Russell Wilson in the same piece of writing. However, should you explain this to your friends, may I suggest, with caution?
All about, yet not about, Russell.
In the Wild Card game between the Washington Redskins and visiting Seattle Seahawks, with which Seahawks player should the NFL’s viewing public associate? May I suggest a connection to the entire set known as “Russell”? While some of the set theory located in this link may be too far above my own head (or too far below my reading tempo) to properly digest, it follows that the Seahawks are made up of a dynamic group of players whose talents have convened at a particularly noteworthy time in Seahawks history. That Russell Wilson happens to be the talent he is, only informs one angle of the Seahawks’ success in 2012-13. A quarterback doesn’t represent the whole of a team. In a similar regard, a group of very talented players does not necessarily amount to the ultimate representation of championship level professional football. But with synchronicity, these elements, including the many extensions of their organization, the fans, and all that makes this successful club what it is…geographic location even, something satisfying happens.
Let Russell = Russell. Let all that is not Russell = Russell.
Bobby Wagner isn’t Russell, yet he’s the quarterback of the defense and has a (perhaps unspoken) obligation to support the Seahawks in a way that allows Russell (Wilson) to have more options to defeat opponents.
Russell Okung isn’t Russell. Well, don’t let me say the wrong thing in the presence of Okung. He may be more Russell than one can imagine now that he’s been playing at a level which many fans enjoy. When Russell protects Russell in pass protection and run blocking, he is invested heavily in success.
Bruce Irvin, not Russell. You see where I’m going with this. All of the defense and all of the offense, all of the special teams, coaches, local fans, distant, long-time fans and fans of football looking for a team with which to connect through the regular season, and more intensely now going into the playoffs, is Russell. So much has been made of Russell Wilson lately, that Russell is no longer Russell. He’s just Russell Wilson. Now for some naive set theory with Bertrand Russell.
Let us call a set “abnormal” if it is a member of itself, and “normal” otherwise. For example, take the set of all geometrical squares. That set is not itself a square, and therefore is not a member of the set of all squares. So it is “normal”. On the other hand, if we take the complementary set that contains all non-squares, that set is itself not a square and so should be one of its own members. It is “abnormal”.
Now we consider the set of all normal sets, R. Determining whether R is normal or abnormal is impossible: If R were a normal set, it would be contained in the set of normal sets (itself), and therefore be abnormal; and if R were abnormal, it would not be contained in the set of all normal sets (itself), and therefore be normal. This leads to the conclusion that R is neither normal nor abnormal: Russell’s paradox.
I will commend Tate on staying active in the play. Too often players on the backside of a play become lax. Obviously these Seahawks players are working hard for the rookie Wilson. There are some great things to take away here. 100% effort on plays like these often differentiate players and teams from one another.
The above statement may also represent a strong argument supporting the Seahawks as a bunch of Goldens too. I can argue some rather absurd items.
While we’re on the subject of “Everyone’s a Seahawk!”, I came across a thing on the web know as the Wilson Effect. I was researching items to support an angle that presented Russell Wilson’s effect on the whole of the Seahawks organization. That’s when I found a company that creates guitar effects pedals. The company’s name, “Wilson Effects”. I did some inquiring via an email to Kevin Wilson, owner of Wilson Effects, in Indiana, and perhaps now another Seahawks fan.
Wilson Effects makes a pedal called the “Haze” which is a vibe effect. A sound sample from the Wilson Effects website includes a song by the late Jimi Hendrix. I may have been chasing serendipity, thinking perhaps this is a Seattle company. I asked Kevin if/how his company or products are related to Seattle. He told me the only connection is that he’s a life-long fanatic of Pearl Jam and his best friend’s cousin is Seattle musician Pete Droge. Incidentally, Seattle musicians raised the 12th Man flag atop the Space Needle recently.
I mapped Wilson’s company’s location in Guilford, Indiana. I asked Kevin if he’s a football fan. He is. But he’s no fan of either of two playoff teams he could claim as his own by virtue of geography. He could be a Colts fan living in Indiana. He could also be a Bengals fan. Guilford is about a thirty minute drive. But he’s not a fan of either. Perhaps he’s not into AFC teams. I can only hope he’ll become an honorary Seahawks follower, if not necessarily a fan.
Out of body prediction.
Without any prior relevant data showing the current iterations of the Seahawks and Redskins in competitive play, I am left to step outside of myself to predict the outcome of this game. Without many historical out-of-body experiences to develop any sort of successful system of probabilities, I am forced to go with the surge in media reporting regarding the Seahawks. The intensity of Seahawks reporting has become quite palpable. I’m getting nothing, though, except I predict no 1-point safeties will happens as did between Oregon and Kansas State in the Fiesta Bowl. I’m guessing the Seahawks will win. What a stretch. Oh, and with throngs of photographers and reporters, I predict one may lose their balance trying to avoid being hit by an oncoming player.
Just as the Seahawks have been a shapeshifting offensive entity, so too their defense has changed. They aren’t very easy team for which to prepare.