Seahawks fan sheds light
I’d like to share an important message from the Sluggo (internal) QA department regarding an opportunity for me to respond to a generous Seahawks fan.
What gives?! Are you going to pass up a perfectly good opportunity to validate your reader? I noticed no (Sluggo) email nor post was drafted in recognition of Seahawksfan99′s astute comment. Re: “Marcus Trufant FF and recovery,” this matter should be copied to an early edition post on Sunday morning along with the effects of the Seahawks’ win over the Vikings vis-à-vis the Trufant game. Seattle leap-frogged Minnesota to take away the 6th seed Wild Card spot, dumping the Vikings down to the #8 seed, which the Seahawks had been patiently occupying until that outcome. It was a critical game and your reader (Seahawksfan99) should be commended for their support and game-situation awareness. You know what they say about the gift horse…take the gift, Sluggo.
Regarding my Week 9 post, “Russell Wilson, Seahawks: First impressions Week 9“, you stated,
“Trufant not only assisted on the tackle and recovered the fumble but on the replay, it was clear that he forced the fumble too.”
That is correct.
I’m sorry it’s taken so long to get back to you, Seahawksfan99. I generally like to feature quotes like yours in my somewhat irregularly scheduled (response) posts, also know as the “Nuts’ Sack.” I’ve been holding out in hopes I might grab another comment or two to use in an upcoming readers’ comment highlight feature. If I don’t receive another suitable comment very soon, I’ll be forced to highlight yours singularly at the front of my next post.
Seahawksfan99, Marcus Trufant was credited with a Forced-Fumble in that game as you’ll see in the NFL.com stats sheet.
I looked at the Game Rewind™ film and played it back a few times. It is Trufant who delivers the hit that jars the ball and whose arm reaches out at the ball carrier, Percy Harvin’s midsection. Trufant’s hand drags along the crook between Harvin’s forearm and biceps, dislodging the ball. It’s amazing the ball ends up where it does, making Trufant’s scramble to recover the fumble much easier than it would have been had the ball gone in almost any other direction.
Timing is everything. The game may have been even more decisive. Marcus Trufant was involved in more than the one big play. The Seahawks’ 10th year cornerback was dead-to-rights to intercept this Christian Ponder pass to Harvin, had he just turned his head back to spot the ball. The pass was under-thrown enough that it hit Trufant on the back of his helmet.
This was 3rd & 4 from the Seahawks’ 44. If Trufant turns his head, the worst that happens is an incomplete pass followed by a likely 4th down punt. Instead it results in a 24 yard gain on the interference call and subsequently, turns into a Vikings’ Adrian Peterson touchdown. But these things happen, and the Seahawks did plenty of good things in this game to win comfortably. So enough looking in the rear-view mirror for me, there’s plenty ahead for the Seahawks.
Thank you for your correction Seahawksfan99. I encourage more of your insights. I’d like to make my (comments and questions) feature a weekly thing, but sometimes my readers hold back their comments leaving me little with which to work. Some of my best, most earnest material has come from replying to readers’ comments. Can earnestness accompany modesty? Sure it can!
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