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January 9, 2008 10:44 AM

The philosopher's lounge

Posted by Danny O'Neil

Every professional locker room has a corner you go to for deeper discussions. A place to chew the fat and try and digest the meaning of life.

OK. That may be overstating it, but the locker room of every team I've ever covered has had one part of it where the discussions tended to get more lively, more animated and much more entertaining.

For this Seahawks team, that is the line of lockers for the linebackers. The hot topic on Tuesday was whether Leroy Hill's sack on Saturday against the Washington, the one where he bulldozed Ladell Betts back into quarterback Todd Collins, was Seattle's most impressive sack of the season.

"Yes," linebacker Kevin Bentley said. "Because he went right over the top of him."

Betts is a 223-pound running, and Hill bull-rushed right over the top of him, pretty much turning him into sandwich filling between Hill and Washington quarterback Todd Collins who ended up sacked on the play.

Hill kind of shrugged.

"I was going full speed and he was standing still," Hill said. "So it looked worse than what it really was."

For the final word, we turn to the man in the middle of the defense. Lofa Tatupu said that Hill's sack while mighty impressive wasn't the best one this season. That goes to Julian Peterson, who pulled down Pittsburgh's Ben Roethlisberged with a handful of jersey while a Steeler offensive lineman plowed into Peterson from behind.

"He took him down with two fingers," Tatupu said.

Linebacker alley. It's where you go for answers in the Seahawks locker room.

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