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April 15, 2008 9:46 PM

Prime-time snub?

Posted by Danny O'Neil

There are 32 teams in the NFL. Twenty-five of them will play on Monday night in the upcoming season. The Cleveland Browns -- who've made the playoffs exactly once since re-entering the league -- will play on Monday night three times, tied with Green Bay for most in the league.

The Seahawks are one of the seven without a Monday night date. None of the other six made the playoffs last season let alone five years running as Seattle has. None of the other six teams omitted from Monday night had a winning record.

I make this point at the risk of throwing a log onto the smoldering resentment of a region that so often feels it gets overlooked. So I'll make the point that the lack of a Monday night game won't matter one bit in where the Seahawks finish this upcoming season. And the Seahawks do play twice in prime time on Sunday night games so it's not as if Seattle will be overlooked entirely. Still, it's puzzling to see that the San Francisco-Arizona game on Nov. 10 is the only appearance by the NFC West.

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Posted by gohuskies898

10:40 PM, Apr 15, 2008

I agree. It's pretty unbelievable that they don't play on Monday night. I'll trade that for Thanksgiving though. Looking at the schedule, the Sunday games are much better than the Monday Night Games. I think ESPN got screwed.

Will they have the ability to change the games at the end of the year again?

Posted by Keith C

10:59 PM, Apr 15, 2008

I may be wrong/don't feel like giving ESPN the website hit. But I think ESPN does MNF (probably common knowledge but I forget right now). Anyway my point is...when has ESPN ever liked the Seahawks? Never.

I always hated not enjoying the action on Sunday anyway. Plus Thanksgiving is gonna be great this year! Go Hawks!!

Posted by Sarkus

11:22 PM, Apr 15, 2008

Who cares? MNF isn't the big primetime game anymore, Sunday Night is. The Hawks are getting plenty of primetime attention.

Posted by SeaHokie

4:13 AM, Apr 16, 2008

Guess ESPN figures the Drew Carey demographic is where it's at this season.

Posted by lav

4:24 AM, Apr 16, 2008

I know it's not the same, but it should be remembered that we do get the Aug 25th MNF preseason game agaist San Diego.

Posted by piphawk

4:50 AM, Apr 16, 2008

Don't forget that Drew Carey is part owner of the soccer franchise coming to town. He is linked to Seattle now...not just Cleveland.
Hawk fans should not watch MNF this year...bars should have their tv on a different channel...those game are boring anyway. Our market is too small to make a difference...but the snub would still be good.

Posted by Marc Hanning

7:45 AM, Apr 16, 2008

Honestly, Monday night football has become the joke. Its easily the worst broadcast of all the NFL broadcasts. I think its an honor that Seattle wasn't picked. I stopped watching it because of the poor announcing. Its not bigger than life anymore. Boring.

Marc From Tucson

Posted by good ol' george

8:08 AM, Apr 16, 2008

Monday Night Football won't be good anymore as long as Hank Williams Jr., is screaming on the intro. As for the Seahawks playing Dallas on Thanksgiving, will Jessica Simpson be the halftime entertainment or the in-game entertainment?

Posted by hawks25

8:28 AM, Apr 16, 2008

I don't think it's a snub at all. Not having SNF games is getting the snub. Plus T-Day is huge. This is a good thing. Just look at the difference between the MNF and SNF matchups.

Posted by MNFhater

8:57 AM, Apr 16, 2008

As a long time season ticket holder I was thrilled to see we have no Monday night home games. For the in stadium fans these are the most difficult games to get to. Traffic and parking are hideous and it is next to impossible to get to the game on time. The other prime time games are similar in that you need to arrive at the local watering holes by 10am if you want a table for a 5pm start. As far as the team is concerned our biggest problem is the early start of east coast road games. At least we get two of our prime time games as later starts on the east coast.

Posted by JP

9:27 AM, Apr 16, 2008

Would we all be singing a different tune if we had one or two MNF games? Are we justifying it by saying how bad MNF is now?

Lets be real... we all feel a little slighted.

I'm happy that we have 2 SNF games and the Thanksgiving game, but it would be nice to have 1 MNF game, just to feel recognized for who we are, and have been for the last several years.

Posted by UWHusky84

10:25 AM, Apr 16, 2008

You also neglected to poijnt out that Seattle is going to be on national TV on Thanksgiving Day. Seems to me the Seahawks will receive plenty of national exposure, despite not being on MNF this season.

Quite whining, people. If the Hawks win, they'll get plenty of attention.

Posted by Go easy on that schedooly!!!

11:49 AM, Apr 16, 2008

Thanksgiving will be a bigger draw that any MNF game the Hawks might play. Besides MNF just reduces the rest the team would get before playing the following Sunday. In general this schedule looks MUCH better than last year.

Posted by hawks25

11:54 AM, Apr 16, 2008

JP,
I would be complaining if we got 2 MNF games and no SNF. MNF is 2nd rate. It's not like it was. Last year we played the Niners on MNF. Talk about a bad matchup. You would never see SNF take that game.

Posted by PhoenixHawk

7:05 PM, Apr 16, 2008

One word: ratings. When the Seahawks played on MNF last year I believe they would always draw the lowest rating compared to other games.

It would be nice to see them at least once but no major loss. One more day to prepare for the next week.

Can't wait to 'Hawk & Roll in 2008 all the way to Tampa!

Mark

Posted by Mike timmons

10:27 PM, Apr 16, 2008

MNF is a drag for season ticket holders, so I am glad that there are MNF games at qwest. The "car wash' rainstorm MNF game against SF, and the blizzard game against GB come to mind.

Posted by No.12

3:05 AM, Apr 17, 2008

While I would like to see one or two of the Hawks away games on MNF football, I agree with other season ticket holders that MNF home games create a lot of problems.

I wonder if the fact that the Seahawks have won their past few MNF games by huge blow-out margins had any effect on the scheduling-- but more likely ESPN's pandering to the East coast crowd.

Posted by snorql

3:22 PM, Apr 18, 2008

Maybe the league knows something we don't.


Just sayin'...........

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