Seahawks assign Lynch’s number to another

Marshawn Lynch wearing number 24 for the Seattle Seahawks. Image: The Seattle Times.
Marshawn Lynch wearing number 24 for the Seattle Seahawks. Image: The Seattle Times.

I thought I was a Seattle Seahawks fan. I truly did. I didn’t care at all that I was called a bandwagoner. Who cares? I was having the time of my life cheering them on.

I learned however, when Shawn Lynch left, or retired from, the Seahawks that I was not a Seahawks fan, at all. I only liked to watch them play. There is a difference.

Actually I learned a bit earlier than that.

I learned I was not a Seahawks fan at all when Lynch was injured, subsequently underwent surgery and out for the remainder of the season. I did not watch a single Seahawks game that Lynch was not in.

When I saw that the Seahawks had given Lynch’s number to another player when they should have retired it in honour of what he contributed to the team I went from disinterest to disgust with the Seahawks.

So what that Lynch came out of retirement and is wearing number 24 for his beloved Raiders.

Oakland Raiders number 24, Marshawn Lynch, runs the rock. ESPN image.
Oakland Raiders number 24, Marshawn Lynch, runs the rock. ESPN image.

Some have tried to defend the move citing some little known rule. Whatever. We all know those types of rules mean very little and are overlooked or ignored whenever it suits the front office.

Reassigning the number Lynch made famous with the Seattle Seahawks was a snub, plain and simple.

Mr. Lynch rather predictably didn’t even notice and in typical fashion doesn’t care. At all. He isn’t like the rest of us who say we don’t care then harbour feelings of hurt or betrayal. To normal folks something like this would at least sting a little. Not Lynch. He has a mental toughness few can understand or ever relate to because he has seen what real hurt is.

Plus, Lynch probably has more important things on his mind, like winning a Super Bowl with his beloved hometown team the Oakland Raiders. It is a long shot of course, but John Gruden knows exactly how to use and manage Lynch, and he will squeeze every ounce of magic left in the future Hall of Fame runner, if there is any.

Lynch wouldn’t have it any other way. As he famously says, “It’s about that action Boss.”

The End. Updated 8:45 pm.

 

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ESPN Body Issue to go Beast Mode again

Marshawn Lynch, ESPN Body Issue, 2014.
Marshawn Lynch, ESPN Body Issue, 2014. Click to enlarge.

SHAWN WATCH — The ESPN Body Issue will go Beast Mode again in 2017. Or so the story goes.

CBS News released a teaser of ESPN’s upcoming body issue with six images. I excitedly flipped through them and the only running back they showed (twice) was Dallas Cowboys rusher Ezekiel Elliott who is also on the cover.

That’s nice. But not the running back I want and probably most everyone else wants to see. Come on ESPN! We want to see our man.

In the meantime Lynch is preparing for his return to professional football with the “home team” while giving out free haircuts for good grades and 2,000 free waterpark tickets to Oakland kids, among other things.

But Business Insider reports, “Marshawn Lynch, one of the newest members of the Oakland Raiders, has been quick to ingratiate himself with the city’s youth.”

Don’t you hate that sort of jaded reporting? Oh, look. The author Sam Belden is a Sports Intern at Business Insider. Do your homework Sam and offer some facts instead of uninformed opinions.

Fact. Lynch does not ingratiate himself with anyone.

Fact. Lynch chose to stay in his community when he could easily have left.

Fact. Lynch has been helping the youth in the Oakland area since he joined the NFL in 2007.

Fact. Lynch’s Fam 1st Family Foundation has been helping thousands of kids since 2006.

Fact. Lynch is a remarkable man.

ESPN’s Body Issue hits newsstands July 7.

Best of Sound FX — Marshawn Lynch

Marshawn Lynch. Getty images.
Marshawn Lynch. Getty images.

SHAWN WATCH — Oh my man Lynch. I am getting in Beast Mode mindset early even though his first return game is months away with this Best of Sound FX — Marshawn Lynch. Some pretty awesome clips in this video including Shawn’s second beastquake run and SB49 reactions.

Afterwards, I watched a bit of Super Bowl XLIX. I was so stunned at the final play and everything that followed it, I had forgotten what a monster game Lynch had in that game.

It is only right that Shawn gets another Super Bowl ring this time with his beloved Oakland Raiders. I have always had a sentimental spot for the Raiders and Raider Nation from way back when I was kid. Kenny “the Snake” Stabler. Are you kidding me? I also adore Derek Carr so it would have thrilled me to no end to see the Raiders win a Super Bowl without Lynch. But with Lynch? Let’s do it.