TOP OF THE TOWN –The Seattle Seahawks open the 2022 season with the worse starting quarterback in the NFL. How do you think that’s going to go? Yes, Geno Smith will be the starter Monday (September 12) when Russell Wilson and the Broncos are in town to start the regular NFL season. It will be his first starting job since the 2013 and 2014 seasons when he was the New York Jets regular starter. He went 12-18 with the Jets. He’s made four other starts since, but only as a backup due to injuries. He backed up Wilson through the 2019-2021 seasons and with Wilson now with Denver he earned the job as starter. Big deal. He won it over the feeble attempts by Drew Lock, who came to Seattle in the Wilson trade. Lock will serve as Smith’s backup. In Lock’s two years as a starter with Denver (he got beat out for the job in the 2021 season by Teddy Bridgewater) he produced a 9-15 record with 25 Touchdowns and 20 interceptions. In other words, Lock is a lock to produce interceptions. As a result, he is the worse backup QB in the NFL. So you got the worse starter and the worse backup QBs in the league. Not a good way to start a season, no? But wait, there is more. The Seahawks waived Jacob Eason, the former Washington Husky quarterback in the final cut with the hope they could get him through waivers and put him on the practice squad. That would have made the Seahawks the proud owner of three bad QBs. Fortunately, or unfortunately, depending which way you look at it, Easton was claimed off waivers by the Carolina Panthers to back up Baker Mayfield and was placed him on their practice squad. To replace Eason, the Seahawks signed former Oregon State QB Sean Mannion to the practice squad. When he was signed, coach Pete Carroll said Mannion would make a good coach. That does not inspire confidence in Mannion as a quarterback. So it goes. … The Seattle Storm play a loser out game tonight in their best-of-five playoff against the Las Vegas Aces. Storm lost a tough one on Sunday at Climate Pledge Arena 110-98 in overtime to the Aces in a game that was one for the ages. Down 2-1 in the series, they have to win this one or pack their bags and go home. They will be packing. The Aces are the better team and are the best team in the WNBA. They have the coach of the year in Becky Hammon and more firepower than the Storm, who rely on the scoring of Breanna Stewart and Jewel Lloyd to produce the firepower. A’ja Wilson, Kelsey Plum and Chelsea Gray are the main scorers for the Aces. Wilson will probably win her second straight league MVP (over Stewart) and Plum, the former Washington Husky and all-time NCAA scoring leader has had a great season. Gray, for me, though is the best player on the floor. She is unbelievable defensively and offensively. She seldom misses her shot from the top of the key, and gets key rebounds and steals. She is great. If the Storm beat the odds and wins the deciding game in the series will be in Las Vegas Thursday (September 8). But it won’t happen.The Aces are just too good. That’s it for today. Stay safe.

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