Rest assured, the NFL is taking comfort in your discomfort. The rampant unease over the Seahawks’ defections means their master plan is doing its evil work, just as planned. Somewhere, Pete Rozelle is smiling.
PEORIA, Ariz. — Willie Bloomquist isn’t a player who gets introduced at a news conference. He doesn’t have Jay Z rapping about him or trying to be his agent. He can’t even return home — as a much-improved player, mind you — without some Mariners fans mocking the move.
The Seattle Sounders’ central defense could take on an Eastern tilt this season, with new goalkeeper Stefan Frei and center backs Chad Marshall and Jalil Anibaba all apparently in the running for starting roles.
SURPRISE, Ariz. — Russell Wilson ranged to his left, twirled and threw a strike — or first down — to shortstop Elvis Andrus to start a double play. In that moment, he was neither a baseball nor a football player. He was simply a marvelous athlete making the incredible look routine.