Showing posts with label mike salk. Show all posts
Showing posts with label mike salk. Show all posts

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Hawk Blogger On ESPN Radio: Brock & Salk

In case you missed it, Brock Huard and Mike Salk spent nearly 30 minutes talking about my To Suck, Or Not To Suck series. They are always a good listen.

You can listen to part one here (you may want to fast-forward to the ~29 min mark)

Part two is here

Friday, July 15, 2011

ESPN Radio Discusses This Blog (pigs are flying somewhere)

I got a pleasant surprise after getting back from a brief fishing trip this morning. A few folks on Twitter told me that our friend Mike Salk was discussing my post on Super Bowl winning quarterbacks on ESPN Radio. Sure enough, I downloaded the podcast and there was a great discussion of my findings. What was even better is that Salk and Matt Pittman understood the point of the post, and it had a similar impact on their desire to acquire a QB via trade or free agency that it did on me. That, my friends, is why I write this blog. Awesome stuff.

You can listen to the discussion here (starts ~24min mark):

More audio at

Or you can download it here.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Hawk Blogger Podcast: Special Guest, ESPN's Mike Salk

The NFL and Seahawks news is mostly manufactured right now, so I've decided to take a different path toward providing you all some worthwhile content. Mike Salk co-hosts 710 ESPN Radio's Brock and Salk show each weekday morning with local hero Brock Huard. Salk has helped to shake Seattle sports radio from its middling daze with provocative opinions delivered with the assertiveness of someone who grew up in the Northeast, as he did.  The juxtaposition between Salk and the kinder, gentler Huard has made for some of the most entertaining sports radio I've listened to in the 15 years I've lived in Seattle.

I don't always agree with Salk, and it was one of those clashes that initially led to my interaction with him. Salk has been asked to take on a national Saturday night slot for ESPN, and fills in regularly for Doug Gottlieb. He may only be in Seattle for a few more years, so it was my pleasure to spend 20+ minutes talking about what it's like to do his job, his views on Pete Carroll, and whether he believes bloggers are good or bad . If you don't already, I strongly recommend a follow for Salk on Twitter.

Take a listen, and let us know what you think.

>>Download the podcast<<

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Alternatively, here are instructions to subscribe manually in iTunes:

1. Copy this URL:
2. Launch iTunes
3. Click Advanced>Subscribe to Podcast
4. Paste in the URL from step 1
5. Click OK
6. Click on your Podcasts item under your Library section (you should see Hawk Blogger)

If you'd like to copy it to your iPod/iPhone, you'll need to access the click on your device in iTunes once you connect it to the computer, and access the Podcasts tab. The rest should be pretty clear.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

15 Seconds Of Fame

Following every Portland Trail Blazers game is a post-game show called "The Fifth Quarter." Every once-in-a-while, I would get so worked up about something a caller or host said that it became an obligation to call in and right the wrong. My friends used to all hassle me the next morning about hearing 12-year-old HawkBlogger on the radio spewing off statistics that confused the hosts who likely wanted nothing more than to be lobotomized for a few hours while listening to one ridiculous call after another. Armies of people would call in, which meant hold times could be 10-30 minutes, but I waited. It was a rush each time I got on the air. Fast forward a few decades to December 15th, 2010 at around 9:03 AM. I was just landing in San Jose while Brock Huard and Mike Salk on KIRO710 were talking about little ol' me.

How was this possible? I didn't call in. There was no half-hour of hold time. These two handsome, brilliant, funny, radio personalities were talking about me on their own. I, of course, had no idea since I was in California at the time, but a loyal Facebook follower alerted me to the event. It was one of those moments where the 12-year-old boy resurfaces and just thinks, "that's pretty cool." This blog was never intended to get much notoriety, which works out well considering I probably have a few dozen readers. It's always been about giving me an outlet to vent and analyze the Seahawks in the way that I want, when I want. Every time somebody tells me they appreciated a post I wrote, it makes my day. In the end, it's all about connecting with other fans and creating a conversation free from influences like advertisers, team officials, editors or schedules. I appreciate Brock and Salk giving me a little leg up in meeting those goals.

In return, I want to help Salk out a little. Despite having targeted Salk in my post yesterday, I don't dislike the guy. In fact, I am a little embarrassed by how Seattle has treated him since he's been here. Each and every day he gets on the radio with a guy who is a local kid who played for both the Huskies and Seahawks ("played" is a stretch) and oozes positivity. Radio programs full of two hosts agreeing with each other for three hours does not work. Huard is already known, and has taken the good cop role. What's a good co-host to do but play the bad cop? Salk pokes and prods and incites listeners by taking controversial, and often negative opinions. He tries to play it off as if it's just part of the job, but the guy moved out here with his wife from across the country and practically gets spit on every morning. Nobody is immune to that kind of venom all the time. When talking about my blog this morning, Salk jokingly asked Huard what he would have to do in order to be a "local hero" like Huard. Here's where I think I can help, you, Salk.

Having family in Boston and New York myself, I identify with your style more than most in the NW. People out here expect their sports radio personalities to be enmeshed with the teams they discuss. They want to feel like you are just as happy or sad as they are. These fans are also very adept at picking out posers. Much of the negative energy directed at you, and the reason your home town always comes up, is because you are not a fan of the teams you are analyzing. If you want to ever move past being treated like an outsider, you are going to have to start caring like a local. In some ways, your timing is lucky since I think your real love is baseball and the Mariners are less popular now than at any time in the last 20 years. Everyone is down on that team, which gives you a great opportunity to be the voice of optimism. Break out of your negative pigeon hole. Make people feel better through this long, wet, dark Winter instead of worse. If you can do that, this town will treat you like a king.

Take that advice, or leave it, but thanks again for baiting me into a blog post last night and giving my blog a plug on air. That was a cool moment. Oh, and tell Huard that if he wants to be mentioned in my blog, he has to actually fight his own fights on air. He may have written the original post that got you guys talking yesterday, but once you hit the airwaves, he was defending the coaches and the players. He wasn't doing a particularly good job of it, so I decided to write my bit, but he was certainly not the antagonist. Maybe you need to buy Brock a pointed goatee he can stick on so he feels safe being negative for more than 10 seconds. Just a thought.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

You Win, Mike Salk

Mike Salk co-hosts the KIRO 710 morning show Brock and Salk with Brock Huard. He is good at his job. His style and personality are an odd match for the Northwest, but he plays the bad cop well. Having gone to school for sports journalism, and now working at a company whose products are used in every form of media, I know the game Salk plays. He is not emotionally invested in any of the local teams, except to the point that they impact his well-being. A winning team usually generates more listeners, more calls, and more advertising dollars. When a team loses, like the Seahawks are now losing, it is Salk's job to incite a conversation. He is not alone. Every media member is doing the same thing, looking for any angle that gets your attention. Even though I know all this, I can't help but write an entire post just to refute the contrived argument Salk put forth today about the Seahawks. He doesn't care if he's right or wrong, and just writing this encourages more irresponsible analysis, but I can't help myself. You win, Salk.

The Seahawks started 4-2, and have since gone 2-5. Salk made two main assertions aimed at discrediting the coaching staff. First, he said that injuries cannot be completely to blame for the deteriorating season. Second, he says that injuries don't explain why players like Aaron Curry, John Carlson, Kelly Jennings, Marcus Trufant, Earl Thomas, Matt Hasselbeck, Golden Tate, and Chris Clemons have failed to improve as the season wore on.

I've spent the better part of two posts today already addressing the first assertion. If you have not already read about why consistency has escaped the Hawks or how big of an effect even a single injury can have on a team, take a moment to read them. Salk claims that it all can't be attributed to Red Bryant being out, but that's missing the point. If only Red Bryant was out, that would be a fair question. Guess how many of the last seven games have seen Colin Cole, Brandon Mebane, Mike Williams and Russell Okung step on the field at the same time? Forget the myriad of other injuries and shuffles along the lines and at wide receiver. Just those four players have played exactly zero minutes together, as a group, in the last seven games. What about just three of the four? How many games of any combination have three of those guys been on the field at the same time in the last seven games? The correct answer is two. What about the first six games, when things were going well? All six of those games saw at least three of those players on the field (plus Red Bryant). The only game ALL SEASON that all four of those players have played a full game together was @CHI. Not surprisingly, most would call that the Seahawks best performance. Injuries do matter. Discounting them is lazy and sensationalistic.

Now, to the second part about lack of improvement. Before I tackle each and every player he mentioned, let's discuss the players he conveniently omitted. How good was Ben Obomanu at the start of the season? Wasn't he on the 53-man roster bubble for many? What about Cameron Morrah? Any improvement there? Deon Butler and Kam Chancellor have made strides. David Hawthorne is playing better now than to start the year. Sean Locklear has stabilized, as has Mike Gibson. Additionally, of the players Salk listed, I disagree that Curry, Clemons and Hasselbeck have not improved. Clemons had 5.5 sacks through the first six games and has 4 in the last seven games. That's not exactly a major dropoff, especially considering the extra attention he got after his fast start. Curry has three of his four sacks in the last five games, and after averaging 3.17 tackles/game in the first six, he's averaging 6.14 in the last seven. That sure looks like improvement to me. Hasselbeck is the controversial one, but in the TWO GAMES he's had a healthy Mike Williams and Ben Obomanu starting he threw for more yardage than any two-game stretch in his entire career outside of one series in 2002. Every Seahawk fan that watched the @ARZ and @NO game saw jaw-dropping improvement in the passing game.

Of the other guys, some can just be explained by saying they are veterans who are who they are going to be no matter what the coaches do. There is no upside to be had. Players in this category include Jennings and Trufant. Carlson has only himself to blame. Maybe he'll get better after another year in the system, but I wouldn't hold my breath. Tate has some maturing to do. This off-season will show how dedicated he is to becoming an NFL receiver. He also was injured for a long stretch, so improvement before the year is out is still possible. When the coaches start Ruvell Martin over you as a second-round pick, it should be a wake-up call. Lastly, Earl Thomas is hard to judge. He has not stood out to me as a guy whose play has dropped off dramatically. He has missed some tackles and some assignments, but tossing him into the "not improved" bucket is questionable, at best.

Nobody wants a radio show question that can be answered simply and directly. I get it. The part that drives me batty is how it actually starts to shape public opinion. Pete Carroll and staff have done an admirable job of finding anyone and everyone who could contribute to a winning team. When you start with arguably the worst talent in all of the NFL and have this many injuries to core players, bad things are going to happen. Nobody is likely to be singing Carroll's praises while the team gets their heads bashed in repeatedly, but any honest assessment of the franchise's overall progress must be overwhelmingly positive.