The suspense on the sports pages will kill you



The Seattle Seahawks played some other guys last night.
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  • The Seattle Seahawks played some other guys last night.

Because Journalism 101 now holds that no one reads the sports pages in the morning who doesn't already know the details of the games the night before, exceptions to that general principle come in for some exciting reading.

For instance, my eye was drawn to this headline in the Tuesday Tribune:

Seahawks survive
ugly performance

I read on.

Russell Wilson threw two touchdown passes to Golden Tate and the visiting Seahawks made a goal-line stand in the final seconds to seal 14-9 [sic] victory.

Wilson overcame a dismal offensive performance by hooking up with Tate for an 80-year scoring strike late in the third quarter as the Seahawks (7-1) prevailed despite mustering only 135 yards of offense. Wilson was sacked seven times and Marshawn Lynch was limited to a season-low 23 yards but the Seahawks managed to maintain a one-game lead over the 49ers atop the NFC West.

Rookie Zac Stacy rushed for 134 yards on 26 carries, Greg Zuerlein kicked three field goals and Kellen Clemens, filling in for the injured Sam Bradford, threw for 158 yards and two interceptions for the Rams (3-5).

How the suspense built!—until it was revealed in the last word of the third paragraph whom the Seahawks were playing.

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