Beware of Seahawks!

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Even if the Juniors were still playing hockey, most eyes this weekend will be glued to the tube for NFL's wild-card weekend. One of the games is at lovely Seattle-by-the-sea. So I had to check in noted Seahawks fan Murph, Team 1260's NFL mouthpiece, to see if he could convince me why the known-to-choke Hawks can still be playing next week.

"There's probably three reasons why you should be convinced," says Murph.

"1. St. Louis is missing some important guys on the offensive line.

"2. The Seahawks have a running back who should have won the rushing title. Give that ball to him 25 or more and they'll win the game. They are 9-and-1 when Shaun Alexander gets the ball 25 times or more.

"3. They have something to prove. They are going to prove to everybody else that they deserved to win that division. They owe it to the fans in Seattle who haven't had a playoff winner in 20 years.

"The Seahawks just have to redeem themselves from that six-and-a-half minute collapse they made back in Week 6

"You know who I think has a big game (today)? Jerry Rice. I can see Seattle going with five wide-receiver sets: Just go right off the hop, snap it, throw it quick and see if the Rams have got enough rush to get there.

"Are they going to go far? I don't know. I don't think so. But I think they'll win one."

As for the other games this weekend, did you think Murph wouldn't have an opinion on them?

"I think the underrated team this year is San Diego. I pick the Chargers over the Jets.

"I pick Indy, but in a close one over Denver. I don't know about the Indianapolis Colts defence. But the (Broncos') problem is that Peyton Manning has such a quick release. He's such a quick study of the defence.

"The connection between Peyton Manning and his receivers is so bang-on. They know by the blink of an eye, by the nod of a head, they know exactly what he's doing. If they were playing the Seahawks, the spread would be about 15! Manning would have a heyday.

"And Green Bay over the Vikings. It's supposed to be cold there. Let's see how well Daunte Culpepper does in the cold. And Randy Moss has been a jackass all week.

"But I could be wrong! That's football. The ball can go in any direction."

We'll keep in touch with Murph as the playoffs develop. Or at least as long as the Seahawks are still in it.

THOROUGHLY AWFUL ASHLEE

Tickets are on sale for Ashlee Simpson's upcoming tour. It says so on her website.

There, of course, was nary a mention about her godawful performance during the halftime of Tuesday's Orange Bowl game in Miami.

Perhaps she wasn't over the bout of "acid reflux" that also affected (infected?) her lip-synch machine on Saturday Night Live.

A friend of mine who once sang the anthem before a game told me it was a frightening experience the first time. And it was difficult to hear herself sing. So someone singing a little off-key at a big event has a built-in excuse. (And people here complained when Shania Twain lip-synched her way through the frozen halftime show at frozen Commonwealth Stadium during the 2002 Grey Cup!)

But at the Orange Bowl, Ashlee sang with all the pitch of a choir of fingernails on a gigantic chalkboard.

Over 70,000 football fans can't be wrong.

Ashlee Simpson wouldn't last a song at a local karoake night. And imagine what American/Candian Idol judges Simon and Zach would do to her.

The Daily Show's Jon Stewart summed it up best.

"Ashlee's father O.J. did a wonderful job bringing her up. But the truth is ... uh, she can't sing.

"She was booed by 70,000 people. Keep in mind, these are football fans. They cheer when there's an injury."

MICKEY'S MOON ECLIPSED

We already know Janet Jackson won't be anywhere near our TVs during the Super Bowl on Feb. 6. And Roseanne Barr would have a better chance of getting the anthem-singing slot before Ashlee Simpson.

Now we also know we won't be seeing Mickey Rooney's pruned-up 84-year-old butt. Fox has rejected a cold-remedy ad that would have dropped Mickey's ancient moon on national TV.

Thank you, Fox.


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