Niagara Gazette — Still on the same idiosyncratic coast, another of Carroll’s formative football experiences came with a deservedly applauded college coaching career at USC; and finally, to top everything else on his resume — a Super Bowl straight north on Puget Sound! The man finds himself on a summit in Seattle, but will the Seahawks repeat — or even come close — this coming year? Doubtful perhaps, but who cares? A more important question around here: will Buffalo finally make the playoffs?
Zat ees zee kvestion, right? And a problematic one. Unlike Seattle or the Bay Area or Greater LA, it’s a tough climate here both literally and figuratively. Patient Bills’ fans have become experts in deferred gratification (a George Will phrase concerning his beloved Chicago Cubs); but loss of patience, not to mention the bubbling up of derision and anger can easily burst forth if the team doesn’t significantly improve this time out.
For people aren’t invariably blessed with a sunny disposish in these parts. You could say (and I admire this trait) that they’re generally more realistic and down to earth than West Coasters. For some reason (as a kind of contrast), my mind flips to a famed Seattleite, Bill Gates, holding forth recently on Charlie Rose’s TV program, and blithely informing us that the entire world’s largely becoming a sweeter place.
Typical West Coast fare? Somewhat, I believe. Because despite all Mr. Gates’ undoubted genius in his field, I saw a man here disserting on others’ pains (and there are myriad such in this big world) from the optic of his own gorgeous environs on Lake Washington. There the air has a nice ping to it and there are nearby pristine views (when clouds don’t intervene too heavily) of the Cascades and in an opposite direction, the Olympics. Not to mention that down-lake icon of them all in the Northwest: lordly, menacing, marvelous Mount Rainier.