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Radio Joe Zenzola


I've lost some respect for Russell Wilson

I hope Russell Wilson saw the instant replay when he got home last night.
I have had admired this player since he came to Wisconsin. Playing quarterback at NC State and being a talented second baseman for the Colorado Rockies minor league system, Russell Wilson is the definition of an ‘athlete’. And while his athleticism has proved wonders, he’s only 5’11 in a sport that demands size. Moreover, he earned his undergraduate degree at NC State in just three years. After transferring to Madison just a couple of months before the football season started, they made him a team captain. If you follow him on Twitter, you learn he is religious man; many of his tweets come from scripture. He’s always well dressed for interviews, and has more positives than negatives to share with the media. Did I mention he’s married?
Russell Wilson needs to come to his senses, though.
Wilson is humbled to be playing in one of the greatest sporting leagues in the world. He also knows that his actions on and off the field have consequences. The last thing Wilson wants is to say something he is going to regret…Well? Does he regret what he said last night?
When asked if he was 100% sure Golden Tate caught that TD, Wilson replied in the post game presser, “Of course. Why wouldn’t I be?” That comment followed with the some laughter from the media.
In a Yahoo Sports article by Michael Silver, RB Marshawn Lynch saw the instant replay at a Seattle restaurant, along with family and friends after the game. According to the article, somebody at the table said “We didn’t win that game.” Then, while waiting for his ride on Second Avenue, Lynch told passing Packer fans that their team ‘would bounce back from this bitter defeat’ in a rather apologetic tone. If one leader on this football team knows the truth, why can’t the other leader see it as well?
I’ve lost some respect Russell Wilson. How can you take credit for that TD pass? As much as he’s filled with joy that his team won a big game against a tough opponent, he cannot be thrilled that the replacement refs did not make the correct call. After all, this was perhaps the worst call in NFL history. If Wilson is at smart as what he appears, he should be honest with all of us by using his brain to guide his heart. Based on all of his outstanding values and traits, how can Russell Wilson be this out of touch?
While the city of Seattle watches his every move, Wilson needs to keep an eye on himself. It’s important that he keeps a positive and likeable image both in the locker room and towards his fans. Maybe he’s too concerned about damaging that image. Not to mention, Matt Flynn is breathing down his neck. Does he want to deal with any of that controversy? I don’t blame him that he wants to keep the peace, but reality is reality. That was an INT by M.D. Jennings. The simultaneous catch rule is simply a loophole. The replay showed it.
And now the NFL has come out and said they won’t overturn the final play. It gives the Seahawks more ammunition to say they won that game fair and square. Truthfully, it’s not fair.
While he’s a man filled with integrity, spirit, and athleticism, Russell Wilson, ironically, is blinded by the truth. I hope he forfeits some of the comments he made last night. I hope he speaks from the heart with help from his brain. I hope he shows the world who Russell Wilson really is.
By the way, this was a great feature story about Russell Wilson’s life by Elizabeth Merrill of espn.com. http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/page/hotread-russell-wilson/seattle-seahawks-qb-russell-wilson-measured-more-just-height. Perhaps this source will further prove how outstanding and intelligent this man really is.
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Until next time, Milwaukee…

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09/25/2012 1:19PM
I've lost some respect for Russell Wilson
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09/25/2012 1:44PM
Russell Wilson
Somebody lost a bundle on the Slackers.
09/25/2012 2:15PM
I'm a Packer fan (and Badger Football supporter) and even I think this is utter rubbish. Take the blinders off Joe. What do you expect Wilson to say publicly: "I threw a terriblepass that was most likely intercepted, but thanks to the incompetence of unqualified game officials it counts as a TD and a win for my team that we didn't truly deserve."?? As the presumed leader of that football team, his answer was 100% the right thing to do. He doesn't owe anything to the state of Wisconsin, he's the starting QB of the SEATTLE Seahawks. Those fans and his teammates are the only people that he has to answer to.
09/25/2012 4:43PM
Simply saying, "From what I saw, Tate came down with the ball and the officials ruled TD. Game over and we win" would have been more honest and accurate.
10/31/2012 11:39PM
you are some sort of dummy, you were actually waiting for the NFL to overturn the ruling? do you realize how crazy this makes you sound? believe it or not the world does not revolve around the Packers. the comment above states the simple truth, Wilson owes nothing to Wisconsin it is unfortunate but true. I respect other peoples perspective but you are an fool plain and simple. have a great day
01/14/2013 11:38PM
What a load. Your nonsense here is really just you saying, "Wah-wah-wah, my team lost and I can't be a man about it." I was sitting less than 40 feet from that play, on the first row at CLink Field, with an unobstructed view and what I saw was two guys battling for the ball and winding up with four hands on it. Golden Tate did what ANY Packer would have done in a similar situation: he kept on fighting for the ball. If any Packers receiver had been in a situation like that and DIDN'T do what Tate did, he'd be benched or traded the next day. Your haughty dismissal of the simultaneous catch rule as a "loophole" is childish and pathetic. It's a RULE, an real NFL rule. So, any rule that you don't like is a "loophole"? Grow up. Several websites have run photos that show other angles of the play besides what we saw on TV; angles that clearly show that Tate had two hands on the ball and, in fact, touched it FIRST. Golden Tate did EXACTLY what he should do as a professional and Russell Wilson said EXACTLY what he should have said. And, thanks a lot, but we Seattle fans don't need you to tell us how to feel about our amazing new QB. We love everything about the guy and I suspect that, in a test of character and manhood, you'd compare to him about the way a garden slug would compare to the Pope. This piece SHOULD be a huge embarrassment to you, if you had the sense and maturity to realize what an joke you made of yourself. I'm certain you don't, so let me encapsulate this for you; You're dismissed.
01/15/2013 10:50AM
Oh my.
I think this article ruined your entire career. Notice all the comments here and the lack of any other on all other articles. Atta way "Radio Joe"
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