Cheap Seats with Steve Cameron: Watch NFL exhibition games at your own risk


Why would anyone spend money to watch an NFL exhibition game?

A more basic question that doesn’t involve your wallet…

Why would anyone waste time watching a glorified scream?

We can make an exception for family members if a relative is trying to hang on to his job as the sixth wide receiver on the roster.

Yes, every preseason there are certain groups of people who have personal reasons for taking a serious interest in what goes down in these exhibitions.

Then there are the NFL markets that the die-hards are watching in morbid fascination.

This summer, the otherwise sane people of Cleveland are having fun — watching Jacoby Brissett play quarterback in the final fake game instead of the soon-to-be-suspended Deshaun Watson.

In Tampa, locals may be wondering if Tom Brady was abducted by aliens.

If Bucs boosters could find him on the sidelines this week in a gym suit, all would be at peace.

And yes, we have Seattle — where something bordering on all-out depression sits like a fog over Seahawks nation.

People are watching meaningless games in the wild hope that things might not be as disastrous as they suspect.

But no one has much faith.

Even the most casual fan knows Geno Smith can’t win many games so, of course, they’re hoping and praying that a COVID-stricken Drew Luck can recover and play like Aaron Rodgers in the final exhibition in Dallas this weekend.

It will be a hypnotic scene, a bit like watching someone roll those balls with the lottery numbers – while you cling to that little bit of wild dreams.

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But…

Point of interest here: Scouts will have several NFL-level quarterbacks in next year’s draft — Ohio State’s C.J. Stroud is considered a garbage pick at this point.

Furthermore, the pro staff believes that good grades can get you a generational QB (besides Stroud), including Alabama’s Bryce Young — the smallest prospect at 5-11 and 197 years old, who has been compared to Russell Wilson — or the big one, Will Lewis (Kentucky). , strong, cannon-armed guys like Tanner McKee (Stanford), Anthony Richardson (Florida) and more.

My sneaky pick is former U-Dub reserve and current Fresno State star Jake Hayner.

If only he were two inches taller.

The Seahawks will have multiple shots in the QB derby, with their own, and Denver’s, first- and second-round picks.

Haha!

Also, flint-eyed oddsmakers in Vegas have the Seahawks somewhere near the bottom of the pile this year, along with Houston, Atlanta and the Jets.

Seattle’s shot at a high draft pick is also aided by a tough schedule, with three of their own division bruisers (twice each) and dates with teams from the AFC West.

So, here comes another question…

For all his bluster about competing to win every football game, does Pete Carroll go into the season knowing he doesn’t have a quarterback who can succeed in the NFL?

The Seahawks have built a good framework with their recent drafts and acquisitions, and I think the switch to a base 3-4 defense will be beneficial.

Are they willing to wait a year for a quarterback — the guy who knits everything together?

or…

Is Pete honest about Luck’s talent, and could he become a star with the coaching he didn’t get in Denver?

The Seahawks faithful will tune in to this tap-dance in Texas to judge Locke himself.

I understand, but there are many hopeless cases.

For example…

Fans of a team with very few questions to address are looking ahead to their own final exhibition in 2022, mostly hoping no one suffers a significant injury.

Meanwhile, the NFL continues to count its cash from these stupid games.

And more…

Here’s a case for TV dominance, courtesy of Front Office Sports, which explains the NFL’s desire to turn all its events into something close to addictive — even if the results don’t count.

Crying after reading…

“Selling tickets, merchandise, and concessions ahead of the regular season has its own merits, but again it’s NFL viewership that provides the strongest proof of concept (exhibition games).

“Games broadcast on NFL Network through the first week of this year’s preseason averaged 1.77 million viewers — up from 1.5 million in 2021, per The Athletic.

“The Jaguars-Raiders Hall of Fame game averaged a 3.1 rating and 5.7 million total viewers — making it the second-most-watched sportscast last month, behind only the MLB All-Star Game on Fox.”

I’m not sure whether to thank the sports front office for those numbers, or suggest they should be buried for eternity.

Raiders and Jags?

Heaven help us.

On the other hand, Seahawks junkies have to watch this week, because…

Maybe Drew Luck is the next Josh Allen.

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Steve Cameron’s “Cheap Seats” columns appear in the press three times each week. He also writes the Zags Tracker, a commentary on Gonzaga basketball that is published monthly during the season beginning in October.

Steve suggests you take his take on the sentiment of Jimmy Buffett’s song: “Breathe in, breathe out, move on.”

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