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The professionals

So what are people saying now about the Seahawks after their second exhib … sorry, preseason game?

Mike Sando, writing in today's News Tribune gave the Hawks a passing grade for their 30-17 Sunday night win.

The P-I's Clare Farnsworth highlighted the game-turning plays of defensive lineman Julian Peterson.

The Seattle Times' José Miguel Romero concentrated on the more mundane aspects of the win, and how the Hawks' effort was more akin to last year.

None of the Seattle-area columnists made the trip for the preseason (see, I can get it right) game, so there was a dearth of commentary about the Hawks. They did, however, have something to say about the M's – and none of it good.

Being a Mariners basher is easy right now – after an 11-game road trip that ended Sunday without a win – and just about everyone chimed in.

My favorite, on a personal level, was Steve Kelley's piece about one of Seattle's most personable players, Jamie Moyer. Kelley writes about how Moyer not only fit in on the pitching staff but in the community as well. The Times also talked with Moyer as well to get his point of view on the trade, one he had to approve.

But there was more than just the Moyer trade this weekend. Art Thiel, in the P-I, takes the organization to the woodshed and rightfully so. I highly recommend this piece.

If you want to know who the Mariners can turn to in the farm system, check out this piece from David Andriesen of the P-I. If you want to know the mood of the Mariner clubhouse, read Larry LaRue's story from Tacoma.

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