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Discussion in 'Seattle Seahawks' started by white lightning, Aug 2, 2009.
The Pac 10 is a good conference. Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â I could understand if he played in the WAC.
Copy cat league, one Joey bag of donuts pegs someone they all follow suit. When Hass hit the wire none of the Joeys or Rooney coaches could think outside of their narrow predjudices.
Hass is back on the Seahawks practice squad after clearing waivers. Jim Mora will never give him an opportunity barring a series of injuries like they had last year. Hass could step in for any team and right away be better than three-fourths of the WRs in the league.
I know this question has been asked before, but how much does a practice squad player make? If its in the 6 figures, not bad dough. Does any know off hand?
The minimum practice squad Salary is $5200 a week for the 17 week season. This totals $88,400 per year. This is significantly better money than the average person makes per year (particularly for their first few years after getting a bachelors' degree). Hass is probably getting tired of busting his butt though, as a "scout team" guy for inferior WRs above him- and his practice squad eligibility probably runs out soon.
The treatment accorded Mike Hass goes beyond a hate crime- it's sadism of the highest degree. The organized conspiracy is exposed when Hass, or Standeford, or Woodhead (before week 1) clears waivers. Every team in the league just happens to have the same inexplicably absurd view of these players' potential. They coincidentally decide, independent of each other, to overlook a tremendous college talent like Hass, preferring to opt for colossal, hands-of-stone, plodding failures like Antwan Randle El, Patrick Crayton, Josh Reed, Bryant Johnson, Dennis Northcutt, Devin Hester, Michael Clayton, Jabar Gaffney, Chansi Stuckey, Chris Chambers, Bobby Wade and scores of other lesser qualified blacks who remain constantly wedded to active NFL rosters.
Does anyone have any contact info for Hass? I would love to know what this guy really thinks. He must know he's better than most of the receivers in the NFL. Certainly, he has to realize how wrong it was for the Bears, and now the Seahawks, to deny him a fair opporunity to play.
Hass is fast becoming a worthy challenger to Matt Jones for Caste system poster child. At least Jones was allowed to play.
Same old same old that ignores the 800 pound gorilla in the room:
Friday feature: Mike Hass
In his fourth season, and with his third team, the former Biletnikoff Award winner is waiting for his opportunity to catch on in the NFL.
Mike Hass is the kind of player any NFL team would want on its roster.
Former Biletnikoff Award winner after catching 90 passes for 1,532 yards and six touchdowns during his senior season at Oregon State. Decent size for a receiver (6 feet 1, 206 pounds). Smart. Sure hands. Runs precise routes. The definition of a do-whatever-it-takes type.
So why isn't Hass on anyone's 53-man roster?
"That's a great question," wide receiver Nate BurlesonHYPERLINK "http://www.seahawks.com/team/roster/nate-burleson/51b5d592-4bf9-4b95-804f-e6603765bf04/" said of Hass, who is on the Seahawks' practice squad. "There are guys across the league, where when you watch them on Sunday, you say, ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‹Å“How is he playing and Mike Hass isn't?'
"That's a question nobody can figure out."
Told of Burleson's comment, Hass couldn't hold back a smile as he offered, "I've had that same feeling. You can't help it. You've got to have confidence in yourself, and I definitely have that. So I definitely watch games and go, ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‹Å“Man, I should be out there, somewhere.' "
Which brings us back to the original question: Why isn't Hass out there ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬" somewhere, anywhere ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬" on Sundays?
"I try not to go there," he said. "It just hasn't happened. I just need a chance to go out there and play. Once I do that, hopefully I'll be able to stick. I just haven't had the opportunities that other guys have had."
Like last year, when injuries decimated the Seahawks' receivers, giving opportunities to a trio of players who did not make the most of them ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬" Logan Payne, because he got a season-ending injury; and Courtney Taylor and Jordan Kent, because they couldn't handle the speed of the game. They were released this summer, while Hass stuck around ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬" even if it is on the practice squad.
"Mike is very smart, can catch the ball and he's always in the right spot. We really like him," wide receivers coach Robert Prince said. "It's just that in our situation right now we don't have any room. But Mike definitely is a capable guy."
But is he one capable of seizing the moment, if presented?
"I know one thing, when the opportunity comes he'll take advantage of it," Burleson said. "He's a good athlete and a good guy. It's all about opportunities, and he's going to get his."
When? Where? That's something Hass (it's Hass, not Hoss) is doing his best not to think about, but simply can't help himself.
"I just have to keep waiting for my opportunity," he said. "Hopefully I get it before it's all over. This is my fourth year and I really haven't had the opportunity to go out there."
Not only his fourth year, but his third team. Drafted in the sixth round by the New Orleans Saints in 2006, Hass was released after training camp and spent that season on the Chicago Bears' practice squad. He re-signed with the Bears in 2007, but was on the 53-man roster for only one game before returning to the practice squad. Hass signed with the Seahawks in January. He was added to the 53-man roster on Nov. 3, but was inactive for that week's came against the Detroit Lions and then released and re-signed to the practice squad.
While the Seahawks are in the middle of a stretch where they play three consecutive road games ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬" this week it's the Vikings in Minnesota ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬" Hass practices during the week but does not accompany the team when it travels.
"It's different," he said. "You're kind of on your own on the weekends. It's kind of like a part-time job, almost. You're doing everything, except for the fun part."
So what keeps Hass going? The mindset that when his chance does come he will not let it slip through his fingers.
"Exactly," he said. "That's the motivation right now ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬" to be completely ready when I do get an opportunity. Because hopefully I will before all is said and done."
Not that this prove-you-belong quest is new to Hass. He was a walk-on at Oregon State, despite being named Oregon Player of the Year after catching 79 passes for 1,739 yards and 21 TDs as a senior at Portland's Jesuit High School.
"I had a great high school career," he said. "It was just, ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‹Å“You're not going to be big enough, fast enough, all that stuff.' The usual. And it's the exact same stuff I heard coming into the NFL.
"But I was able to overcome it in college because I got opportunities."
And obviously made the most of them. That's why Hass continues to try and catch the NFL dream when others might already have moved on.
When the Seahawks called, signing with them was a no-brainer ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬" and not just because he's from Portland.
"I was pretty excited, obviously, to come to Seattle," he said. "They run a good offense that I think I fit into pretty well, and obviously it's close to home. So it was a great opportunity for me, and I'm glad I had the chance."
Now, he just needs that next opportunity ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬" the one that will allow him to stay on a 53-man roster for more than a week or two. "Mike is just one of those guys who needs his break, however that would come ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬" injuries or we're short on guys that position," said Tim Ruskell, Seahawks president of football operations/general manager. "Because he does have everything. Now he's not a going to be a blazer, speed-wise. But the guy runs good routes. He has strength. He has very good hands ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬" I thought he had the best hands of any of the receivers in training camp.
"And he seems to prove that time and time again in practice."
Just moments after Ruskell said that, Hass contorted his body and reached over the defender to catch a pass along the sideline ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬" right in front of Ruskell. The team's GM turned and made a sweeping that's-exactly-what-I-was-talking-about gesture with his arm.
Now, if Hass can just find a way to catch on with a team's 53-man roster.
"It might never happen," Ruskell said. "But at least he's in a position that it could happen, and we would be the beneficiary of that."
http://www.seahawks.com/news/articles/article-1/Friday-feature-Mike-Hass/b359f056-9286-4095-a448-5eacad436d7bEdited by: Don Wassall
Simply pathetic article! Those are the ones that really burn me up. Gutless wonders!
Several years of Mike's career have already been ruined. He should be some teams second receiver and I had hoped with all the injuries that occur in the NFL eventually someone would have to give him playing time. The fact that this hasn't happened is insane.
You're not kidding! Two nights ago I tuned in to a late night Chicago sports talks show. Many callers were ripping on the poor quality of Lubbie's receivers. Devin Hester was really skewered. He is supposed to be their #1 but is a major work in progress. They said he was directly responsible for 2 interceptions thrown by Cutler last week. Runs bad routes, can't catch, and is clueless most of the time. Yet, he gets lots of looks. And to think Mike Hass never had the opportunity to play in even ONE regular season game! Edited by: Bart
If someone told me that when Hass was drafted he wouldn't even have one regular season game appearance by now I would have told them they are crazy. I know how much our guys are screwed but you would expect the best receiver incollege football in2006to be starting somewhere in the NFL. The NFL keeps on surprising us. I don't know what upsets me more the Hass situation or Luke Staley being drafted in the last round.
I wonder what millions of white kids across the country must be thinking when incredible athletes like Staley and Hass absolutely dominate in college but aren't allowed to play on Sundays. It really must destroy their hopes of someday playing in the NFL. They must think to themselves that there is no point in trying to pursue an NFL career. So sad but so true.
Naw they're clueless. It's why they accept scholorships to schools that have no intention of ever playing them. It's why they bad mouth themselves, accept underserved demotions, and have to be walk-ons to play. They are just like their parents, totally clueless to the race war waging around them. Only occasionally seeing a glimpse of it and then forgetting.
That's because of the constant brainwashing of white Americans from the day they are born. First they learn about slavery and what the "evil" white man did to blacks. They are taught to feel guilty even though they had nothing to do with the situation. They learn to give into any demands that blacks may ask for. They are told to have no racial pride at all because it's racist. Yet blacks are encouraged to have racial pride and solidarity. If white people in this country don't start waking up soon it will be too late. The US will end up looking like Ehtopia or any of the other "great" African countries.
Actually, I see the US looking more like Latin America in the future than Ethiopia. The bulk of the non-white immigration is from south of the border or Asia.
I read an online article on Hass (sorry, can't find the link), which featured some glowing comments from Seahawk WR Nate Burleson. Burleson really praised Hass, somewhat questioned why he isn't playing somewhere, and guaranteed that he will eventually make his mark in the NFL.
Of course, Burleson is black, which permits him to make these comments. No white player (even long retired ones) or announcer would ever say the same things about Hass or any other white player.
BigUnReal check the previous page of this thread. Don actually posted the article.
Oops, geez I am an idiot.... must be old age.
Sorry about that everybody!
no worries, but yeah, Hass being treated the way he is, for me personally is the biggest "what the f**k are they thinking" of the NFL (since Matt Jones has a black mark on his receord, haters conveniently mention it promptly even though black players with way more serious offenses to their names have no problem finding employment). he's wasting his best years away on the practice squad... the guy that eventually gives him a chance will look like a genius, the way Belichick looked when he "found" Welker (although he played enough on Dolphins to make impression on BB).
Especially since the Seahawks have absolutely nothing to lose by allowing Hass to play. They are super-mediocre every season (in the worst division in football). The obvious answer, naturally, is that they don't want him to succeed.Edited by: Thrashen
Mora Jr must be making his wicked old man proud.
Liberalism is unraveling in every imaginable way, so I would expect every lame desperate ploy possible to be pulled to try and validate the fantasies of the left. BTW they are failing.
From the So What Else is New Department. I wonder if the treatment of Hass by the NFL qualifies yet as psychological torture:
<DIV =blogtitle>Seahawks may need to add a receiver by Sunday
Seattle Seahawks backup wide receiver and kick returner Ben Obomanu didn't practice Thursday as his sore hamstring tightened up further and the team may need to make a roster move by Sunday to fill in its receiving depth.
Head coach Jim Mora indicated a decision will be made on what to do with Obomanu's situation by Saturday since fellow receiver Nate Burleson is "very unlikely" to play due to an ankle sprain.
The logical move would be bringing Mike Hass off the practice squad in order to give the team four healthy receivers.
Hass, a third-year pro out of Oregon State, was on the 53-man roster for one game earlier this season against Detroit, but didn't play. He's been working with the team all season, however, as a member of the eight-man practice squad.
The other receiver on the practice squad is Mike Jones, a rookie out of Arizona State who was picked up in midseason.
Rookie linebacker Aaron Curry didn't practice again Thursday but went for treatment earlier in the day and was feeling a little better. Mora labeled Curry's chance of playing as "slim, slim" but didn't rule him out completely.
Veteran Will Herring is expected to start in Curry's place.
On the good news front, running back Julius Jones returned to practice Thursday as he recovers from sore ribs and looks like he'll be full go for Sunday's game at Green Bay.
My family and I used to marvel at Mike Hass's play against the PAC Ten afroletes when he played at Reesers stadium Oregon. I can't imagine any reason but racism and Caste think for suppressing his indomitable spirit and talent.
Still wishing him all the best and a shot at playing in the NFL. He truly is a phenomenal receiver.
Hass was activated today. Hopefully, he will get to play on Sunday against the Pack. Right now, there are only 4 healthy receivers on the Seattle squad so Hass might actually get a look in the game. Let's pray he gets a real opportunity tomorrow.