I hate to get philosophical on you this early in the morning, but I think the question is an appropriate one heading into Seattle head coach Mike Holmgren's last home game at Qwest Field, so wake up that right side of your brain.
He's passionate. Tough minded. Innovative. Stern. Inspiring. Gentle. Stubborn. A winner. Pick your own adjective to describe Holmgren and what he's meant to the Seahawks during his decade-long tenure in Seattle. Head to Qwest Field and drink in the atmosphere that will surely be electric, even on this frosty Sunday.
Yes, the Seahawks are 3-11. But on a Sunday afternoon game in snowy conditions against Brett Favre and the New York Jets forget the records, the pending offseason moves, the draft and just enjoy the moment.
And here's some food for thought to get you in the right frame of mind. Our own Dave Boling pens a nice piece on Holmgren's years in Seattle, what he's met to the region and what the coach's future plans are. And the New York Times Greg Bishop, who worked for several years with the Seattle Times, also deals with Holmgren's legacy.
Who could forget the phantom TD by Vinnie Testaverde in Seattle's 32-31 loss to the N.Y. Jets in Dec. of 1998. It was the beginning of the end for Dennis Erickson, and opened the gates for the Holmgren era.
Gregg Bell of the Associated Press previews the Jets-Seahawks matchup.
Another preview from NFL.com
Scott Johnson of the Everett Herald writes about Holmgren's final days in Seattle.
Aaron Fentress of The Oregonian take a look at the end of the Holmgren era as well.
KJR's Dave "Softy" Mahler and Hugh Millen talk to Holmgren on Football Friday in this audio link.
New York Daily News reporter Rich Cimini discusses the luck of the Jets, including Testaverde's phantom touchdown.
The Jets, who control their own playoff destiny, need to play with a sense of urgency, Brian Costello of the New York Post reports.
San Francisco 49ers
John Crumpacker of the San Francisco Chronicle says 49ers coach Mike Singletary has a lot to lose if his team can't escape St.Louis with a win.
Gwen Knapp talks to San Francisco natives Jason Hill and Donald Strickland about what it means for them to play for their hometown team.
Matt Maiocco of the Santa Rosa Press Democrat details how the quarterback change to Shaun Hill has affected the team's pass distribution to the team's receivers. Isaac Bruce and Jason Hill have been the big winners.
Frank Gore will be a game-time decision, Dan Brown of the San Jose Mercury News reports. If he's on your fantasy team I wouldn't count on him playing since he hasn't practiced in two weeks.
Matt Barrows offers an interesting Q&A with 49ers OC Mike Martz.
More Barrows: A breakdown of today's 49ers-Rams game.
Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic writes the Patriots will present another playoff-like test for the Cardinals, in a chilly atmosphere.
More Somers: Quarterback Kurt Warner faces the Patriots for the first time since he lost to New England in the Super Bowl seven years ago.
Dan Urban of azcardinals.com talks about how a team from the desert will handle playing in snowy New England.
Rookie running back Tim Hightower and defensive end Calais Campbell are playing well for Arizona, Mike Tulumello of the East Valley Tribune writes.
St. Louis Rams
Jim Thomas of the St. Louis post-Dispatch reports that the Ram will face some tough decisions during the offseason, including what to do with veterans like receiver Torry Holt, offensive tackle Orlando Pace and defensive end Leonard Little.
Post-Dispatch columnist Bernie Miklasz discusses the return of receiver Isaac Bruce.
Bill Coats of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch tells his players to enjoy the last two games.