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Morning links: The most hated man in Seattle sports?

Jim Moore of ESPN 710 Seattle wants to know what the NFL was thinking by assigning NFL official Bill Leavy to the Seahawks-Steelers game on Sunday.

Moore:

“Personally, I don’t have a problem with the man calling the game on Sunday. But he’s in a no-win situation. There will certainly be questionable calls in the game, as there are in every NFL game.

“And when there are questionable calls, if they go the Steelers’ way, Seahawks’ fans will be thinking: “There he goes, screwing us again.”

“If the calls go the Seahawks’ way, Steelers’ fans will be thinking: ““Look at this guy; the public apology wasn’t enough. Now he feels like he has to give Seattle some makeup calls.”

Here’s my story on Seattle signing fullback Eddie Williams, which includes this note on the team’s struggles back East -- Since 2007, the Seahawks are 1-10 in games in the Eastern time zone, with the lone win a 28-24 victory at Philadelphia on Dec. 2, 2007. Seattle has not really competed in any of those losses, losing by an average of 15.4 points a game. Pete Carroll is trying the usual tactics to get them ready for the time zone change, including moving up meetings and practice to earlier in the day.

Seattle cornerback Marcus Trufant’s younger brother and Tacoma native Isaiah Trufant is doing some big things for the N.Y. Jets. Isaiah Trufant returned a blocked punt for an 18-yard touchdown in the Jets 27-24 win over Dallas last week. Check out the play here.

Clare Farnsworth of Seahawks.com previews Seattle’s upcoming game against Pittsburgh.

John Boyle of the Everett Herald writes that quarterback Tavaris Jackson’s survival skills make him perfect for the job.

Scott Johnson of the Everett Herald continues his look back at former Seahawks most memorable performances with a profile on Shaun Alexander.

Danny O’Neil of the Seattle Times writes that improvement along the offensive line will take more time.

The Seahawks took a tumble in this week’s power rankings.

ESPN’s group of panelists place Seattle at No. 31.

Elliott Harrison of NFL.com has Seattle as the worst team in the league.

And so does the National Football Post.

Pete Prisco of CBS Sports has Seattle at No. 31.

Rookie Marcus Gilbert will start at right tackle for the Steelers, with Willie Colon out for the season because of a torn triceps.

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