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What's happened in the world since the last day without a Seaside Joe? 3/4/2023
The last time that a day passed without an episode of Seaside Joe being sent out, the “Let Russ Cook” era was still a year and a half away. It was March 4, 2019 and since that day forward, I’ve written and sent at least one article about the Seattle Seahawks.
I don’t want to harp on this newsletter and self-congratulate for too long (I’ve done that enough already) but wanted to have a post that officially marked the occasion. I’m going to go through some timestamps in history to stamp home what 1,461 days straight of a newsletter really looks like over four years.
The top movies at the box office on March 4, 2019 included Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, The Lego Movie 2, Glass, Aquaman.
The next big movie release was Captain Marvel on March 8, 2019. Two weeks later, Us came out. The next month: Avengers: Endgame and Shazam!.
Other movies that have come out since the last time a day passed without Seaside Joe include Aladdin, John Wick 3, Toy Story 4, Spider-Man: Far from Home, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (which I re-watched recently and it’s great), Joker, The Rise of Skywalker, Uncut Gems, 1917, and that weird live action Lion King.
Seaside Joe I was released just a couple of weeks after Green Book won Best Picture at the Oscars, while Rami Malek won Best Actor for Bohemian Rhapsody and Olivia Colman won Best Actress for The Favourite.
The sop songs on March 4, 2019 included “Without Me” by Halsey, followed by “thank u, next” by Ariana Grande, “Sunflower” by Post Malone, and “SICKO MODE” by Travis Scott—and millions of other songs, I’m sure.
When Seaside Joe I was released, most people had never heard of Lizzo. Her major studio debut album Cuz I Love You wouldn’t drop until the next month with the lead single “Juice”.
Speaking of which, March, 2019 was also the first time that Billie Eilish achieved mainstream success, releasing the single “Bad Guy” that same month. So most people had not heard of Billie Eilish at the time either. The video has accumuluated over 1.2 billion views since the last day that passed without me writing a Seahawks newsletter.
On that same note, the song “Old Town Road” by Lil Nas X hadn’t quite hit massive viral popularity yet. Also not huge yet: Doja Cat, Lil Baby, Clairo, and one of my personal favorites, Tierra Whack.
I can’t account for the personal music tastes of all of you, so here’s a list of the top mainstream albums of 2019. Seaside Joe’s genesis was earlier than most of them.
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TV shows that have did not exist prior to March 2019 include The Mandalorian, The Boys, Euphoria, Carnival Road, The Witcher, Formula I: Drive to Survive, What We Do in the Shadows, and The Righteous Gemstones. PEN15 came out in February, 2019, so it was just getting started. Yellowstone and Success were less than a year old.
I had not yet seen one of my favorite mini-series of all-time, Too Old to Die Young, which is on Amazon Prime. Game of Thrones was still on the air.
We won’t and don’t get into politics at Seaside Joe but it’s true to say that we weren’t living in a pandemic when the streak started. The college admissions cheating scandal with Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman involved went down in March, 2019. That part of Notre Dame that burned down hadn’t burnt down yet. U.S. women didn’t win the 2019 World Cup yet. TikTok was not yet a blip on the radar of our culture.
This woman hadn’t made this face yet:
And in football, Patrick Mahomes was a 0-time Super Bowl champion. Tom Brady was on the New England Patriots. Joe Burrow hadn’t won the Heisman trophy at LSU yet.
The reigning rookies of the year were Saquon Barkley and Shaquille Leonard, Big Ben led the NFL in passing yards in 2018, Ezekiel Elliott and Julio Jones led their respective yardage categories, the Houston Texans were 11-5 with Deshaun Watson and the Chicago Bears were 12-4 with Mitchell Trubisky.
Lamar Jackson hadn’t won an MVP yet, Kyler Murray and Nick Bosa hadn’t been drafted yet, Derrick Henry hadn’t broken out yet, and Philip Rivers was on the Chargers. The Chargers!
When the first Seaside Joe was out, we were still ahead of DK Metcalf’s rookie season, a 1,200 yard season by Chris Carson, the Seattle debuts of Jason Myers, Quandre Diggs, Jadeveon Clowney, Ziggy Ansah, Al Woods, and MARSHAWN LYNCH’s RETURN to the Seahawks…
The time a day passed without this newsletter, the Seahawks hadn’t won a playoff game since 2016 and the hadn’t yet won the only other playoff game (2020 vs the Eagles) that Pete Carroll has been victorious in over the last seven years. The least we could do is keep the streak alive until that streak ends, right?
And yes, when this newsletter went out, the 2020 “Let Russ Cook” mantra was still quite a ways out. That offense flamed out rather quickly.
This newsletter didn’t. Thanks for sticking with me. Let Sea Joe for another four years in a row.
I’ve always had an immense amount of personal changes in the last four years—meeting Seaside Jay, adopting my first dog, starting so many of these daily habits, major work changes, and meeting so many of you!!—feel free to share your own experiences in the comments section below!
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