I made no secret of my desire to see Seattle Seahawks great Steve Largent succeed outgoing CEO Tod Leiweke. Those hopes were apparently dashed yesterday when the team announced that St. Louis Blues exec Peter McLoughlin would be leaving the NHL to assume a position similar to Leiweke's.
I'm not going to pretend that I can make some sort of credible judgment on McLoughlin; I had never heard of the guy until two days ago. And based off his credentials, he sounds like a good fit. One of the things that makes the Seahawks so special -- and one of the things that has kept me buying season tickets, even through the mess of the last two years -- is the nebulously defined "fan experience." Well, that's clearly something that seems to be a priority to McLoughlin, who will defer to Pete Carroll and John Schneider in football matters.
I still would love for the Seahawks to figure out a way to truly involve Largent in their franchise. I'm not exactly sure why it hasn't happened yet, but with multiple opportunities having passed now without a move, I'm wondering if there's not more to the story than we all are aware of.
At any rate, here's to hoping McLoughlin can continue the fantastic work Leiweke has done. Case in point: I wasn't real excited about going to the season opener against the Niners, but after being in the stadium for about 10 minutes and getting amped up by the pregame routine and the always-emotional 12th Man flag raising, I remember thinking to myself: "The might suck again this year, but darnit ... I love this team."
If McLoughlin can continue that, it'll be a success.