Michael Robinson: Seahawks have to “keep close watch” on egos

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Seahawks linebacker Bobby Wagner recently shared his belief that the team is “way better” heading into the defense of their Super Bowl title, but another member of the championship squad doesn’t think things are going to be easier for the Seahawks this time around.

Fullback Michael Robinson’s contract expired and may have reached the end of his playing days, leaving him free to wonder if the team’s offseason activities might hinder their attempt at back-to-back titles. Robinson pointed to the loss of players like Red Bryant, Chris Clemons and himself and wondered if a team stocked with young players off big contract extensions will suffer for the lack of grizzed veterans.

“My question for the Seahawks this year is … there’s a lot of young guys in that locker room with new money,” Robinson said on the Dave Dameshek Football Program. “When issues come up in the locker room, who is the veteran that settles it? . … Things come up, ‘Hey guys — stop doing that! Hey, you go over there, you go over there, and it’s over. No more.’ And guys would stop. Right now, guys have gotten paid, you know what I mean? Guys have got egos, you know what I mean? That’s just only natural with money, and they have to watch against that in the locker room, and that’s something that Pete [Carroll] can’t see — their offices are upstairs. They just have to keep a close watch on it.”

Those are concerns that have come up with almost every title team in the free agency era and the rarity of repeat champions speaks to the difficulty of going the distance in consecutive seasons. The Seahawks are clearly talented enough to buck that trend and they still have several young stars looking for the kinds of big contracts (or, as Percy Harvin said recently, other kinds of fulfillment) that Richard Sherman and Earl Thomas got this offseason, so they may be able to avoid the pitfalls that Robinson is worried about.

99 responses to “Michael Robinson: Seahawks have to “keep close watch” on egos

  1. They are going to be terribly overated this year.7-9 or 8-8 would be a blessing,too many classless egos and lost players.if only Matt hasselback could come back and save this franchise since he is the best qb they ever had.this decline will be much deserved and enjoyable.lol at Seattle.SKOL

  2. !!!!
    I just laughed a chunk of banana out of my nose when I read this headline. What in the world?! The sea-turds’ heads have grown so inflated I’m surprised they haven’t been renamed the Seattle Hot Air Balloons or maybe the Windbags.

  3. Can’t wait to read the comments about how inhumanly awesome the Seahawks players are and how they have a dynasty team that would never allow egos to get the best of them because they’re so awesome! Lets go 12s don’t let me down

  4. And comments from rabid ’12th fans’ turning on a former Hawk player for daring to say anything that could even remotely be considered negative about their team are just moments away….

  5. It’s already too late, those heads exploded a long time ago. Gonna be tough sledding for the Seahawks this year. Everybody would be gunning for them anyway, even if they had somehow managed to show half the grace of the last few champs.

  6. They should..You can already tell their fans have a HUUUUUUGE inferiority complex with the 49ers and the Bay Area….even when they win theyre always in Friscos shadow and it shows…
    #@where were all these Seahawk fans two years ago?
    #@second tier franchise finally got some attention

  7. Point take, MikeRob. We’ll get to see on opening night against Green Bay how ready the Seahawks are to defend their title.

    They’ll need more than a last-second Hail Mary this time!

  8. I agree, check your ego at the door and just get out there and let your play do the talking. I know for some of our guys thats impossible(Sherman) but for the most part I think this year if the Hawks can overcome the adverse target that has been place firmly on their backs then they have a real shot at a repeat. Good luck, close your mouths, and Go Hawks!

  9. Just for the record Russell Wilson is probably the most humble Super Bowl Champion QB I have ever seen! The guy does so much for our community, he is truly what every player in the league should mirror themselves after.

  10. This isn’t rocket science — if they win, the egos won’t be an issue, but if they face losses and the corresponding adversity, they might.

  11. He’s right in a sense. Many of the veterans from last year’s run are gone, and finding new leaders can be a challenge.

    Brandon Mebane and Max Unger are the two longest-tenured Seahawks, so they come readily to mind. On defense, Kam and Earl are highly competitive and will look to step forward into more of a leadership role this year.

    Plus there’s a young QB who seems to be able to keep his own focus and never loses his cool. The example he sets should go a long way towards keeping others in check.

    Remember, these players were chosen because they displayed the kind of work ethic Seattle looks for. “Takes plays off” and “work ethic issues” are typically not traits of Seattle draft choices. You shirk and start playing the blame game, you risk losing playing time to the guys behind you on the roster.

  12. Just for the record Russell Wilson is probably the most humble Super Bowl Champion QB I have ever seen! The guy does so much for our community, he is truly what every player in the league should mirror themselves after.

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    And he wins a Super Bowl and leaves his wife.

  13. I remember when the Raiders were good. I hated the Raiders because they were good and beat the Seahawks. Hated the Broncos for the same reason. Because of this, I understand why fans from other teams now hate the Seahawks. Guess what trolls, the Seahawks are not going anywhere in the near future; you know it and you can’t stand it; I love it. you were warned. THE SEAHAWKS EMPIRE is upon you. Your groveling means nothing. Accept it, for it is your destiny to live in the shadow of the SEAHAWKS EMPIRE.

  14. norcalmafia says:
    Jul 16, 2014 2:59 PM

    #@where were all these Seahawk fans two years ago?
    ___________________

    Right here, making fun of you, norclown.

  15. Can’t wait to read the comments about how inhumanly awesome the Seahawks players are and how they have a dynasty team that would never allow egos to get the best of them because they’re so awesome! Lets go 12s don’t let me down
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    Well, I think you just said it, quite eloquently too.

    Super Bowl Champs

    Go Hawks

  16. If I am wrong, then please, someone correct my observation of the Seahawks as champions: simply put, so far they have been the MOST tacky and tasteless NFL Champions in modern memory. True, enormous ego’s can and do come into play when a team “wins it all” – that’s understandable – and human – to a point! But this “collection” in particular that out of control young idiot Sherman, has gone totally off the deep end. There “crash N’ Burn” will be of epic proportions. They indeed “know” history and they are doomed to repeat it – but thus far seem oblivious to that reality. Sad.

  17. I hasten to add: don’t take a defeatist attitude, by any means. No. But stop going all “totally off the wall crazy” because you managed to finally win one title. Please – grow up.

  18. LOL…its good to be champs…and good to see that all the haters who’s team did not win be so angry about it.

    when you’re the champs the only thing losers can come up with are cheap shots.

    GOHAWKS

  19. Little late for that, the fan base has taken on the same type of mentality, they act like the SB was the only game they have ever played, and like they will never lose a game again.

  20. The Seahawk haters are being especially vicious today, and consuming over 70% of the posts so far. I wonder if this directly correlates to the amount of confidence that they have in their own teams…

  21. Just for the record Russell Wilson is probably the most humble Super Bowl Champion QB I have ever seen! The guy does so much for our community, he is truly what every player in the league should mirror themselves after.

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    And he wins a Super Bowl and leaves his wife.

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    What does Wilson’s personal life have to do with this? People leave their wife/husband everyday.

  22. It is clear as mud that the Seahawks are talented enough to repeat. Their offensive line was their weak spot last season, and Russell Wilson was sacked nearly 50 times. They lost their starting tackle Breno Giacomini, so they are worse. The loss of Red Bryant, Chris Clemons and Clinton McDonald will hurt their run defense and pass rush, and the loss of Walter Thrumond (nickel back/starter) and Brandon Browner(CB) will hurt their backfield defense. Byron Maxwell played well last year but who is going to play nickel? Michael Robinson has a point. Richard Sherman has the money and the ego, but he is not a leader. His teammates cannot stand his mouth. They are not going to let him boss them around. The Seahawks lost almost as many starters as the Ravens did after winning the SB, and they are not going to do much better than the Ravens did and may miss the playoffs altogether. I think the Niners will win the West, and the remaining playoff spots will be fought among the Lions, Eagles, Cardinals, Packers, Saints, Panthers, and Seahawks. Only 5 other teams will make the playoffs, and the Seahawks may not be one of them.

  23. It is clear as mud that the Seahawks are talented enough to repeat. Their offensive line was their weak spot last season, and Russell Wilson was sacked nearly 50 times. They lost their starting tackle Breno Giacomini, so they are worse. The loss of Red Bryant, Chris Clemons and Clinton McDonald will hurt their run defense and pass rush, and the loss of Walter Thrumond (nickel back/starter) and Brandon Browner(CB) will hurt their backfield defense. Byron Maxwell played well last year but who is going to play nickel? Michael Robinson has a point. Richard Sherman has the money and the ego, but he is not a leader. His teammates cannot stand his mouth. They are not going to let him boss them around. The Seahawks lost almost as many starters as the Ravens did after winning the SB, and they are not going to do much better than the Ravens did and may miss the playoffs altogether. I think the Niners will win the West, and the remaining playoff spots will be fought among the Lions, Eagles, Cardinals, Packers, Saints, Panthers, and Seahawks. Only 5 other teams will make the playoffs, and the Seahawks may not be one of them
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    Sir, your lack of football knowkledge of the Seahawks is embarrassing.

    Go Hawks

  24. ariani1985 says:
    Jul 16, 2014 3:16 PM
    The bandwagon will be empty by week 8, worst fans in the NFL, hands down.

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    Exactly……….9er fans are the biggest fair-weather fans out there. They actually had to be given cards to tell them when to cheer, LOL.

  25. I love Michael Robinson and think the guy is an excellent leader and locker room personality. The reality is even though we lost two other leaders in Bryant and Clem that the other younger guys get their chance to step up and be more vocal. There is no way that happens with established leaders already set.

    I think Seattle has a tonne of guys on both sides of the ball that can fill those roles. Its far better than alternative than overpaying on older veteran for past experience and leadership alone. Tim Ruskell shows us what that looks like.

  26. time2speakup says:
    Jul 16, 2014 3:14 PM
    I hasten to add: don’t take a defeatist attitude, by any means. No. But stop going all “totally off the wall crazy” because you managed to finally win one title. Please – grow up.

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    Good advice for 9er fans……….grow up.

  27. Most Seahawk fans are well aware that things change quickly in the NFL, right now we’re on top and it feels good, but we’re in the toughest division in sports right now and a couple key injuries or serious stupidity can quickly put us in 3rd or 4th place in a hurry. So long as the Hawks keep that in mind I think they’ve got the best chance of winning it all again, but I wouldn’t be surprised if the 49er’s, Rams or Cards take it from us. I highly doubt anyone else in the league could.

  28. Norcal, if Seahawks hadn’t lost in the last 30 seconds of the NFCDG against Atlanta, We’d have come to SF, kicked 49er-butt and today, two years later, we WOULD BE talking dynasty.

    49ers talking about someone else’s team !
    Where have I heard that before??

    Oh yeah, Jim Harbaugh talking about the Seahawks and the “49er Way.”

    How’d that work out for him and you?

  29. Love Mike Rob but dont put your old team down, which makes me wonder….. Remember he was cut before the 2013 season only to be brought back as a situational full back.

    Loved Red Bryant…. Although I saw RB’s blow past him several times in 2013 leaving Wagner or Kam to have to pick up the slack.

    Loved Clemons…. But lets be real he should have retired after last season and his production was way down… Irvin Bennett and Avril performed the best and they are still around.

    Tate was OK but he needed to go after what he pulled.

    Browner didnt play half the season so…. It is not like he was huge impact on the superbowl run.

    Thurmond was great in 2014… But for most of you bandwagon fans that was his best year, his prior years he spent most of his time sitting on the bench injured.

    Loved Breno…… But lets get real he was out hurt most of the season too and the rookies had to fill in they should be better trained this season to pick up the slack.

    All in all The Seahawks have the absolute best chance at a repeat this year I know all you haters think you know what you are talking about but just watch what they do this season… They will take the division and the NFC, name one other team other than the whiners that could even come close? There arent any…

  30. I hope their egos destroy the team.

    Signed,
    All 49er fans
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    Better Ego then jails, court dates etc… huh Santa Clara fan?

    Go Hawks

  31. thevikesarebest says:Jul 16, 2014 2you:44 PM

    They are going to be terribly overated this year.7-9 or 8-8 would be a blessing,too many classless egos and lost players.if only Matt hasselback could come back and save this franchise since he is the best qb they ever had.this decline will be much deserved and enjoyable.lol at Seattle.SKOL

    ……………………..

    How is ponder, Cassel, freeman, and Bridgewater working out? Qb talk coming from a Vikings fans?

  32. I find it very enjoyable the Colts were able to shut their mouth for a little while.
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    So, your big moment in Colts’ NFL history is when they barely beat the Seahawks in a regular season game, at home? Wow, don’t place that bar to high…

    Go Hawks

  33. Seattaderall Cheathawks are not recgonized as thebSuperbowl champions in my book. Terrible example for our youth in this country. Think of the children.

    Care to compare? 3 skins facing suspensions start of 2014,

  34. Sir, your lack of football knowkledge of the Seahawks is embarrassing.

    Go Hawks

    For somebody who jumped on the Hawks wagon last fall your calling someone embarrassing for a lack of know……sp knowkledge….(great spelling SUCK) is hilarious. It’s not hard for you to remember one year of Hawk history so picking on someone who has followed them for years is harsh. Love your in depth comments like….go Hwaks….very profound…good job skippy.

  35. What is it with these people and this idea that a football team has to be classy? I don’t want football players to be classy. That’s not what football is about. Football is about team’s smashing into one another and grinding out 60 minutes hard-hitting grid-iron action!

    Put down the champagne and stop being a bunch of pansies.

  36. Haha…Seahawks talking about history? Bwahaha…Thats like Mike Vick giving dog training lessons….well all in Seattle is good its probably raining and cloudy and the stock for camping world flannels and Suburu Outbacks is off the charts!

    #@small market mullet men

  37. truninerfan49 says:
    Jul 16, 2014 3:14 PM

    I hope their egos destroy the team.
    ______________________

    That’s a much safer bet than your team destroying them on the football field. : – )

  38. Look at all these trolls, hahaha. I guess they have nothing better to do than rant on Seahawk articles their entire lives. The first 5 comments I read… The infamous SKOL Viking loser who has 50 different account names, yet has no clue about te NFL yapping as usual, LOL. Then some freak talking about spitting a banana out of his mouth… Must be a 49er fan from the Bay Area, haha. Hawks won the SB, they are currently the best team, and yes players have gotten paid, like they do on every other team, so what’s your point??? Learn to deal with it haters!!! HA!!

  39. Nofoolnodrool says:Jul 16, 2014 3:46 PM

    Sir, your lack of football knowkledge of the Seahawks is embarrassing.

    Go Hawks

    For somebody who jumped on the Hawks wagon last fall your calling someone embarrassing for a lack of know……sp knowkledge….(great spelling SUCK) is hilarious. It’s not hard for you to remember one year of Hawk history so picking on someone who has followed them for years is harsh. Love your in depth comments like….go Hwaks….very profound…good job skippy

    Nofool, you have ZERO room to talk about anyone elses posts. Your claim to fame on here is always bashing Ravens fans and anyone who dares talk smack about your beloved Steelers while never providing any profound “In depth comments” there SKIPPY.

  40. Nofool, you have ZERO room to talk about anyone elses posts. Your claim to fame on here is always bashing Ravens fans and anyone who dares talk smack about your beloved Steelers while never providing any profound “In depth comments” there SKIPPY.

    You wouldn’t know an in-depth comment unless you were submerged in 500 feet of water as a Raven fan. Remember, you support wife beaters and a guy who is hiding a bloody white suit. And you have never bashed anyone…..?? Please
    You are a Raven fan practiced at whining out of both sides of your mouth…sssshhh nobody wants to hear from Raven fans.

  41. Love the comments on here. Sad you can not understand how they beat the Gelding’s so easily, but it did happen. They will be the top team in the NFC West with the criminal team 49ers right there, 2nd again. Fool on here stated HasselBad was the best QB they had, that tells me that guy has no clue about football.

  42. Hey Seahawk fans were moving in to our no digs in Santa Clara and turns out they dogged it..Theres not enough room in the rafters for all our championship banners and retired jerseys…Figure we could hang some at c link since all you guys have is that lame #12 …1 S.B. and Brian Bosworths jersey there should be plenty of room..Thanks guys…
    #@ rain drops keep falling on your heads

  43. 50 days till kickoff! It’s hard to not get drawn into all this speculation and hate.

    What I do know is that in the game of football you’re only as good as your last game.

    The Seahawks won their last game, the other 31 teams can’t say the same.

    SB XLVIII Champs!

  44. I’m surprised we haven’t heard from PEDpoet, the Viking troll. How’s the Hawk farm team doing in the offseason? Might want to send Peterson to the “A” team. He’ll finally get a ring. Practice team players get rings too.

  45. Sorry guys, I’m late.

    The dynasty has begun…

    Teddy Bridgewater’s rookie year will make EVERYONE forget about Dan… ugh… Marnino.

    Adrian Peterson will steamroll and gash until bodies are strewn all over the field. He will gaze at the massacre and reclaim his throne.

    We have only just begun. The time for reckoning has come. The purple faithful will bathe in the glory of a thousand moons of triumph while the horns of the heavens blow and non believers bow at our will.

    Your Superbowl champions for the next 163 years.

    -pftpoet

  46. I can understand us getting razzed by Niner fans.

    I can understand us getting razzed by Packer fans.

    I can also understand us getting razzed by Saints fans, Bronco fans and the like. Those teams are all legitimate contenders.

    But fans of the Minnesota Vikings? Wherever did THEY come from? And how DARE they pretend to be the fans of a legitimate contender? They, the fans of one of the laughing-stocks of the league?

    They should know their place, and not post alongside of the fans of RELEVANT franchises. They’re only embarrassing themselves.

  47. There is a lot of talent and the LOB are out to be the greatest that have ever played the game. Kam, Earl and Sherm want to hoist 5 SB’s, have the #1 D in 2014 for the 3rd straight year. They are brutha’s in the truest sense of the word.

    Those 3 will lead the D for the next 4-5 years.

    On O, it will continue to be Wilson with the motivation. Lynch will be physical and quiet while Michael gets revving.

    The players the Hawks lost weren’t irreplaceable. In fact, that’s why they let them walk. There were younger, less expensive and just as athletic guys waiting.

    The Seahawks are a dam good football team and to think that their best players on D aren’t even in their prime. omg….

    Beware NFL… Expect more beatdowns and thrashings in 2014 and not a letdown in the bunch.

  48. Oklahoma City has a really good team but repeating isn’t likely going to happen. It’s a lot harder when you’re the hunted and not the hunter. I see 9-11 wins max and early exit in the playoffs. Still a good team though and will be in the mix for at least the next few years.

  49. Thomas and Bennett will be leaders on the D and Wilson and Unger will manage their side of the team just fine. Robinson is actually the biggest loss of the group that has departed for his relationship with Lynch and role as his lead blocker. Tate’s punt return skills will be missed but are not irreplaceable with the guys they have in the cupboard. The others were all significantly injured or otherwise getting less action due to injuries. All the viking and other strange haters on here who bring up Browner are the biggest jokes, LOB got significantly better after he went out with injuries.

  50. Funny how all these fans of other teams are Hawks experts. If you really knew the Hawks you would know the depth we have. We haven’t lost by more than 7 points in like 3 years. Haven’t lost a preseason game in two years. Our depth will come through again for us this year. Just watch. And FYI the guys we lost we are replaceable parts. That’s what good teams do.

  51. First, of course it’s hard to repeat. That’s why it hasn’t happened under modern cap rules.

    But to think losing Red or Robinson or Clem will be the reason is a joke.

    If you think they wanted to win more or worked harder than Sherm or Thomas or Wilson or Baldwin than, as your comments suggest, you’re hoping, not analyzing.

    And as for Santa Clara fans, what have you done this decade?

  52. Seattle got lucky with the schedule. Ironically, the toughest teams that they will meet (outside of the division) are home games for Seattle:

    Green Bay
    Denver
    Dallas
    Giants

    Who paid off the scheduler?

  53. Would you rather be the hunter’s with swiss army knives and pea shooters like most of the NFL or the hunted with AK-47’s and machetes?

    The machete’s are for the Redskins on MNF in October. I will be there, so beware.

    I’d rather be the hunted with the ammunition and not the hunter’s with camping gear.

    Hawks dominate!

  54. Santa Clara fans are always going to be second fiddle… if they ever win another NFCCG again they will lose in the Superbowl…
    Why?
    No QB.

  55. It all depends on how many games lynch misses because of his no contest DUI plea? It can make the difference in who gets home field advantage. As good as Oklahoma City is at home they still haven’t been able to beat the 49ers on the road. Lynch is what makes their offense go. Wilson is good and should only get better but their o-line gave up over 40 sacks last year and that’s with passing less than 50% of the time.

  56. They still have Lynch, right? Who’s going to mouth off to the Beast if he tells them to knock it off?

  57. I guess the kids must be out from spring break…

    I think his observation is spot on. Already there have been fights in OTA’s and mini-camp between those players who got the money and the rest of the team. When did that ever happen before in the last 3-4 years?

    With so many ego’s on that team, it will take some veteran leadership to get them to calm down.

    Hopefully Mebaine, Unger, etc will be willing to step up to the job.

    But more than anything else, it will take Wilson becoming a better pocket passer if they want to repeat. He senses pressure too much and bails prematurely way too often to be an effective NFL QB.

  58. Its to late, If I was a fan of that team Id quit watching now. Last year was as good as your every gonna feel in your entire lives and if I wasn’t so busy laughing about it id be sad for your guys. Back to 500 where you belong and have been on average since 76

  59. Late to the party folks but as soon as I saw the headline I knew what was coming and I wasn’t wrong.

    Too many idiots to mention individually but the way the usual suspects talk you’d think they actually had the balls to play the game themselves.

    Hard to do though when mom hasn’t made their lunch yet.

  60. Can we all just agree that Seattle is the best team in the NFL right now?

    Obviously!

    Either love us or hate us.

    But admit it…

    We are on top.

  61. Mike Rob does bring up a good point,however anyone that has watched this team over the last five years has no doubt that leaders will step up. This team has been built for the long haul! most of the haters on here just wish they got to watch the kind of Smash Mouth football we get to watch every Sunday

  62. Good…..Good, let the hate and butthurt flow. When the Seahawks win the Super Bowl again this season the laughter and I Told You So’s from the greatest football fans in the world, the 12s, will be all that much louder and sweeter.

    *wrings hands and bellows evil laugh, bwahahahahahahahahahaha*

  63. This is so amusing. I’m gonna enjoy this season even more than last. The gap between the Seahawks and the rest of the NFL is huge, and it got even bigger this offseason.

    Can’t wait for what you all come up with next February.

    Be afraid, NFL. BE VERY AFRAID.

  64. Lynch didn’t plead No Contest to DUI. That was Aldon Smith. He’ll get sentenced for it next week. Then Roger Goodell will determine how many games to suspend him.

    Vikes trolls have nothing but time to post, that’s why you see so much of them here. It’s not like they’ll ever be out in the street celebrating a win.

    Toughest teams – Dallas & Giants? LOL

    MRob is doing the standard conversion from player to media analyst. He’s expected to limit his bias with regard to teams he played for. Pretty mild considering how some ex-players waited 3 seconds to bash their team/coach the minute they put on a suit.

  65. Repeating a Super Bowl is so difficult – but which team has a better shot/roster in 2014? …it’s tough to make the case that any other team besides Seattle is the favorite in next season (Vegas agrees)

    If you trolls think the hawks are gonna suck this year then you still don’t understand how they got here

    GO HAWKS

  66. I stand corrected. Lynch pleased guilty in February 2014 to wreckless driving to avoid jail time after blowing a .08. Isn’t it funny how if you’re rich and famous that the law doesn’t apply to you?

  67. I wonder if Oklahoma City had to pay Texas to use the “12th man”or if they are just stealing the idea and taking credit for it? They should try and trademark throwing popcorn on injured players from opposing teams because its the only thing that sets them apart from other fans.

  68. truninerfan49 says:Jul 16, 2014 3:14 PM

    I hope their egos destroy the team.

    Signed,
    All 49er fans
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    It’s your only hope. Better cling to it.

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