I’m not sure how we as a society ever existed before Wikipedia. Blogs definitely wouldn’t have ever come into existence, because all research done on an Internet thing starts deep in the bowels of the Wikipedia machine.

I’ve gone on long Wiki reading binges prompted by the most random curiosity, and I’ve read words about things that most normal people wouldn’t invest more than eight seconds into. Example: this past weekend while camping and gazing up at stars that may or may not have actually been up in the sky, I read the entire page on the Big Dipper, or as I call it “Saptarishi.”

Anyone who’s ever had the kind of back spasms that Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch is dealing with knows the spasm sensation well. It’s a tingling sensation, and then it can build into a full-out cramp and muscle seizure. But as is often the case, Wikipedia describes it with far more delightfully colorful language.

Mostly, the color is red.

A variety of types of involuntary muscle activity may be referred to as a “spasm”. Examples include muscle contractions due to abnormal nerve stimulation, or abnormal activity of the muscle itself. A series of spasms or permanent spasms are called a spasmism. A spasm may lead to muscle strains or tears of tendons and ligaments, if the force of the spasm exceeds the tensile strength of the underlying connective tissues, such as with a particularly forceful spasm, or in the case of weakened connective tissues.

True hypertonic spasm is caused by malfunctioning feedback nerves, is much more serious, and is permanent unless treated. In this case, the hypertonic muscle tone is excessive and the muscles are unable to relax.

A spasmism is the most terrifying “ism,” and is only rivaled by any Bushism. For Lynch owners, it’s about to become far more frightening, and it’ll send you straight to a very different kind of reading, that of the frantic waiver-scouring variety.

Lynch didn’t practice Monday, and now his status for Seattle’s season-opening game against Arizona is in question.

That’s right, kids. We may have our first game-time decision situation of the 2012 season. Mmmmm, the scent of football in the air is getting stronger and stronger.

Lynch’s spasms aren’t new, but their continued severity is, and since gameday is now five days away for most teams including the Seahakws (!!!), doubt about his status has built and lingered. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that Seattle is unsure if the 26-year-old will be ready for Sunday. And unsure on Tuesday usually translates into a shoulder shrug on Friday, and a game-time decision on Sunday.

Game-time decisions are always horrible, but when the player in question is slotted in a late kickoff — a time that’s very familiar to Seattle players due to their left coast residency — they can be a little easier with the extra time you’re given to make a decision, assuming your league doesn’t freeze rosters at noon as some do. This week is no different even with Seattle on the road, with the Cards-Hawks game in Arizona starting at 4:25 ET.

If you drafted Lynch, you did it in about the second round, so there’s a high investment here with a premium performance expected. But you also did that knowing that Lynch missed a game last year with this same injury, right? And you handcuffed Robert Turbin, especially with the threat of a suspension due to Lynch’s DUI, right?


Turbin is only owned in 9.6 percent of ESPN leagues, and grabbing him will give you the flexibility to wait until right before kickoff to make a decision on Lynch (again, the exception about leagues where rosters freeze applies here). Although Arizona may be focusing on stopping the run with rookie Russell Wilson making his first career start, Turbin will still be a quality play against a defense that ranked 21st last year after giving up 124.1 rushing yards per game and 15 touchdowns. Wilson may actually help Turbin if he’s called upon, because he’ll be supported by a mobile, creative quarterback who makes defenders respect his legs during option plays.