The rookies, who like being roommate despite some mild annoyances, hope to share a room for the next month, because that would mean the Seahawks are winning.
The fact the Seahawks will play all of their playoff games on the road means one certainty for rookies Tyler Lockett and Tye Smith: They will keep fighting over the TV.
Most veteran players pay for their own hotel room on the road. But not so for the rookies, which means they will share a room as long as the Seahawks are in the playoffs.
This has created bonds and friendships and all of that nice stuff. Smith, a cornerback, and Lockett, a receiver, are neighbors. They carpool. Sometimes they go eat together after games. But it’s nearly impossible to talk about being roommates without talking about actual roommate stuff.
Such as the TV.
Both parties agree upon the basic issue at hand. Smith prefers watching “SportsCenter” or college football. Lockett prefers movies.
This is where they diverge.
“The thing that gets me about the movies is I know he’s going to fall asleep before the movie is played,” Smith said. “Like this last week, it was the West Virginia-Arizona State bowl game. It was about to end, and he wanted to put on a movie. I was like, ‘Tyler, you’re going to be asleep in 20 minutes. Why are you going to put on a movie that’s an hour and 30 minutes long? There’s 20 minutes left in this game, but you’re going to put on a movie and then you’re going to fall asleep so I have to get up and change the channel.’ ”
Lockett’s defense involved a lengthy explanation about the number of hours he wants to sleep (10) and how he would have stayed up had they watched a movie.
“But since he wanted to be difficult,” Lockett said, “we wasted a free movie.”
Said Smith: “And he ended up falling asleep before the game was over.”
This is not their only disagreement. There also is the talking. More specifically, that Lockett likes to talk a lot and Smith does not.
“Yeah, he seems quiet,” Smith said. “But around me, or to me, he talks a lot. Sometimes I don’t feel like talking or I’ll be tired. But he’ll just keep talking to me. I’ll be on my phone like, ‘OK, Tyler,’ and he’ll just continue to talk.”
It’s that last line — “I’ll be on my phone … ” — that Lockett harps on. See, he does talk a lot, but he does this to accomplish a practical purpose.
“He does the same thing every day,” Lockett said. “He FaceTimes his girl knowing that he has a roommate and the roommate might not want to hear it. So if he gets to FaceTime his girl, then I get to talk when I want.”
For the record, Smith claims Lockett also is a prolific FaceTimer. They have learned a lot about each other this season, starting when they were roommates at training camp. Lockett was a third-round draft pick and grew up in Oklahoma. Smith was a fifth-round pick and grew up in North Carolina.
“What have I learned?” Smith said. “Just about him as a person, his family, his situation, random TV shows he likes to watch like ‘Chrisley Knows Best.’ You ever see that? It’s all right. Google it. It’s a show that you wouldn’t think he’d watch, but he does.”
Said Lockett: “My mom watches that show. You’d look at it, and you wouldn’t think it’s funny at all, but if there’s nothing on TV, I might click on it and watch it. It’s hilarious.”
They are hoping they will share a room for the next month because that would mean the Seahawks are winning, and both agree that is a decidedly good thing.
Smith likes Lockett as a road roommate, capturing the dynamic succinctly.
“Great. Annoying,” he said. “We argue like brothers. I’d say we’re compatible.”
And Lockett likes having Smith as his road roommate, even if it means he doesn’t always get to watch movies.
“You’ve got to deal with the FaceTiming his girl,” Lockett said. “He also likes going to sleep with the volume on, and I like going to sleep with the volume off. I can have the TV on, not the volume. But if you get past him FaceTiming his girl and the volume, the sky’s the limit.”