A recap of the day’s activities:
South Park. Not the south end zone at Qwest Field. But South Park, the animated series on Comedy Central. You know, Stan, Kyle, Cartman, Kenny and Hasselbeck.
Hasselbeck? That’s right. Matt Hasselbeck made a surprising – especially to him – cameo appearance on the show Wednesday night. It was part of an episode called Insheeption, which parodied the movie “Inception.” The Seahawks’ quarterback is involved in a discussion about dream sequences and the mother of the child asks, “Who’s Hasselbeck?” The Hasselbeck “character” then says, “I am.”
The Seahawks quarterback did not supply the voice for the brief appearance, and had no idea he was going to be on the show. But he definitely heard about it once the show aired.
“My phone started blowing up at around 7:14 p.m. last night and again at like 9:14 p.m., Pacific time,” Hasselbeck said today.
He continued getting comments when he got to Virginia Mason Athletic Center this morning.
“That’s all I’ve been hearing about today,” he said. “People have outed themselves. People that I thought were real professionals – marketing people, finance people, accounting, some media people – have kind of surprised me.”
But he was honored nonetheless. “Any time the Seahawks are on a national show it’s an honor,” he said.
And for an animated encore? “Maybe The Simpsons will call next,” he said. “That would be huge.”
Josh Pinkard. Somewhat lost in the hectic shuffle of a Wednesday in Hawkville was the rookie cornerback practicing with the team for the first time. Pinkard has been on the reserve/non-football injury while rehabbing a knee injury.
Pinkard has a three-week window to practice before the team must make a move – add him to the active roster, place him on injured reserve or released him with the intent of signing him to the practice squad if he clears waivers.
“It feels great,” Pinkard said of practicing after sitting out the entire spring, all of training camp and the first six weeks of the regular season. “I had to sit out a little bit to make sure my body was right. Now I’m back out there, so it feels great.
“I’m easing back into to it, not doing too much. It’s just a chance to show what you can do and hopefully they see it.”
It’s easy to see what coach Pete Carroll likes about Pinkard, who played for him at USC. Pinkard is a 6-foot-1, 218-pound cornerback who Carroll considered one of the Trojans’ best defensive players, when he was healthy.
ON THE FIELD
The players practiced for 105 minutes on an afternoon where the weather along the shores of Lake Washington was foggy, cloudy and sunny – all at the same time on a couple of occasions – as they continued to prepare for Sunday’s showdown with the Arizona Cardinals at Qwest Field.
The official report, as released by the team:
Did not practice
DT Brandon Mebane (calf)
CB Kelly Jennings (hamstring)
Limited in practice
DE Dexter Davis (hamstring)
Davis took part in individual drills after sitting out Wednesday. With Mebane and Jennings sidelined for a second consecutive day, Kentwan Balmer and Walter Thurmond continued to sub for them with the No. 1 defense.
There was no change in the Cardinals’ injury report, as five players were limited in practice: WR Steve Breaston (knee), WR Early Doucet (groin), DE Kenny Iwebema (knee), LB Reggie Walker (hamstring) and WR Stephen Williams (back).
Running back Chris Henry was released today, after being signed off the practice squad on Saturday to help on special teams against the Cardinals.
Henry was originally signed to the practice squad on Sept. 6, released on Sept. 30 and then re-signed on Oct. Oct. 11.
The players will hold their final full practice of the week Friday.
Saturday, the Seattle Seahawks Women’s Association will host a Football 101 workshop at VMAC. For additional information and to register go to http://www.seahawks.com.
STAT DU JOUR
The Cardinals have allowed an average of 101 rushing yards in their three victories, but 200.5 in their two losses.
YOU DON’T SAY
“I thought it was real exciting. It was promising. To be on the road and go against a defensive end like that (the Bears’ Julius Peppers), he pretty much played a solid game. I think it’s a great start. I look forward to watching him this week.” – offensive coordinator Jeremy Bates on Russell Okung, the Seahawks’ first-round draft choice who played his first full game last week