Friday in Hawkville

A recap of the activities on Day Five of wild-card playoff week:


Blue Friday. It got off to a flapping-good start, as Seattle mayor Mike McGinn and “Deadliest Catch” captain Keith Colburn raised a huge 12th Man flag atop the Space Needle this morning.

The weather “cooperated,” as a stiff breeze allowed the flag to fly in its full glory as soon as it was unfurled. The moment was captured by local TV stations, as well as

It was the kickoff for a day-long series of events around the Sound to celebrate the Seahawks’ wild-card playoff game against the New Orleans Saints at Qwest Field on Saturday.

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12th MAN Flag atop the Space Needle

In honor of “Blue Friday”, Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn, left and Keith Colburn, captain of the Wizard on television’s “Deadliest Catch” were on hand to raise the 12th MAN flag atop Seattle’s legendary landmark, the Space Needle.

Keith Colburn, captain of the Wizard on television's "Deadliest Catch", left, and Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn raise the Seattle Seahawks 12th MAN flag atop of Seattle's Space Needle in celebration of "Blue Friday".

Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn, left and Keith Colburn, captain of the Wizard on television's "Deadliest Catch" pose on top of Seattle's Space Needle after they raised the Seattle Seahawks 12th MAN flag in celebration of "Blue Friday". The Seahawks will host the New Orleans Saints in the NFC Wild Card game on Saturday, January 8. Kickoff is 1:30 p.m. PT.

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Excitement is building

A jubilant Coach Pete Carroll addresses his team at the conclusion of today’s walk-thru at Virginia Mason Athletic Center. The morning workout was the final on-field activity for the Seahawks before Saturday’s 1:30 p.m. playoff game against the Saints. [Photo by Rod Mar,]

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Saturday on a Friday

The calendar switcheroo continues on for another day.

While it’s Friday — Blue Friday, at that — for the rest of the world, it’s Saturday for the Seahawks, since game day is now just a day away. Here’s a look at the agenda for today as the team wraps up preparation for Saturday’s playoff game against the Saints:

9 a.m. • Special teams meeting
9:30 a.m. • Team meeting
9:45 a.m. • Offense/defense meetings
10:30 a.m. • Walk-thru
11 a.m. • Walk-thru ends
7:30 p.m. • Eve-of-game meetings begin at local hotel
9 p.m. • Meetings end
11 p.m. • Curfew

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Painting the town blue on Friday

Seahawks fans will be singing the blues on Friday.

In a very good way.

“Blue Friday” is taking over Seattle as fans are encouraged to wear their Seahawks gear in support of the team for Saturday’s playoff game against the Saints at Qwest Field. Take a look at the city-wide hubbub surrounding Blue Friday:

  • Coach Pete Carroll is imploring fans to wear blue in support of the team.
  • The Space Needle is hoisting a massive 12th MAN flag on its top spire at 8:30 a.m. on Friday.
  • The City of Renton will host a pep rally at noon at its city hall. Free hot dogs and chips will be provided.
  • Fans are invited to the Qwest Field Pro Shop from 10am – 2pm and buy a $10 Powerball with PowerPlay ticket from a Washington’s Lottery Kiosk. Fans will have the chance to instantly win prizes including: tickets to Saturday’s playoff game, Seahawks merchandise or Lottery promotional items. Forty tickets to the game will be given away in pairs of two. Fans must buy a $10 Powerball with PowerPlay ticket to be eligible. Find out more info here.

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