On this date: Kitna leads key ’99 victory

A look at some memorable moments in Seahawks history that occurred on Dec. 26:

Jon Kitna

1982: Kenny Easley has 12 tackles, a sack and an interception, but it’s not enough as the Bengals hand the Seahawks a 24-10 loss in Cincinnati as Pete Johnson runs for two touchdowns.

1993: Rick Mirer passes to Paul Green for the game’s only touchdown and John Kasay kicks three field goals in a 16-6 victory over the Steelers at the Kingdome. Jon Vaughn also runs for 131 yards for the Seahawks.

1999: Jon Kitna passes for two touchdowns and the defense intercepts Elvis Grbac three times in a 23-14 victory over the Chiefs at the Kingdome. It is the Seahawks’ only win in their final six games and proves pivotal as the Seahawks capture the AFC West title over the Chiefs on the final weekend of the season, and in Mike Holmgren’s first season as coach.

2004: Shaun Alexander runs for 154 yards and three touchdowns, Darrell Jackson catches six passes for 101 yards and Chike Okeafor registers two sacks in a 24-21 victory over the Cardinals in Seattle.

2010: The Seahawks travel to Tampa on Christmas Day, and then drop a 38-15 decision to the Buccaneers as Matt Hasselbeck is injured during the game. Josh Freeman throws five touchdown passes and LeGarrette Blount runs for 164 yards for the Bucs.


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Monday cyber surfing: Life after football

Good morning. Here’s what was “out there” about the Seahawks over the weekend and today, April 9:

Steve Kelley at the Seattle Times checks in with Joe Tafoya, the former defensive lineman for the Seahawks who has formed Jump It Media with other former players: “Two years ago, Tafoya, now 33 and a computer-science major from Arizona, bought an 11-year-old Redmond mobile apps distributor. Now he’s joined forces with like-minded former Seahawks (Kerry) Carter, Chike Okeafor and Omare Lowe to form Jump It Media. Tafoya calls himself ‘The World’s Largest Nerd.’ They’re building profile applications for athletes to help them increase their brands through online channels. Among their subjects are Chicago Bears defensive end Lance Briggs and Dallas Mavericks guard Jason Terry.”

Josh Kerns at Mynorthwest.com has the story on Ryan Asdourian, who wants to continue in his role as Blitz despite being diagnosed with MS: “For a guy who gets paid to run around in a bird suit and give high fives, Ryan tries hard not to let MS slow him down. And he’s become a huge activist, raising money through his Team Blitz with everything from pub crawls to the annual MS Walk. ‘I go out and talk to support groups, I’ll talk to lots of people at the walk,’ he said. Asdourian is also part of a support at Microsoft where he works, ‘so we kind of make sure that everyone has the resources. That they can talk to people.’ “

The Seahawks added depth and increased the competitive level at three spots on Friday by getting contract agreements with guard Deuce Lutui, linebacker Barrett Ruud and cornerback Roy Lewis. Mike Sando at ESPN.com offers his thoughts, including: “Ruud, 28, was a longtime starter in Tampa Bay before signing with Tennessee last season. He played nine games for the Titans, starting all of them. But a groin injury forced him onto injured reserve. Seahawks defensive coordinator Gus Bradley was with Tampa Bay when Ruud played for the Buccaneers. Bradley coached linebackers for part of Ruud’s tenure there. That connection means the Seahawks should have a good idea what they’re getting. Ruud’s arrival comes after the Seahawks watched starting middle linebacker David Hawthorne sign with New Orleans. I would expect Seattle to address linebacker in the draft as well.”

Here at Seahawks.com, we also look at Friday’s additions: “Lutui, also 28, is the second lineman to sign with the team since the free-agency period began March 13 – joining Frank Omiyale, who started at left tackle, left guard and right tackle for the Chicago Bears and also played for Seahawks offensive line coach Tom Cable when both were with the Atlanta Falcons. The club also released veteran guard Robert Gallery, who then signed with the New England Patriots. In a 2½-week period last season, the Seahawks lost right guard John Moffitt (knee), right tackle James Carpenter (knee) and left tackle Russell Okung (pectoral) to injuries that required surgery. In their absence, Paul McQuistan (right guard and left tackle), Breno Giacomini (right tackle) and Lemuel Jeanpierre (right guard) stepped in and played well. Giacomini and McQuistan were free agents, but have been re-signed. Now, enter the Tongan-born Lutui.”

The NFL Draft is less than three weeks away and Chad Reuter at NFL.com takes a look at some players who weren’t invited to the Scouting Combine, including Washington State linebacker Alex Hoffman-Ellis (6-1, 232): “The 2011 second-team All-Pac-12 pick did not get much national exposure on a 4-8 Cougars squad. The team’s leading tackler in 2011 backed up his production, though, with a 4.54 40, 36 1/2-inch vertical and 36 bench reps at his pro day.”

At SI.com, Peter King looks at the haves and have nots at the top of the draft in his “Monday Morning Quarterback”: “Teams with the most 2012 draft choices in the top 85 overall picks: Cincinnati, Cleveland, Miami, New England, St. Louis (four). Teams with the least 2012 draft choices in the top 85 overall picks: New Orleans, Oakland (zero). … The Rams have five of the first 96 picks overall (6, 33, 39, 65, 96), and Jeff Fisher told me St. Louis would like to trade down from six for the right price. If not, Justin Blackmon would fit a major need at six.”


On this date

A look at the memorable – and not-so-memorable – moments in Seahawks history that occurred on Dec. 26:

1982: Kenny Easley has 12 tackles, a sack and an interception, but it’s not enough as the Bengals hand the Seahawks a 24-10 loss in Cincinnati as Pete Johnson runs for two touchdowns.

1993: Rick Mirer passes to Paul Green for the game’s only touchdown and John Kasay kicks three field goals in a 16-6 victory the Steelers at the Kingdome. Jon Vaughn also runs for 131 yards for the Seahawks.

1999: Jon Kitna passes for two touchdowns and the defense intercepts Elvis Grbac three times in a 23-14 victory over the Chiefs at the Kingdome. It is the Seahawks’ only win in their final six games and proves pivotal as the Seahawks capture the AFC West title over the Chiefs on the final weekend of the season, and in Mike Holmgren’s first season as coach.

2004: Shaun Alexander runs for 154 yards and three touchdowns, Darrell Jackson catches six passes for 101 yards and Chike Okeafor registers two sacks in a 24-21 victory over the Cardinals in Seattle.

2010: The Seahawks travel to Tampa on Christmas Day, and then drop a 38-15 decision to the Buccaneers as Matt Hasselbeck is injured during the game. Josh Freeman throws five touchdown passes and LeGarrette Blount runs for 164 yards for the Bucs.


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