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On this date: Alexander runs wild in the desert

A look at some memorable moments in Seahawks history that occurred on Nov. 6:

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Seahawks running back Shaun Alexander picks up yardage as Arizona Cardinals’ Karlos Dansby defends during the first quarter Sunday, Nov. 6, 2005, at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York)

1983: Dave Krieg throws touchdown passes to Steve Largent and Paul Johns, and Curt Warner runs for 134 yards in a 27-19 victory over the AFC West rival Denver Broncos at the Kingdome, a key victory in a 9-7 season that saw the Seahawks advance to the playoffs for the first time in their first season under coach Chuck Knox.

1994: The Cincinnati Bengals spoil the Seahawks’ return to the Kingdome as Doug Pelfrey kicks six field goals, including a 26-yarder 8:14 into the overtime, in a 20-17 victory. The Seahawks played their previous three home games at Husky Stadium after ceiling tiles fell at the Kingdome.

2005: Shaun Alexander rushes for 173 yards and two touchdowns, including an 88-yarder to tie his franchise record, in a 33-19 victory over the Cardinals in Arizona that is win No. 4 in what will become a club-record 11-game winning streak.

2006: The Seahawks register nine sacks, including three by defensive tackle Craig Terrill, in a 16-0 victory over the visiting Oakland Raiders on “Monday Night Football.”


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Tuesday in Hawkville: There’s no place like home

A recap of the day’s activities at Virginia Mason Athletic Center for Sept. 11:

The Seahawks have won their last three home openers, outscoring opponents 72-16, and since CenturyLink Field opened in 2002, the Seahawks are 8-2 in home openers.

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Home openers. Dorothy’s got nothing on the Seahawks when it comes to clicking her heels and muttering, “There’s no place like home. There’s no place like home.”

The cleat-clicking Seahawks, coming off a tough-to-swallow loss to the Cardinals in Arizona, will play their home opener this Sunday against the Cowboys at CenturyLink Field. The Seahawks have won their past three home openers, including last season when they beat the Cardinals after starting 0-2 on the road; and eight of their past nine.

Is there a better get-well venue in the NFL than CenturyLink Field?

“Here we go with Dallas coming in, that’s going to be a major matchup,” coach Pete Carroll said on Monday. “We’re happy that we’re coming home.”

The team’s success in home openers has been an indication of what they’ve been able to accomplish over the course of the season. The current 8-1 run started in 2003, when the Seahawks began a stretch where they advance to the playoffs five seasons in a row and won four NFC West titles.

Prior to that (1992-2002), they were 1-10 in home openers, and the team posted a winning record (9-7) only twice that 11-season span. In the nine seasons before that (1983-91), the Seahawks were 6-3 in home openers, and also posted six winning records and advanced to the playoffs four times. In their first seven seasons (1976-82), they were 1-6 in home openers, and had two winning records (9-7 in 1978 and 1979).

Click those heels, and repeat: There’s no place like home.

BLOCK PARTY

When 6-foot-8 Calais Campbell got a hand on Steven Hauschka’s 50-yard field goal attempt on Sunday, it was the sixth of his career and the 13th for the Cardinals since the start of the 2008 season – the most in the league during that span.

But at No. 2 are the Seahawks with nine. Those blocks have come from Red Bryant (three last season), Craig Terrill (three in 2010 and one each in 2009 and 2008) and Howard Green (one in 2008).

Here’s a look at the teams with the most blocked field goals since 2008:

Blocks     Team

13             Cardinals

9               Seahawks

6               Browns

5               Cowboys, Giants and Bears

UP NEXT

The players return from their off day to begin preparing for Sunday’s game with a midday walkthrough and an afternoon practice. Carroll’s noon news conference will be available live on Seahawks.com.

PREP WORK

Allison Sedlacek, a senior on Stadium’s state championship soccer team, has been selected High School Athlete of the Week. She will be recognized on the field at CenturyLink Field during Sunday’s game.

Sedlacek excels off the field, as well. She has a 3.95 grade point average and is a member of the honor society. Sedlacek also is active in raising money for Relay for Life, Good Samaritan Walk for Breast Cancer and Walk for Diabetes, and ran her own food drive with donations going to Northwest Harvest.

 YOU DON’T SAY

“The Rams went right down to the end (before losing to the Lions in Detroit), and that was a great win for San Francisco in Green Bay. This division has been steadily improving in the time that we’ve been here, so it’s going to be a real task going against everybody twice.” – Carroll, looking at the NFC West after one week


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And the best sixth-round pick is …

When Michael Sinclair arrived as a sixth-round draft choice out of Eastern New Mexico in 1991, he looked lost. You could see it in the blank gaze in his eyes, sense it in his what-am-I-doing-here body language and it was underlined by his rookie-season stat line: No games played, no tackles, no sacks.

But after being allocated to the Sacramento Surge of the World League and finishing second in the now-defunct spring league with 10 sacks in 1992, Sinclair returned with a newfound sense of himself – not to mention an array of pass-rush moves that allowed him to produce a team-high eight sacks for the Seahawks in 1993.

“I needed that,” Sinclair would say of his stint in the World League. “I proved to myself that I could play at the next level.”

And he then took his game to next level, as well. Sinclair also led the Seahawks in sacks in 1994, 1997 and 1998 – when he led the NFL with 16.5, still the franchise single-season record.

By the time he left the Seahawks after the 2001 season, Sinclair had started 114 games and ranked second only to Jacob Green in career sacks on the team’s all-time list with 73.5. Sinclair was voted to three consecutive Pro Bowls (1996-98), presented the Steve Largent Award in 1998 and joined Green on the 35th Anniversary team.

Not surprisingly, Sinclair is the best player the Seahawks ever selected in the sixth round of the NFL Draft.

Tight end Itula Mili (1997) and defensive tackle Craig Terrill (2004) also rose from their afterthought draft status to deserve consideration, as Mili caught 43 passes in 2002 and 46 in 2003 and Terrill tied the franchise career record by blocking eight field goals. But Sinclair’s lost-to-found journey was just too difficult to top.


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On this date

A look at the memorable moments in Seahawks history that occurred on Nov. 6:

1983: Dave Krieg throws touchdown passes to Steve Largent and Paul Johns and Curt Warner runs for 134 yards in a 27-19 victory over the AFC West rival Denver Broncos at the Kingdome, a key victory in a 9-7 season that saw the Seahawks advance to the playoffs for the first time in their first season under coach Chuck Knox.

1994: The Cincinnati Bengals spoil the Seahawks’ return to the Kingdome as Doug Pelfrey kicks six field goals, including a 26-yarder 8:14 into the overtime, in a 20-17 victory. The Seahawks played their previous three home games at Husky Stadium after ceiling tiles fell at the Kingdome.

2005: Shaun Alexander rushes for 173 yards and two touchdowns, including an 88-yarder to tie his franchise record, in a 33-19 victory over the Cardinals in Arizona that is win No. 4 in what will become a club-record 11-game winning streak.

2006: The Seahawks register nine sacks, including three by defensive tackle Craig Terrill, in a 16-0 victory over the visiting Oakland Raiders on “Monday Night Football.”


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A new CD, and a cutie

Craig Terrill’s appearance at the Kirkland Performance Center on Saturday turned into a release party for his second CD, “Genuine,” because the discs just arrived in the mail on Friday.

The Seahawks’ defensive tackle also was upstaged by his daughter, Journey, at one point during the high-energy performance with his band. Spotting her in the audience, Terrill waved. Journey then said, “Daddy, I want to see you.”

As the laughter subsided, Terrill said, “Sorry, sweetie, Daddy’s working. And work is hard to come by right now for a football player.”

Terrill obviously is maintaining his sense of humor during the NFL’s work stoppage. Saturday night’s show was the first in what he has labeled his “Rock-out while they Lockout” tour.

Terrill and his band – Mike Mattingly (guitar), Mark Mattingly (drums), Rick Lovrovich (bass), Jay Kenney (keyboards) and Scotty Harris (saxophone) – featured a lot of the material from the new CD. You can sample and buy it here.

But Terrill also paid homage to those who obviously shaped his style and honed his musical ear, including covers of Van Morrison’s “Domino,” Eric Clapton’s “Bell Bottom Blues” and Bruce Springsteen’s “Spirit in the Night.”

The drummer in Morrison’s band when “Domino” was recorded in 1970 was on hand – as the drummer for the opening act, Kara Grainger. On “Bell Bottom Blues,” the part of Guitar God was filled nicely by Mike Mattingly’s solos. The highlight of a spirited “Spirit in the Night” was Terrill on his knees at the front of the stage squeezing every ounce of Boss-ness from the anthem.


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Music to his ears

Craig Terrill’s day job is on hold because of the NFL work stoppage, but the Seahawks’ defensive tackle will be showcasing his talents as a singer, songwriter and guitarist in a concert at the Kirkland Performance Center on Saturday night.

Terrill has released one CD – “CT” – and another is in the works.

Saturday night, the opening act is Canadian singer-songwriter Kara Grainger. When the KPC lineup was announced several months ago, Terrill was asked if he knew her. He did not. He then was asked if he had heard her. He had not.

Told that she sounded pretty good in the video that was included with the preview of their show, he offered, “Oh no, they’ve broken the first rule of concert promotion.”

And that would be? “Never hire an opening act that’s better than the headliner,” he added with a grin.

You can sample the two performers who will share the stage starting at 8 p.m. Saturday. Here’s Kara. Here’s Craig.

Sound inviting? You can purchase tickets here.

Terrill’s previous musical adventures have included singing the National Anthem prior to the Seahawks’ wild-card playoff game against the Dallas Cowboys in 2007 and a show-stopping performance at the team party in Detroit after the loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl XL. He also has played the House of Blues in Chicago and Orlando, as well as several venues in Seattle.

“I’ve seen him play a couple of times,” middle linebacker Lofa Tatupu told Seahawks.com after witnessing Terrill do his other thing. “It’s uncharacteristic to see him on stage – singing. You’ve got to have a lot of guts to get up on stage. They don’t like your music; they’re going to boo you.

“Every time I’ve seen him, he gets applause and standing ovations. Obviously, he’s doing something right.”


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Seahawks really were ‘special’

Rick Gosselin’s annual rankings of the league’s special-teams units for the Dallas Morning News proved something that was apparent all season: The Seahawks were among the best in the NFL.

The Seahawks finished in a tie for fourth with the Bears and Raiders (280 points), behind the Patriots (269), Titans (274) and Browns (277).

The rankings, which were published Sunday, are based on 22 special-teams categories.

The Seahawks led the league in one category with four blocked kicks – three field goals by Craig Terrill and a punt by Kennard Cox. The Seahawks also got three kickoff returns for touchdowns from Leon Washington; while ranking third in average starting position after kickoffs (30.2-yard line) and fifth in average starting position covering kickoffs (24.6-yard line).

You can view the rankings here, but might need to register first.


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Memorable playoff moments – Terrill

Craig Terrill has blocked eight field goals in his seven-year career with the Seahawks to tie the franchise record. The versatile defensive tackle also has played in six postseason games. No. 7 will come on Saturday, when the Seahawks host the defending Super Bowl champion New Orleans Saints in a wild-card playoff game at Qwest Field.

Terrill is one of seven players remaining on the active roster from the 2005 team that went to the Super Bowl, and one of 11 left from the Seahawks’ last playoff appearance in 2007.

To help celebrate the Seahawks’ return to the postseason after a two-year absence, Seahawks.com asked Terrill for his favorite playoff memory:

“It would probably have to be the NFC Championship game (in 2005). Having Carolina and knowing that we had home-field advantage with them having to come to us, and just everything that was involved with that game – knowing that we would go to the Super Bowl if we won that game.

“We had a cool buzz about the team that week, just knowing what we were on the brink of. Obviously it went well and the crowd was just incredible. The post-game celebration with the confetti falling and being presented with the NFC Championship trophy and just knowing we were going to the Super Bowl, it was pretty cool.”

“I’ll always have my (championship) ring and the memories of that day and being the best in the NFC.”

The Seahawks were all of that, and more, because they beat the Panthers 34-14.


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Photoblog: A Not-so-Happy Holiday

With playoff implications at hand, the Seahawks traveled cross-country on Christmas Day to face the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 16.

Kevin Hunton of St. Petersburg, Florida, greets the arriving Seahawks charter while standing outside the fence at Tampa International Airport.

A digital countdown clock and a whiteboard with the pregame schedule keeps players and coaches on time in the visitor's locker room at Raymond James Stadium.

Members of the Seahawks equipment staff make last-minute changes to Lofa Tatupu's cleats in the locker room before the game.

Tight end John Carlson (standing) goes over the game plan as Russell Okung and Tyler Polumbus wait to take the field.

Linebackers coach Ken Norton, Jr. talks the team right before they take the field.

Head coach Pete Carroll races to call an early timeout.

Seattle's defense came out firing, with linebackers Lofa Tatupu and David Hawthorne sacking Tampa Bay quarterback Josh Freeman and knocking the ball loose in the process

Seattle's offense also looked good early, with running back Marshawn breaking into the secondary with a 29-yard gain.

Seattle quarterback Matt Hasselbeck scored on one-yard run, but came up limping as center Chris Spencer came to his aid.

Seahawks defensive end Chris Clemons breaks through for a sack of Tampa Bay's Josh Freeman.

Seattle's defense continued to apply pressure but Freeman got the ball away under pressure from Chris Clemons and Aaron Curry on this play.

Seattle's special teams got a highlight when Craig Terrill blocked Connor Barth’s 44-yard field goal attempt. The block is Terrill's eighth career block, tying a team record.

Tampa Bay's Mike Williams sails over Seattle's Walter Thurmond to score on a seven-yard reception in the third quarter.

Head coach Pete Carroll stands on the edge of the field in the fourth quarter.

Running back Leon Washington scored on a 16-yard run in the fourth quarter.

This Seahawks fan didn't have a lot to smile about as his team fell to Tampa Bay, 38-15 on a cold Florida night.

In the locker room after the game, Pete Carroll, reminded the players that despite the loss, they still had an opportunity to play for the NFC West title and a playoff spot at home.

In the hallway outside of the locker room, Carroll faced the media, answering questions about Hasselbeck's injury and the upcoming game with the St. Louis Rams at Qwest Field.


Terrill re-signed; Hill to IR

Veteran defensive tackle Craig Terrill was re-signed this morning and just finished practicing with the Seahawks as they continued to prepare for Sunday’s game against the Rams in St. Louis.

To clear a roster spot, linebacker Leroy Hill was placed on injured reserve. Hill will need surgery to repair the Achilles/calf injury he got in the Week 2 game against the Broncos in Denver.

Terrill, a fifth-round draft choice in 2004, was released on Sept. 7 when defensive back Jordan Babineaux was re-signed.

We’ll have more on Terrill later.


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