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Today, on a beautiful Seahawks Blue Friday in Seattle, it’s all about the number 12.

Unfortunately, I’m not talking about the number of days remaining until the Seahawks kickoff the 2013 regular season on the road against the Carolina Panthers – there’s still 58 of those. Nor am I talking about the number of days remaining until the team’s first preseason game on the road against the San Diego Chargers – there’s still 27 of those. And as close as we are, I’m not even talking about the number of days remaining until the club’s first training camp practice – there’s still 13 of those.

What I am talking about is today’s date – July 12 – and how it coincides with the continuation of the Seahawks 12 Tour in Vancouver, B.C., how it falls one day after the release of our “Spirit of 12″ 12th Man-oriented section of Seahawks.com, as well as one day after Russell Wilson came in at No. 12 on ESPN NFL analyst Ron Jaworski’s rankings of the League’s 32 quarterbacks. Really, the number 12 is everywhere, or perhaps we’re just really quick – and at times obsessively compulsive – to point it out.

All right, that’s enough 12ing (for now). Let’s get down to what’s in store for the week ahead with your Seattle Seahawks, as together we inch closer and closer to answering the all-too-often-uttered question: Is it football season yet?

Sunday, July 14:

  • 12 Tour Vancouver, B.C. rolls along with a family festival at West Vancouver’s Ambleside Park from 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. Events include a Gatorade Junior Training Camp, a flag football tournament, a Q&A session with defensive end Red Bryant and wide receiver Doug Baldwin, live entertainment, and more
  • 12 Tour Yakima – a one day Gatorade Junior Training Camp event
  • Cornerback Jeremy Lane celebrates his 23rd birthday. Send your well wishes to Lane on Twitter @StayingInMyLane
  • Russell Wilson’s Passing Academy tour wraps up at the University of Washington

Monday, July 15:

  • 12 Tour Victoria, B.C. – a one day trip featuring wide receiver Doug Baldwin, who will sign autographs from 4-6 p.m. at Jersey City – Mayfair Centre and who will follow that up with an appearance at a season-preview party at 7:30 p.m. at Victoria’s Strathcona Hotel
  • ProFootballTalk.com will unveil players ranked No. 50-26 on their Top 100 Players countdown

Tuesday, July 16:

  • There’s not too many Seahawks-related activities going on, but this nugget of knowledge might come in handy for your Tuesday night trivia session: On this date in 1968, Pro Football Hall of Fame running back Barry Sanders is born. Sanders will celebrate his 45th birthday.

Wednesday, July 17:

Thursday, July 18:

  • The 12 Tour ramps back up again, this time making it’s way to the Tri-Cities (Kennewick, Wash.), where cornerbacks Brandon Browner and Richard Sherman will host a Seahawks fan forum at 6 p.m. at Kennewick’s “The Pub” on Clearwater Ave.

Friday, July 19:

Saturday, July 20:

  • 12 Tour Vancouver, WA – Cornerbacks Brandon Browner and Richard Sherman will host a Seahawks fan forum at Vancouver’s “Big Al’s” on SE 18th St.

Is it football season yet?

Michael Bennett

Happy Seahawks Blue Friday, 12s!

Our normal writer for this segment is under the weather this week with a severe case of football withdrawals. We here at Seahawks.com hope he gets well soon (for my sake especially). You can send him your well-wishes and get-wells at @tonydrovetto.

Anyway, back to the lecture at hand, it feels like forever since we last stepped foot on CenturyLink Field but the days are slowly counting down to the start of 2013.  Michael Bennett days until the Seahawks kickoff the 2013 regular season against the Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, N.C. That’s 72 days for those of you who may be unfamiliar with our not-so-unfamiliar free agent defensive end signed from Tampa Bay. Fortunately, it’s not 96 days until kickoff as was the number Bennett wore the first time he was with us as an rookie free agent out of Texas A&M.

But even with 72 days remaining until kickoff, there’s less than a month’s wait until players report back to VMAC for Seahawks Training Camp presented by Bing on July 25. To help us cope in these final days without football, here’s a detailed look at what’s going on this week, June 28 – July 5, with your Seattle Seahawks:

Friday, June 28:

  • Voting for The ESPYS started yesterday and will continue through the start of the show on July 17 at 6 p.m. PT on ESPN. Russell Wilson is up for Breakthrough Athlete of the Year.
  • Free safety Earl Thomas kicks off his football camp for kids in Orange, Texas along with other members of the Legion.
  • Second-year cornerback DeShawn Shead celebrates his 25th birthday – you can wish Shead #HappyBirthday on Twitter @dshead24.

Saturday, June 29:

  • Thomas’ camp finishes in Texas, Wilson’s Passing Academy makes it way to Madison, Wis. and defensive end Cliff Avril hosts his inaugural youth football camp in Green Cove Springs, Fla.
  • Kicker Steven Hauschka celebrates his 28th birthday.
  • The 16th annual Rookie Symposium in Aurora, Ohio comes to a close. All 254 members of the 2013 NFL Draft class reported to the symposium to learn about life in the NFL prior to training camp starting up in late July.

Sunday, June 30:

Monday, July 1:

  • Farnsworth continues his positional previews with a look at the big uglies up front who will be tasked for making holes and keeping Russell Wilson off his back – a look at the 2013 offensive line.

Tuesday, July 2:

  • Positional preview series focus turns to the defensive line and how Brandon Mebane and Red Bryant will look given all the new additions along the line.

Wednesday, July 3:

  • On the eve of our nation’s 237th birthday, Farnsworth examines the position with the biggest question mark but with the biggest upside. Young Bobby Wagner who just celebrated his 23rd birthday leads an equally young linebacking corps.

Thursday, July 4 – Independence Day:

  • #HappyBirthdayAmerica!
  • Drovetto returns with a feature on America, football, and the Seahawks. It may bring a tear to your eye and a fire to your cracker.
  • Be safe. Be loud. Have a great 4th of July, America!

Friday, July 5:

  • Linebacker Malcolm Smith is the other veteran on our defensive midfield and today, at 24, he is officially a year older than counterpart Bobby Wagner who celebrated 23 on June 27. Wish him a #HappyBirthday at @MalcSmitty.
  • On a throwback Friday, Farnsworth catches up with former Seahawks defensive end Patrick Kerney who went back to school to get his MBA. What is he doing now?
  • Drovetto will be back this Friday to help you countdown the week of Jake Bscherer days until the Seahawks 2013 season kicks off!

Is it football season yet?

Red Bryant

Happy Summer Solstice, Seahawks fans.

But wait, hold on. Did you know that while your calendars mark today – Friday, June 21 – as the first official day of summer, those of us on the West Coast actually made the jump from spring to summer late Thursday night? The change of season occurred at 1:04 a.m. ET – that’s 10:04 p.m. PT. So technically, those of us here on the left side of the states were finally able to experience something before our east coast friends. Take that little tidbit to whatever weekend gathering you’ve got on deck.

Now, let’s get to some football – sort of. As defensive end Red Bryant lets you know in our graphic above, there are just 79 days until the Seahawks kickoff the 2013 regular season against the Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, N.C. And to help us cope with life without football, here’s a detailed look at what’s going on next week, June 23-28, with your Seattle Seahawks:

Sunday, June 23:

Monday, June 24:

  • The 16th annual Rookie Symposium starts up in Aurora, Ohio, where all 254 members of the 2013 NFL Draft class will report to learn about life in the NFL prior to training camp starting up in late July. AFC rookies are scheduled to report June 23-26 with NFC rookies following suit June 26-29.
  • Seahawks rookies are scheduled to workout at Virginia Mason Athletic Center.
  • Our resident reporter Clare Farnsworth will start up a well-deserved and hard-earned three-week vacation. But the football-content-starved fear not, as Farnsworth has graciously left us with a slew of stories previewing the upcoming season to run in his absence. First up is part one of his nine-part positional series with a look at the club’s quarterbacks – namely, second-year signal caller Russell Wilson.

Tuesday, June 25:

  • Seahawks rookies are scheduled to workout at VMAC.
  • Farnsworth’s positional series continues with a look at the running back group.
  • Wilson’s Passing Academy changes venues, as he hosts day one of his two-day camp in Raleigh, N.C.

Wednesday, June 26:

  • Seahawks rookies are scheduled for their final workout at VMAC before training camp – their pre-training-camp break begins shortly thereafter.
  • Farnsworth will highlight the club’s wide receivers in his positional series.
  • Wilson’s Passing Academy continues in Raleigh, N.C.

Thursday, June 27:

  • Middle linebacker Bobby Wagner celebrates his 23rd birthday. Be sure to wish last year’s AP Defensive Rookie of the Year runner-up a happy birthday on Twitter @Bwagz54.
  • The first of nine Gatorade Junior Training Camps takes place at Cedar River Park in Renton, Wash.
  • Farnsworth will take a break from the positional series on this “Throwback Thursday” – chronicling cornerback Richard Sherman’s time as a track star at Dominguez High School in Compton, Calif.

Friday, June 28:

  • Free safety Earl Thomas kicks off his football camp for kids in Orange, Texas.
  • Second-year cornerback DeShawn Shead salutes his 25th birthday – you can wish Shead happy-quarter-of-a-century on Twitter @dshead24.
  • Farnsworth’s positional series kicks back up with a look at the team’s tight ends.

Saturday, June 29:

  • Thomas’ camp continues in Texas, Wilson’s Passing Academy makes it way to Madison, Wis. and defensive end Cliff Avril hosts his inaugural youth football camp in Green Cove Springs, Fla.
  • Kicker Steven Hauschka celebrates his 28th birthday.

Is it football season yet?

Zach Miller Days until Kickoff

Don’t worry, Jeron. So was I.

With rookie minicamp, Organized Team Activities (OTAs) and the club’s mandatory minicamp officially in the books, most of the team’s veteran players have dispersed until the start of training camp in late July. Rookies will be around for workouts over the next week-and-a-half and the coaches will take their break one week from today.

The next month is likely to be the slowest of the offseason, but if it’s any consolation we’re now just 86 days away from the Seahawks’ regular season opener against the Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, N.C.

Like Kam Chancellor, we’re all itching for some football right now, so here’s a look at what’s going on next week, June 16-22, with your Seattle Seahawks:

Sunday, June 16:

  • Holiday: Father’s Day. Consider this your final reminder to go out and grab a little something for your pops.

Monday, June 17:

  • Seahawks rookies will report for workouts at Virginia Mason Athletic Center.
  • Wide receiver Charly Martin will participate in the NFL’s three-day broadcasting boot camp at the NFL Films office in Mt. Laurel, N.J. He’ll be joined by former Seahawks Chad Brown, Ricky Watters, and Jeff Feagles. We’ll have some reaction from Martin next week on the blog.

Tuesday, June 18:

  • Seahawks rookies will report for workouts at Virginia Mason Athletic Center.

Wednesday, June 19:

  • No team activities are scheduled

Thursday, June 20:

  • Seahawks rookies will report for workouts at Virginia Mason Athletic Center.

Friday, June 21:

  • Seahawks rookies will report for workouts at Virginia Mason Athletic Center.
  • A summer break for Seahawks coaches begins

Saturday, June 22:

  • No team activities are scheduled

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Is it football season yet?

Earl Thomas

In case you missed last week’s edition of “Is it football season yet?” I’ll quickly fill you in on what we’re out to accomplish with these weekly blog entries.

Last Friday marked 100 days from the Seahawks’ September 8 regular season kickoff against the Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, N.C. To help the days and weeks prior to that date move along a little quicker, I’m here to deliver you all of the Seahawks happenings for the week to come. From team activities to community events and from player birthdays to national holidays, think of this as your one-stop-online-shop for keeping in touch with all of the Seahawks’ offseason activities.

We’re now just 93 days away from the 2013 regular season, but before we dive into the schedule for next week, we’ll touch on some events to keep an eye on tonight, when a pair of Russell Wilson sightings will take place around Seattle’s SoDo district.

Wilson, joined by Seahawks president Peter McLoughlin, will first take part in the ribbon cutting ceremony for the grand re-opening of the Seahawks Pro Shop at CenturyLink Field. Following that event, Wilson will march a half-mile south along Occidental Avenue to Safeco Field, where he will toss out the ceremonial first pitch prior to the Seattle Mariners game against the New York Yankees.

Here’s a quick look at some of Wilson’s pre-first-pitch preparation, courtesy of strong safety Kam Chancellor:

Now, here’s what’s going on next week, June 9-15, with your Seattle Seahawks:

Sunday, June 9:

  • No team activities are scheduled, but the Seahawks Pro Shop grand re-opening festivities continue, as Sea Gals Alicia and Hannah stop by the stadium location from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Seahawks Blue Thunder will also be on hand, entertaining from 11:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Monday, June 10

  • Week No. 9 of the team’s Offseason Program begins at VMAC. Players will report to the team facility for physicals.

Tuesday, June 11:

  • The club’s mandatory three-day minicamp begins. The team is currently scheduled to practice from 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Coaches and players will be available to the media following the day’s session.Jeron Johnson

Wednesday, June 12:

  • The club’s mandatory three-day minicamp continues. The team is currently scheduled to practice from 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Coaches and players will be available to the media following the day’s session.
  • Seahawks strong safety Jeron Johnson celebrates his 25th birthday. Send some birthday wishes his way on Twitter @Jus_Showoff

Thursday, June 13:

  • The club’s mandatory three-day minicamp concludes. The team is currently scheduled to practice from 11:30 a.m. – 1:15 p.m. Coaches and players will be available to the media following the day’s session.

Friday, June 14:

  • The team’s Offseason Program officially wraps up and the break for veteran players begins. The rookies will report for workouts the following week.
  • Holiday: Flag Day – the day calls for a celebration of the adoption of the flag of the United States, but who says you can’t proudly fly your 12th Man flags alongside our nation’s colors? We do it every day here at VMAC.

Saturday, June 15:

  • Seahawks All-Pro Varsity Skills Camp for youth ages 9-14 will take place at VMAC. Participants will work with trained coaches on both offensive and defensive drills and wide receiver Doug Baldwin will be in attendance. Spots are still available for the camp’s second session, set to run from 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. You can register here.

Is it football season yet?

Is it football season yet?

One-hundred days from today – on Sunday, September 8 – the Seahawks will kickoff the 2013 regular season against the Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, N.C.

As our Insider Clare Farnsworth outlined earlier, 2013 is a season of heightened expectations for this Seattle ball club. The overwhelming message we gathered from Farnsworth’s feature is that the Seahawks players and coaching staff are handling each of these final 100 days to kickoff just like they’ve handled the previous 100 – one at a time.

So, we’re going to take it one day at a time along with them.

RM3_1232Every Friday, from now until the regular season begins, we’ll outline all the happenings of the week to come. And not just what’s happening with the team (though that will take priority), but we’ll use this space to keep you up to date on what’s going on around the Seahawks community as well. From player appearances to charity events and from fan activities to friendly holiday reminders (Fathers Day is rapidly approaching – June 16, to be exact – you’re welcome) we’ll have it for you here.

Hopefully, this will help us all cope with life without football, as together we inch closer and closer to answer the often-uttered question: Is it football season yet?

Without further ado, here’s a look at the what’s going on next week, June 3-7, with your Seattle Seahawks:

Monday, June 3:

  • After taking the weekend off, the team continues with Phase 3 of their Offseason Program, moving forward with the seventh of 10 Organized Team Activities (OTAs). This OTA session is open to the media, so expect plenty of coverage from us and the rest of our colleagues around the Pacific Northwest.

Tuesday, June 4:

  • The eighth of 10 OTAs takes place at Virginia Mason Athletic Center. This session is closed to the media, but our staff will be around to deliver plenty of offseason goodness your way here on Seahawks.com.

Wednesday, June 5:

  • The ninth of 10 OTAs takes place at Virginia Mason Athletic Center. This session is closed to the media as well, but once again we’ll be on hand to bring you a look at what’s going on from the team’s second to last day of OTAs.

Thursday, June 6:

  • The final day of OTAs takes place at Virginia Mason Athletic Center. Like Monday’s go-around, this workout is also open to the media. We’ll have a full OTA-wrap-up for you here on Seahawks.com and blanketed across our social media channels.

Friday, June 7:

  • No team activities are scheduled, but it’s Seahawks Blue Friday. Wear your Seahawks-themed gear to school, work, or wherever you may be.
  • Don’t have any gear, or need something new? Friday also marks the grand re-opening of the expanded Seahawks Pro Shop at CenturyLink Field, which may feature a player appearance, or two (look for specifics next week here on Seahawks.com). All in all, it sounds like a great day to head down to the field and grab yourself some fresh garb.