On this date

A look at the memorable moments in Seahawks history that occurred on Nov. 9:

1980: The Chiefs rally for 21 points in the fourth quarter to grab a 31-30 victory over the Seahawks at the Kingdome, as Jim Zorn throws five interceptions.

1997: Warren Moon and Joey Galloway hookup on game-winning 40-yard touchdown pass with 2:20 left in a 37-31 victory over the Chargers in San Diego. But the Seahawks lose Pro Bowl defensive tackle Cortez Kennedy to a season-ending ankle injury.

2003: Wide receiver Rod Gardner throws a 10-yard touchdown pass to running back Trung Canidate with less than two minutes remaining to give the Redskins a 27-20 victory over the visiting Seahawks, who were up 14-3 and then down 20-17 in the game.

2008: In their first trip to Miami since 2000, the Seahawks fall behind 14-0 and then rally before losing to the Dolphins 21-19. Jordan Babineaux returns an interception 35 yards for a touchdown for the Seahawks.


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On this date

A look at a memorable moment in Seahawks history that occurred on Oct. 23:

2005: Josh Brown kicks a 50-yard field goal as time expires in a 13-10 win over the Cowboys. Jordan Babineaux sets up the game-winner by intercepting a Drew Bledsoe pass and returning it to the Dallas 32-yard line. The win is No. 3 in what becomes a club-record 11-game winning streak.


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Cyber surfing: Friday

Good morning. Here’s what’s “out there” about the Seahawks for today, July 22:

The big news, of course, is that the owners approved a new CBA proposal on Thursday night. But the players still need to ratify it. ESPN’s Chris Mortensen talked with representatives of the players’ group, and he offers: “A vote among its 32 player representatives appears likely Friday after the group received the ‘finishing points’ of the agreement NFL owners approved Thursday. The NFLPA did not receive those details until after a two-hour conference call with player reps came to a conclusion without a vote Thursday night. ‘All in all, despite the games that were played by the NFL, things look much more optimistic,’ a players’ leadership source said.”

Eric Williams of the New Tribune takes a look at Thursday’s actions – and non-actions – from the Seahawks’ viewpoint. He talked to soon-to-be free-agent defensive tackle Brandon Mebane, who said: “I have mixed feelings about it. I’m anxious to get it resolved, but you also have to get it right. It’s like when you buy a car, you have to read over the papers so if you get into a lease agreement, you know what you’re signing. But as far as my personal situation, it’s a blessing. I really would like to know where I stand as a free agent and what’s going to happen.”

Williams also has a comprehensive look at the Seahawks who will become free agents once the lockout ends. On his “staying” list: CB Kelly Jennings, K Olindo Mare and Mebane. On his “go” or “likely to go” list: QB Matt Hasselbeck, OT Sean Locklear, C Chris Spencer, SS Lawyer Milloy and DB Jordan Babineaux.

The Seahawks are scheduled to play the NFC West rival Arizona Cardinals twice in 2011 – Sept. 25 at CenturyLink Field and in their Jan. 1 regular-season finale in the desert. Sporting News Today has this look at the Cardinals from beat writer and correspondent Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic. Says Somers: “The Cardinals are coming off their worst season since 2006, and it’s hard to imagine many other teams with as many weaknesses to address. The most glaring is at quarterback. They need more than competence at that spot; Arizona must have someone who can make plays. (Coach Ken) Whisenhunt, however, has proven his ability as a coach, and playing in a weak division gives the Cardinals some hope.”

Bucky Brooks of NFL.com takes a look at the “ideal” and “bad” fits for some of the players who will become unrestricted free agents. Brooks, a former NFL scout (including a stint with the Seahawks), includes Hasselbeck in his roundup. His “ideal” fit: The Titans. Says Brooks: “Hasselbeck wants to remain a starter, and the situation in Tennessee provides him with the perfect opportunity to be a first-stringer for another year or so. He would step into a lineup with a strong runner in place (Chris Johnson) and an intriguing No. 1 receiver in Kenny Britt. With the support of a front office that is aware of Hasselbeck’s strengths, weaknesses and character (Titans vice president Mike Reinfeldt was a part of the Seahawks’ front office prior to coming to Tennessee), he would have the opportunity to extend his career as a mentor to Jake Locker.”

His “bad” fit: The Seahawks. Says Brooks: “Hasselbeck has repeatedly stated his desire to return to Seattle, but the team is poised to transition at the position. The Seahawks paid a hefty sum to acquire Charlie Whitehurst a season ago, and they need to see if he has the goods to become a franchise quarterback. Also, the team’s reluctance to get a deal done prior to the lockout suggests the front office isn’t completely sold on Hasselbeck as their starter in 2011. Without a strong commitment from the team to remain on board, Hasselbeck would be better served to look for greener pastures.”

Here at Seahawks.com, we continue our series of articles on the team’s first 35 seasons with a look at 1979 – when the Seahawks went 9-7 for the second consecutive season by winning five of their final six games and Steve Largent averaged a career-best 18.7 yards on 66 catches.


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Memorable playoff moments – Babineaux

Versatile defensive back and special teams player Jordan Babineaux got his nickname – “Big Play Babs” – for the obvious reason. And some of his biggest plays have come in the Seahawks’ playoff games.

One of only seven players remaining from the 2005 team that made a run to the Super Bowl, Babineaux has played in eight postseason games – and No. 9 will come Saturday at Qwest Field against the New Orleans Saints. He had a 57-yard interception return for a touchdown in the 2007 wild-game win over the Redskins. He also had a game-saving tackle on a certain special teams play in the 2006 wild-card win over the Cowboys at Qwest Field that readers of Seahawks.com voted the team’s best play of the decade.

To help celebrate the team’s return to the playoffs, Seahawks.com asked Babineaux for his favorite playoff memory:

“Favorite playoff moment?” Babineaux said. “Can I have two?”

Of course. When you’re as versatile as Babineaux, what’s an extra memory?

“OK then,” he said. “One, of course, is you know.”

Yes, it was Babineaux somehow chasing down Cowboys QB and holder Tony Romo after he had dropped the snap on what would have been a game-winning field goal in the that 2006 game at Qwest and tripping him up just short of gain a first down. The Seahawks hung on to win 21-20.

“They were only inches short of the first down, so even after I tackled him I wasn’t sure,” Babineaux said of his big stop that came with 1:14 left to play. “When I heard the crowd erupt, I knew he hadn’t gotten the first down. Then I just went into a full sprint and just celebrated.

“When he took off running, all I could think was, ‘I’d better get him.’ Because there was no one else. He was going to walk into the end zone.”

No. 2, and what Babineaux labeled “the most memorable memory of them all,” was beating the Carolina Panthers at Qwest in 2005 to win the NFC Championship and advance to the Super Bowl for the first time in franchise history.

“That was an overwhelming feeling of triumph,” Babineaux said. “I was young then. It was just so surreal. Like, ‘Wow. We’re going to the Super Bowl. Does this happen all the time?’ ”

No it doesn’t. In fact, the Seahawks won four games in 2008 and five in 2009, when their season ended after 16 games and the regular season.

“Now, we’ve got this feeling back again,” Babineaux said. “Just talking to some of the guys who were here when we were going to the playoffs consistently (2003-07), it’s good to have this feeling back.”


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Photoblog: Seahawks Fall to Atlanta.

The Seahawks returned to Qwest Field in Week 15 for a matchup with the NFC leading Atlanta Falcons.

In the locker room hours before kickoff, safety Lawyer Milloy wraps black tape around his shoe and ankle.

Quarterback Matt Hasselbeck and head coach Pete Carroll confer in the locker room before the game.

Cornerback Marcus Trufant does his pregame stretching as the low winter sun cast his long shadow across the turf.

Even though receiver Deon Butler is lost for the season with a broken leg, the team's equipment staff prepared his locker as usual.

Butler entered the locker room via wheelchair aided by assistant equipment manager Kyle Stillwell. At right is Butler's close friend Aaron Curry.

Defensive leader Lawyer Milloy followed injured defensive end Red Bryant (right) with an impassioned pregame speech to the team moments before taking the field.

Running backs Justin Forsett and Marshawn Lynch make their way through the fog blanketing the tunnel used in pregame introductions.

Tight end Cameron Morrah is upended by Atlanta's Thomas DeCloud during the Seahawks opening scoring drive.

The Seahawks stuff Atlanta quarterback Matt Ryan's sneak attempt on fourth down, but officials ruled for a first down which was upheld after a Seahawks challenge.

Seahawks fans show their displeasure with the ruling on the field after Seattle believed it had stopped the Falcons on fourth down.

Linebacker Will Herring forces a fumble by Atlanta's Jason Snelling, but the Seahawks were unable to recover the loose ball.

Seahawks defensive back Jordan Babineaux provided a highlight with this interception of a Matt Ryan pass.

Babineaux returned the interception 27 yards to set up a field goal by the Seahawks Olindo Mare.

Seahawks linebacker Raheem Brock drives Atlanta quarterback Matt Ryan into the turf.

Seattle's Aaron Curry celebrates a defensive play.

The Sea Gals dressed in festive attire for the game, which is the last home game before the holidays.

Charlie Whitehurst entered the game in the second half and engineered a scoring drive capped by his one-yard touchdown run.

Head coach Pete Carroll speaks to the team in the locker room following the defeat.


Babs Interviews Heater

Someday when Seahawks Safety Jordan Babineaux leaves football he may re-surface as a sports announcer. After Wednesday’s practice the veteran safety interviewed teammate David Hawthorne about the final five games of the season.


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Thursday in Hawkville

Players Running Bag Drills on Thanksgiving

A recap of the day’s activities:

FOCUS ON

Jordan Babineaux and Jamal Charles. At some point on Sunday afternoon, they will run into each other at Qwest Field.

But it will not be just a meeting of the Seahawks’ versatile defensive back and the Kansas City Chiefs’ leading rusher. It also will be a reunion of two of the best athletes to come out of Port Arthur, Texas.

Babineaux went to Lincoln High School, while Charles was an all-state player at Memorial High School. Babineaux is 28, while Charles is 23. But there is a connection – their desire to give back to the community. Read more »


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Babs the Reporter

In the Seahawks locker room just after the announcement that Charlie Whitehurst would start at quarterback this week I was talking with veteran receiver Brandon Stokley when future sports reporter Jordan Babineaux grabbed the microphone and asked if he could do the interview. “Go for it,” I said, and here is his work followed by Stokley’s assessment of Jordan’s interview skills.

Babineaux attended the NFL’s broadcast boot camp in the off season and obviously learned a few new skills. I agree with Brandon, Babs did a great job.


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Photoblog: Seahawks vs Arizona

The Seahawks returned home to Qwest Field after a four-week absence to face the division rival Arizona Cardinals.

Seahawks defensive end Red Bryant fired up his teammates on the field in pregame warmups, then inspired them in the locker room right before kickoff.

The Seahawks special teams were introduced during pregame, and kick return specialist Leon Washington emerged from the tunnel waving the 12th Man flag.

Seattle's special teams set the tone early, with Jordan Babineaux and Matt McCoy taking down Arizona's LaRod Stephens-Howling.

Jordan Babineaux celebrates after a big hit on special teams.

Seattle free safety Earl Thomas returns an interception off of Arizona quarterback Max Hall, the first of five takeaways for the Seahawks.

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Wednesday in Hawkville

A recap of the day’s activities:

FOCUS ON

Jordan Babineaux. Instead of looking at his release on Sunday in a derogatory way, the versatile defensive back just considered it getting an extra day off.

“I’m here now. I’m back,” Babineaux said before practicing with the Seahawks as the continued to prepare for Sunday’s regular-season opener against the San Francisco 49ers at Qwest Field.

“Really, it was like I was never gone. I just kind of took Monday off.”

Now that he’s back, Babineaux has stepped back into his usual roles: backup to first-round draft choice Earl Thomas at free safety; extra corner in the nickel or dime; and special teams player.

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