On this date: Enter CenturyLink

A look at some memorable moments in Seahawks history that occurred on June 23:

1997: Metropolitan King County Council votes 9-3 to approve a new stadium for the Seahawks, a move necessary for Paul Allen to complete his purchase of the team from Ken Behring.

2011: The Seahawks’ home stadium is renamed CenturyLink Field. The facility had been called Qwest Field since 2004.


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On this date: Nickname ‘Seahawks’ selected

A look at some memorable moments in Seahawks history that occurred on June 17:

1975: The nickname “Seahawks” is selected for Seattle’s NFL team that will begin playing in the 1976 season. “Seahawks” was selected from 20,365 entries, which included 1,741 different names.

1997: Washington state voters pass Referendum 48 that approves funds for a new stadium for the Seahawks, a move necessary for Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen to complete his purchase of the franchise from Ken Behring. The Referendum got 51.1 percent of the votes (820,354) statewide, including 56.4 percent (275,358) in King County.


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Remembering Faye Allen

Faye Allen, the mother of Seahawks owner Paul Allen, died Saturday of complications from Alzheimer’s disease. She was 90.

“She was a shining light for everyone that knew her,” her son said in a statement.

This final-chapter announcement should come with a “Read all about” tagline because of Faye Allen’s love of books and reading.

As Maureen O’Hagan put it in the obituary that ran in Sunday’s Seattle Times: “Talk to just about anyone who knew Faye Allen, and they’ll invariably mention books. She read them feverishly; she collected them by the thousands; she talked about them with anyone who would listen; and ultimately, she helped create an everlasting gift of books for the people of Seattle. ‘You wouldn’t find a person more dedicated to the power of books than Faye Allen, especially children’s books,’ said Terry Collings, former executive director of The Seattle Public Library Foundation. Mrs. Allen helped secure a $22.5 million gift to be used by the library system for years to come.”

From his Twitter account, Paul Allen (@PaulGAllen) linked to this story on his Vulcan Inc. website which has several candid photos of him and his mother, as well as more information about Alzheimer’s disease.


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On this date: Mirer drafted

A look at some memorable moments in Seahawks history that occurred on April 25:

1991: Chuck Knox signs a two-year contract extension through 1993, but the ’91 season would be his ninth and final with the Seahawks as the extension includes a buyout clause.

1993: Rick Mirer is selected with the second overall pick in the NFL Draft. Following a productive rookie season when he started all 16 games and passed for 2,833 yards, Mirer would start 35 games over the next three seasons before being traded to the Bears in 1997.

1997: The Washington State Legislature passes the stadium-funding plan for Seahawks Stadium – Referendum 48. It is the next step necessary for Paul Allen to complete his purchase of the franchise from Ken Behring.

2008: Mike Holmgren wins the Horrigan Award, which is presented annually to the NFL executive who helps the media do its job. Not having won the award had become a running joke with the team’s coach and reporters who covered the Seahawks.

2009: Aaron Curry is selected with the fourth pick overall in the NFL Draft. Hailed as the “safest pick” in that year’s draft class, Curry would start 30 games at linebacker before being traded to the Raiders during the 2011 season.


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On this date: Allen purchases option to buy team

A look at some memorable moments in Seahawks history that occurred on April 20:

1993: Ray Donaldson, a Pro Bowl center from the Lions, signs with the Seahawks in free agency. He started 32 games in two seasons with the club.

1996: Paul Allen, the billionaire cofounder of Microsoft, purchases an option to buy the Seahawks from owner Ken Behring. On the same day, guard Pete Kendall is selected in the first round of the NFL Draft. Kendall would start 75 games in five seasons with the team.

2002: Former University of Washington tight end Jerramy Stevens is selected in the first round of the NFL Draft. Stevens would start 26 games in five seasons with the team and catch 45 passes in 2005 – which was then the franchise record for the position.


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Tuesday cyber surfing: A different kind of star turn for Lynch

NEW YORK – Good morning. Here’s what’s “out there” about the Seahawks for today, April 3:

Eric Williams at the New Tribune has the details on Marshawn Lynch’s latest star turn: “Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch crashed through the front door of a bank with a ski mask over his head, toting a rifle in an apparent bank heist. But Lynch, who recently signed a four-year, $32 million deal to stay in Seattle, certainly doesn’t need cash. He’s just exploring a new hobby as an actor, playing a small role as a tough guy in the movie “Matt’s Chance” by Seattle filmmaker Nicholas Gyeney. ‘I saw that in ‘Call of Duty,’ joked Lynch, crouching with his rifle aimed at one of his fellow bank robbers at the conclusion of the scene.”

Bob Condotta at the Seattle Times reports on the passing of motivational speaker Lou Tice, who was an influence on Seahawks coach Pete Carroll, among others: “In 2002, Tice played a critical role in the formation of ‘A Better LA,’ a nonprofit foundation Carroll formed in Southern California while he was the USC football coach with the aim of reducing violence in the city. ‘He’s helped me figure out my approach and my philosophy,’ said Carroll, the Seahawks’ coach since 2010. ‘He has done way more than that. He has been a global contributor for change.’ ”

The bloggers at ESPN.com held their own mock draft, and NFC West blogger Mike Sando reviews his selections for the team in the division – including the Seahawks at No. 12: “I wondered going into the mock whether Boston College linebacker Luke Kuechly might be available for Seattle in this slot. Would the team take an inside linebacker that early? San Francisco fared well taking Patrick Willis with the 11th pick in 2007. Scot McCloughan, now a top Seahawks personnel executive, was the driving force behind the Willis decision. Would the Seahawks see Kuechly in a similar light? They do need help at linebacker, after all. The thought became a fleeting one when Kuechly went to Carolina at No. 9. That made it easier to focus on the highest-rated pass-rushers. Quinton Coples was the choice because he seemed to be the most talented one available, based on scouting reports.”

Here at Seahawks.com, well, we are here – in New York City – for today’s unveiling of the team’s new uniform: “It’s the event a lot of fans have been waiting for – and yes, some even clamoring for – especially those in Seahawks Nation. With Nike taking over as the supplier to the league, after Reebok’s 10-year deal with the NFL expired over the weekend, the new uniforms for each team will be unveiled Tuesday in New York. Nike, the league and the individual teams have been clandestine and then some when it comes to keeping the details of just what to expect under wraps. But whenever the innovative, swoosh-driven company from Beaverton, Ore., gets involved you can bet we’re talking about a whole different uni-verse from what the Seahawks have been wearing the past 10 seasons.”

And the folks at NFL.com linked to our story about the new uniforms and the comments from former Oregon cornerback Walter Thurmond, who knows more than most about the Nike way of doing things: “They change the uniforms (at Oregon) every two years, so I got my opportunity to wear a couple different ones,” Thurmond said. “… I think (Seahawks chairman) Paul Allen wanted an upgrade as far as the jerseys are concerned. I think the Nike team did a great job.”

Yes, it’s Tuesday. But Peter King’s “Monday Morning Quarterback” at SI.com hadn’t been posted in time to include it yesterday.


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Monday cyber surfing: It’s all about Lynch

Good morning. Here’s what’s “out there” about the Seahawks for today, March 5:

Danny O’Neil at the Seattle Times has the word on the big news of the day – Marshawn Lynch re-signing with the Seahawks: “The man who got the Seahawks’ running game moving again won’t be going anywhere. Marshawn Lynch has re-signed with Seattle, the team announced Sunday night. It’s the first significant move for the Seahawks this offseason as they try to sustain the momentum they gained on the ground toward the end of last season. Lynch, 25, rushed for 1,204 yards in 2011, making him the first Seahawk in six years to surpass 1,000 yards rushing in a season. He also scored a touchdown in 11 consecutive games, setting a franchise record.”

Eric Williams at the News Tribune also looks at Lynch’s signing: “By signing Lynch, the Seahawks return the identity of the team’s offense in 2011, and can now focus on signing other soon-to-be free agents that they’d like to bring back, including defensive end Red Bryant, running back Mike Robinson and tight end John Carlson.”

John Boyle at the Everett Herald also has the news on Lynch: “The question wasn’t so much whether Marshawn Lynch would be a Seahawk next season, but rather what the long-term future held for the running back. And on Sunday, the Seahawks announced that Lynch will be a part of the team’s long-term plans, and not just their immediate future, having signed him to a multi-year contract.”

Here at Seahawks.com, we explore the importance of retaining Lynch: “But with Lynch, it’s not just the yards he gains and the touchdowns he scores, but how he does it – with a “Beast Mode” style that has to be seen to be believed. And the closer, the better. At the Combine, Bucky Brooks said no back in the league runs as hard as Lynch. ‘Without question. No doubt. No one else runs that hard, with that determination,’ said Brooks, a former NFL wide receiver and scout for the Seahawks who is now an analyst for NFL.com. During the season, and on several occasions, Pro Bowl fullback Michael Robinson marveled at what Lynch was able to accomplish – especially the way he accomplished it. At one point, Robinson said he never had seen a back generate as much power on one leg as Lynch – which explains his ability to emerge from piles of would-be tacklers and gain yards that just don’t seem to be there. ‘That’s the way he is. That’s the type of guy he is,’ Robinson said. ‘He walks aggressively. Marshawn does everything he does aggressively. That’s what you like about him.’ ”

There’s also a look at Lynch’s highlights in video and photos.

We’ve also got a look at the new-look CenturyLink Field: “The Seahawks’ home field that is very much an advantage turns 10 this year. And by any name – now CenturyLink Field; Qwest Field before that; and Seahawks Stadium before that – the state-of-the-art facility has been very good to the Seahawks. Since moving into their new digs in 2002, they are 56-30 – 51-29 in the regular season and 5-1 in the postseason. They won their first conference championship there, after the 2005 season. They pulled off one of the biggest playoff upsets in league history there, by defeating the defending Super Bowl champion New Orleans Saints in a 2010 wild-card game. They have sold out 77 consecutive games, as their 12th MAN crowd has turned the place into one of the noisiest venues in professional sports. So it’s only appropriate that CenturyLink Field is getting some upgrades – or birthday presents, if you will. A new state-of-the-art FieldTurf playing surface has been installed, and Sounders FC already is playing on it. The scoreboards in the north and south end zones are currently being replaced. It’s a combination that will allow CenturyLink Field to play better, and look better – for the team, as well as its beyond-faithful fans. ‘We want to maintain a standard of excellence,’ said Lance Lopes, senior vice president/general counsel. ‘So we felt we could have a better field than we had with this new product.’ ”

Mike Sando at ESPN.com says re-signing Lynch was the best option for the Seahawks and the team’s leading rusher: “The way things work for running backs, Marshawn Lynch should be more relieved than the Seahawks after signing a four-year deal with the team Sunday. The deal, announced by the team, should give Lynch more financial security than he would have enjoyed as a franchise player. Every year is precious for running backs. Their production tends to fall off sharply from about age 28 forward. Lynch is only 25 and is coming off a 1,200-yard season, but if the Seahawks were to draft a power back in April, Lynch’s long-term job security would have suffered in the absence of a longer-term commitment from Seattle.”

For a look at the rest of the league, there’s Peter King’s “Monday Morning Quarterback” at SI.com, which also includes this on Lynch: “The signing of Marshawn Lynch to a four-year deal last night — actually, Seattle GM John Schneider had the deal all but done after a negotiating session at the Scouting Combine in Indianapolis that ended at 3:15 a.m. nine days ago — is a boost for a team on the rise. Lynch is a young player still; he doesn’t turn 26 until next month, so when he finishes this contract he’ll be 29 years old. In his five NFL seasons, he hasn’t been beaten up; he’s averaged 227 carries a season. The Seahawks went on a strong run with him late in the season, going 5-4 (with all four losses by 10 points or less) and beating Philadelphia and Baltimore in the process. In those nine games, Lynch, who revels in being called “BeastMode” for his style of running, gained 104 rushing yards a game, on average, and changed Seattle’s identity. A fun-loving, Skittles-chomping player, Lynch even got the sedate billionaire owner of the Seahawks, Paul Allen, excited early this morning on Twitter. ‘BeastMode will be back!! Great news for this young, exciting team & 12th Man.’ “


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Photoblog: Feeling Ravenous

The Seahawks started the second half of the season at a disappointing 2-6, and faced the visting Baltimore Ravens, holders of a gaudy 6-2 record and first place in the AFC North. However, Seattle never trailed and upset Baltimore, 22-17 on Military Appreciation Day at CenturyLink Field.

Hours before kickoff, safety Earl Thomas sat alone at his locker, studying his playbook before facing the Ravens.

In honor of Military Appreciation Day, the Sea Gals showed off their patriotism during their pregame routine.

A U.S. serviceman carried the American Flag and led the Seahawks out of the tunnel during pregame introductions.

As the teams stood for the Star Spangled Banner, fans throughout the stadium joined to perform a card stunt that thanked America's service veterans.

Cornerback Chris Maragos upends Baltimore's Ladarius Webb on a punt return in the first quarter of a hard-hitting game.

Baltimore's David Reed is hammered on a kickoff return and the ball squirts loose, one of his two fumbles recovered by the Seahawks.

Seahawks receiver Doug Baldwin can't get his hands on a pass from Tarvaris Jackson in the end zone and the Seahawks settled for a field goal.

Seahawks defensive end Chris Clemons is collared as he tries to get to Baltimore quarterback Joe Flacco.

Seahawks defensive backs Brandon Browner and Earl Thomas collide in the end zone and nearly intercept a pass from Flacco.

After scrambling out of the pocket, Tarvaris Jackson lets fly after finding Doug Baldwin open downfield.

Baldwin made the catch and looked for running room and the play netted 50 yards.

Seattle kicker Steven Hauschka signals that the Seahawks have recovered Baltimore's second fumbled return of the first half.

In the locker room at halftime, Gus Bradley gave instructions to his defensive unit.

Seattle's defense held up against Baltimore's 52 pass attempts, and Roy Lewis nearly intercepted this pass intended for the Ravens' Torrey Smith.

The Seahawks insisted on establishing their ground game, and it paid off. Marshawn Lynch breaks through a hole on his way to some of his 109 rushing yards.

All in all, seven Seahawks had receptions, including tight end Anthony McCoy who rambled upfield for a 14-yard gain in the second half.

Rookie cornerback Richard Sherman talks to teammates on the sidelines between series.

Receiver Golden Tate played well after an injuries to Sidney Rice and Doug Baldwin. Tate celebrates after his huge 24-yard reception on third down that helped seal the victory.

On Seattle's final drive, Marshawn Lynch followed his blocks and the Seahawks killed the clock with a 13-play drive.

Seahawks Chairman Paul Allen greets players including Michael Robinson as they returned to the locker room after the victory.

Running back Marshawn Lynch and his fullback Michael Robinson celebrate in the locker room.

Marshawn Lynch, who is normally reserved in the locker room, stepped up and spoke to the team after the game.

Head coach Pete Carroll talks to his players and coaches in the happy locker room after upsetting the Ravens.


Cyber surfing: Thursday

Good morning. Here’s what’s “out there” about the Seahawks for today, July 21:

The NFL owners are in Atlanta, and that includes a rare appearance Paul Allen. The Seahawks owner usually delegates these matters, according to Mike Sando of ESPN.com. But with a possible vote on a new CBA in the works, Allen has joined his fellow owners.  

Eric Williams of the News Tribune takes a closer look at Richard Sherman, the cornerback from Stanford who the Seahawks selected in the fifth round of the April NFL Draft. Says Williams: “Sherman fits that mold of a late-round prospect with a big, athletic frame that appears to be a good fit in Seattle’s press corner scheme. However, I think he’s still a work in progress and will be in a dog fight for a spot on the final, 53-man roster, particularly without the benefit of an offseason program learning the tricks of the trade from veterans like Marcus Trufant. But he could be a solid contributor on special teams for Seattle as a gunner on punt and punt returns.”

No one can crunch salary-cap numbers like John Clayton, which he does in his latest offering for ESPN.com. The story actually deals with players who could become cap casualties once the lockout ends and NFL year begins, and no Seahawks are listed. But the hidden nugget is the chart that shows the salary cap status for each team. According to Clayton’s calculations, the Seahawks have more cap space than the other teams in the NFC West.

Danny O’Neil of the Seattle Times continues his four-part preview series on the NFC West with a look at the St. Louis Rams through the words of Jim Thomas, the beat writer for the St. Louis Post Dispatch. Says Thomas: “With the NFC West title and a playoff berth on the line in the 2010 season finale in Seattle, the Rams could muster only six points and 184 yards offense against a less-than-stellar Seahawks defense. If you polled Rams fans in the aftermath of that game, they almost certainly would’ve voted that offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur must go. Shurmur went all right – to Cleveland as the Browns’ new head coach. In fairness, Shurmur’s play calling was limited by personnel issues, and the overall conservative offensive philosophy of head coach Steve Spagnuolo. Which brings us to Josh McDaniels. The one-time “boy wonder” of Bill Belichick’s New England Patriots, McDaniels crashed and burned as a head coach in Denver. But he has a bright offensive mind and a good reputation as a play caller. It was a bold move for the Rams, because McDaniels likes to take chances and throw the ball downfield – something that didn’t happen too often last season in St. Louis. If the line can hold up and the receiving corps stays healthy and develops, Bradford could be the big beneficiary. With no minicamps and OTAs during the lockout, it has been impossible to get a read on how McDaniels will put his stamp on the St. Louis offense. That’s about to change.”

For the give-us-this-day-our-daily-labor-update item, surprise, surprise – the widely reported news of the players ratifying a new CBA on Wednesday didn’t happen. Jason La Canfora at NFL.com has the details. The owners, meanwhile, are meeting in Atlanta today. Offers La Canfora: “NFL owners are meeting in Atlanta, where in 2008 they voted to opt out of the collective bargaining agreement with the players. And it’s in Atlanta where, maybe as soon as Thursday, owners could vote to agree to a new CBA that will end the lockout.”

NFL.com, meanwhile, has this roundup/update on the labor situation, including a video report with Falcons owner Arthur Blank saying, “I’m optimistic that we’ll get a call for a vote today, and I’m optimistic that the ownership will approve a deal today. Whether or not the players will have approved it before we vote, I’m not sure.”

Here at Seahawks.com, we continue our series of articles on the first 35 seasons in franchise history with a look at 2009 – Jim Mora’s first, and last, season as coach of his hometown NFL team.


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Forbes: Seahawks No. 25

Forbes has come out with its annual list of the Top 50 most valuable sports franchises – in the world – and the Seahawks check in at a very respectable No. 25, with an estimated value of $989 million.

Says Forbes: “The Seahawks made the playoffs in January despite a losing record—the first time that has happened in a full NFL season. Owner Paul Allen lured head coach Pete Carroll from USC with a five-year, $35 million contract.”

Just to show how powerful – and profitable – the league is, the Seahawks are the 19th NFL team on the list. All 32 NFL teams made the Top 50, led by the Cowboys are at No. 2 and the Redskins at No. 4.

Sitting in the top spot? The Manchester United soccer team that plays Sounders FC at CenturyLink Field on July 20. Man U. is valued at $1.86 million, and owned by the Glazer Family – which also owns the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who are No. 18 on the list.

Mike Sando at ESPN.com has crunched the XXXL-sized numbers and offers his observations. Says Sando: “If NFL owners cared only about money and not all the other benefits that come with their standing in the sports world, most of them would sell. That thought came to mind upon reading through (the list).”


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