Hot off the heels of cornerback Richard Sherman’s celebrity softball game for charity at Tacoma’s Cheney Stadium, running back Marshawn Lynch will host a star-studded community benefit of his own in his hometown of Oakland, Calif.
The Seahawks’ “Beast Mode” back and Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Josh Johnson – Lynch’s cousin – will put on a three-day event in support of their Fam 1st Family Foundation at Oakland Technical High School, where both Lynch and Johnson attended.
The action kicks off on Thursday, July 11 with their second annual talent show for youth ages 4-18 who submitted videos showcasing their skills to Lynch’s foundation. Twelve entries were chosen to participate in Thursday’s live show in front of a panel of celebrity judges. Cash prizes, a scholarship to the Art Institute of San Francisco, autographed jerseys, gift baskets and more will be presented to first-, second-, and third-place finishers. Tickets to Thursday’s event will be sold at the door – $5 for youth ages 5-17 and $10 for ages 18 and up.
On Friday, July 12, Lynch and Johnson will entertain a family bowling night at Albany Bowl in Albany, Calif. Tickets for Friday’s event supporting Lynch’s foundation are $30 in advance and $40 at the door, if available.
The Bay Area celebration culminates on Saturday, July 13, back at Oakland Tech where Lynch and Johnson will put on the seventh annual Fam 1st Family Youth Football Camp. The free camp runs from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. and will give 600+ youth the chance to work with professional athletes on their football skills, sportsmanship, teamwork, and how to better themselves off the field. Registration closed off last month, but Lynch’s charity website notes they will be accepting day-of-camp applications.
Good morning, and here’s what’s “out there” for today, Tuesday, July 9, about your Seattle Seahawks:
ESPN Insider Matt Bowen has a detailed feature on how to stop free safety Earl Thomas. Bowen looks at what makes the All-Pro/Pro Bowl fourth-year player so unique, pointing to Thomas’ range, speed, hips, and footwork. It’s an ESPN Insider feature, but here is a small snippet from Bowen’s work:
“There is no question this Seattle secondary of Thomas, Chancellor and cornerbacks Richard Sherman and Brandon Browner will be challenged during the 2013 season, especially with the multitude of upgrades to the receiving units of NFC West teams. But Thomas is still the key. He has an ideal skill set for the Seahawks’ defense. And if you want to make some plays versus the free safety (along with the rest of the Seattle secondary), the combination routes and tight end matchups would be at the top of my call sheet on game days.”
Thomas saw the ESPN piece and welcomes the challenge, clamoring for any opportunity to have the ball thrown his way:
ESPN.com NFC West blogger Mike Sando returns from vacation and gears back up with his morning look around the NFC West.
Bob Condotta on the Seattle Times joined Sports Radio 950 KJR AM’s Jason Puckett to talk about Richard Sherman’s Celebrity Softball Game and Seahawks expectations heading into 2013 in the podcast below:
Rebecca Wright of The Windsor Star has a story on rookie tight end Luke Willson, who recently returned to his local sports roots of Essex, Ontario, Canada to support the Essex Ravens junior and varsity teams.
Braden Gall of AthlonSports.com ranks the League’s 32 quarterbacks. The Seahawks’ Russell Wilson comes in at No. 12 – what is it about that number, anyway? It’s everywhere. Here’s what Gall had to say about the club’s second-year signal caller:
“Wilson has a lot of Drew Brees to his game. Undersized, savvy, hard-working, underrated athletically and a lightning-quick right arm. Cut from the Rodgers-Luck dual-threat cloth, Wilson is constantly looking to extend the play and make a big throw. He can run around and pick up first downs with his legs if need be, but he’s also adept at throwing on the run. This, and his compact frame, gives him a better chance at staying healthy over other true dual-threats. His statistical and win-loss records as a starter both in college and his first year in the pros speak for themselves.”
Today is the final day to vote in round two of NFL.com’s bracket to determine the greatest uniform in League history, where as of this posting the Seahawks’ current uniforms (No. 6 seed) have more than double the votes of the current jerseys of the New York Giants (No. 3). Voting ends at 3 p.m. PT.
Here at Seahawks.com, Clare Farnsworth continues his 2013 positional preview series with a look at the club’s secondary, which includes some compassionate comments from head coach Pete Carroll on Thomas: “…there’s no end to the potential that Earl has, because he’s so fast and he’s so tough. But more than that, he’s just so driven to be great. He’s just driven to be a great player and a great teammate.”
Team photographers Rod Mar and Corky Trewin bring us a combined 159 frames from Sherman’s celebrity softball game at Tacoma’s Cheney Stadium.
In news around the rest of the NFL, New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan reportedly ran with the bulls – twice – at the San Fermin festival in Pamplona, Spain. According to the Jets, Ryan escaped without injury.
And it’s about a week old now, but Richard Owens of NFL Films has a unique behind-the-scenes Q & A session with NFL Films music composer Dave Robidoux, who has won nine Emmy awards for his work with the organization.
Good morning, and here’s what’s “out there” for today, Monday, July 8, about your Seattle Seahawks:
A packed-house of about 7,000 fans came out yesterday to Tacoma’s Cheney Stadium for cornerback Richard Sherman’s inaugural celebrity softball game benefiting helpingahero.org, “Blanket Coverage – The Richard Sherman Family Foundation“, and other local charities. Here at Seahawks.com we covered the event extensively through our social media channels and will have photo gallery and video features up on the website later today. Stay tuned.
Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times has his recap of yesterday’s celebrity softball game.
Eric Williams of the Tacoma News Tribune details yesterday’s charity event put on by Sherman.
Fresh off of his honeymoon to Thailand, John Boyle of the Everett Herald has his take on Sherman’s inaugural event.
Danny O’Neil of 710Sports.com dissects the Seahawks’ defensive line heading into training camp.
John Breech of CBSSports.com ranks the NFC West as the best division in football.
Clark Judge of CBSSports.com has his Seahawks tranining camp preview.
Wide receiver Golden Tate talks with SiriusXM Blitz in this short audio podcast below:
Mark Schlereth and Cris Carter of ESPN’s NFL Live discuss the club’s biggest weakness heading into 2013, pointing to a lack of a consistent pass rush.
The Seahawks’ current uniforms have made it to round two of Dave Dameshek’s bracket to determine the Greatest Uniform in NFL History, where they are matched up against the current unis of the New York Giants. The Seahawks hold a favorable advantage over the Giants right now, but voting runs through Tuesday, July 9 at 2 p.m. PT, so be sure to keep casting those votes.
In news around the League, six players have been declared eligible for the July 11 supplemental NFL draft.
And Kansas City Chiefs defensive lineman Austen Lane has taken over Peter King’s Monday Morning Quarterback column for SI.com.