On this date

A look at the memorable – and not-so-memorable – moments in Seahawks history that occurred on Dec. 13:

1980: The Chargers take a 21-0 halftime lead and hold on for a 21-14 victory in San Diego, as Jim Jodat and Steve Largent score second-half touchdowns.

1981: Kenny Easley and John Harris intercept passes and Dave Krieg throws a touchdown pass to David Hughes, but it’s not enough in a 23-13 loss to the Broncos at Mile High Stadium.

1987: Dave Krieg throws three touchdown passes, including two to Ray Butler, and the defense sacks John Elway four times and intercepts him twice in a 28-21 victory over the Broncos at the Kingdome.

1992: Hershel Walker scores a touchdown with less than five minutes to play in regulation to tie the score and Roger Ruzek kicks a 44-yard field goal in overtime to give the Eagles a 20-17 victory at the Kingdome. The defense sacks Randall Cunningham 10 times, including 2½ by Rufus Porter and Robert Blackmon and two by Cortez Kennedy, but the offense generates only 87 total yards.

1998: Cortez Kennedy returns a fumble 39 yards for a touchdown and the defense also intercepts a club-record seven passes in a 38-17 victory over the Chargers.

2009: Andre Johnson catches 10 passes for 184 yards and two touchdowns – in the first half – as the Texans hand the Seahawks a 34-7 loss in Houston.


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Cyber surfing: Monday

Good morning. Here’s what was “out there” about the Seahawks over the weekend and if for today, Dec. 5:

Mike Sando at ESPN.com brightens your Monday morning after a Seahawk-less Sunday by offering a look at how the team can make the playoffs: “The scenarios I put together show Dallas winning the NFC East at 8-8. The Giants, Bears and Falcons would miss the playoffs at 8-8. Arizona or Seattle would emerge as the fifth seed, with 9-7 Detroit as the sixth seed.

Sando also takes a look at Tarvaris Jackson’s resurgent performance from Thursday night’s 31-14 victory over the Eagles: “Jackson completed 13 of 16 passes for 190 yards and one touchdown. He posted the second-highest passer rating (137.0) of his career as a starter. His Total QBR score (76.9) beat the previous season high he set against Atlanta in Week 4 (68.2).”

Jerry Brewer at the Seattle Times says the Seahawks can measure their progress with a solid second half, and they’re already off to a 3-1 start: “Pete Carroll is the stubborn male driver who won’t stop to ask for directions. Scream all you want that he’s going the wrong way. He’s not listening. He believes too much in his way. And unlike the typical stubborn male driver, Carroll might actually arrive at his destination in a timely manner. Despite causing some early season consternation, the Seahawks coach and executive vice president now has his team in position to maximize this rebuilding season. The Seahawks, who have one of the youngest rosters in the NFL, have won three of their last four games to rise from among the league’s worst to among its most promising. At 5-7, they have four games remaining, starting Dec. 12 against St. Louis, and if they can finish well, it would mark an encouraging turnaround and perhaps signal the end of the most painful part of this transition.”

Eric Williams at the News Tribune profiles Brandon Mebane, the Seahawks’ hard-to-overlook nose tackle: “ ‘Brandon was born to be a prototypical NFL defensive lineman,” said Crenshaw football coach Robert Garrett, who coached Mebane in high school. “God put him on earth to do that. He’s fulfilling God’s will. We all have a purpose in life. And I appreciate that.’ ”

John Boyle of the Everett Herald says the Seahawks are forging an identity, and it starts with running the ball: “With this season now three quarters over, two things have become clear during the past month. One, the Seahawks are not going back to the playoffs this season. And two — something perhaps more important for the long-term future of this team — Seattle just might have found its identity. ‘This is what we’ve been talking about since the day I got here and I’m thrilled,’ Pete Carroll said of Seattle’s Thursday win over Philadelphia, his team’s third victory in four games. ‘I’m thrilled to see the format coming together because we’re just getting started with it too.’ “

Here at Seahawks.com, we take a look at the Seahawks’ “Killer B’s,” most noticeably Red Bryant, Brandon Browner, Doug Baldwin and Alan Branch: “One already has broken the club single-season record for blocked field goals, while another is a yard shy of the mark for return yards off interceptions. One joined the team this season as a rookie free agent, but is the club’s leading receiver. Another was added in free agency, and has been a key reason for the team’s ability to stop the run. Individually, they are – in order – Red Bryant, Brandon Browner, Doug Baldwin and Alan Branch. Collectively, they are the “Killer B’s” who have helped spark a second-half resurgence that has seen the Seahawks win three of their past four games.”

We’re also got “Catching Up With” profiles on Paul Skansi and Rufus Porter, as well as a look at how the win over the Eagles came by using a blueprint that coach Pete Carroll has been talking about since he walked in the door: “Thirty-three rushing attempts for 174 yards and two touchdowns. Only 16 pass attempts, but 13 completions and another touchdown. Four interceptions, including one returned for a touchdown and two others that setup touchdowns. A solid game from the special teams. Five penalties for 30 yards. Pete Carroll the coach morphed into Pete Carroll the architect on Friday, and even allowed himself a moment to appreciate just how closely the Seahawks’ 31-14 victory over the visiting Philadelphia Eagles on Thursday night followed his plan for how he wants his team to play. ‘We’ve been trying to throw this game for some time now,’ Carroll said. ‘We’ve thrown it out there for a month now. It’s been a month solid of playing in the same style. This was cleaner than the other games, and maybe that’s a step forward for us.’ ”

For a look at the rest of the league in Week 13, there John Clayton’s “Last Call” at ESPN.com; Clark Judge’s “Judgements” at CBSSports.com; and Don Banks’ “Snap Judgments” at SI.com.


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It’s news to Rufus

Rufus Porter was the only player voted to two spots on the Seahawks’ 35th Anniversary team. But the talented outside linebacker/rush-end and extra-special specials teams player might have been the last to find out.

“I’m just hearing this from you,” Porter said through a large smile on Sunday, as he was waiting in Touchdown City to do an interview on 710 ESPN and later raise the 12th MAN flag prior to kickoff of the Seahawks’ game against the Redskins.

“Man, that is outstanding. To have the fans remember you like that after all these years, that is truly an honor.”

The reason Porter had not heard about his double honor was because we couldn’t track him down, despite repeated calls to various phone numbers and people during the process.

But when the readers of Seahawks.com cast their votes, they definitely remembered No. 97. Porter was one of the outside linebackers, opposite Chad Brown; and also the selection for the special teams player, for a franchise were special teams play always has been emphasized.

Here’s the story on Porter and Fredd Young being voted to the 35th Anniversary team.


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On this date

A look at the memorable moments in Seahawks history that occurred on Nov. 25:

1984: Dave Krieg passes for 406 yards and three touchdowns, including an 80-yarder to Daryl Turner on the first play of the game, in a 27-24 victory over the Broncos at Mile High Stadium. Steve Largent catches 12 passes for 191 yards and a TD as the Seahawks win their seventh consecutive game.

1990: Norm Johnson kicks a 40-yard field goal 3:01 into overtime in a 13-10 victory over the Chargers in San Diego. The defense does its part, as Patrick Hunter forces a fumble that is recovered by Jacob Green with 48 seconds left in regulation; and Nesby Glasgow forces a fumble that is recovered by Rufus Porter at the Chargers’ 23-yard line 1:34 into overtime to setup Johnson’s game-winner.

2007: Leonard Weaver scores on a 5-yard run with less than six minutes to play in 24-19 victory over the Rams in St. Louis, as the Seahawks score the final 17 points in the game. Their only points in the first half come on Josh Wilson’s 89-yard kickoff return for a touchdown.


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On this date

A look at the memorable moments in Seahawks history that occurred on Nov. 24:

1991: The defense holds the Broncos on downs twice in Seahawks territory in the final 4:49 of a 13-10 victory at the Kingdome. Rufus Porter leads the effort with three of the team’s five sacks and the Seahawks also force four turnovers.

2002: The teams combine for a NFL-record 64 first downs as the Seahawks beat the Chiefs 39-32 in Seattle. Shaun Alexander runs for 145 yards and two touchdowns, Matt Hasselbeck passes for 362 yards and three and Koren Robinson catches eight passes for 168 yards and TD to offset a 307-combined yards, three-TD performance by the Chiefs’ Priest Holmes.


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Class reunions

Our recap of the Seahawks’ 1997 season focused on the arrivals that changed the course of the franchise – starting with owner Paul Allen, but also including free-agent addition Chad Brown and draft choices Walter Jones and Shawn Springs.

All three players were voted to the 35th Anniversary team, making ’97 one of eight years when more than one member of the reader-selected team joined the Seahawks.

But which “class” is the class of the 35th Anniversary team? Check out their credentials and then vote for your favorite:

1976 – Steve Largent and Dave Brown. These two were there at the start. Largent arrived in an Aug. 26 trade with the Houston Oilers and went on to set franchise records – and, at the time he retired after the 1989 season, NFL records – for receptions (819), receiving yards (13,089) and TD catches (100). Brown was obtained in the March 30 veteran allocation draft and became the club’s all-time leader in interceptions (50) and interception returns for touchdowns (five).

1982 – Joe Nash and Norm Johnson. Each arrived after the NFL draft, as a rookie free agent. Each performed like a first-round draft choice. In 15 seasons, Nash played in more games than anyone in franchise history (218). He also shares the all-time lead in blocked field goals (eight), ranks third in tackles (779) and sixth in sacks (47½). Johnson holds the club record for points scored (810), field goals (159) and PATs (333).

1984 – Bryan Millard and Fredd Young. Millard came to the Seahawks after playing two seasons in the old USFL, while Young was a third-round draft choice and went to the Pro Bowl twice as a linebacker and twice as a special teams performer. Millard started 99 games and was the best lineman in franchise history until Jones was selected in the first-round of the 1997 draft. Young led the team in tackles for three consecutive seasons (1985-87).

1988 – Brian Blades and Rufus Porter. Blades was the team’s top choice, selected in the second round. Porter was a free-agent addition, and a late one at that. Blades ranks second to Largent in receptions (581) and receiving yards (7,620), and he’s No. 5 in TD catches (34). He caught 80 and 81 passes in 1993 and ’94, the most productive two-season stretch in franchise history. Porter is the only player voted to two spots on the 35th Anniversary team – linebacker and special teams player. He ranks No. 7 in sacks (37½), including a club-leading 10 in 1991; and led the team in special teams tackles in back-to-back seasons (1988-89).

1991 – Michael Sinclair and Rick Tuten. Sinclair was a sixth-round draft choice, while Tuten was signed on Oct. 9 – the third punter used by the Seahawks that season. Sinclair ranks second on the club’s all-time list in sacks (73½), including a league-leading 16½ in 1998. He also led the team in sacks three other times. Tuten, who punted a league-high 108 times in 1992, is the club’s all-time leader in punts (554), yards (24,266) and punts inside the 20 (147).

1997 – Chad Brown, Shawn Springs and Walter Jones. Brown was the team’s big free-agent addition, while Springs and Jones were acquired with the third and sixth picks in the draft. Brown led the team in tackles for three consecutive seasons (1997-99). He ranks No. 3 in fumble recoveries (13), No. 4 in tackles (744) and No. 5 in sacks (48).  Springs is tied for fifth in interceptions (20), and returned two for touchdowns. Jones was voted to a franchise-high nine Pro Bowls and ranks second to Largent (197) in games started (180).

2000 – Robbie Tobeck and Shaun Alexander. Tobeck was signed in free agency, after playing his first six NFL seasons with the Atlanta Falcons. Alexander was selected in the first round of the draft. From his center position, Tobeck anchored the line that helped Alexander become the franchise’s all-time leader in rushing yards (9,429) and touchdowns (100). Their best season came in 2005, when Alexander was voted the league MVP after leading the NFL in rushing and scoring a then-NFL record 28 TDs; and Tobeck was voted to the only Pro Bowl of his career.

2001 – Matt Hasselbeck, Steve Hutchinson and Bobby Engram. Hasselbeck was acquired in a March trade with the Green Bay Packers. Hutchinson was a first-round pick in the April draft. Engram was signed in September, after being released by the Chicago Bears. The Seahawks never would have made it to the Super Bowl in 2005 without these three – as Hasselbeck passed for 3,459 yards and 24 TDs; Hutchinson joined Jones to form the most formidable side of any line in football; and Engram led the team with 67 receptions. Hasselbeck has become the franchise leader in career completions (2,572) and passing yards (29,579) and ranks second in TD passes (176). Hutchinson was voted to three consecutive Pro Bowls (2003-05). Engram also set a franchise record with 94 receptions in 2007.

Impressive stuff. But which “class” was the most impressive? You make the call …


Cyber surfing: Thursday

Good morning. Here’s what’s “out there” about the Seahawks for today, May 26:

John Clayton of ESPN.com takes a look at possible suitors for Eagles QB Kevin Kolb, and what it might take to prey him away from Philly. Clayton lists the Arizona Cardinals as the leading team to make a pitch for the promising passer, at 2-1 odds. He has the Seahawks at 10-1, offering: “Pete Carroll has said he’s interested in Kolb, but will the Seahawks offer a first-round pick to acquire him? At the very least, they can stay in the bidding and make the Cardinals pay more for Kolb.”

Playing off Clayton’s story, ESPN.com NFC West blogger Mike Sando has a poll asking how much the Cardinals or Seahawks should pay for Kolb. You can vote here.

Sando also has a quarter breakdown of when the NFC West sack leaders generated them last season. The Seahawks’ Chris Clemons led the division with 11, and five came in the third quarter.

Pat Kirwan at NFL.com ranks the league’s QBs and has Hasselbeck at No. 22, in Group E that also includes David Garrard, Chad Henne, Donovan McNabb and Matthew Stafford, offering: “He had seven touchdowns to one interception in the playoffs and still has some tread left on the tires. He’s a free agent and hopefully he stays in Seattle. His 11 postseason games, including a trip to the Super Bowl, is the kind of experience a team will need if the lockout goes deep into the summer.” Kirwan has Kolb at No. 28, in Group F.

The owners’ annual spring meeting has ended, but the lockout continues. And there are several interesting points of view on the situation available:

Commissioner Roger Goodell told reporters during his wrap-up session at the meetings that the league already is seeing the negative impact of the work stoppage – including Goodell being booed by fans at the NFL Draft last month. Said Goodell: “I think it’s clearly had an impact on our fans already. You see that in the various metrics we have, whether it’s ratings or traffic on NFL.com – we see that.”

Joe Linta, an agent who represents 45 NFL players, told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that he would like a copy of the owners’ latest proposal on a new CBA so he can take it to his clients. Says Linta: “These guys are driving these players right off a cliff right now. I told a father of one of my players who got drafted, it’s 50-50 this season is not going to happen. These coaches are starting to go looney-toon too.”

Dolphins linebacker Channing Crowder, told the South Florida Sun-Sentinel that the quality of play will be down and the risk of injury down because the players are missing offseason minicamps and OTAs. Crowder also said he thinks some players are starting to run out of money. Says Crowder: “You have the first-, second-year guys – they buy a house, they buy a $100,000 car and now they’re broke and they had just enough money to make it to this next season. And I know it. I know plenty of guys that are like that and (there are) already guys trying to take loans out.”

Andrew Brandt, a former league executive and agent, writes on ESPN.com that it’s time for the players and their representatives to adopt a new strategy. Offers Brandt, ESPN’s business analyst: “I sincerely hope for two things in the coming weeks: 1. That the NFLPA’s Plan B – if the players lose on appeal – is a willingness to move from litigation to negotiation and make a deal; 2. That the NFL – if it wins on appeal – uses the leverage of an indefinite lockout fairly and reasonably with its most important partner, the players, for a deal that will define their relationship for years to come. As the NFL has found out, no one wins with a one-sided agreement.”

Les Carpenter of YahooSports.com says the union never should have decertified. Writes Carpenter: “For all of his shouting and table pounding and proclamations that the NFL Players Association “went to the mattresses” with the NFL, here is where DeMaurice Smith has his decertified union two months into the lockout: about to argue a case it will probably not win in a labor battle his constituents will soon tire of fighting.”

The NFL Coaches Association, headed by former Seahawks assistant coach Larry Kennan, has filed a brief supporting the players’ efforts to end the lockout. According to the report from the Associated Press, “No individual coaches were identified in the brief, which said that the eight new coaches hired this year face particularly daunting odds of success if the lockout is not lifted soon.”

Here at Seahawks.com, we continue our series of articles profiling the players voted to the 35th Anniversary team. The latest is on a pair of special teams aces who became productive linebackers: Fredd Young and Rufus Porter. We’ve also got a look at the top Pro Bowl-to-seasons played performers in franchise history.


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No. 50 and No. 97, where are you?

Remember the old TV sitcom “Car 54, Where Are You”? Maybe not.

It ran on NBC from 1961-63, and later in syndication from 1987-90 on Nick at Nite. It was about two Bronx cops – Gunther Toody (played by Joe E. Ross) and Francis Muldoon (Fred Gwynne, pre-Munsters) – who spent most of the show in their patrol car.

Well, we’ve spent the past few months looking for two of the players the readers of Seahawks.com voted to the 35th Anniversary team: No. 50, Fredd Young; and No. 97, Rufus Porter.

You obviously remember them, and for good reason. All they did between them is go to six Pro Bowls, lead the team in tackles three times and sacks once and generate 4,670 votes for the reader-selected team. Porter made it as an outside linebacker and the special teams player. Young was voted an inside linebacker and finished second to Porter in the special teams voting.

But we can’t find them. Despite repeated calls to a small directory of numbers. We reached disconnected numbers. Numbers that no longer are in service. Numbers that simply rang and rang, and then rang some more. Numbers where nothing happened after they were dialed.

We asked former teammates if they had contact numbers for them. We tried the sports information department at Louisiana Tech, where Porter’s son is a linebacker. We tried the Indianapolis Colts, the team Young played for after leaving the Seahawks. We contacted their alma maters – Southern University for Porter and New Mexico State for Young.

But still no connection. So, if you know the whereabouts of two of the best players in franchise history, let us know.

Regardless, enjoy the story of these two very-special players – the 16th in a series of articles featuring the players you voted to the 35th Anniversary team.


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