Tuesday round-up: Who is Seattle’s best player?

Free safety Earl Thomas stops by the set of NFL Network to discuss how he and the club are gearing up for 2013

Good morning, and here’s what’s “out there” for today, Tuesday, June 18, about your Seattle Seahawks:

Danny O’Neil of 710 Sports.com called free safety Earl Thomas Seattle’s best player in his most recent column, which sparked a spirited roundtable-discussion between O’Neil, Brock Huard and ESPN’s John Clayton and Mike Sando on “Brock and Danny” – the audio of which can be found below:

Sando has a look around the rest of the NFC West.

ESPN.com’s Jeffri Chadiha says quarterback Russell Wilson faces new pressure in his second season, as he comes to find out what life is like as a “burgeoning superstar.”

Our Clare Farnsworth breaks down ProFootballTalk.com’s exercise in selecting the four heads to represent the club on a Seahawks-themed Mt. Rushmore. Wide receiver Steve Largent, defensive tackle Cortez Kennedy, left tackle Walter Jones, and running back Shaun Alexander are highlighted on their list.

Wide receiver Charly Martin is full-go at the NFL Broadcasting Boot Camp at NFL Films headquarters in Mt. Laurel, N.J.

And fourth-year Sea Gal Laura, a fellow graduate of Washington State University (Go Cougs), takes some time to introduce us to the 2013 Sea Gals squad.


Pro Bowl #AloHawks atwitter: Day 4

Twitter chatter from Seahawks Pro Bowl Blue Friday in Honolulu, Hawaii:

Leon Washington’s wife, Charity, posted to Instagram this photo of their time at Larry Fitzgerald’s Luau:

Leon Washington

Leon Washington

Big Daddy Russ with 2 Chainz at a Pro Bowl concert last night:


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Pro Bowl #AloHawks atwitter: Day 3

Twitter chatter from the third day of the 2013 NFL Pro Bowl in Honolulu, Hawaii:

Leon Washington’s wife, Charity, posted to Instagram this photo of her family vacation:


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Pro Bowl #AloHawks atwitter: Day 1

Twitter chatter from the first day of the 2013 Pro Bowl:

The view from Russel Okung’s hotel room in Hawaii.

Even the airport in Honolulu knows how to greet our first-time Pro Bowler, Russell Okung:


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Thursday cyber surfing: Beat writers unite

Good morning, and here’s what’s “out there” about the Seahawks for today, July 19.

Danny O’Neil of the Seattle Times, writing for Sporting News, provides this Seahawks training camp outlook, as he gives us a taste of what’s new on the offensive and defensive sides of the ball, settles on what he believes are three camp goals for the Seahawks in 2012, and gives us his prediction for a breakout player – naming Seahawks 2012 first round draft pick DE Bruce Irvin out of West Virginia, “Irvin was the first defensive end selected in the draft. Seattle’s priority on defense was to add speed and improve the pass rush. At 248 pounds, Irvin is lighter than your prototypical NFL end, but he is custom-made to play the rush end in Seattle’s defense, which is referred to as the ‘Leo.’ His only two responsibilities from that position are to rush the passer or chase after the ball on running plays, and with Irvin’s speed and explosiveness, he shouldn’t struggle in either regard. Irvin has already predicted he will have a double-digit sack total as a rookie, which is ambitious but not out of the reach of possibility.”

O’Neil also joined fellow Seahawks beat writers Eric Williams of the Tacoma News Tribune and John Boyle of the Everett Herald for a Seahawks-themed roundtable discussion on the Ian Furness show on 950 KJR AM. Furness, O’Neil, Williams and Boyle covered a wide range of topics in their two-hour Hawk-talk as the team prepares to enter training camp at the end of the month. You can listen to hour one of their conversation right here and catch hour two right here.

Here at Seahawks.com Clare Farnsworth follows up his Wednesday piece on the Seahawks 2012 defensive line by taking a look at the other side of the line of scrimmage – the offensive line. Farnsworth speaks with Assistant Head Coach/Offensive Line Coach Tom Cable, who believes his unit is much improved heading into training camp and looking to make a big jump forward – particularly in pass protection – if everyone can stay healthy. Farnsworth spoke with Cable: “ ‘The progress we’ve made this spring has been tremendous,’ Cable said before heading out for the coaches’ extended break prior to the start of training camp in late July. ‘I think we’ve brought ourselves up to a level that we never reached during last season.’ The reasons for Cable’s optimism are obvious. For starters, he and his linemen had an offseason – after the 136-day lockout last year erased the spring minicamps and OTA practices. Then there are the starters, as seven linemen on the current 90-man roster started at least five games last season.”

Finally, the Sea Gals recently overhauled their look on game days and with that came an update to their website, which launched recently at www.SeaGals.com. You can learn about this year’s squad, view photos, videos and news, preview the Sea Gals calender and learn more about the Sea Gals new look, appearances in the community, and show group.


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Sea Hawkers provide day to remember for Ronald McDonald House

On Saturday, June 16 members of the Sea Hawkers Booster Club teamed up with the Seattle Seahawks to meet and mingle with children and families of the Seattle Ronald McDonald House.

The event offered children and families of the Ronald McDonald House an up-close and personal look at the excitement and energy that surrounds the Seahawks gameday experience.

The Sea Hawkers prepared and served brunch for the house, as the Sea Gals, mascot Blitz and Seahawks cornerback Walter Thurmond visited with children and their families, posed for photos and signed autographs. HAWK ONE Tailgating was also on hand, offering photos and tours of their 36-foot gameday tailgating RV.

The event also included spirited performances from the Seahawks Blue Thunder drumline and dance renditions from the Sea Gals, who actively engaged the children and their families and encouraged them to join in the festive acts.

Chris Johnson, VP Publicity – Sea Hawkers Central Council, trusted the half-day event would bring out the same sense of family and togetherness that the 12th Man exuberates on Seahawks game days.

“The 12th Man is known for their sense of oneness, rallying behind a ‘cause’ and rising to the occasion inside the stadium on gameday,” said Johnson. “To see the 12th Man, as one, rally behind the kids and families of the Ronald McDonald House while teamed up with the Seahawks…priceless.”

The Sea Hawkers Booster Club has been involved in helping charities throughout the community since their inception in 1976. The club visits the Ronald McDonald house twice a year and has visited the house a total of five times – they plan to make a return trip to the house in December.

For more information on the Sea Hawkers Booster Club, visit www.SeaHawkers.org or find them on Facebook, and to learn more about the efforts of the Seattle Ronald McDonald House, visit http://www.rmhcseattle.org/

The Sea Hawkers Booster Club poses for a group photo with members of the Sea Gals and Seahawks cornerback Walter Thurmond.

Families of the Ronald McDonald House listen to the Blue Thunder performance, while the Sea Gals entertain and involve some willing children participants.

A child of the Seattle Ronald McDonald House is given a tour of HAWK ONE Tailgating’s game day RV.

Children of the Seattle Ronald McDonald House interact with members of the Sea Gals, while the Seahawks Blue Thunder drumline performs.

Children of the Seattle Ronald McDonald House look on with their families as members of the Seattle Seahawks provide entertainment reminiscent of Seahawks game days.


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Photoblog: A Chance to Win

The Seahawks faced the visiting Atlanta Falcons at CenturyLink Field, with both teams looking to even their 2-2 records with a victory. The NFL honors National Breast Cancer Awareness Month during October of every year, and the field, players and fans were decked out in pink for the game.

In honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, uniforms were adorned with pink and these ribbons were worn by coaches and staff members on the sidelines.

Wide receiver Sidney Rice sported a pink cap during the pregame stretch that he wore under his helmet during the game.

Taima the Seahawk flies from the tunnel with the players ready to follow during pregame introductions.

Sidney Rice scored Seattle's first touchdown on this 52-yard reception from quarterback Tarvaris Jackson during the second quarter.

Special teamers Jeron Johnson (32) and Michael Robinson make (26) a tackle on Atlanta kick returner Eric Weems.

Defensive backs Brandon Browner (39) and Earl Thomas (29) sandwich Atlanta's Michael Turner.

Running back Justin Forsett slides by Atlanta defender Curtis Lofton during the second quarter.

Defensive lineman Alan Branch celebrates with teammate Earl Thomas after they stopped Atlanta's Michael Turner for a two-yard loss in the third quarter.

The 12th MAN got rowdy in the second half as the Seahawks rallied from a 24-7 halftime deficit.

Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch flips into the end zone at the end of his 11-yard touchdown run that cut Atlanta's lead to 27-21 with three minutes left in the third quarter.

Marshawn Lynch punctuates his 11-yard touchdown run with a flip into the end zone.

Wide receiver Sidney Rice pumps up the crowd.

The Sea Gals were pretty in pink as they donned cowboy hats for a routine.

Brandon Browner puts a hard hit on Atlanta's Julio Jones.

Browner celebrates his hit on Jones.

Seahawks safety Earl Thomas keeps his eyes wide open as he tracks down Atlanta's Michael Turner.

Quarterback Tarvaris Jackson scrambles up the middle for 13 yards in the fourth quarter.

Seattle's young offensive line protected quarterback Tarvaris Jackson all day, allowing no sacks as Jackson had time to pile up 319 yards and three touchdowns.

As the 12th MAN turned up the volume in the fourth quarter, Atlanta quarterback Matt Ryan had to shout signals to his teammates.

Seattle's defense stiffened in the second half and defensive coordinator Gus Bradley exhorted his players late in the fourth quarter.

Seahawks kicker Steven Hauschka watches his 61-yard field goal sail left with 13 seconds left in the game.

First-year receiver Doug Baldwin sits alone on the bench after the Seahawks furious second half rally fell short, resulting in a 30-28 defeat.


Sea Gals’ very own ‘Calendar Girl’

I love, I love, I love my calendar girl

Yeah, sweet calendar girl

I love, I love, I love my calendar girl

Each and every day of the year.

Geraldine “Gelly” Lirio obviously wasn’t born when Neil Sedaka crooned his hit tune in 1961. Heck, her parents were toddlers when Sedaka’s signature song was climbing the charts.

But Lirio is the Sea Gals’ “Calendar Girl,” as she graces the cover the squad’s 2012 calendar that will be unveiled Wednesday night at the Munchbar at Bellevue Square. The event starts at 7 p.m. and Lirio and the other 31 members of the squad will be there to sign calendars and model the outfits they’re wearing on its pages.

To say that being the cover girl caught Lirio by surprise only scratches the surface of her initial reaction to the honor.

“I did not have one clue,” she said. “Honestly, I got way more than I bargained for just making the squad. I’m still excited about that, and then when I heard I was going to be in a calendar it just flipped everything over for me.”

When Sea Gals director Sherri Thompson showed the calendar to the girls for the first time at a recent practice, Lirio admits, “I glanced at and said, ‘Oh, that’s a pretty cover.’ And then I went back to what I was doing.”

That’s when everyone else started glancing at her.

“All of a sudden it got kind of quiet and I see all these eyes looking at me,” she said. “I was like, ‘What?’ Someone said, ‘That’s you!’ I was like, ‘Oh my goodness.’ ”

Lirio still is “figuring out what I feel about it,” as she put it. “It’s definitely a huge change for me. Something really new. But nonetheless, I am so excited about it.”

This is Lirio’s first season on the squad and the 22-year-old “rookie” from Covington comes at it from an unusual background.

“This style of dancing that we do – Sherri calls it ‘The Sea Gal style’ – I love it, but it’s also new to me,” she said.

That’s because her training is in ballroom dancing. She started competing after attending Kentwood High School and she’s currently an instructor.

“I’m of Filipino decent, so it’s customary when girls turn 18-years old to have big Debutant Balls,” she explained. “So a lot of what I do is choreograph for those events.”

There is one similarity between ballroom dancing and 50-yard line dancing. “It’s all entertainment, which I love,” she said.

There’s also one huge difference.

“As far as the size of the audience, the crowds for even a large ballroom dancing competition is not nearly the size of the crowds at CenturyLink Field,” she said. “It’s such a big chance and I’m just loving every minute of it.”

When not dancing with the Sea Gals, or practicing with the squad, Lirio helps her parents with their property management business. She has completed her degree at Green River Community College and will enroll at the University of Washington for the winter quarter.

“Right now, I consider this my job,” she said of her Sea Gals’ duties.

The proceeds from the $15 calendar go to charity, which is an added plus for the cover girl.

“I am so excited about that, and the fact that I get to represent that girl on the cover and being someone who just wanted to try out a dream that I had and I made it happen,” she said. “I got more than I bargained for. I’m so grateful.”

Now, back to that Sedaka tune.

“Of course I know that song,” she said. “It’s actually a favorite karaoke song.”

Now it just has a new meaning for Lirio.


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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.


Seahawks Ring the Bell for Charity

Head coach Pete Carroll led a contingent from the Seahawks to pitch in with the Salvation Army’s annual celebrity bell ringing in downtown Seattle. Carroll, safety Lawyer Milloy, radio announcer Warren Moon and Sea Gals Mischell and Courtney all gave their time to help this great cause and were joined by other local celebrities.

Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll poses with some young fans while he was bell ringing on behalf of the Salvation Army in downtown Seattle during the lunch hour.

Seahawks broadcaster and former quarterback Warren Moon and current safety Lawyer Milloy pose outside of the downtown Nordstrom where they were bell ringing for the Salvation Army during the lunch hour.

Sea Gals Mischell and Courtney were dressed in their holiday uniforms while bell ringing with other Seattle celebrities.


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