12th Man Tour drops in on Purple Heart recipient

Seahawks Surprise a Purple Heart Recipient

As part of the Seahawks 12th Man Tour that connects Seahawks players with fans across the Pacific Northwest, Seahawks cornerback Roy Lewis and wide receiver Ricardo Lockette paid a surprise visit to Spokane native Chris Carver – an Iraq War veteran who spent two months in a coma after his humvee was hit by an IED (improvised explosive device).

It was a much welcomed surprise for Carver, as Lewis and Lockette – players from Carver’s favorite team – presented him with a 12th Man flag, an autographed jersey, and four tickets to the Seahawks’ games against the New York Jets and New England Patriots.

Carver had to teach himself how to walk and talk after suffering a traumatic brain injury as a result of the incident, which took place in 2007. For his service, Carver was given a Purple Heart – a military decoration awarded in the name of the President to individuals that have been wounded or killed in action.

Spokane’s KHQ-TV has the full story here.

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Friday cyber surfing: NFC West on the rise

Good morning, and here’s what’s “out there” about the Seahawks for today, July 20.

Here at Seahawks.com we start by bringing you Clare Farnsworth’s next installment of his 2012 Seahawks positional outlook, as he checks out the Seahawks special teams unit. Farnsworth speaks with special teams coach Brian Schneider, who believes that despite the units success a year ago they have the talent and potential to be even better this season. Just how good was this unit? Well, Schneider shared this eye-popping statistic with his group, and then with Farnsworth, “Last season, when the special teams gave the offense the ball inside the 50-yard line, the Seahawks scored 77 percent of the time. Conversely, when the special teams put the defense inside the opponents’ 20-yard, the opposition scored 17 percent of the time. ‘It’s a pretty cool deal,’ Schneider said. “’f we can create a really long field for the defense, we’re really successful. If we get a short field for the offense, we’re really successful. And when you put those numbers on it, it just kind of gives some value to it.’ ”

Next up at Seahawks.com we have the unique story behind Seahawks fan Karlyn Moyer’s “Mom Cave”– her own room packed full of Seahawks memorabilia. Moyer shared some photos of her “Mom Cave” on the 12th Man Tour’s visit to Alaska, “Almost 20 years ago, Moyer’s collection of Seahawks memorabilia started with a single stuffed Teddy bear donning a Seahawks sweater bearing Moyer’s name and birth year. Today, Moyer’s collection has grown to include furniture, clothing, flags, figurines, and more – and she has not purchased a single piece of it. ‘I do not buy myself any new things for my collection,’ Moyer said. ‘Everyone I know purchases them for me. Friends and family all ask, ‘Do you have this?’ ” The 12th Man Tour continues with a stop in Spokane this Saturday, July 21.

Rounding out the coverage here at Seahawks.com we have a video featuring Seahawks linebacker K.J. Wright, who sits down with Seahawks Insider Tony Ventrella. The two talk about the difference between Wright’s preparation during the lockout-shortened offseason a year ago compared to his first full offseason this year, as well as how he was able to adjust to play at the NFL level so quickly.

NFL.com gives us their divisional power rankings, and the NFC West sits as the seventh-ranked division of the eight in the League, “Despite its consistently low ranking, the NFC West has made strides,” writes NFL.com. “The gap between, say, the NFC East and NFC West has closed dramatically. The NFC West would have been dead last, often by a wide margin, for much of the past decade. It’s a division on the rise with the San Francisco 49ers, Seattle Seahawks and Arizona Cardinals all possessing good defenses.”

Mel Kiper of ESPN.com breaks down summer additions to the NFC West, and althought you must have an ESPN Insider account to view the complete piece, here’s a taste of what Kiper offers on the Seahawks: “Help added: There’s been a notable velocity with which Pete Carroll and John Schneider have remade the Seahawks’ roster over the past 24 months. This year, I think it’ll finally be time to really judge these guys on something more than growth. This is a team that, on paper, can be a winner if it can find some points and keep healthy in key spots. In terms of additions, it starts with Matt Flynn at quarterback. While Tarvaris Jackson is still around, and Russell Wilson deserves to be in the picture as a young player competing for the spot, Flynn has to be the starter in Week 1. With Sidney Rice and Doug Baldwin, Seattle has an above-average tandem in the passing game, with the chance to be better. People should remember that Rice is still just 25, with a history of nicks that have limited him. So while I think it should be Flynn, “not enough weapons” can’t be an excuse for anyone. I think we’re all pretty interested to see how much of a pass rush Carroll can create with the addition of Bruce Irvin. I know evaluators who saw the lightning rod out of West Virginia as the best pure pass-rusher in the draft (which is partly a reflection of the class), and Seattle had to have taken Irvin with a specific role in mind. Carroll can use him as a Leo linebacker, with Chris Clemons as a possible model. Barrett Ruud provides some experience at linebacker and Jason Jones filled a hole at D-tackle. But the key is the rush, because consistent pressure could make an already good secondary look spectacular. It starts up front, and Irvin is the key for me.”

Finally, Forbes recently released a list of the world’s 50 most valuable sports teams, and the Seahawks find themselves at No. 25 on the list, with an estimated worth of $997 million. Despite their relatively high ranking, the Seahawks are just the 16th-ranked NFL team on the list, behind the Dallas Cowboys (T-No. 3), Washington Redskins (No. 5), New England Patriots (T-No. 6), New York Giants (No. 9), New York Jets (No. 12), Houston Texans (No. 13), Philadelphia Eagles (No. 14), Chicago Bears (No. 16), Green Bay Packers (No. 17), Baltimore Ravens (No. 18), Indianapolis Colts (No. 19), Denver Broncos (No. 20), Pittsburgh Steelers (No. 21), Miami Dolphins (No. 22) and Carolina Panthers (No. 24).

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Man Cave? No. Mom Cave? You bet

A look inside Karyln Moyer’s Seahawks-themed “Mom Cave”

We’ve all heard the term “Man Cave” before. Most of us know the phrase to represent that specialized male sanctuary where men are free to do and decorate as they please, be alone for “man-time” or hang out with friends, entertain hobbies, and perhaps most importantly, we know it as a place they can do these types of things without fear of repercussions from their female counterparts.

But what about the term “Mom Cave?”

The term comes from Seahawks fan Karlyn Moyer, who we recently caught up with on the Seahawks 12th Man Tour visit to Alaska. Moyer was kind enough to share some photos with us of her “Mom Cave,” her very own Seahawks sanctum.

Originally from Milwaukie, Oregon and now residing in the great state of Alaska, Moyer’s “Mom Cave” started back in 1993.

“My spouse strongly suggested I collect [my Seahawks gear] all in one room,” she said. “He said it was everywhere. So I started my cave.”

Almost 20 years ago, Moyer’s collection of Seahawks memorabilia started with a single stuffed Teddy bear donning a Seahawks sweater bearing Moyer’s name and birth year.

Today, Moyer’s collection has grown to include furniture, clothing, flags, figurines, and more – and she has not purchased a single piece of it.

“I do not buy myself any new things for my collection,” Moyer said. “Everyone I know purchases them for me. Friends and family all ask, ‘Do you have this?’”

Moyer prides herself in wearing something Seahawks-related from her collection every single day, but she does have a couple pieces she holds dear to her heart – including a Seahawks charm bracelet that was given to her by her husband.

“My favorite piece is a framed picture of the stadium that was given to me by my daughter and son in law,” she said. “It gives me the feeling of actually being there.”

And although Moyer has only been to one Seahawks game at CenturyLink Field – a November 12, 2006 24-22 victory over the St. Louis Rams – she is ‘attending’ every week in front of her big screen T.V.

“[On game days] I’m up early and get into my chosen Seahawks gear,” she said. “I align myself in front of the television with an unobstructed view. Everyone knows to leave me alone. Don’t even call me during the game – I’m watching the game.”

Moyer started watching football with her parents and quickly became attracted to the game. But what attracted her to the Seahawks?

“I couldn’t root for their teams, the [Pittsburgh] Steelers and Oakland [Raiders] – too much black,” said Moyer. “Along came the Seahawks, a fresh new team. I was hooked.”

The football rivalries in Moyer’s family don’t start and end with her parents, either. The Steelers – a more recent rival of the Seahawks after the two teams squared off in Super Bowl XL, and the Raiders – a more traditional rival from the Seahawks’ days in the AFC West prior to 2002, are just the beginning.

“I have two wonderful kids,” said Moyer. “The oldest – Sharryll Muffler, 27, is a Tampa Bay fan. Her husband Daniel is a Denver Broncos fan. My other daughter Nanette, 25, is a Tennessee Titans fan. Her better half, Michael, is a [Green Bay] Packers fan.”

“Holidays can get interesting around the televised games.”

One can only imagine that at such times Moyer finds comfort in her “Mom Cave”.

Moyer’s many hats align the wall of her “Mom Cave”

Karlyn Moyer at her very first – and only – Seahawks game to date

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