Saving for a Rainy Season: Seahawks Piggy Bank

 Posted by on December 10, 2014 at 8:02 am  Sports  No Responses »
Dec 102014
 
Seahawks piggy bank

Seahawks piggy bank

 

The Seahawks piggy bank that HomeStreet Bank is giving away free to Seahawks ticket holders is coming at just the right time. The 12th Man has been saving some extra mojo since the beginning of the season for a rainy day (which is almost every day between November and May). It’s been do-or-die time in recent weeks so it’s time to break the bank. Pete Carroll recently cracked open the team’s piggy bank to unleash the pent-up #1 dominant defense from last season.

In the last three games, the Seahawks D has come through big time, holding the Cardinals, 49ers and Eagles to an average of 169 yards of offense and 6.7 points per game! Three games ago, the Seahawks had the toughest remaining schedule in the NFL, so I thought that they would at best slide into a wild card playoff slot. Now, with 3 wins behind them, there’s a real possibility that they can win the NFC West by sweeping their last 3 games. That’s going to be a huge task but I’m betting the bank on another NFC West title.

 

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Nov 292014
 
Thanksgiving feast

Thanksgiving feast

 

It was quite a Thanksgiving Day this year. We went to a neighbor’s house for a Thanksgiving feast that did not disappoint in many ways–great company, great food, and great outcomes. Spending Thanksgiving with 20 family members and friends was just about right. Just enough people to get that homey feeling of a large family gathering but not so many guests as to make you feel overwhelmed.

The food was fantastic! Starting off the pregame feast, the spicy jumbo grilled shrimp were outstanding; each bite was succulent and tangy. Other appetizers included smoked salmon, salmon ceviche, mini pigs (piglets?) in a blanket, and cheese and crackers. I could hardly eat anymore after indulging in the delicious starters, but I found the will to tackle the main courses.

In addition to the standard roast turkey and mashed potatoes, we enjoyed honey ham, salad, green beans with black beans, and sweet potato fries. We then waited until halftime of the Seahawks game when we kicked off desert with homemade apple pie with ice cream, apple crisp, white chocolate grapefruit pie, and raspberry covered chocolate cake. I should have punted after the apple pie but I just couldn’t resist and take a knee. I ended up eating three deserts. I should have been flagged and penalized a 10 mile run right then and there but it was not called because all the refs were pigging out too!

Of course, it wouldn’t be Thanksgiving day without football. The special treat this year for Seattle fans was the Seahawks – 49ers game, the last game of the triple header. The 12th Man in Seattle was very anxious before the game since we need that the loser would probably be knocked out of playoff contention. I was hoping that the Seahawks would figure out a way to kick a field goal to win it at the last minute in a tight, low scoring battle. Most of the football pundits also thought it would be a close game but most of them were betting on the 49ers to win at home. Little did they know…

What a game it was (especially on a 80 inch TV)! The Seahawks totally dominated the 49ers defensively holding San Francisco to 164 total yards of offense. It wasn’t close. Yes, Seattle could have been more productive in the red zone but they only needed one touchdown to win this game. The 12th Man hasn’t been as optimistic about the Seahawks making the playoffs since the first game of the season against the Packers. With games against the Eagles, 49ers, Cardinals and Rams remaining, the road to a playoff spot is still riddled with powerful land mines, but I can see the faint light at the end of the tunnel and it looks bright.

Hopeful in Seattle…

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Nov 252014
 
Seahawks beat Cardinals 19-3 at CenturyLinkSeahawks beat Cardinals 19-3 at CenturyLink

Seahawks beat Cardinals 19-3 at CenturyLink

 

Despite the final score, it was quite a nerve-racking game at CenturyLink this Sunday. It was do-or-die time for the Seahawks against the Cardinals, who came into Seattle as the NFL’s top team at 9-1. When the Seahawks failed to convert a touchdown on their first few trips to the red zone, I got a sinking feeling that the Cardinals would ultimately rally back in the second half. But, alas, the Seahawks suffocating defense from their Super Bowl season showed up on Sunday and the Cardinals would go home to Arizona with a single field goal! With a better QB than Drew Stanton though, the Cardinals could have fared much better.

Just the day before the game, the forecast called for rain and winds up to 20 mph in Seattle. Instead, we had temps in the 50s and sunny skies at the game! Perhaps it’s an omen for a stellar season finish for the Seahawks?

With remaining games against the 49ers (twice), Cardinals, Eagles and Rams, the Seahawks have the NFL’s toughest remaining schedule. They will need to win at least 3 more games to have a decent shot at one of the wildcard spots.

The first test for the Seahawks will be Thanksgiving Day at the 49ers. It will be a close game and I’m hoping I won’t get indigestion while watching it.

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Oct 292014
 
Weed Bowl Tshirt at Pike Place Market

Weed Bowl T-shirt at Pike Place Market

 

After the Seahawks romp over the Green Bay Packers in the opening game of the 2014 NFL season, the 12th Man was expecting another run to the Super Bowl in 2015. Perhaps Seattleites should expect to play Denver again in the “Weed Bowl” rather than the Super Bowl this year?

Since the dominating performance over the Packers in early September, the Seahawks have not resembled last year’s championship team by any measure.  The Seahawks pass rush has struggled this year and, as a result, interceptions and forced turnovers have taken a nose-dive. The running game has not been consistent and receivers can’t separate and make big plays. The Hawks special teams, a shining star last year, lost the Rams game when they were fooled by a couple of trick plays that resulted in touchdowns.

At 4-3, the Seahawks are still in contention for the playoffs but, given they are in the toughest division in the NFL, a run for the Super Bowl doesn’t seem likely this year. I’m guessing that they will need at least a 10-6 record to make the playoffs this year. Given they still have two games against the Cardinals and 49ers, and an away game at the Eagles, the odds of reaching 10 wins are not good.  Meanwhile, the 6-1 Broncos, sporting a much improved defense, look unstoppable and appear poised to win it all. But, the parity-focused NFL, is unpredictable and anything is possible. At least this Seahawks fan hopes so.

 

 

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Feb 052014
 
Seahawks Super Bowl Celebration at CenturyLink

Seahawks Super Bowl Celebration at CenturyLink

I pulled my kids out of school a little early today to attend the very first Seahawks Super Bowl victory parade in downtown Seattle. As I drove, I sensed that there would be a huge crowd today when, many miles away from our destination,  we started seeing fans walking downtown. Needless to say, traffic was a nightmare as it took three times as long as usual to drive downtown.

With an estimated crowd of 700,000 people, this is the largest gathering I have ever seen in Seattle. As we walked toward CenturyLink stadium, it was quite amazing to see the wide mix of people coming out to see the team parade from downtown to the stadium. The 12th Man was represented by people from a wide variety of shapes, sizes, and colors. Certainly a lot more families with younger kids came out than you usually see at a Seahawks game.

The fans were loud and boisterous as usual at the CenturyLink victory celebration at the end of the parade. Pete Carroll, Russell Wilson and others told an elated 12th Man that 2014 would be the first of other Super Bowls to come. With such a young and deep roster, the talk of a football dynasty in the Northwest is totally within reason.

With the Super Bowl over and a long seven months until the first regular season game, people in Washington State will need to fill up their free time with other interests. Luckily there’s plenty to enjoy during the spring and summer here in the Pacific Northwest. After several months of sitting in front of the TV on Sundays, I’m looking forward to getting outside again.

 

 

 

 

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Orange Crushed! Seahawks Dominate Broncos

 Posted by on February 3, 2014 at 8:40 am  Sports  No Responses »
Feb 032014
 
The 12th Man - Super Bowl Champs!

The 12th Man – Super Bowl Champs!

What a dominating performance by the Seahawks last night in crushing the big Orange (aka the best offense in NFL history)! In contrast to the earlier Seahawks playoff games this season, there was never a doubt about the outcome of the game after the first few minutes. Even though I was somewhat confident of a Seahawks victory, I was quite anxious prior to kickoff because most of the “experts” had predicted a Broncos victory. In fact, many respected pundits predicted that Peyton Manning would carve up the Seahawks in a run away victory.

But those pundits underestimated the Seattle defense and the 12th man. Once again, the 12th Man made a huge difference in the outcome of a game. Indeed, the first Broncos snap that resulted in a safety was caused when the traveling 12th Man made so much noise that the offensive line did not hear Peyton Manning’s count.

Yesterday’s dominating victory was the final exclamation mark on the best season I have experienced as a Seahawks fan. With such a young roster, Seattle fans are thinking this season is the first of several trips to the Super Bowl. Perhaps it’s the start of a “Seattle Reign?” But first things first. I’m looking forward to attending the first Super Bowl parade in Seattle history this Wednesday. 

 

 

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The 12th Man: Restless in Seattle

 Posted by on January 30, 2014 at 10:11 pm  Sports  No Responses »
Jan 302014
 
The 12th man flag

The 12th man flag

The 12th Man (and Woman) has totally taken over the Seattle area since the Seahawks won a heart-stopping battle against the 49ers a week and a half ago in the NFC Championships. You see Seahawks gear, flags, signs, and colors everywhere you go. In fact, I saw a small airplane dragging a 12th man flag this afternoon around my neighborhood. I’ve never seen such a motley collection of people come out of the woodwork to root for the Seahawks.  In a world that seems to be constantly divided, it’s good to see almost everyone around you unified on something for a change!

The media bombardment over the last week has been overwhelming. National coverage of Richard Sherman’s rant at the end of the 49ers game still continues almost two weeks afterwards. Stories about Peyton Manning’s legacy (or lack thereof if he doesn’t win another Super Bowl) dominate the headlines. The Super Bowl is being framed as an epic battle between the best offense and the best defense. Some of the media is even painting Super Bowl XLVIII as a morality play between the good guys (Broncos) and the bad guys (Seahawks).  Enough already.

Many fans I know, including myself, are restless in Seattle. Let’s stop all the analysis and get on with the game already! There’s way too much hype and controversy development. I’m eager to escape for four hours and enjoy good food and company along with 100+ million others this Sunday. And I’m looking forward to the first Super Bowl victory parade in Seattle next week…

 

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NFC Championship Inequality Equation: 12 + 3 > 49

 Posted by on January 17, 2014 at 10:19 pm  Sports  1 Response »
Jan 172014
 
The 12th Man at CenturyLink Field

The 12th Man at CenturyLink Field

My daughter is learning about inequality equations at school this week and, while helping her come up with some examples, I thought of a fitting one for this weekend’s NFC Championship game between the Seahawks and the 49ers.

12 + 3 > 49

That is, the key to a Seahawks victory is to maximize our home field advantage with the “12th Man” and improve the play of its QB Russell Wilson. For Seattle to beat the red-hot 49ers, the home team will need the fans to step up their disruptive antics and Wilson will need to step up his passing game.  If numbers 12 and 3 can perform at their usual high level, the Seahawks will win a close battle.

The Seahawks have been the talk of the town this week and people here are super excited about the prospect of seeing Seattle win its first Super Bowl in a couple of weeks. We just wish we had an easier opponent this weekend. 

The 49ers are probably a tougher test for the Seahawks than either of the AFC teams they would face if they were to advance to the Super Bowl.

It’s going to be a tough, hard-fought game with the outcome likely to be decided in the last couple of minutes. I’m really hoping that my inequality equation is correct.

 

 

 

 

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“Beast Quake II” at Saints – Seahawks Game

 Posted by on January 13, 2014 at 10:26 am  Sports  No Responses »
Jan 132014
 
Saints vs Seahawks Game at CenturyLink

Saints vs Seahawks Game at CenturyLink

It was quite an experience Saturday as the Seahawks beat down the Saints in a NFC divisional game at CenturyLink Field.  The Seahawks were leading comfortably most of the game but, as the Saints suddenly closed the margin in the 4th quarter, fans around me became a little anxious. However, that anxiety was quickly relived by a clutch 31-yard TD run with a few minutes left in the game by “Beast Mode” Marshawn Lynch.

As they did against the very same Saints team in the 2011 playoffs, ecstatic 12th Man fans shook up the ground under the stadium causing a minor earthquake, “Beast Quake II.”

By winning the game, the Seahawks will host this Sunday’s highly anticipated NFC Championship game against the arch-rival 49ers! Well, the 49ers, being from California, should be used to feeling earthquakes, right? Let’s make them feel at home and generate a few more earthquakes for our guests at this Sunday’s showdown.

 

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Seahawks Halloween Pumpkin

 Posted by on November 1, 2013 at 6:56 am  Family, Sports  No Responses »
Nov 012013
 
Seahawks pumpkin lit at night

Seahawks pumpkin lit at night

In honor of the franchise record 7-1 season the Seahawks are having, my daughter decided to dress up as a Seahawks player this Halloween. Along with that theme, we carved the Seahawks logo on her pumpkin. It got a lot of compliments from Trick or Treaters.

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