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Seattle Seahawks’ Marshawn Lynch Demonstrates Why NFL Media Relations Policy Should Be Refined

January 30th, 2015 at 1:22 PM
By Rich Monroe

Seattle Seahawks’ running back Marshawn Lynch met his NFL Media Relations Policy obligations this week by making himself available to the media. Those in the media fortunate enough to be a part of Media Days at Super Bowl XLIX also met their network obligations by asking him an assortment of questions.

“I'm just here so I won't get fined,” Lynch answered repeatedly.

And so it went, with Lynch on one side and reporters on the other–their microphones a scrimmage line between opposing points of view. Marshawn just wants to play football and let his actions on the field speak for himself, and reporters want to fill time and space with fresh, compelling content.

Many ask where the media is, when he donates his time and money to charitable organizations, during the offseason?

The answer is, it’s not necessarily their particular beat. The media facing Lynch this week is there for one thing—to cover current events and people surrounding Super Bowl XLIX.

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Russell Wilson’s Toughness is One of His Most Admirable Weapons

January 29th, 2015 at 7:57 AM
By Rich Monroe

When Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson takes the field in Super Bowl XLIX and looks across the scrimmage line at the opposing New England Patriots defense, competitive physical toughness will be one of his most admirable weapons.

After throwing an interception in the NFC Championship Game, Green Bay Packers middle linebacker Clay Matthews saw an opportunity and hit him with a devastating blow to the head that could have broken his neck. The 6’3”, 255 lb. mangy bad boy received a 15-yard penalty and $22,050 fine from the NFL last week for the blind side block.

Later, in the third quarter after Matthews sacked Wilson he took a shot to the back from Seahawks guard J.R. Sweezy—sending yellow flags flying high. The unnecessary roughness penalty was declined because officials ruled Sweezy hit Matthews “during the play”.

Sweezy picked up an $8,268 fine from the NFL for the suitable transgression, so if you happen to see him milling around Seattle after the Super Bowl, offer to buy him a drink.

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Super Bowl Champion Seattle Seahawks Defend Title Against New England Patriots This Sunday

January 27th, 2015 at 9:00 AM
By Rich Monroe

The defending Super Bowl Champion Seattle Seahawks will defend its title against the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLIX at University of Phoenix Stadium this Sunday. For the second consecutive season, the game will feature the No. 1 seed in each conference.

New England advanced to the Super Bowl by defeating the Indianapolis Colts 45–7. Seattle defeated the Green Bay Pacers 28–22 in overtime to earn its second consecutive trip to the Super Bowl.

The two Championship Games averaged 46.1 million viewers, topping the 45 million mark for the second consecutive year. Seattle and Green Bay averaged 49.8 million viewers—the most-watched program since Super Bowl XLVIII—and the AFC Championship Game between New England and Indianapolis averaged 42.1 million viewers.

The Seahawks are seeking to become the ninth team to win back-to-back Super Bowls and the first since New England in 2003–04.

“We’re looking forward to the opportunity to play a great team in the Patriots with a great coach and a great quarterback,” said Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson. “We have a lot of respect for them and what they do.”

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Seattle Seahawks to Hold 12s Fan Fest in Phoenix This Saturday

January 26th, 2015 at 9:44 PM
By Rich Monroe

The Seattle Seahawks will hold a 12s fan fest this Saturday at Chase Field, home of the Arizona Diamondback. Location is 401 East Jefferson, Phoenix. Admission is free and gates open from 1:30 – 4 p.m.

All Seahawks fans are invited to join owner Paul G. Allen, members of the Ring of Honor, alumni, Sea Gals, Blue Thunder, Blitz and special guests to celebrate the NFC Champion Seahawks and prepare for Super Bowl XLIX. Popular Phoenix cover band, The Walkens, will perform classic rock. Other activities include:

  • Performances by Sea Gals and Blue Thunder
  • Fan Giveaways
  • Beer Garden & concessions (cash only)
  • Photos with Sea Gals
  • Appearances by Blitz and BOOM, Seahawks mascots
  • Opportunity to take pictures with Taima, the team's augur hawk
  • Numerous interactive games and photo opportunities

NFL Bag Policy will be in place for the event. Fans are reminded they may carry only the following style and size bag, package, or container into Chase Field or when approaching queue lines of fans awaiting entry.

  • Bags that are clear plastic, vinyl or PVC and do not exceed 12" x 6" x 12"
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Seattle Seahawks Sprains, Strains, and NFL Bills

January 24th, 2015 at 8:08 AM
By Rich Monroe

The Seattle Seahawks secondary was banged up last Sunday when they faced the mean, nasty Green Bay Packers at CenturyLink Field. Free safety Earl Thomas dislocated his shoulder and cornerback Richard Sherman sprained an elbow.

Thomas was taped up and returned to finish the game and Sherman refused to take himself out. Their toughness inspired teammates to ratchet things up and the Packers found themselves in a NFC Championship street fight at the end of the game.

Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll reported yesterday that Sherman did everything in practice this week and looked fine. He said Thomas missed a couple of days but was back out at practice Friday and it was really good to have him back.

“All the continuity that these guys have shared for so long is not felt when he’s not out there — he’s a great communicator and he sends such a message about the concerns of doing all the things right and all that,” Carroll said.

Guard J.R. Sweezy is rested and his ankles look good. Carroll said he could play tomorrow if the Hawks had a game.

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