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12th Man Set Themselves Apart During Impressive Display at Seattle Seahawks’ Victory Parade

February 10th, 2014 at 7:09 AM
By Sports Media 101

One can’t separate the Seattle Seahawks from the 12th Man.

Blue flags with a white 12 fly all over the greater Seattle area. Before every home game, a local celebrity or former athlete raises the 12th Man Flag over CenturyLink Field. Fans wear jerseys with the number 12 and the player name “Fan.”

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Arguments are made about how much influence fans have and how much validity is there when fans say “we” when speaking about the team.

But it’s different in Seattle.

We all know by now how loud CenturyLink Field gets during home games. It is the best home-field advantage in professional sports. Loud is not an adequate adjective. Cacophonous would be a better phrase. Perhaps painful. Noise at “The Clink,” as it’s called, has literally shaken the earth. But it’s more than noise.

It is the collective soul of a region crying out for success, attempting to shake off the torpor of defeat like so many rain showers that hover over the Pacific Northwest.

Not since the 1979 Super Sonics has the region featured a champion in any major professional sport. No offense to the two-time WNBA Champion Seattle Storm, but their stage is just not big enough. The NFL is broadcast the world over and is as big as it gets.

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Seattle Seahawks Demolish Denver Broncos 43-8 En Route to First Super Bowl Title

February 2nd, 2014 at 7:04 PM
By Brian Myers

The Denver Broncos received the opening kickoff, yet it took the Seattle Seahawks only 12 seconds — a Super Bowl record — to score the first points of the game. And little did anyone know it at the time, but the opening drive safety would set the pace for one of the most dominating title game victories in NFL history.

Ultimately, the Seahawks proved the old adage: defense wins champions. And despite a long two weeks of No. 1 offense vs. No 1 defense talk, it was never close, debated or given a second thought. Not only that, the Seahawks displayed a far more dominant offense and dominant special teams unit than did their opponents, winning in all three phases of the game from start to finish.

For Pete Carroll, he becomes only the third head coach in history to win both a Super Bowl Championship and an NCAA Championship. For the Seattle Seahawks, they hoist their very first Lombardi Trophy. And for Percy Harvin … what an amazing story. After playing in the portion of only two games this season, he explodes for over 130 all-purpose yards and a kickoff return for a touchdown.

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Seattle Seahawks Vs. Denver Broncos: Super Bowl XLVIII Gameday

February 2nd, 2014 at 2:00 PM
By Brian Myers
Super Bowl XLVIII
Feb. 2nd, 2014
Seattle SeahawksDenver Broncos
Game Details
Time: 6:25 PM EDT
Stadium: MetLife Stadium (East Rutherford, NJ)
Broadcast: FOX
Game Conditions
Weather: Cloudy
Temperature: 39°F – 44°F
Wind: NNW 4-7 MPH
Key Injuries
P – Doug Baldwin
P – Marshawn Lynch
P – Brandon Mebane
D – Sione Fua
P – Joel Dreessen
P – Knowshon Moreno
P – Mitch Unrein
P – Chris Kuper
O-Out D-Doubtful Q-Questionable P-Probable

Player/Coach Quotes:

Richard Sherman:

“When we played Peyton in the preseason, I found a new appreciation for the way he makes adjustments at the line of scrimmage; he controls the protections, and if he sees the blitz coming he slides it. The thing that sets him apart is that he’ll change it to a run play if you don’t have enough players in the box, and they’ll get five or six yards because you’re not ready for it. Nobody else has both the authority to do that within their offense and the understanding to know when it’s appropriate.”

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Seattle Seahawks’ Marshawn Lynch Leaves Media Session Early Once Again

January 29th, 2014 at 7:53 PM
By Donald Lappe

Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch doesn't get along well with the media. Previously punished for not speaking to the media, Lynch lasted all of six minutes during Super Bowl XLVIII Media Day. He didn't fare much better today during a mandatory media session. Marshawn Lynch was clearly uncomfortable with the whole process and it turned into an awkward situation for all involved.

'Marshawn Lynch' photo (c) 2010, Matt McGee - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nd/2.0/

Marshawn Lynch was fined $50,000 earlier this season for not speaking to the media. It has become apparent that the Seattle Seahawks running back isn't comfortable speaking to the media, and it doesn't seem to be a malicious avoidance of his duties. Lynch seems to be legitimately uncomfortable with the attention and made it clear that he showed up only to avoid a fine.

Marshawn Lynch explained his relationship with the media and the attention he receives as an athlete:

"I appreciate it but I just don't get it."

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Seattle Seahawks WR Percy Harvin Thinks He Can Be Super Bowl XLVIII Factor

January 29th, 2014 at 12:29 PM
By Nick Gill

When looking at some of the under the radar players who could be a major factor in Super Bowl XLVIII, look no further than Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Percy Harvin. The knock on Harvin this season is his inability to stay healthy. Now, he is ready to suit up and be a factor on the biggest stage.

'Percy Harvin is real and he is spectacular.' photo (c) 2013, Adam Rifkin - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

“We are looking to make a lot of big pays in this game,” Harvin said. “I think I can be as explosive as I have ever been. My legs are feeling great. I am finally able to get the drive in my legs that I need to come out of my breaks a little quicker than before the injury. So I definitely think I can be a factor in this game.”

Harvin has been unable to stay healthy all season starting with hip surgery that kept in out until the third week in November. He played in only one game before a setback to the hip kept him out the rest of the regular season. He returned in the playoffs against the New Orleans Saints, but left that game with a concussion from a hit by Malcolm Jenkins in the endzone. Harvin missed the NFC Championship Game against the San Francisco 49ers so he has had three weeks to get healthy for the Super Bowl.

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