Happy July! So I missed out on passing along a newsletter in June, but hopefully you’ve been keeping up with club news via Facebook, Twitter, or the event updates on the website. You know I haven’t been completely slacking, right? …Only just a little bit.
Today seemed like an excellent day to send out a newsletter considering the Seahawks had their first day of training camp yesterday. That’s right—football season is now upon us! In less than two weeks the Seahawks take on the Chargers down in San Diego. I know there’s got to be some of our members attending the game down there, which reminds me that I have all the games posted under the events tab on our website if members want to organize meetups either in Seattle or other parts of the country. I can advertise them on Facebook as well.
If the start of preseason doesn’t have you fired up, be sure to check out the NFL Network’s new commercial featuring Russell Wilson. They ask fans to watch for who will be the “next Russell Wilson.” One could argue that we really didn’t get to see the Wilson we now know until about midseason last year. But you can’t argue that it’s not a great commercial (well technically you can, but you’d be wrong.)
Being outside the market for regularly televised games, I’m in the same position as last year as to whether or not to pay the $20 to get the NFL Preseason Live pass. NFL Network is supposed to carry all of the preseason games, but they may not be live. If it’s not live on NFL Network and anyone has a Slingbox I can log into, if only for the San Diego game, drop me an email.
Although the big news is that training camp has started, we also got the news yesterday that Percy Harvin may need surgery on his hip. I don’t think this is the news any of us wanted to hear on the first day, but I’m trying not to overreact. Even if we didn’t pick up Harvin in the offseason,
I would have been happy with Sidney Rice, Golden Tate and Doug Baldwin. We can also remind ourselves that this is a running team (third best in 2012 behind Washington and Minnesota).
As the end of the offseason comes to an end, I want to thank those of you who volunteered for events in the offseason to support the club and the Seahawks. I hope all of you who were able to attend events like the Annual Sea Hawkers BBQ at the VMAC and the Sea Hawkers Annual Banquet. It’s incredibly generous of the Sea Hawkers Central Council to honor our group by allowing us not to pay any dues to be a part of the Sea Hawkers booster club.
Also I want to thank those of you who have helped to write articles and provide content to the website. I’m including them in this newsletter for those who haven’t had the opportunity to check them out.
In the next couple weeks, it sounds like there may be some donors interested in passing along tickets to the preseason games. I’ll let you know how we will plan to pass those along this year when that time comes.
This is probably going to be a difficult season to get donations during the regular season with ticket resale prices higher than I’ve ever seen. But we’re going to work to see how we might be able to get as many folks to games that we can with that challenge in mind.
Now that the season has started, I’m looking forward to communicating a lot more frequently. GO HAWKS!!!!
Don’t Take Russell Wilson for Granted
By Aaron Lee Gowin
This week is the start of training camp, and as a Seahawks fan it could not have come soon enough.
On Sunday, Andy Christianson recently tweeted, “Wow this off season flew by. Barely noticed. #shitnoseahawksfansays.“
He is right. Seahawks fans who have lived through the good and the bad, this has been a grueling offseason. Everyone is telling us how good we are and we have to wait all this time for the affirmation by on field results.
I know this is a bit after the fact, but about a month ago, I was surfing on RealRobReport.com and was watching a video of Mike Rob and Robert Turbin just kind of joking around. In the heat of the moment, Turbin suggested that Lynch would break 2,000 yards this year. And Rob wasn’t about to contradict him.
Keep in mind, these days we are seeing records drop like flies with this new breed of freakishly athletic football players. Last year we saw four records fall, two tied and A.P. was only eight yards shy of setting a new rushing record. And that’s just what I can think of off the top of my head.