When last we spoke, we had a Seahawks team that was going 7-1 and was cruising their way to their second straight NFC West title. The second half of the year gets a little tougher as 5 of the 8 games are against division opponents and it includes an east coast trip to the probable NFC East champs. We continue our preview through the genius lens of Seinfeld.
As I boarded a flight home on Monday night from Minneapolis, I found myself torn between two emotions. One was sadness as it meant vacation was over and I really could have used a few more days drinking gin & tonics on the pontoon boat out there on West Leaf Lake. The other was excitement though, as I realized we were a mere 10 days away from football season and the joy that comes with watching our Super Bowl Champions in person. That emotion was further entrenched as I was watching the Hawks-Bears game I had recorded while I was away. 2 straight weeks of offensive domination by our starters begins to put thoughts in one's head. Like 19-0 kinds of thoughts. The start of football season also means the return of regular blogging here at Hawkstrong.com and I hope we've got a few more of you along for the ride this year. Actually, this is really for my own entertainment but if others are simultaneously entertained, all the better. As you regulars know, I'll usually tie the week's upcoming game to a movie and see if we can't have some fun. Well, I'm honestly running out of movies to use because I have a set of criteria I need in order to use them. First, I have to have seen it. I'm not the world's biggest movie buff so that eliminates a lot of choices already. Second, the movie needs to have some good, solid quotes that everyone knows. It also needs to be able to relate those quotes in some manner or fashion to football and that week's game. For these reasons, the list is short and I don't really want to use the same list every year. So, we're trying something different. For the preview this year, we're using classic Seinfeld quotes. The first part will be today. The second part hopefully in a couple days. Enjoy.
Tune into the Doug Baldwin's 5th installment of Fresh Files Live on Wednesday - July 23rd - at 7PM.
If you haven't checked out Fresh Files Live before, Baldwin provides a very cool & unique opportunity for fans to ask questions (including via video chat) about him, football, life as a NFL player, and maybe even provide the answer to the burning question of the year "What do we Turn Down For?".
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What, free Seahawks tickets? That's right, we're giving away two tickets to the first home peak of the 2014 Seattle Seahawks on 8/15/14 vs the San Diego Chargers. One (1) lucky winner will receive two (2) tickets for the game courtesy of Hawk Strong. All you have to do is fill out the registration below, and be sure to check out our updates on Twitter (@hawkstrongsea) and Facebook (Hawk Strong Tailgate). Once you've entered, let us know on social media!
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As is the motto that has developed in Hawk Alley by our friends at Blue Line Express, #TailgatingWithAPurpose has a strong meaning to us at Hawk Strong. And while we have focused those efforts in past years to support the community through collecting donations at Seahawks tailgates, there are more months in the year to do our part.
We were fortunate to recently volunteer with another great group (Interior Technologies - www.interior-tech.com) at Vision House (www.nohomelesskids.org) in Shoreline to be a part of their vision to eliminate homelessness for women and children in Puget Sound. Founded by Susan and John Camerer, Vision House has served the physical, mental and emotional needs of women/children since 1990 at facilities in Renton and Shoreline.
Thanks to Alex, Anderson, Corynn, Jason, Jennifer, Mark and Shayla for taking the time to work on the VH grounds and cook up a great meal for the volunteers/residents.
We got together with some friends this Wednesday night at Hilliard's Beer in Ballard to continue the Seahawks Super Bowl Championship the night before the draft. There was one great twist to the night as Doug Baldwin was running a Live Fresh Files. Thanks to Sports Marketing Partners and Doug, Benj was the lucky guy to ask DB a live question which had the crowd at Hilliard's fired up.
Doug Baldwin released his latest version of The Fresh Files today with a fun look at his Super Bowl experience. And I don't think it is much of a stretch to say that the lead-in view and the segment with John Schneider may be a poke at the current contract discussions.
One of our favorite days on the calendar, the NFL schedule was released yesterday. We already knew who we were playing and where we were playing them of course, but now we know when. Our fall can now be planned. We found out that the NFL doesn't much care for our beloved Hawks dominance at home in prime-time games, as we were awarded 4 but only one of those will be in the cozy confines of Seahawks Stadium. Now, that doesn't bother your friends here at Hawk Strong because it means more tailgates down in Hawk Alley and keeps us all Seahawks fans from having to endure the torture and extortion-level parking prices associated with Monday or Thursday night games.
In previous years, I've entitled this piece Hope Springs Eternal but thought a change was needed this year. Hope turned into reality on February 2, 2014. Even though kickoff is 133 days away, it's always fun to talk football and get excited for the season. So, let's take a look at the 2014 Seahawks schedule through the lens of confidence as opposed to hope.
In the words of Jack Nicholson, I'm baaaaack. Back where it all began here at Hawkstrong.com. I've been working on this piece since the day after the Super Bowl, but for a number of reasons just couldn't get it sound right or have the time to put all my thoughts together. In any case, below is one man's personal relationship with our favorite football team and ultimately what it meant to have the Lombardi Trophy finally reside in Seattle. Hope you enjoy it. Fair warning though, it's a little long. In other words, don't blame me if you develop hemorrhoids from trying to read it all in one sitting.