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Post by Dave Boling / The News Tribune on June 17, 2013 at 7:04 am with 21 Comments »
June 17, 2013 7:04 am

It’s barely more than six months until the NFL playoffs, so it’s certainly time fans and media start predicting which NFC teams will make the post-season. ESPN’s Mark Schlereth kicks off what should be a slow week in NFL news by sorting through his picks.

Seattle fans will be delighted to hear he thinks the Seahawks will not only make the playoffs but will win the NFC West. He said he likes the way they control the line of scrimmage, and considers Cliff Avril a good addition. He listed Atlanta, San Francisco, Green Bay, Washington and New Orleans as the others.

The Giants, Cowboys, Bears and Vikings, he predicted, will be on the outside this year.

As a preface, Schlereth cited the “bad blood” between the Seahawks and Niners, with cornerbacks “calling out head coaches.” In a small upset, it wasn’t the voluble Richard Sherman, but Brandon Browner. Schlereth’s reference was to a brief comment Browner made last week with KJR’s Dave Mahler.

Browner was asked about Harbaugh’s earlier comments about PED suspensions (“If you cheat to win, you’ve already lost”). Although Harbaugh did not directly mention the Seahawks, the target was clear. Browner said he hadn’t heard Harbaugh’s comments. When synopsized for him, he downplayed it as irrelevant because Harbaugh is not going to be on the field. He might have stopped there, but added that if Harbaugh did happen to be out there, he’d put his “hands around his neck.”

While Browner’s been penalized for illegal contact before, I’m fairly certain the league frowns upon the choking of an opposing head coach. In fairness, Browner said nothing about squeezing his hands once they were on his neck. In context, it wasn’t such a provocative comment, but the fact that it’s generated national attention is evidence this rivalry is being watched well beyond the West Coast.

Clare Farnsworth at has a fun story about the four Seahawks who carry the names of their grandfathers and fathers. Test yourself, try to name them.

Earl Thomas III, Walter Thurmond III, Golden Tate III and Percy Harvin III. The first three were drafted in 2010. Farnsworth points out the league’s changing stance on allowing the III on a game-day jersey. “… the arrival of Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III last season changed all that.” Thomas plans to have Thomas III on his jersey this season. (Although his hair mostly obscures his name as it is).

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  1. GeorgiaRay says:

    Great article yesterday Dave. Appreciated it.

  2. bbnate420 says:

    I don’t want to see anyone murdered, but I certainly would cheer BB on if he had his hands around Harbarf’s throat. Just until he choked some sense into his pea brain.

  3. Dave Boling says:

    Thanks, Georgia … it was really fun to do since John Nordstrom is a fascinating man. I was delighted when he agreed to do an interview because he’s maintained a very low profile. Even as long as the story was, there were some things I couldn’t fit in. I thought it particularly interesting that if he could go back, knowing how the league would prosper, he would have taken over ownership on his own rather than go with the family decision to sell to Behring. He knew at the time that the Kingdome wasn’t going to be workable in the long term. He applauded the work Paul Allen did on the new stadium, and thinks it’s a real league showplace.

    bbnate420 … your identity has been revealed — Lions coach Jim Schwartz

  4. RDPoulsbo says:

    I really enjoyed the Nordstrom article as well. It was also a history of how the league has changed. I think in the end, John is probably at peace with selling the team though. A lot has changed and he probably wouldn’t enjoy dealing with the other owners around the league. It’s probably a unique situation where a former owner has free reign of the facilities and has the ear of the curren owner. It just shows how much respect the club has for him.

  5. Thank God Nordstrom sold the team, even with the hell we all went through during the Behring dark ages. Nordstrom would never have been able to funnel enough money into the team to be where we are right now, we have Paul Allen to thank for that. And even if Allen was responsible for hiring Asshat Ruskell, he also fired him and brought in Schneider, which more than makes up for buying Timmay!’s BS.

    No knock on JN as a person, I just firmly feel we wouldn’t be paying players enough to attract FA and keep our young stars around if he had control. Nor would we have the VMAC.

    We’re damned lucky to have Allen, and we all better hope he keeps ahead of cancer and holds onto the team.

  6. Yeah, a really great story! I loved the family atmosphere element in those days. The tire story was great. As a life long Seahawks fan I thank God for the Nordstroms and Paul Allen. Not so much KB. PA rescued us all!

  7. chuck_easton says:


    I think what we might see is a situation where a defender goes to make a play on the SF sideline and ‘just can’t hold up’ as they go blasting into Harbaugh.

    We already know that the players of both teams better come ready to play, but for those two games the sideline staff of both teams better have their heads on swivels!

  8. Eric,
    The Veterans are off till Training Camp, Everybody else Rookies,UDFA, and Futures are in OTA”s till June 26,2013.

    What are they doing and who are they using as a QB?

  9. Dave Boling says:

    As Pete said on the final day of minicamp, (the 13th), the young guys were going to be around for another 10 days or so and “the vets can come through and work but it has to be on their own.” It’s break time for the staff. We don’t get access during this period. I don’t imagine there’s anything more than working out and maybe some casual stuff in small groups.

  10. Come and listen to a story about a man named Ken (Behring) who was brain dead,
    A poor millionaire, barely kept his family fed,
    Then one day he was lookin to do something rude,
    And up through his head came an idea that was bubblin crude.

    Green that is, cold cash, so he could buy more tea.

    Well the first thing you know ol Ken wants to be more of a millionaire,
    LA folk said “Ken move away from there”
    Said “Californy is the place you ought to be”
    So Ken tried to load up the truck and move to Beverly.

    Hills, that is. Swimmin pools, movie stars.

    Well now its time to say good-bye to Ken and all his kin.
    And they would like to thank you folks fer kindly droppin in.
    Mr. Allen sarcastically said “You’re all invited back again to this locality”
    To have a heapin helpin of their hospitality

    South Alaska style, that is. Set a spell, Take your shoes off and watch an upcoming Super win.

    Y’all come back to watch the game in February, 2014, y’hear?

  11. SandpointHawk says:

    Alright BobbyK…nice parody…

  12. It was inspired by the great article Dave wrote yesterday. Thanks, Dave.

  13. freedom_X says:

    The Nordstroms probably would have been fine financially. NFL teams make money, even after considering all the accounting tricks used to make teams appear to “lose” money in sports.

    The Nordstrom family probably has more in the way of resources than half of the other owners. For many of the other teams, the NFL team *is* their fortune. They don’t have wealth outside of the team. The Nordstroms have a good sized fortune in addition to the team itself.

    But if the Nordstroms didn’t want to put in the time or resources needed, then it was best after all for them to sell, thankfully ending up in the hands of Paul Allen.

  14. DanielleMND says:

    I’d love to see Harbaugh choked, but if we sweep his team, that’ll suffice.

  15. bbnate420 says:

    Mr. Boling called it. I can now reveal myself. I need some outlet for my anger with the Lions being as bad as they are and having coached Mr. Congeniality Titus Young. ;-)

    I think you may be on to something, Chuck. The bad blood between BB and Harbarf goes back farther than the recent comments. I doubt BB took kindly to Harbarf whining about them being too physical with SF’s poor little receivers.

  16. yankinta says:

    ESPN’s Mark Schlereth got it right. Colts will not make a playoff. The Hype on Luck will finally go away after this season. People will learn the truth,, that he’s just an average QB in 2-3 years…..

  17. Thanks a lot Earl Thomas III! I only got one season out of my “Thomas” jersey and now it too is obsolete! I’ll add it to the dozen or so that are retired (I’m half-kidding of course, but half-sort of serious because I’m a nerd for accuracy).

    Long Drawn out Explanation follows (skip if you value your time, read at your own peril):

    Despite the latest “III” controversy, my wolf grey Wilson should be good forever (since he is a robot). I also have a blue Largent that I bought long after he retired (my $5 weekly allowance wasn’t enough to cut it back during his playing days). Due to the HOFer addendum, it’s good forever (best worn during pre-season). I generally keep two current at all times, one road, one home. Blue is always defense, White (or in this case grey) is always offense. I may have to make room for a white Harvin (Would have to wait until November, can you say birthday present!).

    Tradition goes back to when I started getting a paycheck and I got a Ricky Watters white and Chad Brown blue. When we switched to the “Seahawks Blue” I went with a D-Jack white and the updated Chad Brown blue (favorite Seahawk ever – Russ might surpass him one day). Then an Alexander white and Tatupu Blue, authentics this time, paychecks were increasing… Those were the last authentics though because damn it both guys fell off the cliff quick – and I felt that perhaps I had offended the gods by flaunting my money around like a crack dealer. Got a Mike Williams white (WTF BMW!) and received a Neon Green Hasselbeck as a present (Sister thought it was “super dope”), so skipped the blue that year (good thing too since we changed jerseys again). Upgraded to the new ones last year figuring both would be set for at least the next 10 years (Thomas and Wilson)… Never saw the “III” coming…

    And yes – I have sunk more than $1,000 (and half my closet space, cause they must all hang proudly) into the multi-billion NFL machine… My wife knows this all too well!

  18. ” into the multi-billion NFL machine… My wife knows this all too well! ” such a great line :)

  19. You da man Sac_94!

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