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Category: Flashbacks

March
24th

Saluting Clare Farnsworth, a Seahawks institution–and the kindest guy in Seattle sports

For 36 years, from the Kingdome through the team ruling the NFL kingdom, Clare Farnsworth has been exquisitely reporting and writing on the Seahawks. Heck, he is THE Seahawks writer. Has been since — ! — 1979.

Friday is the final day of his career. His goodbye column for the team’s website, for which he’s worked the last six years, is here. It describes a who’s who of Seahawks football since Jimmy Carter was president. And it’s classy.

Shocker.

Richard Sherman was one of many Seahawks to note what Clare’s done:

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Feb.
20th

“Moving ahead” Pete Carroll counseling Darrell Bevell, all Seahawks on criticism of how they lost the Super Bowl

The final, fateful directive Pete Carroll made in Super Bowl 49 just under three weeks ago was to offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell, to call a pass from the 1-yard line in the Super Bowl. It was a counter to New England bringing in a heavy set of defenders to stop the run with 26 seconds to play and the Patriots leading 28-24.

No need to remind you that Russell Wilson’s interception cost Seattle a second consecutive Super Bowl title. Since then: a non-stop torrent of national, even international criticism upon Carroll and Bevell for the worst call in

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Jan.
29th

Michael Bennett, Cliff Avril get booed visiting Suns game; Isaiah Thomas says hey to Tacoma

Went to watch friend of mine and Tacoma native Isaiah Thomas last night playing for the Suns down the street for our Super Bowl hotel. He lit up the Wizards with 18 points in just 20 minutes as Phoenix won. He shoots a lot more 3-pointers than I’ve seen him do before — all four of his makes were 3’s — in what last night anyway was an evolution of his game when bigger guards (every one he plays against) deny him the lane.

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Nov.
20th

Former Seahawks OT Walter Jones named HOF semifinalist

Former Seahawks offensive tackle Walter Jones inched one step closer to sports immortality Wednesday night when he was named a semifinalist for the 2014 class of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

The announcement was made on NFL Network, where the league whittled an initial list of 126 nominees down to 25 semifinalists.

Jones is one of four to make the cut in the first year of eligibility. The others are former Colts wide receiver Marvin Harrison, coach Tony Dungy and longtime Buccaneers linebacker Derrick Brooks.

Jones played his entire professional career (1997-2008) for the Seahawks. He was a nine-time

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Nov.
4th

2001 flashback

Coming into Cleveland Browns Stadium this afternoon stirred memories of the Seahawks’ last trip here.

The thing that I remember most of that weekend was that I flew back out of Cleveland the following morning … 9/10 2001. The morning after that, of course, many things changed.

It was a fairly new stadium back then. And it was more remarkable from a Seahawks’ historical standpoint as Matt Hasselbeck’s first NFL start.

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Nov.
5th

Flashback: Holmgren’s early years

Holmgren Mike 1965.jpgThe Seattle Times has a fun story today about Mike Holmgren’s early days in coaching. It provides a good opportunity to dredge up the stories we wrote when Holmgren first came to Seattle as Seahawks coach in 1999. I spent a couple months researching his past. We broke it out into a main story and stories about the 22-game losing streak one of his old teams endured, his sometimes well-hidden lighter side, his

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Oct.
29th

The bad old days

This Jordan Babineaux move reminded me of another one Seattle made several years ago, also after six games. Back when the Hawks gave up big plays out of habit (think 2000), coaches benched Reggie Tongue in favor of Kerry Joseph. The parallels are obvious to me. Tongue was a second-round pick (58th overall). Michael Boulware, the man Babineaux is replacing, was a second-rounder (53rd overall). Babineaux was an undrafted free agent from Division II Southern Arkansas. Joseph was an undrafted free agent from Division I-AA McNeese State. The similarities stop there. That 2000 Seattle defense went out the next week and allowed 498 yards during a loss to Indianapolis at Husky Stadium. This Seattle defense is much better all the way around. Those of you into pain can read my 2000 Joseph-for-Tongue story below. One other funny note: In addition to the Tongue benching, Holmgren also made a move on the offensive line that week. He benched RT Todd Weiner in favor of Chris McIntosh.

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