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Russell Wilson takes shot at Bleacher Report for grading Seahawks’ 2012 draft an F

russell-wilson-seahawksThe Seattle Seahawks are Super Bowl champions, which automatically validates almost everything the team has done over the course of the past few seasons. Pete Carroll and company have obviously drafted well and signed the right free agents. Although, one Bleacher Report writer thought the Seahawks fell flat on their faces in the 2012 NFL Draft.

In April 2012, the Seahawks drafted Russell Wilson. They also used one of their picks in the 2012 NFL Draft to acquire Marshawn Lynch in 2010. Those two, among others, have been kind of important to Seattle’s success. Wilson reminded everyone of that on Wednesday.

Here’s what Bleacher Report’s Donald Wood had to say about Wilson and the Seahawks at the time:

Pete Carroll is proving why he didn’t make it in the NFL the first time. Not only was Bruce Irvin a reach at No. 15, the Seahawks proved they were oblivious to their madness by celebrating their selection.

As if the day wasn’t bad enough, Seattle selecting Russell Wilson, a QB that doesn’t fit their offense at all, was by far the worst move of the draft. With the two worst moves of the draft, Seattle is the only team that received an F on draft day.

The Seahawks also drafted linebacker Bobby Wagner in the second round of the 2012 draft. The former Utah State star has recorded 260 combined tackles in two seasons and racked up 34 during this year’s playoffs. Robert Turbin, who has served as a quality compliment to Lynch and could be the future of Seattle’s backfield, was taken in the fourth round.

Enough said.

Seahawks player says no to sex week before Super Bowl

No-sexDo women weaken legs? Mickey Goldmill told Rocky Balboa to knock off the crap with Adrian when he was training to fight Apollo Creed, and personally I believe anything that Mickey says. At least one Seattle Seahawks player does, too.

On Monday, Bleacher Report’s Mike Freeman spoke with a Seahawks player and asked him about the week leading up to the Super Bowl. The Seahawks have already traveled to New York for game, and we all know there is plenty to do in the Big Apple when it comes to nightlife. That won’t be an issue for this player.

There are plenty of differing opinions when it comes to the topic of sex and sports. MMA champion Ronda Rousey has said multiple times that she enjoys having sex before fights. Manny Pacquiao, on the other hand, goes several weeks without monkey business when he has a big fight coming up. One soccer team even thinks they helped lower their injury rate by banning sex two days before games.

Perhaps this particular player is not married or in a serious relationship. There’s probably a difference between messing around with your wife or girlfriend and going out and meeting women when you have a game to focus on. Either way, Mickey would be proud.

Kicker Steven Hauschka told Pete Carroll not to try field goal; Seahawks scored touchdown instead

Steven Hauschka SeahawksOne of the biggest turning points in the NFC Championship Game was when the Seattle Seahawks elected to go for it on 4th and 7 early in the fourth quarter instead of attempting a 53-yard field goal into the wind. Russell Wilson drew the San Francisco 49ers offsides to give them a free play, and he hit Jermaine Kearse for a 35-yard touchdown pass to put his team up 20-17 — a lead they didn’t relinquish.

Now we’re learning that the play was possible thanks in part to the recommendation of kicker Steven Hauschka, who dissuaded head coach Pete Carroll from attempting the difficult field goal.

“I didn’t really want to kick it, to tell you the truth,” Hauschka told Newsday after the game. “It was into the wind . . . I didn’t think it was the right decision and I let coach Carroll know that.”

Hauschka told Newsday that he had never before turned down a kick, but he didn’t think this one was one he could make given the conditions.

“You have to be honest with yourself,” he said. “It was the wind at that moment. Sometimes you can make that, but I felt the wind at that moment was into the face enough to not want to try that kick. I grabbed him on the sideline as I ran out because I could see the flags [on top of the uprights] and I told him: ‘We shouldn’t kick this.’ ”

The Seahawks initially sent out their field goal team to attempt the kick, but Carroll called timeout and sent out his offense. The move paid off — the touchdown may have been the biggest play of the game.

As another interesting note, the play the Seahawks called for 4th and 7 changed once San Francisco jumped offsides. The receivers ran streaks instead, which is how Wilson ended up throwing a touchdown pass to Kearse.

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Sport Science explains why Seattle’s CenturyLink Field is so loud

Seattle has long been said to be the most difficult place to play in the NFL. It’s the loudest stadium in the league, and visitors routinely have trouble running their offense in the environment.

The Seahawks went 8-1 at home this season and 8-0 at home last season. Their 16-1 home record, +16.4 points per game differential and +26 turnover differential at home the past two seasons places them first in the league. In 2010, they went just 7-9 during the regular season but still beat the New Orleans Saints in the playoffs, mostly because the game was at home.

So what about CenturyLink Field (FKA Qwest Field) makes it such a difficult place to play? ESPN’s Sport Science tackled the subject.

Century Link Field

According to Sports Science, the stadium’s clam-shelled roof covers 70 percent of the seats in the stadium. The parabolic shape of the roof redirects sound back towards the field of play. It also has a cantilever construction that keeps sound swirling around the lower level. The other part of the stadium that helps the noise effort is the “Hawks Nest” beyond the end zone. The Hawks Nest is filled with about 40 rows of aluminum bleachers, which helps amplify noise when the fans stomp on the bleachers.

Given all the advantages the construction of the stadium provides, you have to wonder how the NFL approved the design. Did they not realize what effect it would have?

Seahawks won’t sell tickets to California addresses

Seahawks-fansThe Seattle Seahawks know they have the best home-field advantage in football and maybe all of sports. CenturyLink field is one of the loudest venues in the country, and the Seahawks have consistently credited their “12th man” with contributing to their success over the past few seasons. The team does not intend to let that change in the NFC Championship Game next weekend.

After the Seahawks beat the New Orleans Saints on Saturday, the team announced that they will not be selling tickets to buyers with California addresses in advance of their game against the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday. In fact, the team is limiting sales to addresses from Oregon, Washington, Montana, Idaho, Alaska, Hawaii, and any of the Canadian provinces.

Does that mean Niners fans will be unable to attend the game? No, but it does mean they will have to dig much deeper into their pockets to get there. The cheapest ticket to Sunday’s game on StubHub.com is currently listed for $464. That price will likely go up since the team has made it so difficult for people outside of the seven areas listed above to obtain tickets.

Some are already calling the stunt petty, but the Seahawks know stadium noise is their best friend. Like last season, the Niners proved on Sunday that they are more than capable of winning on the road in the postseason. The 12th man will do its best to put a stop to that.

H/T LBS tipster David

Jimmy Graham gets into shouting match with Seahawks before game

Emotions are typically running high when the first whistle blows to signal the start of an NFL playoff game. For Jimmy Graham, the adrenaline was pumping more than an hour before game time on Saturday as the New Orleans Saints prepared to take on the Seattle Seahawks.

Graham got into a shouting match with several Seahawks players during pregame warmups. It seemed like the Pro Bowl tight end was upset that some of the Seahawks players were crowding his space while he was getting loose.

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The dust-up apparently started when Graham smacked Seahawks defensive end Bruce Irvin’s hat off his head.

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49ers fans to buy billboard in Seattle taunting Seahawks with Super Bowl trophies

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The San Francisco 49ers and Seattle Seahawks currently have one of the best rivalries in football. The NFC West foes are two of the NFL’s best teams, and they both know it. Earlier this season, Seahawks fans bought a brick at the 49ers’ new stadium and paid for a “12th Man” banner to be flown over Candlestick Park. Now, Niners fans are firing back with a billboard.

According to the San Jose Mercury News, a group of Niners fans have raised more than $8,000 to pay for a billboard less than a mile from Seattle’s stadium. The proposed billboard would feature a photo of Dwight Clark’s legendary play “The Catch” hidden behind five Vince Lombardi Trophies — signifying the five championships San Francisco has won.

The idea is the brainchild of a Niners fan named Aasheesh Shravah, who currently lives in New York but grew up in the Bay Area.

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