Monday, January 31, 2011

We Wanna See Your Bust, 'Tez

For the third year in a row, Cortez Kennedy is on the shortlist for 'enshrinement' in the Pro Football Hall Of Fame. And you know what they say about the third time...

As DT for 11 years with the Seahawks, Cortez Kennedy spanned the messy era between Chuck Knox and Mike Holmgren with grace and true blue pride. Not to mention a crapload of bad-ass tackles and sacks.

I always thought #96 was perfect for 'Tez - because at 6'3" and hovering around 300lbs, if he got a mitt on you, you might not know which way was up by the time he was through with you - either way you look at it, it's still 96.

Spending his entire career with the Hawks endeared him to #12, who sent him to the Pro Bowl 8 times. Selected as NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 1992, {yes, that 1992, we went 2-14} there's no doubt that 'Tez deserves a big ol' bust and that fancy Century 21 agent Pro Football HOFer jacket.

VOTE Cortez Kennedy for Fan's Choice. It can't hurt. Vote as often as you like HERE.

Stay tuned. Enshrinees will be announced this Saturday, Feb 5th - just in time for the Super Bowl.

Oh...and Tom Flores is on the ballot too. What the what?

{Image Credits: suited up: Allen Dean Steele/ raising 12: KING5 Seahawks Blog}

Friday, January 28, 2011

The Good News...The Bad News

Our boy Bobby Engram, who was a favorite receiver of Matt Hasselbeck, sporting #84 from 2001-2008, retired in 2009. Today it was announced that he's joined the offensive coaching staff...of the 49ers. Crap.

He'll be helping out with the West Coast Offense. Something he knows a little bit about, being part of Holmgren's heroes in 2005.

Which brings me to my conclusion - in my green and blue heart, the entire 2005 Seahawk team, remain true blue Seahawks forever, regardless of where they end up. {except for one josh brown. sorry josh. well, not really.}

And just in case you're hoping it's not true, here's the story on, Mike Sando's blog, and wow - someone even updated Bobby's Wikipedia listing already...well done.

{Image Credit: Left: The Seattle Times Right: AP}

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Seattle Seahawks 2011: Opponents

In addition to our NFC West rivals {those guys we love to hate}, the Seahawks will host the following teams at Qwest Field this upcoming season - dates TBA:

Philadelphia Eagles
{welcome home, DTapp!}

Washington Redskins

Baltimore Ravens
{ugh, welcome back, Housh.}

Cincinnati Bengals

Atlanta Falcons

And the team will travel not near, but far, to Dallas, the {new} Meadowlands, Pittsburgh, Cleveland, and Chicago. Want to join #12 at Qwest? It's unbelievable, but is still taking Season Ticket orders.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Seahawks Offseason

Forget about the QB "question" {there isn't one} or possible NFLPA strike {there won't be}. Here are the 2011 off-season dates you need to know:

Jan 30 NFL Pro Bowl in Hawaii {Who Cares}

Feb 6 SUPER BOWL XLV in Dallas {Can't believe I'm suddenly a Packers Fan}

Feb 23-Mar 1 NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, IN {kick the tires}

Mar 3 Free Agency begins {We all talk about Matthew}

Apr 28-30 2011 DRAFT in NYC {We currently pick 25th}

July Training Camp at VMAC in Renton, WA {time for #12 to train too}

Monday, January 24, 2011

Representing the Seahawks in 2011 Pro Bowl...

The Seahawks were shut out of this year's Pro Bowl. That really doesn't bother me, because the Pro Bowl is usually the lamest game of the year. {Does anyone really watch this game?}

What IS bothersome is that 30 of the NFL's 32 teams have one or more player going to the game. The Seahawks and the Bucs found no love from the fans in 2010. This would make sense since the votes are in well before the playoffs, and mostly reflect the prior year's performance - not our best, under the befuddled leadership of one JiMora. Still, even Detroit has 2 players on the roster. And they went 2-14 in 2009. Huh.

Even though we won't be represented on the field, we WILL have Sea-Gal Nicole representing the team. Aloha, Nicole! Have fun in Hawaii and show 'em that #12 spirit!

{Image Credit: - read their hilarious account of what it's really like to to go to the Pro probably won't be surprised.}

Friday, January 21, 2011

Thanks for 2010

Today Coach Carroll sent out a letter to #12 via email and Ben Obomanu gave fans a ring on the phone - just to thank us.

I say, thank YOU guys for a memorable season. 2011 is going to rock, and 2012 is the year #12 gets their next Super Bowl seat. How fitting.

Get your season tickets now, folks.

{Image Credit: Seattle Seahawks email}

Thursday, January 20, 2011

12 the Hard Way: Inaugural Day Post

Inaugural Day in so many ways. This site is something I've been thinking about for years, and the 2010 Seahawks and their playoff run finally inspired me to get it going.

Why 12 the Hard Way? Because there's only one way to be a true #12, and it ain't always bed of roses, folks. There is no other team in football that has such a devoted fan base - fans that come to games to WORK...and are proud of their team even in defeat. (well, most of the time.)

As a lifelong #12, I've gotta take the plunge and add my voice to the mix. There are a lot of awesome Seahawk sites and blogs already. But there's always room for more #12 voices, right?

Go Hawks!