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Thursday Round-Up: Russell Wilson ousted at ESPYs; Seahawks fall in Greatest Uniform of All-Time
Good morning, and here's what's "out there" for today, Thursday, July 18, about your Seattle Seahawks:
It was a rough 24 hours in fan voting competitions for Seattle.
First, quarterback Russell Wilson missed out on the ESPY award for "Best Breakthrough Athlete" at last night's ceremony in L.A. That honor went to San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who beat out Wilson, Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel, Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig, and Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout.
And second, the Seahawks' current uniforms fell to the current uniforms of the Niners in Round 4 of NFL.com's bracket to determine the Greatest Uniform in League history. The Seahawks held an early lead through the first day-and-a-half of voting, but a late push by the 49ers sealed the deal, 240,906 votes to 196,216 votes. San Francisco now squares off against the jerseys of the defending Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens in the bracket's "Final Four."
Thankfully, the 2013 preseason is almost here to pull us back to the competitions that really matter - the ones that take place on the field.
Danny O'Neil of 710Sports.com previews the club's quarterback position heading into 2013 training camp, which is now a mere eight days away.
Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times continues the site's "15 questions in 15 days" pre-training camp series by answering, "How many carries will Percy Harvin get this season?"
ESPN's John Clayton's "Cold Hard Facts" segment on 710 AM ESPN Seattle dissects the Seahawks' run game and backfield depth.
ESPN.com NFC West blogger Mike Sando talks with wide receiver Doug Baldwin on NFL player stereotypes in the midst of negative news around the League, while taking a look at the positive things in the community each club in the division is doing. We feature a similar storyline in today's Hawk Mail newsletter - be sure to sign up for an exclusive first look.
Sando also joined 710 AM ESPN Seattle's "Brock and Danny" to discuss the Seahawks' unconventional approach to roster building under general manager John Schneider and head coach Pete Carroll.
It's about a week old now, but we haven't shared it with you in this space quite yet - Chris Burke of SI.com has his 2013 NFC West Preview.
Burke examines where the club has improved: "Wide receiver. Drop the mic and walk away. The Seahawks paid a pretty penny, including their 2013 first-round pick, for Percy Harvin. He will be worth it, provided he can put his recent injury history behind him. Few players in the league are capable of changing a game like Harvin, who sure feels like the piece Seattle was missing. Rookie Chris Harper could be one to watch eventually, as well. He’s a physical receiver who will make catches in traffic and might battle for playing time as the year progresses."
Monroe High School represented the Seahawks in the NFL's High School Player Development 7-on-7 flag football tournament last weekend. Chris Hendrickson of The Monroe Monitor has the story.
Former Seahawks Pro Bowl defensive lineman John Randle recently teed off in a golf tournament to benefit St. David's Center for Child & Family Development.
The Sea Gals teased their 2014 swimsuit calendar yesterday afternoon on SeaGals.com. The calendar will be unveiled at The Triple Door in downtown Seattle on Sunday, August 11. You can pre-order a calendar now for pick up at the event.
Sea Gals Jessica I, Courtney, Zoe, and Jackie chronicle their time on 12 Tour Bellingham and Vancouver, B.C. in this short photo diary.
And former NFL scout and current analyst for NFL.com Daniel Jeremiah has unleashed his rankings of the 50 most talented players in college football. It's an SEC dominated list, but University of Washington tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins is highlighted at No. 41.