Thursday Round-Up: "Beast Mode" born from Marshawn Lynch's Oakland roots

Posted Jan 16, 2014

A morning link round-up of what's "out there" about your Seattle Seahawks

Good morning, 12th Man.

Here's a look at what's "out there" for today - Thursday, Jan. 16 - about your Seattle Seahawks:

Tom Pelissero of USA Today talks with running back Marshawn Lynch's close friends and family on Lynch's transformation from the Oakland Tech High School scatback who avoided contact to the Beast Mode NFL-force who welcomes it. Pelissero writes:

Here, he is Beast Mode — the Skittles-chomping, stiff-arming superhero who has rushed for more than 5,000 yards with 50 trips to the end zone since arriving from the Buffalo Bills in a 2010 trade.

But almost every Monday, Lynch takes the short flight to the Bay Area, where he's still Marshawn. The No.24 Seahawks jerseys seen in the heart of 49ers country Sunday will give away the pride his hometown takes in his success.

"He is definitely our star of Oakland, man," said Lynch's close friend, Kevin Parker, "and somebody I love dearly."

Nate Davis of USA Today has five storylines to monitor this Sunday at CenturyLink Field.

Chris Wesseling of previews Sunday's NFC West showdown, liking the Seahawks over the Niners, 20-17.

Michael Silver of looks at what makes Seattle such an attractive destination for NFL free agents. has five mind-blowing stats ahead of this Sunday's conference championships.

Larry Stone of the Seattle Times says running back Marshawn Lynch in his Beast Mode is the essence of Seahawks football.

Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times details Steven Hauschka's unlikely path to the NFL, where he has grown into one of the game's best and most consistent kickers.

Dave Boling of the Tacoma News Tribune says Marshawn Lynch does most of his talking with his hard-nosed running style.

Todd Dybas of the Tacoma News Tribune looks at how the Seahawks are keeping their focus this week with the Super Bowl potentially just 60 minutes of football away.

T.J. Cotterill and Don Ruiz of the Tacoma News Tribune take a closer look at Colin Kaepernick's scrambling ability and outline the injury situation for both teams.

Danny O'Neil of says today is important to determine whether or not wide receiver Percy Harvin (concussion) will be available for Sunday's game. Here are several highlights from O'Neil's latest "Hawk Talk" chat.

John Boyle of the Everett Herald compares and contrasts the coaching philosophies of the Seahawks' Pete Carroll and the 49ers' Jim Harbaugh.

Terry Blount of says playoff dreams are finally coming true for a trio of first-year Seahawks defensive lineman - Tony McDaniel, Michael Bennett, and Cliff Avril.

Paul Schwartz of the New York Post says quarterback Russell Wilson and the Seahawks offense are comfortable where they are, so long as they keep winning games.

Janie McCauley of the Associated Press tells us how the 49ers are preparing for the loud and proud crowd they'll find at CenturyLink Field this Sunday.

Tim Booth of the Associated Press reports Pete Carroll and quarterback Russell Wilson are not worried about the team's passing game.

Doug Farrar of breaks down the keys to victory for this weekend's conference title games, noting the Seahawks must stay in their lanes when defending 49ers running back Frank Gore.

Andy Benoit of says Colin Kaepernick's eagerness to improvise could ultimately be the 49ers undoing.

Peter King of goes one-on-one with free safety Earl Thomas after the Seahawks' win over the New Orleans Saints this past weekend.

Steve Rudman of has a statistical breakdown of Sunday's game.

Adam Lewis of tells us how free safety Earl Thomas and the defense are approaching Sunday's game.

Tim Lewis of KOMO 4 News says the Seahawks know a trip to Super Bowl XLVIII is on the line, but that's not their focus. previews Sunday's NFC Championship between the Seahawks and Niners.

Zach Berman of the Philadelphia Inquirer highlights the play of free safety Earl Thomas, who almost went to the Eagles with pick No. 13 in the 2010 NFL Draft.

Jamie Skorheim of recaps a conversation between KIRO Radio's Dori Monson and wide receiver Golden Tate.

Dan Restione of has a look back at the Seahawks' 1983 AFC Championship run. put together a photo gallery of places that let you eat and drink like a 12th Man.

Filip Bondy of the New York Daily News has the story of Seahawks super-fan David Barrionuevo, a bartender from Brooklyn who has attended 17 Seahawks games this season.

The Pacific Northwest Seismic Network will be back at it this Sunday at CenturyLink Field, tracking those 12th Man generated "earthquakes" during the NFC Championship game.

Here at, I recap and provide video from Pete Carroll's Wednesday press conference.

Here's a look at 24 different Sea Hawkers fan rallies taking place tomorrow night around the Pacific Northwest.

A couple of new menu items were unveiled yesterday at CenturyLink Field that will be sold at Sunday's NFC Championship game.

And Digital Media Reporter Clare Farnsworth tells us why free safety Earl Thomas is a worthy choice for NFL Defensive Player of the Year, puts the focus on defensive end Red Bryant's playoff memories, and tells us what the coaching staff saw in rookie Michael Bowie that let him start at left guard this past weekend.

Did I miss anything you think is worthy of inclusion? Let me know on Twitter @TonyDrovetto