MUNICH—Have you ever heard DK Metcalf sing "Can You Feel The Love Tonight" while sitting on a bus?
Well, I can now cross that one off my bucket list*, because while sitting on a bus waiting to leave practice and head back to the team hotel Friday, the Seahawks receiver recounted how he had a hard time sleeping the previous night, and ended up watching "The Lion King," which was the only thing he had downloaded on this tablet. And the mere mention of that movie apparently was reason to start singing, because, hey, it's a really catchy song.
*–That would actually be a very odd and specific bucket-list item.
As a quick aside, the last time I was in Munich was in high school with my German class, and for whatever reason my buddy, Brendan, bought a German version of "The Lion King" soundtrack, and to this day when I hear that song, I think of "Kann es wirklich Liebe sein." So maybe I'll try to convince Aaron Donkor to teach that version to Metcalf.
Anyway, we've gotten way off track here…
Friday in Munich featured a more normal day for the Seahawks, with most folks getting a full night sleep instead of watching Disney movies in the middle of the night, and with a full day of meetings, walkthrough and practice, just like any other Friday.
What wasn't like a normal Friday, however, was having the Seahawks practice next to FC Bayern Munich, one of the biggest and most successful clubs in the world.
Just as practice got started, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll and Bayern manager Julian Nagelsmann did a jersey exchange, then a bit later as the Seahawks transitioned from walkthrough to their usual pre-practice stretch, players all walked to the neighboring field for a quick meet-and-greet with some Bayern players.
Seahawks players also had a little fun during breaks in the action, kicking a soccer ball around.
"We really appreciated that they have their way of doing things, and we couldn't buck them out of it today," Carroll said with a laugh. "We tried to mess around with them a little bit and have some fun, but they've got their way. (Nagelsmann) has done a great job, and obviously they have a great philosophy. It seems very clear in that regard, and that's something that I always respect when people know who they are and what they stand for. That seems very obvious with Bayern.
Following practice, players got some time off to get out of the hotel for a bit and explore town… Speaking of which, time to wrap this up and go see what Munich has to offer. Until next time, bis später.
The Seahawks took a quick break from their own practice to visit FC Bayern Munich next door on November 11, 2022 in Munich, Germany. The Seahawks are practicing at Bayern's training grounds in advance of their Week 10 game vs. the Buccaneers.