Both of my hamstrings are still intact, which made Wednesday's Seahawks.com Media Combine a success in my book. I wish I could say the same for all of the participants (sorry, Shaun Scott of the Issaquah Reporter), but for the most part, the second annual media combine was a success.
For the second straight year, members of the local media took part in the media combine at the Virginia Mason Athletic Complex, providing both an enjoyable time and also a good reminder of how large the gap is between elite athletes and us mere mortals.
Members of the local media took part in several of the same drills that top draft prospects will go through next week in Indianapolis at the NFL Scouting Combine—though with far less impressive results—the 40-yard dash, vertical jump, broad jump, 3-cone drill, bench press, gauntlet drill and the Pearson Cognitive Assessment (similar to the Wonderlic test given to prospects). You can find a full list of results here.
Fortunately (or is it unfortunately?) there were fewer spills in the 40-yard dash than in last year's event—redemption for KJR's Matt Mikolas, who crashed in the 40 last year—but Scott's double hamstring injury notwithstanding, a good time was had by all.
710 ESPN Seattle's Danny O'Neil again wore a suit with a bowtie, Liz Mathews of Seahawkswire.com performed with a walker, disqualifying herself in the broad jump by being pushed while riding atop said walker. Mathews also hurt her chances in the Cognitive Assessment by channeling her inner Beast Mode and answering "you know why I'm here" on every question. Another highlight was Sports Radio 950 KJR's Curtis Crabtree acing the gauntlet drill, catching every pass, followed by a point at Seahawks director of football communications Lane Gammel, who delivered the final fastball, then an emphatic spike.
The list of curious onlookers included receiver Doug Baldwin and offensive linemen Mark Glowinski, Justin Britt, George Fant, Rees Odhiambo, with Glowinski even providing tips on getting a good start in the 40-yard dash. Head coach Pete Carroll even dropped in to briefly assess the lack of talent and get in a few jokes at our expense before returning to much more important work, e.g., literally anything else he could have been doing at the time.
Virginia Mason was kind enough to provide medical treatment for Scott, who pulled up at the end of what was shaping up to be a strong 40-yard dash, as well as 710 ESPN Seattle's Mike Salk, who had to ice his groin following a strong showing in several events. Hopefully trainers will be on call tomorrow as well when this all catches up to me.
And humorous moments aside, there were some impressive showings, most notably by a newcomer to the event, Anthony Halwagy, who hosts the morning show on Power 93.3 FM. Halwagy blew away the field in the 40-yard dash, winning in 4.973 seconds, and also had the top marks in the bench press and the Pearson Cognitive Assessment. Halwagy also had the second best marks in the vertical jump and broad jump. KJR's Dick Fain backed up a strong 2016 performance with a win in the 3-cone drill and strong finishes in several other events.