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Thursday Round-Up: Earl Thomas Wins Seahawks 'Ellis Island Invitational'

Seahawks safety Earl Thomas topped tight end Nick Vannett in the championship round of the team's annual basketball shootout competition.

Good morning, 12s.

Here's a look at what's "out there" for today - Thursday, August 31 - about your Seattle Seahawks:

The Champ Is Here

Earl Thomas topped Nick Vannett in the championship round of the Seahawks' 'Ellis Island Invitational,' an annual basketball shootout competition put on throughout training camp by Seattle head coach Pete Carroll.

What started with a round of 90 players had worked its way down to the final two on Wednesday at Virginia Mason Athletic Center, where the veteran free safety dispatched the second-year tight end with a shot at the buzzer.

Each player received 30 seconds to make as many free throw shots as they could on a basketball hoop set up inside the Seahawks' team meeting room. In the final round, Thomas knocked out Vannett in a best of three series, first hitting seven shots to Vannett's six before claiming the title by making four buckets to Vannett's three.

The CHAMP is here!!!!

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Thomas' tournament-winning performance is available for your viewing pleasure in the video embedded above. And for a look at last year's competition that included an appearance from a local NBA star, click here.

Pro Shop Item Of The Week

This week's featured item at the Pro Shop are limited edition, Seahawks-themed Nike Free Trainer V7's, which you can grab in-store and online.


Tweet Of The Day

Today's "Tweet of the Day" comes from us - @Seahawks, as we ready for the final game of the 2017 preseason. Kickoff against the Raiders in Oakland is set for 7 p.m. PT on Q13 FOX.

More From Around The Web

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Bob Condotta at the Seattle Times identifies several Seahawks to keep an eye on in the exhibition finale.

Gregg Bell at the Tacoma News Tribune assesses where Seattle's offensive line stands heading into tonight's game.'s Michael-Shawn Dugar shares a Q&A with rookie running back Chris Carson.

John Clayton at previews the Seahawks' position battles with the most intrigue heading into tonight's game against the Raiders.

Greg Bishop at writes about how kicker Blair Walsh's field goal miss in a playoff game against the Seahawks may have helped save a young girl's life. offers game-by-game predictions for the Seahawks in the regular season.

In a special to, former Tacoma News Tribune Seahawks writer Dave Boling details the unique qualities Seattle sees in its African-born draft picks.

And every analyst polled in this article at picks the Seahawks to win the NFC West.

Photos of the Seahawks playing the Raiders throughout their 40 year history. 

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