Coffee and Cigarettes: Seahawks Links for Friday

TGIF, you guys.

'Jeopardy!' super-champion Ken Jennings on the 10 Best Super Bowls in trivia history - Grantland
By Ken Jennings: A Jeopardy! super-champion breaks it down

David Wilson’s Vision: Part IV – Exploring the Gray Area | The Rookie Scouting Portfolio
Ever watch a ball carrier in a football game finish a good run and still wonder if his choices were the best ones? If you watch the game with any regularity it has probably crossed your mind numerous times. The "what-if" game is a natural part of being an avid football fan.

Sources say that Peyton Manning has been cleared to resume his NFL career | Shutdown Corner - Yahoo! Sports
According to a report by ESPN's Chris Mortensen and Adam Schefter, quarterback Peyton Manning has been cleared by two independent doctors to resume his NFL career. If this is true, it ends a year of uncertainty about Manning's future after he lost the entire 2011 season to neck and nerve issues. One of the physicians, Dr. Robert Watkins, performed the most recent cervical fusion surgery on Manning's neck. The other physician, Dr. Hank Feuer, is the Indianapolis Colts' neurosurgeon.

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | Walkthrough: Super Diary
Sunday, 7:00 PM Central: Chicago, Illinois. I am in O’Hare Airport for a not-too-brief stopover on my way to Indianapolis. On the plane from Philadelphia, the crew only gave information on one connection flight: the plane to Harrisburg. Someone flew from Philadelphia to Chicago to Harrisburg. They could have driven there during the boarding and taxi times.

Analysis Notebook: Using Hernandez | ProFootballFocus.com
Continuing our Super Bowl Preview Week at PFF, we’re turning our attention now away from the team perspective in order to focus more closely on an individual player from each squad. We’ll find out the Giants player that is coming under the microscope tomorrow, but today we’re taking a look at one of the game’s true X-factor players: New England’s Aaron Hernandez.

NFL approves $200 million loan for 49ers stadium - NFL - SI.com
NFL owners have approved a $200 million loan to help the San Francisco 49ers build a stadium south of Santa Clara.

Ranking the All-Star Classic’s Top 10 prospects | National Football Post
And what NFL teams are good fits for each?

Emerging rugby star Hayden Smith hoping to make jump to NFL | National Football Post
Aussie-born big man played college basketball.

National Signing Day recap: Part two | National Football Post
Looking at some of the fallout from recruiting's busiest day.

NFL.com Blogs " Blog Archive Catching up with the Fitzgeralds "
As I’m waiting for Larry Fitzgerald to wrap up his interview with Dave Dameshek and the "NFL.com Live" folk, I notice the large man standing to my right is Larry Fitzgerald Sr., the father of the Cardinals wide receiver and longtime columnist for the Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder.

Kirk Cousins tape review vs Georgia " Seahawks Draft Blog
This wasn’t Cousins’ finest individual performance, but he also played his part in a big win for Michigan State. There were several sloppy errors in this tape - he can’t afford to try to fake the throw over the middle by staring at the secondary and then coming back to throw blind to the right. It led to a big turnover in this game and he gave Georgia enough bites of the apple to win this one comfortably. Fortunately, the Bulldogs were equally generous.

Sources -- Peyton Manning medically cleared to resume NFL career - ESPN
Peyton Manning has been medically cleared by two doctors, including Dr. Robert Watkins, who performed the most recent surgery on the Indianapolis Colts quarterback's neck, to resume his NFL career, sources told ESPN senior NFL analyst Chris Mortensen and ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.

Draft Breakdown — Eric Page: Rocket Man
With these words, University of Toledo’s Eric Page ended his decorated college career and entered the 2012 NFL Draft. It was a career littered with accomplishments and awards. With 306 receptions in 3 seasons (and the NCAA record in sight), Page was not only a finalist for this year’s Paul Hornung Award, given to the game’s most versatile player, but also a 2010 first team All American kickoff returner, who also returned punts, was used in the running game, and threw 4 TDs. Page is the definition of ultra-productive, saving his best season for last, being named 1st team All MAC at 3 positions, recording 125 receptions, and ripping through Ohio State’s defense for 12 catches, 145 yards, and 2 TDs.

Worth A Pick: Shawn Loiseau, ILB, Merrimack University - Mocking The Draft
Before the East/West Shrine game not many people were talking about inside linebacker Shawn Loiseau, of Merrimack. During last week’s performance at the East/West Shrine game Shawn showed his intensity on the field and was really gauging the interest of the NFL teams and their scouts.

$uper Bowl Fact$ and Figure$ | National Football Post
The numbers behind the game.

Players All-Star Classic Practice Notes: Day Two | National Football Post
A breakdown of day two from Little Rock, Arkansas.

Looking Back: Giants vs Seahawks : NFL Films Blog
Let’s take another look back to one of the better Giants games in the 2011 regular season. In Week 5, New York’s defense struggled a bit against Seattle, but Eli Manning and the offense was impressive – until the nightmarish ending. Check out one of the Giants’ toughest losses of the season, as originally presented on "Inside the NFL":

NFL.com news: Lions' Avril: 'I definitely don’t want to be franchised'
Detroit defensive end Cliff Avril said Wednesday that he doesn't want the Lions to use the franchise tag on him.

NFL.com news: Dolphins GM Ireland: QB Henne is smart, intelligent, tough
Miami Dolphins general manager Jeff Ireland talked positively about quarterback Chad Henne in an interview with the South Florida Sun Sentinel, telling the newspaper that the free-agent-to-be has "done a nice job" for the Dolphins.

Uniform expert says Seahawks update will be 'evolution' - Ross and Burbank - MyNorthwest.com
In 2012, a 10-year contract between Reebok and the NFL expires. Some think that Nike's takeover means it's a good time for teams to update their look on the field, and the Seahawks have already announced that they're going to look a little different next season.

University of Washington and Washington State University - Signing Day - MyNorthwest.com
Washington misses in state, scores with Thompson and others.

Kennedy as conscience
As dominant as Cortez Kennedy was on the field during his Hall of Fame-worthy career with the Seahawks, the eight-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle also made a couple of bold moves off the field as well.

Fitzgerald sizes up improved NFC West - NFC West Blog - ESPN
On the field, the best NFL cornerbacks are often no match for Larry Fitzgerald. Keeping up with the Arizona Cardinals' Pro Bowl receiver off the field can be a challenge, too.

Senior Bowl Postscript
Final notes from the Senior Bowl with a few last nuggets from the Shrine Game. Martin up but Polk down plus two west coast linebackers moving up draft boards.

Finally, just FYI...

For Immediate Release:

Verizon Wireless And Former Seahawks Safety Lawyer Milloy To Help Launch New Strategic Plan To End Domestic Violence For South King County

South King County, WA - Domestic Abuse Women's Network (DAWN) is teaming up with event sponsors Verizon Wireless and Costco Wholesale and four time Pro Bowl safety and retired Seahawks player Lawyer Milloy and to raise funds and support for ending domestic violence at its 8th annual fundraising breakfast to be held on April 17th at the Hilton Seattle Airport & Conference Center. To kick off its fundraising efforts and announce a new, ambitious five-year strategic plan, DAWN held a private reception Thursday (2/2/12) at the Landing in Renton. DAWN's 2012 officers, King County Councilmember Kathy Lambert, City of Kent Mayor Suzette Cooke, and Lawyer Milloy where a few of the special guests who joined Executive Director Cheryl Bozarth in affirming DAWN's leadership role in ending domestic violence in south King County.

"One of our goals is to widen community engagement and involvement in initiatives to end domestic violence," said Cheryl Bozarth, DAWN executive director. "We want to promote a culture of respect in the broader community that does not tolerate violence and oppression and that eliminates existing barriers to services."
Domestic violence affects people from all racial, ethnic, and economic backgrounds. It is a serious public health and safety problem with many consequences for individuals and families regardless of ethnic or racial backgrounds. For the population in general, we know that on average more than one in three women and one in nine men are survivors of domestic violence.

"The success of DAWN is essential in building a better future and a stronger community," said Bobby Morrison, regional president at Verizon Wireless. "Together with Lawyer Milloy, we believe it's critical to shine a light on the problem of domestic violence and the many life-saving solutions found at DAWN."
Started by two volunteers who were seeking services for a friend who was experiencing domestic violence, DAWN has grown over the past 32 years to offer a continuum of community and shelter based services throughout south King County and has served more than 360,000 survivors.

"The work succeeds when we do it together," said Cheryl. "DAWN's messages need to reach far and wide to touch as many people as possible, including men. We are very pleased to have Lawyer Milloy's voice and support as we work to engage more men and boys in domestic violence prevention and support for survivors."
DAWN's 8th annual fundraising breakfast, DAWN Of A New Day, will be held on Tuesday, April 17 from 7:00-8:30 a.m. Please call 425-656-4305 ext. 258 for more information and sponsorship opportunities, or to make a reservation to attend.

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