Tidbits of information for your entertainment and review:
- ESPN.com has published the 2006 training camp schedule for all teams. Seahawk rookies are due in Cheney on July 27; everyone else the day after.
- Shaun Alexander is up for a couple of ESPY awards, to be televised July 16 on ESPN. You can follow this link to vote for Shaun in the Best Male Athlete, Best Record-Breaking Performance, and Best NFL Player categories. Then you can vote for Best Bowler and Best Jockey, two categories in which there are, surprisingly, no overlapping candidates.
- Shaun was honored at an NFL Hall of Fame reception in Canton, OH, and told local Browns fans that hometown boy Joe Jurevicius was going to make them very, very happy.
- Uh-oh -- trouble between the uprights! The University of Nebraska's Husker Extra website says alumnus placekicker Josh Brown isn't thrilled that punter Tom Rouen's been released (scroll way down, it's a story so important they put it last). Tom used to hold for Josh's kick attempts, you see. Now the duty will fall on the shoulders of someone new; I assume it's whoever wins the punting job. Just another element of spine-tingling drama for Bloodfoot '06! (see below).
- SI.com's Jeffri Chadiha writes about 4 playoff temas in 2006 that have cause for worry. The Seahawks are not one of them. Topping the list was the Pittsburgh Steelers, who are having a terrible summer so far for all the wrong reasons. The others are Chicago, the Giants, and Jacksonville.
I will gladly take another season of flying under the radar. At times I'm very happy Seattle is geographically isolated from the rest of the US. We can get away with anything here. It's like Nature's Bunker.
- Finally, if you can, check out Seahawks.net's profile of standout NFL Europe players who are trying to duplicate their continental success in the bigs. Olympia's WR Skyler Fulton, kicker Ryan Killeen, and Bloodfoot '06 participant Gabe Lindstrom are all mentioned. Try reading the article aloud with a thick German accent. It really adds to the NFL Europe experience.