Archive | April, 2012

2012 Preseason Schedule Analysis

4 Apr

The NFL announced its slate of games for the 2012 preseason today. The NFL is always geographically friendly for the preseason so the 2012 schedule is no surprise to me. It is very similar to past years. We play three teams from the AFC West for the second consecutive season. Here is our 2012 preseason schedule along with an analysis of each game:

Week 1: Tennessee Titans (August 9-13): Of all our preseason games, this matchup offers up the best storylines. Matt Hasselbeck makes his return to Seattle for the first time since signing with Tennessee prior to the start of the 2011 season. In addition to Hasselbeck, Titans quarterback Jake Locker will also be returning home. Hasselbeck will no doubt get applause from me before the game. He was my favorite Seahawk throughout the 2000’s and he is a great person and player who deserves nothing but respect and cheers from the 12th Man. I expect a lot of UW fans in attendance as well to welcome Locker back. He was a very popular player during his time at Washington and this may be the only time in a long time that fans will get the chance to see him play the Seahawks in Seattle. The nice thing about having the first preseason game at home is you get to see all of our new players for the very first time. I am especially excited to see how the quarterback battle between Tarvaris Jackson and Matt Flynn plays out.

Week 2: At Denver Broncos (August 16-20): Our first road game is in Denver this preseason. The Seahawks lost to the Broncos 23-20 in the 2011 preseason. It was in this game that wide receiver Doug Baldwin made his presence known when he returned a kickoff 105 yards for a touchdown in the 4th quarter. This is the first home game for the Broncos, meaning that this is the first time Peyton Manning will suit up in orange for the Mile High faithful.

Week 3: At Kansas City Chiefs (August 23-26): Our starters will get the most work of the preseason in Kansas City as we visit the Chiefs in week 3. I believe we will know by this game who our starting quarterback will be this season. The starter will most likely play the first three quarters and this time will be extremely beneficial as we get closer to the start of the regular season.

Week 4: Oakland Raiders (August 29-30): For the seventh consecutive season and the second straight at home, the Seahawks will conclude the preseason against their old AFC rival, the Oakland Raiders. The last tune-up will include many players fighting to make the 2012 roster, which in my opinion is why I actually enjoy the last preseason game. Many fans hate this game because of the lack of talent on the field, but what I realize is the final cuts may determine the future of this team and what direction the team is going. I also especially enjoy this game because of the presence of my friend Josh, who is a die-hard Raiders fan. His presence along side me at CenturyLink Field adds a bit of team pride and of course a friendly wager here and there. Although most of you probably HATE the Raiders like I do, check out his Raiders blog if you get the chance. (Good stuff if you are a Raiders fan or just an NFL fan in general!)

Although I look forward to the announcement of the Seahawks preseason games, it is another step taken before we get to the better stuff, which includes the Seahawks regular season schedule announcement, the NFL Draft, and the start of our offseason programs and organized team activities!

Our New Uniforms

4 Apr

Yesterday morning the Seahawks new uniforms were revealed as part of a Nike fashion show in Brooklyn, NY. Although a handful of teams made minor changes to their jerseys, the Seahawks were the only team to unveil a complete re-design. When they were first unveiled at 8am, my initial reaction was something along the lines of “what the hell is THAT??!!” My fear that the Seahawks would be the NFL equivalent of the Oregon Ducks unfortunately became a reality. As the day went on however, I started seeing several different angles of our uniforms and I started to warm up to the idea of wearing them and at this point, I am now a big fan of our new look. Here are my thoughts on our new uniforms:

Our navy blue home jersey was the jersey modeled in Brooklyn by Seahawks safety Kam Chancellor. I am a big fan of the darker navy and with the navy pants along with the jersey, I think this will be the signature look of this team. I initially did not like the gray and lime green “wing” feature along the shoulders but the design is similar to the back of our new helmet logo, which slightly dips in the back to have a “V” type style. The only aspect that I am having a hard time liking is the numbering, as this shows the strongest similarities to Oregon.

The white road jersey is my favorite of our three jerseys. The wing pattern on the shoulders has no lime green and it is predominantly navy. Pairing this jersey with the white pants looks the best, as it keeps the history of our uniforms in tact over the past 10 years (blue with blue, white with white).

The gray jersey is very interesting to me. Of the pictures I have seen of this alternate jersey, it is a very light shade of gray. It is so light in fact, that initially I had a difficult time figuring out which jersey was white and which was gray when next to each other. Gray uniforms are very rare to see in football. I don’t think the NFL would allow the Seahawks to wear the gray tops and their opponent wear white; the colors are too close to each other. It is this point that interests me to see when the gray uniforms will be worn. The only times I could see us wearing the gray uniforms are on the road or at home in the beginning of the season; When the weather is hot the Seahawks could opt for the gray tops and force their opponent to wear their colored top.

A couple more notes…. I LOVE the new helmet. The darker shade of blue matched with the blue and gray striped bird looks very sharp, fresh, and even intimidating. The “Seattle” word mark on the bottom of the back of the helmet also looks really good, and the feather patterned stripe in the middle of the helmet also looks really good. Perhaps my favorite aspect of our new uniforms is the salute to the 12th Man. On each side of the neck and down each side of the pants are 12 feather trim marks. In addition, the number 12 is also sewn on the inside back collar of each jersey. Never before to my knowledge has a fan base been incorporated into a team’s uniforms.

I cannot wait for these to go on sale so I can get my hands on my “Hansman #12” jerseys!