Pro Bowl 2019 is a full week of fun

Dayna O’Gorman
Senior Sports Reporter

By Dayna O’Gorman // @DaynaOG

The Pro Bowl isn’t just a single game that is played the week before the Super Bowl, it is a week-long series of events that allow fans to get close to their favorite players,  and allows players to give back to the community.

Starting Wednesday at ESPN Wide World of Sports, which is located inside the Disney campus in Orlando, Florida, fans can enjoy the Pro Bowl Experience. A free football festival that allows fans to do multiple activities including the 40-yard dash, and obstacle course, vertical jump, precision passing, and more.

Throughout the week there are many community events, the youth NFL Flag Football playoffs and championship, and celebrity Flag Football game with Snoop Dogg and Deion Sanders serving as team captains. The High School Coach of the Year will also be announced this week.

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Russell Wilson and the respect he deserves

Dayna O’Gorman
Seattle Seahawks Reporter

By Dayna O’Gorman // @DaynaOG

As they always do this time of year, we are being inundated with opinions. The arguments over end of season awards, conversations regarding which team most improved, which teams took the biggest step back. Yet every year, since the end of the 2012 season, there is one thing most reporters and media members can apparently agree on.

That Russell Wilson is one of the best quarterbacks in the league, yet chronically underrated.

Anyone who reads my articles or listens to the Our Turf Football Podcast knows I’m not a huge fan of quarterbacks. Its always been my observation that they get more credit for wins than they deserve, yet rarely have the burden of being responsible for defeats. However, today I put my “defense lover” hat away and focus on the one player that has been the cornerstone for Seattle’s string of successes.

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Seahawks win over Chiefs prove Carroll’s philosophy still works

Seattle Seahawks Reporter

By Dayna O’Gorman // @DaynaOG

Chiefs 31 – Seahawks 38

For the Seattle Seahawks, last nights win against the Kansas City Chiefs was about more than getting a 17-2 record in prime time games. Even about more than clinching a playoff spot. This was a game about proving that the last few years weren’t a fluke. This game and this season has been about showing the NFL that the system, the Pete Carroll philosophy, still works.

I’ll admit it. Anyone who follows me on Twitter already knows. I didn’t watch this game live. Couldn’t watch this game live. December football stresses me out too much so I often have to watch games the next morning to save my sanity and my blood pressure. After watching the game this morning I can tell you, I’ve seen this team before. I’ve seen this energy before. And although wide receiver Doug Baldwin won’t say it, I will. It feels like 2012 all over again.

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Once again the team no one wants to face, Seattle is one win from the playoffs

Seattle Seahawks Reporter

By Dayna O’Gorman // @DaynaOG

Vikings 7 – Seahawks 21

Let’s be honest, it wasn’t a pretty win… but it was my favorite kind of win. It was a win that could have easily gotten away from Seattle. But it didn’t, and now the Seahawks are one win away from clinching a playoff berth. In a year where they weren’t expected to win more than four or five games, they are the team no one wants to face.

Lisa Johnson and I argue about this all the time on the OTFB podcast. Defense or offense, which is more important? But it’s not just a shtick we do for the show. She truly believes offense wins games, I say, quite adamantly, the defense is most important.

What last night’s Monday Night Football game against the Minnesota Vikings showed was that what truly wins games is a balance. What makes the Seahawks so dangerous right now is that balance, and it’s alive and well in Seattle.

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The holiday season looking bright for the Seattle Seahawks

Seattle Seahawks Reporter

By Dayna O’Gorman // @DaynaOG

December, the time of year that brings us fun holidays, great times with family and friends, and a bright new year. But for Seattle Seahawks fans, it also brings their teams best football of the year. This year seems to be no different. Lets look at the gifts Seattle fans are receiving this year. Gifts that will help take the Seahawks to the post season.

Could anyone ask for a better present than the gift of having linebacker Bobby Wagner on their team? Wagner is the best linebacker in football and I dare you to argue it with me. After his insane game on Sunday against San Francisco, Wagner has 100 tackles, 1 sack, 2 forced fumbles, and a beautiful interception that was run back 98 yards for a touchdown. Without question, he is in his prime and we as Seahawks fans are lucky to have him.

 

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Looking ahead, what the Seattle Seahawks schedule tells us

Seattle Seahawks Reporter

By Dayna O’Gorman // @DaynaOG

The 2018 season for the Seattle Seahawks started out with a lot of pessimism. Media and fans had basically written this season off as a rebuilding season. A throwaway year as the team got their young players up to speed. But as we head into week 12, the Seahawks have proven that the team never bought into that narrative.

Seattle is smack dab in the middle of the playoff hunt after their win over the Carolina Panthers on Sunday. The team was determined to keep their win streak in Carolina, now having won in Carolina the last 4 times they’ve met there during the regular season.  It was a must-win game if the Seahawks wanted to keep their foot in the postseason.

This win, along with the wins over Green Bay and Dallas, has the media changing their tune about Seattle. At the beginning of the season, Seattle was in the bottom 5 of the power rankings. Now they are top 10.

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Is this Pete Carroll’s best coaching ever?

Senior Sports Editor
Seattle Seahawks Reporter

By Dayna O’Gorman // @DaynaOG

The Seattle Seahawks have had a roller coaster of a few weeks. Twice coming within one catch of winning against the two Los Angeles teams, then beating the Green Bay Packers in Seattle last night on Thursday Night Football.

I’ve always found social media to be an interesting place after a win or a loss. Fans often have extreme reactions, and the last few weeks have been no exception. From shouts of “Trade Wilson now!!” to “Super Bowl Bound!” all rang through Twitter. However, it was the calls for the firing of head coach Pete Carroll that caught my eye the most.

National media have been crowing about Carroll this season. They’ve said that this season has been some of the best coaching Carroll has ever done. If that is true, why are some fans calling for his head? What is it the media sees that fans are missing?

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Seahawks face the LA Chargers at home

Senior Sports Editor
Seattle Seahawks Reporter

By Dayna O’Gorman // @DaynaOG

Chargers 25 – Seahawks 17

No one expected this to be an easy game for Seattle. The Los Angeles Chargers have been playing fantastic football this season, and quarterback Philip Rivers is, well… Philip Rivers.

While the Seahawks have also been playing well, most knew this game was very important for both teams, and they would come out swinging.

The first drive of the game showed how improved the Seattle offense has been in the last few games. Taking over 8 minutes off the clock, and going 75 yards down the field, the Seahawks drive was capped by a beautiful touchdown catch by wide receiver Jaron Brown.


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Seattle Seahawks, life after the LOB

Senior Sports Editor
Seattle Seahawks Reporter

By Dayna O’Gorman // @DaynaOG

Los Angeles Rams 33 – Seattle Seahawks 31

The Seattle Seahawks played the current divisional leader, the Los Angeles Rams, at home on Sunday. Although the game ended in a close loss for Seattle, the fans got a glimpse of what life after the LOB would look like, and it wasn’t all bad.

Hey, remember when teams used to be able to play defense? Yeah, me too. Good times. Well, the Seattle Seahawks had one of the best of all times. The Legion of Boom will go down in history for their stealth-like quality that destroyed offenses, including the highest scoring offense of all time, the Peyton Manning led 2013 Denver Broncos.

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Seahawks rise above drama, get their first win

Dayna O’Gorman
Seattle Seahawks Reporter

By Dayna O’Gorman // @DaynaOG

Seahawks 24 – 13 Cowboys

The Seattle Seahawks had a lot of what could have been distractions the days prior to their week 3 game against the Dallas Cowboys. However, once on the field, they were completely focused and ready to get their first win.

To be totally honest, I waited a little longer than normal to write this article. In fact, this is the second time in a week I’ve paused my writing “just in case”. That “just in case” would be Seahawks safety Earl Thomas.

It has been well documented that Thomas is unhappy with his contract, including a holdout during the preseason. However once he arrived at the facility, ready to play week 1, most fans thought that would be the end of the drama. How little did we know.

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