Mon, 22 August 2016
120: Michael continues to impress vs Vikings, the return of Mr. T, and Sam Smith talks 2016 expectations
It's the first loss of the season as the Seahawks fall 18-11 to the Vikings. Despite a late interception that allowed the go ahead touchdown for the Vikings, Trevone Boykin had another exciting outing and once again nearly brought the team back at the end of the game. Adam and Brandan talk about what they saw with the first team offense as Christine Michael continues to impress. Russell Wilson had an impressive dime that he dropped right to Tyler Lockett. Not so impressive was the Seahawks pass rush or the ability to cover tight ends.
It's another trip to Prisco's World this week as Pete continues to throw around the "good, not great" quote when speaking about Russell Wilson. But who are some of the other names that Prisco has attached that phrase to? It sounds like Wilson might be in some impressive company when you look at other players Prisco has dropped into that category.
Sam Smith of the Military Sea Hawkers joins the show to talk about the game. For members of the military chapter, Sam writes a weekly recap of the game to help folks serving overseas feel more connected to the team. He talks about his thoughts on this latest game as well as his expectation for the Seahawks in 2016.
**Note: There are some audio quality issues in the later parts of the show. We had a different set up while Adam is on the road and hopefully we can get the audio problems fixed for the next show.
Lastly, the guys read your emails before getting into a Do Better and Better at Life. Is it possible for Adam to admit he's wrong twice in one show? Bleacher Report seems to be testing a new style of headline writing that Adam is not a fan of and Brandan takes Ryan Lochte to task for not knowing how to lie to his mom. Adam shares the praises of Pro Football Focus for their marks on our "undersized" center while Brandan has found even more reasons to hope that Troymaine Pope finds a spot on this Seahawks team.
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Tue, 16 August 2016
119: Seahawks first 'Holy Catfish' moment of 2016 season vs Chiefs, Jordan Babineaux and Jermaine Kearse interviews
The longer Pete Carroll coaches, the more efficient he becomes, because we're only one game into the preseason and he already has the young players understanding the mentality of the team to play until the last second ticks off the clock. That's exactly what the team did this week as the Seahawks trailed for the entirety of the game. All sixty minutes! With all zeros on the clock Trevonne Boykin tosses a hail mary to put the Seahawks within a point of the Chiefs and they're able to win on the 2-point conversion. Adam and Brandan talk about some of the takeaways from this week's game and which players and position groups have them the most excited.
The guys talk about their visit to training camp and welcome Jordan Babineaux and Jermaine Kearse to the show. They're also joined by Petty Officer 1st Class Derek Hall as he spends his day at camp getting ready to run an obstacle course set up for the military after the Seahawks finish up practice.
In the final segment of the show, the guys cover emails from the past week and talk about strange rivalries within the fanbase. Jason Cole from Bleacher Report is taken to task in the Do Better segment again. Finally, a Browns receiver and a Seahawks player we've talked about a lot this offseason is getting a very special opportunity. The guys talk about why both are 'better at life.'
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Fri, 5 August 2016
A huge show to kick off the 2016 season with training camp underway we're starting to see where some of the major areas of competition will be. Adam and Brandan talk about how cornerback is shaping up to be a fun spot to watch. The team on offensive line has five guys showing up consistently among the starting group. Competition at some of the final defensive line spots may have gotten easier now that Chris Clemons has decided to retire right before camp. The guys talk about what that means for the team.
The main thing this show is about is looking at not just our own expectations for the team, but the expectations of fellows fans. Ross Bell of the UK Sea Hawkers and co-host of The Pedestrian Podcast joins the show to talk about his thoughts and how he thinks this will be a breakout season for Cassius Marsh. Clinton Bonner, contributor on seahawkerspodcast.com shares his top picks from his upcoming 3 In, 3 Out blog that focuses on the offseason. His top pick for a breakout year is Frank Clark.
With the new Armed and Dangeruss poster hitting the streets, the first Costacos brothers poster in decades, John Costacos joins the show to talk about stories about how his company got started and his memories from poster shoots with Kenny Easley, Steve Largent and The Boz. John talks about how much Russell Wilson influenced the final product of the poster and the feedback, both good and bad, since the poster has launched. Are we about to see a sports poster resurgence? We'll find out. Visit costacosbrothers.com to find out how to get the new Russell Wilson poster.
In the final segment of the show we have a big announcement for prizes in the Sea Hawkers Podcast pick'em league and how the guys will be randomly selecting for prizes this year for those who are participating. The guys talk about some things to look for when it comes to offensive line play and what exactly a pancake block is. A top player from the Arizona Cardinals and a member of the national media originally from Washington state need to do better, and Adam talks about why your eyeballs will be thanking the Pittsburgh Steelers as Brandan nominates a top player from the Cardinals as his better at life nominee this week.
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Fri, 29 July 2016
A while back the guys talked about being nervous if Training Camp rolled around and John Schneider or Pete Carroll didn't have a new deal. It turns out nobody has to be nervous now that the two are under long-term deals. Adam and Brandan talk about a couple other news items -- like a new Russell Wilson poster, before moving on to the main topic of the show.
Oscar of the Better Rivals podcast joins us to talk about the "Walsh Lobe" portion of the brain that all 49ers fans who lived through the 80s have. We talk about an offensive line that may be more questionable than the Seahawks and a line that may not know which quarterback they'll be protecting. Oscar offers his thoughts on who he expects to start at that position. Because his Better Rivals isn't just about 49ers football, it's also about having a deeper understanding of the game, we talk about how a quarterback can develop something Adam has mentioned on the show before -- the dreaded "David Carr syndrome."
In the final portion of the show, Adam responds to an upset listener from last week's rant. Do better nods this week go to reporters to attempt to predict schedule strength as well as a former 49ers linebacker who, if it was even him, doesn't know when to leave the camera off. Lastly, two Seattle sports icons are recognized in Better at Life.
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Fri, 22 July 2016
With only a week to go until training camp and no major news to concern Seahawks fans, some were a bit worried about the latest comments from Michael Bennett talking about being underpaid. We've heard this story before. Adam and Brandan talk about their two big concerns going into camp: uncertainty on the offensive line and Tyler Lockett hype. With Pete Prisco putting Kam on the top of his list of most overrated players, it's time for another edition of Prisco's World--now with theme music.
The Know Your Rival series continues with James and Bear of the LA Rams Podcast. How well did the trade for Jared Goff go over with them? The guys get into which back will have the better season between Thomas Rawls and Todd Gurley and we need your help figuring out the stakes of this competition. Tweet your #RawlsGurley suggestions to @AdamTheRant and @LA_RAMblingBear.
The Sea Hawkers BBQ is July 30 in Bellevue. Visit SeaHawkers.org for more info. Finally, in do better, the guys team up on Pokemon Go while Nintendo and a former Bears defensive back are better at life.
Fri, 15 July 2016
If you follow the world of podcasting, you may have noticed that the Fantasy Footballers Podcast is collecting awards in the same way the Arizona Cardinals like to collect wideouts with the last name Brown. Mike Wright, a fan of the Arizona Cardinals and co-host of the Fantasy Footballers Podcast joins us to talk about how Arizona fans are feeling going into this season.
Not only is there tremendous optimism for a team defending its NFC West crown, fans got to enjoy a treat in the past couple weeks of the All of Nothing series which gave an unprecedented look behind the scenes of a football team with Super Bowl aspirations. The guys talk about some of the surprising moments from the show and try and talk Adam into watching it too.
Adam and Mike talk about how this season could hinge on the health of Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer, while Mike predicts this year as the final year of Larry Fitzgerald's career. Adam and Mike disagree on their assessment of Cardinals running back David Johnson while trying to slot the talent of three young backs going into their second year. Who is best among Thomas Rawls, Todd Gurley and Johnson?
Before getting into Cardinals talk, Adam and Brandan talk about the good news from Thomas Rawls about his health for the start of training camp. The guys talk about whether the team is really set at the backup QB spot and how wedding bells are ringing for two members of the team.
Finally, do better nods go out to the media and how they're handling the latest decision by the courts in Tom Brady's case, while Adam has a rant about his latest trip to Best Buy. Better at life this week are Pat McAfee for his performance in the NFL Top 100 as well as his story of his success and Adam gives a shout out to Marshawn Lynch.
Sat, 2 July 2016
With the news of Doug Baldwin's new contract extension breaking this week and the long holiday weekend, we wanted to get out a show for folks to enjoy while at the lake or back at work the following week. Brandan and Adam talk about what Doug Baldwin means to this team and how it's a great story of how hard work has helped Baldwin make it to this point of his career after going undrafted.
ESPN's Sheil Kapadia helped show statistically why we feel like Russell Wilson is better than Andrew Luck -- it's because he is and he's proven it on the field. It doesn't hurt that he's played on a better team, but it shouldn't be a detracting factor when comparing the talent of each player.
We revisit offseason workouts and get the opinions of Stephen Cohen of seattlepi.com and his thoughts on the Doug Baldwin contract. We talk about just how valuable his play has been for the team and how his play toward the end of last season helped vault him among the top paid receivers in the NFL.
Richard Sherman has his annual softball game coming up while Cliff Avril is set to appear on Family Feud with four other star players on defense for the NFC. Do Better nods go to millennials who have a strange excuse for not eating cereal and an online news source that keeps baiting Adam into clicking on its articles. Tune in to find out which former NFL coach and the peer in podcasting who get tagged as "better at life."
Sat, 25 June 2016
Minicamp and other offseason workouts have concluded. Brandan and Adam talk about some of the major story lines coming out of Seattle. With all of the positive news coming from players and coaches, the guys talk about how to listen and certain cues that let you know just how excited about a particular player coaches actually are.
Marshawn Lynch appeared on 60 Minutes Sports and was very clear on whether or not he'll be returning to the football field. Is that going to stop reporters from speculating on his return? No, it probably won't.
Because this is the season for making lists, we take a look at some of them and see just how poorly some of our favorite Seahawks rank out on those lists. From Earl Thomas taking a tremendous fall from where he was last year in the NFL Top 100 to Pete Prisco's ranking of Russell Wilson in his own top 100 list, the guys take a run at each of them as well as give credit where it is due.
After our own list that we put together over the voting period for this year's Podcast Awards, we got some feedback from regular listeners as well as a first-time listener. Brian Bosworth tuned into our show about him and had a few reactions to it that we share in the second half of the show.
Lastly, in the Do Better segment, Brandan goes after Coach Carroll for ruining the hopes and dreams of a former NBA star and someone who would have at least been fun to see in the preseason while Adam goes after another list maker who may have had the worst list of them all in his opinion. Better at Life nods this week go to the NFL for their rule that has the potential to ruin the Packers season and to Walter Thurmond III for having an outstanding softball alias.
Sun, 12 June 2016
As we mentioned when we kicked this series off, we weren't going to get into the list of Hall of Fame players, well Kenneth Mason Easley should be a Hall of Famer. And you don't have to take our word for it, you can ask another one of the best safeties to ever play, and a member of the Hall, Ronnie Lott of the 49ers.
Mark Tye Turner, author of Notes from a 12 Man: A Truly Biased History of the Seattle Seahawks, joins us for the final show to share some of his memories of Easley and the 1984 season where Kenny earned Defensive Player of the Year honors. His 10 interceptions led the league and it helped lead the Hawks to the brink of winning their first AFC West title.
Sat, 11 June 2016
The Seahawks have never had the number one pick in the NFL Draft. But in the 1987 supplemental draft Seattle was awarded the first pick and they used it to select a standout college linebacker named Brian Bosworth. At a time when Seattle wasn't heavily covered in the media, The Boz's style and ability to market himself skyrocketed him to one of the more well-known players in the league.
But the Boz couldn't replicate what he did in college at Oklahoma and though he had a decent rookie season, the game against the Raiders where he was run over by Bo Jackson seemed to define his career. Bosworth was never worth his 10-year NFL contract of 10 years, $11 million -- the largest for a rookie at the time.