2016 kicks off!

The 2016 college football season kicked of Labor Day weekend with the 14th ranked Washington Huskies looking to do some big things this year. If Saturday was any indication, it could be an exciting year. The Huskies hosted the Rutgers Scarlet Knights from the BigTen and dominated right from the start on way to a 48-13 win. The return of speedster John Ross was a huge impact with three touchdowns in his first game since missing last season with a knee injury.

Harry and Dubs are ready to get this party started
Harry and Dubs are ready to get this party started
Joe Mathis beats his chest after a sack.
Joe Mathis beats his chest after a sack.
Chico McClatcher catches a deep ball on the first series.
Chico McClatcher catches a deep ball on the first series.
...And takes it in for the first score of the game.
…And takes it in for the first score of the game.
McClatcher and John Ross celebrate after the score.
McClatcher and John Ross celebrate after the score.
Budda Baker took a snap on the offense.
Budda Baker took a snap on the offense.
Rutgers' Jamarion Grant skies for a grab.
Rutgers’ Jamarion Grant skies for a grab.
UW's Vita Vea hits Chris Laviano and forces a fumble.
UW’s Vita Vea hits Chris Laviano and forces a fumble.
The turnover promptly turned into points as John Ross scores on a deep pass just two plays later.
The turnover promptly turned into points as John Ross scores on a deep pass just two plays later.
John Ross takes it to the house.
John Ross takes it to the house.
The Dawgs D gets to Laviano again for a sack.
The Dawgs D gets to Laviano again for a sack.
Myles Gaskin cuts around his blocker for yardage.
Myles Gaskin cuts around his blocker for yardage.
John Ross gets another deep pass right in stride for his second score of the day.
John Ross gets another deep pass right in stride for his second score of the day.
John Ross gets another deep pass right in stride for his second score of the day.
John Ross gets another deep pass right in stride for his second score of the day.
His fellow receivers mob him in the end zone in celebration.
His fellow receivers mob him in the end zone in celebration.
Ross does a little dance after his score.
Ross does a little dance after his score.
The Huskies defense was swarming all over the Scarlet Knights all dat long, picking a shutout until late in the 4th quarter.
The Huskies defense was swarming all over the Scarlet Knights all dat long, picking a shutout until late in the 4th quarter.
Darrell Daniels runs upfield as Dante Pettis tries to get out of the way.
Darrell Daniels runs upfield as Dante Pettis tries to get out of the way.
Chico McClatcher runs the ball near the goal line.
Chico McClatcher runs the ball near the goal line.
Jamarion Grant gets drilled on a hard hit after a run.
Jamarion Grant gets drilled on a hard hit after a run.
Justin Goodwin tires to get yardage after getting tripped up.
Justin Goodwin tires to get yardage after getting tripped up.
John Ross gets up to full speed as he takes this kick return all the way back for a 92 yard score. His third of the day.
John Ross gets up to full speed as he takes this kick return all the way back for a 92 yard score. His third of the day.
The UW quarterbacks with Jake Browning in the middle take a breather on the bench with beautiful Husky Stadium in the background.
The UW quarterbacks with Jake Browning in the middle take a breather on the bench with beautiful Husky Stadium in the background.
Myles Gaskin looks for a space in the Knights defense.
Myles Gaskin looks for a space in the Knights defense.
Jake Browning unloads a pass.
Jake Browning unloads a pass.
UW Safety Brandon Beaver runs back an interception almost to the end zone, but is stopped just short.
UW Safety Brandon Beaver runs back an interception almost to the end zone, but is stopped just short.
UW trips up the Scarlet Knight runner.
UW trips up the Scarlet Knight runner.
Jake Browning and John Ross wait after the game for their TV interviews.
Jake Browning and John Ross wait after the game for their TV interviews.
The team sings to the Student section after the win.
The team sings to the Student section after the win.

Hawks Down Browns

I wrapped up my 2015 football season last Sunday when the Cleveland Browns came into town. The Seahawks were on a roll with 5 straight wins and the Browns were the only thing between the Hawks and a playoff berth. Johnny Football marched Cleveland right down the field on the first drive, but that was about all that they would be able to do for the rest of the day. The Seahawks behind Russell Wilson and Doug Baldwin went on to a 30-13 victory and put the Hawks right where they expect to be, back in the playoffs.

I can’t believe how quickly this season flew by for me. It seems like just yesterday I was rolling into Husky Stadium on a hot August early afternoon for the first game of the season. I have met even more great people this season and continue to learn and try to push more each game.

Seahawks owner Paul Allen gives the fans a thumbs-up as he leaves the field.
Seahawks owner Paul Allen gives the fans a thumbs-up as he leaves the field.
Pete Carroll and Richard Sherman share a laugh during warmups.
Pete Carroll and Richard Sherman share a laugh during warmups.
Johnny Football takes the field.
Johnny Football takes the field.
Russell Wilson talks with Coach Carroll during stretching.
Russell Wilson talks with Coach Carroll during stretching.
Browns' Joe Thomas during the anthem.
Browns’ Joe Thomas during the anthem.
Browns TE Gary Barnidge catches a TD pass on the first drive.
Browns TE Gary Barnidge catches a TD pass on the first drive.
Browns Head Coach Mike Pettine.
Browns Head Coach Mike Pettine.
Pro Bowl selection Tyler Lockett during a kick return.
Pro Bowl selection Tyler Lockett during a kick return.
Browns WR Travis Benjamin busts through the defense.
Browns WR Travis Benjamin busts through the defense.
Bobby Wagner brings down Duke Johnson.
Bobby Wagner brings down Duke Johnson.
Former UW Husky Danny Shelton returned to Seattle with his new team.
Former UW Husky Danny Shelton returned to Seattle with his new team.
Brandon Mebane brings down Johnny Manziel for a sack.
Brandon Mebane brings down Johnny Manziel for a sack.
We can only assume that Russell is telling Luke how awesome his new haircut looks.
We can only assume that Russell is telling Luke how awesome his new haircut looks.
Duke Johnson leaps over Jeremy Lane.
Duke Johnson leaps over Jeremy Lane.
Who wore it better?
Who wore it better?
Russell on the prowl.
Russell on the prowl.
Jermaine Kearse gets mugged on this pass in the end zone.
Jermaine Kearse gets mugged on this pass in the end zone.
Russell Wilson and Doug Baldwin celebrate after a TD.
Russell Wilson and Doug Baldwin celebrate after a TD.
Old/New face Christine Michael back with the Seahawks after a rash of injuries at Running Back.
Old/New face Christine Michael back with the Seahawks after a rash of injuries at Running Back.
Jermaine Kearse gets brought down after a catch.
Jermaine Kearse gets brought down after a catch.
Russell Wilson scrambles for yardage.
Russell Wilson scrambles for yardage.
Cassius Marsh trips up Johnny Manziel.
Cassius Marsh trips up Johnny Manziel.
Bobby Wagner lets out a roar after a stop.
Bobby Wagner lets out a roar after a stop.
A beautiful view of CenturyLink field as the Seahawks begin a drive.
A beautiful view of CenturyLink field as the Seahawks begin a drive.
Russell Wilson gets ready to hand off.
Russell Wilson gets ready to hand off.
Doug Baldwin looks for yards after the catch.
Doug Baldwin looks for yards after the catch.
Johnny Manziel trying to escape the Hawks defense.
Johnny Manziel trying to escape the Hawks defense.
The 12 flag flies high above the stadium.
The 12 flag flies high above the stadium.

Michael Bennett strips Johnny Manziel for a fumble.

Marcus Burley gets congratulations from his teammates after his interception.

Richard Sherman talks with Marcus Burley after Burley's interception near the end of the game.
Richard Sherman talks with Marcus Burley after Burley’s interception near the end of the game.
Johnny Manziel scrambles for a receiver.
Johnny Manziel scrambles for a receiver.
Brandon Mebane, Cliff Avril and Michael Bennett talk on the bench as the game winds down.
Brandon Mebane, Cliff Avril and Michael Bennett talk on the bench as the game winds down.
Johnny Manziel and Russell Willson chat at mid field after the game.
Johnny Manziel and Russell Willson chat at mid field after the game.
Frank Clark (Michigan) and Donte Whitner (Ohio State) swap jerseys after the game.
Frank Clark (Michigan) and Donte Whitner (Ohio State) swap jerseys after the game.
Doug Baldwin and Johnny Manziel chat after the game.
Doug Baldwin and Johnny Manziel chat after the game.
A trio of Cardinals.
A trio of Cardinals.
Doug Baldwin and Dwayne Bowe swap jerseys after the game.
Doug Baldwin and Dwayne Bowe swap jerseys after the game.
Richard Sherman signs a jersey for Johnson Bademosi
Richard Sherman signs a jersey for Johnson Bademosi
Johnson Bademosi signs one for Richard Sherman.
Johnson Bademosi signs one for Richard Sherman.
Richard Sherman and Johnson Bademosi.
Richard Sherman and Johnson Bademosi.
Some of the Sea Gals pose for a shot.
Some of the Sea Gals pose for a shot.

 

Blue Steel

The second half of my Thanksgiving weekend double header was heading down to CenturyLink Field to capture the Seahawks as the hosted the Pittsburgh Steelers. There was a lot of gold and black in the stands for this one as all the Steeler fans came out of the woodwork. This was not a typical type of Seahawks game as the offense had to carry most of the burden as they got into a shootout with Big Ben and the Steelers. Russell Wilson had a huge day with five touchdown passes, three of them to Doug Baldwin on way to a 39-30 win over the Steelers.

Hall of Famers Spencer Haywood and Warren Moon before the game. Spencer would raise the 12th man flag.
Hall of Famers Spencer Haywood and Warren Moon before the game. Spencer would raise the 12th man flag.
Pete is pumped
Pete is pumped
Kim and Richard discuss game plans during warmups.
Kim and Richard discuss game plans during warmups.
Big Ben takes the field.
Big Ben takes the field.
Russell during warmups.
Russell during warmups.
Jimmy Graham
Jimmy Graham
Doug Baldwin
Doug Baldwin
The Seahawks take the field.
The Seahawks take the field.
Luke points to the cheering fans as he is introduced.
Luke points to the cheering fans as he is introduced.
Ben Roethlisberger scrambles to throw.
Ben Roethlisberger scrambles to throw.
DeAngelo Williams busts up the middle.
DeAngelo Williams busts up the middle.
Richard Sherman faces off against Antonio Brown.
Richard Sherman faces off against Antonio Brown.
Rookie Thomas Rawls leaps in the air after scoring a touchdown.
Rookie Thomas Rawls leaps in the air after scoring a touchdown.
Ben Roethlisberger
Ben Roethlisberger
Not everyone is a Big Ben fan.
Not everyone is a Big Ben fan.
Marcus Wheaton with a catch over the middle.
Marcus Wheaton with a catch over the middle.
Steelers Head Coach Mike Tomlin.
Steelers Head Coach Mike Tomlin.
Jimmy Graham lets out a scream after a reception.
Jimmy Graham lets out a scream after a reception.
Jermaine Kearse catches a touchdown in traffic.
Jermaine Kearse catches a touchdown in traffic.
Thomas Rawls leaps in the air after Jermaine Kearse's touchdown.
Thomas Rawls leaps in the air after Jermaine Kearse’s touchdown.
Martinis Bryant skies high for a grab, but the pass is broken up by DeShawn Shead.
Martinis Bryant skies high for a grab, but the pass is broken up by DeShawn Shead.
Martavis Bryant gets in to then end zone but pays the price from Kam Chancellor.
Martavis Bryant gets in to then end zone but pays the price from Kam Chancellor.
Ben Roethlisberger lets one rip.
Ben Roethlisberger lets one rip.
Teammates swarm DeAngello Williams after a score.
Teammates swarm DeAngello Williams after a score.
A pass to Jimmy Graham is broken up in the end zone...
A pass to Jimmy Graham is broken up in the end zone…
...but Graham is injured on the play.
…but Graham is injured on the play.
Doug Baldwin and Russell Wilson kneel by their fallen teammate.
Doug Baldwin and Russell Wilson kneel by their fallen teammate.
Jermaine Kearse and Doug Baldwin celebrate after a score.
Jermaine Kearse and Doug Baldwin celebrate after a score.
Kam Chancellor congratulates Doug Baldwin after a score.
Kam Chancellor congratulates Doug Baldwin after a score.
Michael Bennett on the sidelines.
Michael Bennett on the sidelines.
Richard Sherman talks with his defensive crew on the sidelines.
Richard Sherman talks with his defensive crew on the sidelines.
Russell Wilson scrambles to escape Bud Dupree
Russell Wilson scrambles to escape Bud Dupree
Russell with the hustle.
Russell with the hustle.
Luke Willson gets tripped up after a catch.
Luke Willson gets tripped up after a catch.
Doug Baldwin with big yards after the catch.
Doug Baldwin with big yards after the catch.
Ben Roethlisberger with the QB sneak.
Ben Roethlisberger with the QB sneak.
Big Ben gets sacked by Frank Clark.
Big Ben gets sacked by Frank Clark.
Doug Baldwin eyes the defender after a catch.
Doug Baldwin eyes the defender after a catch.
Kam Chancellor pleads to the officials.
Kam Chancellor pleads to the officials.
Rookie speedster Tyler Lockett.
Rookie speedster Tyler Lockett.
Coach Carroll and Russell Wilson talk strategy at the end of the game.
Coach Carroll and Russell Wilson talk strategy at the end of the game.
Russell Wilson and  Cameron Heyward chat after the game.
Russell Wilson and Cameron Heyward chat after the game.
Fred Jackson and Earl Thomas chat with Pittsburgh head coach Mike Tomlin after the game.
Fred Jackson and Earl Thomas chat with Pittsburgh head coach Mike Tomlin after the game.