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June 24  |  Nick Patterson
Here's a little something from a local band for your listening pleasure today.



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June 23  |  Nick Patterson
As I mentioned Wednesday, this week has afforded me the opportunity to get out to some places I haven't had much chance of seeing. Thursday it's Everett Memorial Stadium to check out the Everett AquaSox in their Northwest League home opener.



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June 22  |  Nick Patterson
Catching up with Sounders S2's Jordan Schweitzer With the Seahawks' offseason activities officially over and with the Mariners out of town, it's given me a chance to check in with some other things this week.



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June 20  |  Nick Patterson
A glimpse into the NFL Rookie Transition Program Monday afternoon provided a glimpse into the other side of being a member of the Seattle Seahawks.

Former Seahawks Walter Jones, Marcus Trufant, Jordan Babineaux and Bryce Fisher sat at the front of the auditorium at the Virginia Mason Athletic Center, fielding questions from Seattle's rookies about handling some of the off-field issues associated with being an NFL player.

Monday was the first day of the Seahawks' three-day Rookie Transition Program, which is...

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June 16  |  Nick Patterson
Sounders' Dempsey fires the U.S. to Copa America semis STARTING LINEUPS

USA (4-4-2): Guzan; Johnson, Besler, Brooks, Cameron; Bradley (c), Jones, Bedoya, Zardes; Dempsey, Wood.

Ecuador (4-2-3-1): Dominguez; Erazo, Mina, Paredes, Ayovi (c); Noboa, Gruzeo; A. Valencia, Arroyo, Montero; E. Valencia.

TALKING POINTS

Talk about storybook. Clint Dempsey, the pride of the Seattle Sounders, scored and set up the goals at CenturyLink...

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June 16  |  Nick Patterson
Seahawks minicamp wrapped up Thursday at the Virginia Mason Athletic Center. Minicamp is the final offseason activity for the players, with training camp set to begin in six weeks on a yet-to-be-determined date. Here's what coach Pete Carroll touched upon Thursday:

- Carroll was extremely pleased with what he saw from the team during minicamp, saying, "We're ready to go right now." He's keeping his fingers crossed that during the six weeks between now and the start of...

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June 15  |  Nick Patterson
Seahawks minicamp day 2 notes There wasn't a whole lot of news out of Wednesday's second day of Seahawks minicamp. However, I definitely need a vehicle for this photo of Pete Carroll getting in step with Russell Wilson. So here's a few notes and quotes:

- When Wilson was at the podium he fielded a question from teammate Doug Baldwin, who wanted to know when the curly-haired Wilson was going to get a haircut. Wilson responded that it was his playoff hair, which sounds suspiciously hockey-like to me.

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June 14  |  Nick Patterson
Here's some of the things Seahawks coach Pete Carroll touched upon following the first day of Seattle's veteran minicamp:

- Carroll had nothing but positive things to say about defensive Michael Bennett. Bennett was the big question mark coming into minicamp, with some wondering whether the Pro Bowler would hold out because of his dissatisfaction with his contract. Bennett is here, though he's not participating in on-field activities because of an ankle injury picked up...

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June 14  |  Nick Patterson
Seahawks minicamp roll call: Michael Bennett is here All hands were on deck when Seahawks veteran minicamp began Tuesday at the Virginia Mason Athletic Center, including defensive end Michael Bennett.

Minicamp, which continues through Thursday, is mandatory for players, unlike the previous three weeks of OTAs. There was some thought that Bennett, who did not attend OTAs and has made no secret of his dissatisfaction with his contract, may choose to hold out from minicamp. There was a brief buzz at the beginning of Tuesday's...

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June 13  |  Nick Patterson
Nate Robinson has had a storied basketball career. Despite his diminutive 5-foot-9 height, the Seattle native managed to star at the University of Washington, get picked in the first round of the NBA draft, score nearly 7,000 points in a 11-year NBA career, and win the slam dunk contest three times. There were times when I watched him on the basketball court and thought I was watching a video game.



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June 13  |  Nick Patterson
The next phase of the Seahawks' offseason program is about to commence, with veteran minicamp taking place Tuesday through Thursday at the Virginia Mason Athletic Center in Renton.

The past three weeks the Seahawks have gathered for organized team activities (OTAs). Veteran minicamp is similar, but there's two primary differences:

1) Veteran minicamp is mandatory. OTAs are technically voluntary for players, though the players are no doubt...

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June 11  |  Nick Patterson
On Saturday Seattle Mariners first-round draft pick, outfielder Kyle Lewis out of Mercer University, signed with the team. Then we got this:

Kyle Lewis will report first to Peoria to work out for a few days, then report to Short-A Everett, according to Tom McNamara.



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June 10  |  Nick Patterson
Let's get a little local.

We're in the midst of Major League Baseball's amateur draft, with the first two days and 10 rounds into the books. And the draft is a big event for the city of Everett as it will have a profound impact on who plays for the AquaSox this summer.

This year it's harder to predict who from the draft may end up playing in Everett. Typically, college players have a good chance at starting out at Everett, as the short-season single-A Northwest...

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June 10  |  Nick Patterson
Hockey legend Gordie Howe passed away Friday at the age of 88. Though I never had the chance to meet him, he was around the WHL during my years covering the Everett Silvertips as he was a minority owner of the Vancouver Giants, and it was clear just how highly regarded he was in the hockey community. Rest in peace, Mr. Hockey.



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June 9  |  Nick Patterson
Seahawks OTA notes: Baldwin deflects contract questions The Seahawks held the last of their nine OTAs on Thursday, and it was the third that was open to the media. Here's some notes from the day:

- One of the continuing stories of the offseason for the Seahawks is the contract situation of receiver Doug Baldwin. Baldwin, who had a breakout 2015 as he caught 78 passes for 1,069 yards and a franchise-record 14 touchdowns, is entering the final season of a three-year, $13 million contract he signed prior to the 2014 season.

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June 7  |  Nick Patterson
Yesterday I was talking to my editor when he mentioned the production the Mariners are getting out of their first basemen and suggested I look into it. So here we go …

Seattle is essentially platooning at first base this season, with Adam Lind getting most of the starts against right-handed pitchers and Dae-Ho Lee getting most of the starts against left-handed pitchers. Here's their numbers going into Tuesday night's game vs. Cleveland (BA, HR, RBI, OPS):


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June 4  |  Nick Patterson
Taking in the Copa America Centenario The 100th-anniversary edition of the Copa America has arrived the U.S.

The Copa America, which is essentially the South American championships, is arguably the second biggest international soccer tournament in the world, following the World Cup. The European Championships would argue about which tournament deserves recognition as second biggest, but there's no bigger soccer country than Brazil, and the likes of Argentina, Uruguay, Colombia, etc., are right up there as...

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June 3  |  Nick Patterson
It's become something of a habit for me to use Fridays for posting some sort of music video on the blog. For this week's installment, how can I not be inspired by the Mariners' incredible comeback last night? The above song tends to pop into my mind whenever I'm in a baseball sort of mood.



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June 1  |  Nick Patterson
Richard Sherman on secondary depth and flexibility Wednesday was the second of the Seahawks' three OTAs that are open to the media, and the ever entertaining Richard Sherman was one of those placed at the podium. Here's some of the things the All-Pro cornerback had to say:

The Legion of Boom secondary was not able to get a lot offseason work together last year because Sherman and safety Earl Thomas were recovering from injuries. This year is different, with the entire secondary being accounted for at OTAs, and it's helped...

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June 1  |  Nick Patterson
The Seahawks held their second open-to-the-media OTA on Wednesday, and the primary topic of conversation was the offensive line, more specifically the move of Justin Britt to center.

Seattle's offensive line is headed for a major overhaul. Starters Russell Okung and J.R. Sweezy are gone, having signed lucrative contracts elsewhere. The Seahawks selected three offensive linemen in the draft, including Germain Ifedi in the first round. There's a good chance that in the...

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June 1  |  Nick Patterson
A quick glance at Felix Hernandez's stats this season make things seem fine: a 4-4 record, 2.86 ERA. They're right in line with the rest of the Seattle Mariners ace pitcher's stellar 12-year career.

However, a deeper look shows things aren't completely right with King Felix. His strikeout rate (7.6 per nine innings) is down slightly, his walk rate (3.7 per nine innings) is up substantially, and according to FanGraphs his average fastball velocity has dropped to 90.1 mph...

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May 27  |  Nick Patterson
I finally got a chance to take in The Heavy's new album. If you were paying attention during the NCAA basketball tournament, you might recognize this one.



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May 26  |  Nick Patterson
One of the story lines of Seahawks OTAs is the offensive line. There's a reasonable chance the Seahawks will have no starters on the offensive line returning to the positions they played last season. In addition, Seattle has both its presumptive starters at tackle out with injuries -- Garry Gilliam had a cyst removed from his knee and J'Marcus Webb has a pulled calf muscle. Therefore, Thursday's first-team offensive line consisted of, from left to right: Bradley Sowell, Mark...

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May 26  |  Nick Patterson
Thursday was the third of the Seahawks' nine OTAs over the next three weeks, but it was the first that was open to the media. Therefore, the most pertinent news concerns who was there and who wasn't, as OTAs are technically voluntary for the players. Let's put those into three categories:

Those who chose not to attend: Defensive ends Michael Bennett and Chris Clemons.

- Bennett has been open about his dissatisfaction with his contract, and it...

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May 23  |  Nick Patterson
This morning I came across the following tweet:

Since April 13th @Mariners own the best record in MLB- 24-11

Allowed fewest runs in AL- 117
Tied for 2nd most runs scored in AL- 173



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May 23  |  Nick Patterson
The Seahawks begin phase three of their offseason program Monday, holding the first of their OTAs (organized team activities).

Teams are allowed to hold a maximum of 10 OTAs over a three-week period. Seattle is holding nine this year. The dates:

WEEK 1
- Monday
- Tuesday
- Thursday
WEEK 2
- May 31
- June 1
- June 3
WEEK 3
- June 6
- June 7
- June 9


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May 22  |  Nick Patterson
I've sort of been the Herald's designated go-to guy to cover high school boys soccer playoffs since arriving in 2003, and given Snohomish High School's perennial success, it means I've covered the Panthers more times than I can remember.



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May 20  |  Nick Patterson
When the Mariners held their pre-spring training press conference in January, they opened by announcing that the Mariners and Safeco Field would be hosting a Billy Joel concert during the season. Today is the day, so here's a taste of what's to come at Safeco tonight.



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May 17  |  Nick Patterson
Michael Bennett says he'll be at training camp.

The Seattle Seahawks' star defensive end was interviewed on 710 ESPN Radio on Tuesday, and in parting he was asked if he'll be at training camp this year. His response:

"Why wouldn't I be at training camp? ... I'll see you there for sure."

Bennett has made no secret about his...

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May 16  |  Nick Patterson
I have a little egg on my face.

My column Sunday was about how well the Mariners and Sounders were playing, and that I thought their play warranted more attention than some of the offseason Seahawks news. Because of high school assignments I had to have that column filed on Friday, meaning it didn't take into account the weekend's results. I had a smidgen of concern that the...

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