2013 Seattle Seahawks Online Scrapbook

Originally Published:  August 25, 2013
Updated:  February 6, 2014

We have never seen the kind of anticipation for a sports team in Seattle that we currently have for the 2013 Seattle Seahawks.  The only thing that comes close is the 1996 Seattle Mariners (following their miracle run in 1995) and to a lesser extent the ’96/’97 Seattle Supersonics (following their NBA Finals defeat to the Chicago Bulls in 1996).

There have been great teams before, but the kind of pre-season anticipation we’re experiencing now is unmatched.  Yes, the 2005 Seahawks made it to the Super Bowl; but in the next off-season, we dicked around with Steve Hutchinson and our team was made worse for it.  Sure, there was anticipation, but a combination of an easy 2005 schedule, easier 2005 division, and lame-ass front office tempered expectations for 2006.  I sure didn’t think it was going to be as easy as it was in 2005, and lo and behold it wasn’t.

As a teenager, I did a fairly decent job of creating a sort-of scrap book of the Sonics as they made their run through the playoffs and into the Finals.  I have since lost the majority of that scrap book because I am an idiot; the only piece I have that remains is a Sports Illustrated cover of Gary Payton right before the NBA Finals; it’s in my old bedroom at my dad’s house as we speak, and every time I look at it I experience great joy.

So, this year, I’m going to do something similar.  Except this time, I’m getting in on the ground floor.  I’ll be doing my usual documentation of the Seahawks’ season, but I’m also going to link to all the important posts in this spot (updated below this introduction you’re reading now) for one convenient source for all of my ramblings about this potentially magical season.

And, if things go off the rails, then I’ve got something I can always point to, to remind myself to never get my hopes up this high again.

For starters, no analysis of this season would be complete without a brief look back at the very end of the 2012 season in all its glory:

Remember how many words were spilled about Percy Harvin when the Seahawks traded for him?

The NFL released team schedules and we all freaked out because Football!

The NFL Draft happened on April 25th – April 27th and is always a huge ordeal.

Regardless of who is better, I think we can all agree that the Seahawks and 49ers are the two best teams in the NFC.

Can’t be a Seattle sports fan without at least a FEW obnoxious neuroses.

A little roster-bation never hurt nobody.

Psyching myself up for a brilliant season.

Then, Percy Harvin injured himself and another million-billion words were spilled.

Preview season starts early in Seahawksland.

The July 29, 2013 issue of Sports Illustrated featured our very own Richard Sherman.

Better At Life Than You

Better At Life Than You

The pre-season is always a good time, especially when you’re winning.

The September 2, 2013 issue of ESPN The Magazine featured our very own Russell Wilson.

Go Hawks

Go Hawks

The September 2, 2013 issue of Sports Illustrated also featured our very own Russell Wilson (along with Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III, and Colin Kaepernick in alternate covers).

Go Hawks

Go Hawks

I’m a total sucker for preview articles.

Week 1 saw the Seahawks cling for dear life in Carolina, winning 12-7.

Week 2 saw the ultimate showdown of the regular season.  San Francisco came to town for a Sunday Night game on national television.  They would leave having lost 29-3.

Week 3 saw the Seahawks walk all over the Jaguars, 45-17.

Week 4 saw the Seahawks struggle in the first half, dominate in the second half, and do just enough in overtime to beat the Texans in Houston, 23-20.

Week 5 saw the Seahawks lose their bid for 23-0 against a good, playoff-bound Indianapolis team, thanks to a blown lead in the fourth quarter, 34-28.

Week 6 saw the Seahawks return home and easily handle the Tennessee Titans, 20-13.

Week 7 saw the Seahawks go down to Arizona for Thursday Night Football, winning in dominating fashion, 34-22.

Week 8 saw the Seahawks go back on the road (4 games in 5 weeks) to play the Rams on Monday Night Football, winning a scary one at the end thanks to a defensive goalline stand, 14-9.

Week 9 saw the winless Tampa Bay Bucs come into Seattle and rack up a 21-0 lead in the first half before the Seahawks took charge, eventually winning in overtime, 27-24.

Week 10 saw the Seahawks go back to Atlanta and come away with an easy victory over a Falcons team having an injury-riddled down season, 33-10.

Week 11 saw the Seahawks face the Vikings at home, winning a laugher, 41-20.

Week 12 saw the Seahawks have their BYE week, the final BYE week on the 2013 NFL schedule.

Week 13 saw the Seahawks dismantle the New Orleans Saints on Monday Night Football, securing the inside track for the #1 seed in the NFC, 34-7.

Week 14 saw the Seahawks lose a bruiser of a game down in San Francisco, 19-17.

Week 15 saw the Seahawks tear apart Eli Manning and the inferior New York Giants, 23-0.

Week 16 saw the Seahawks blow a chance to lock down the #1 seed and the NFC West by losing a befuddling game at home against the Cardinals, 17-10.

Week 17 saw the Seahawks finally lock up both the #1 seed and the NFC West by taking out the Rams at home, 27-9.

On January 3, 2014, Richard Sherman and Earl Thomas were named to the All Pro First Team.  Kam Chancellor was named to the All Pro Second Team.

The Wild Card weekend saw the Colts beat the Chiefs, the Saints beat the Eagles, the Chargers beat the Bengals, and the 49ers beat the Packers.

The Divisional Round saw the Seahawks cling for dear life and beat the Saints 23-15; as well as the Patriots beat the Colts, the 49ers beat the Panthers, and the Broncos beat the Chargers.

The January 20, 2014 issue of Sports Illustrated featured our very own Michael Bennett & Cliff Avril hitting Drew Brees (along with Wes Welker and LeGarrette Blount in alternate covers).

We will destroy you

We will destroy you

The NFC Championship Game saw a breathtaking back and forth, with the Seahawks coming out ahead in the end, 23-17; in the AFC, the Broncos defeated the Patriots to advance.

The Play Of The Season

The Play Of The Season

The January 27, 2014 issue of Sports Illustrated featured our very own Richard Sherman tipping the ball away from Michael Crabtree in the culminating moment of the NFC Championship that sent the Seahawks to the Super Bowl (Peyton Manning was featured in an alternate cover).

The best corner in the game tipping the ball away from a mediocre receiver

The best corner in the game tipping the ball away from a mediocre receiver

The two-week build-up to Super Bowl XLVIII featured a non-stop barrage of coverage of the Seahawks and the Broncos.

Super Bowl XLVIII saw the Seattle Seahawks come out and dismantle the Denver Broncos 43-8, making the Seahawks Super Bowl Champions for the first time ever.

The following are some of my favorite photos from Super Bowl XLVIII and its aftermath.

Gatorade Bath

Gatorade Bath

12th Man (and whatever you call the despondent Denver fans)

12th Man (and whatever you call the despondent Denver fans)

Our GM and his Championship Belt

Our GM and his Championship Belt

Malcolm Smith, our MVP

Malcolm Smith, our MVP

It's a celebration, bitches

It’s a celebration, bitches

World Champs

World Champs

Russell Wilson and his trophy

Russell Wilson and his trophy

Malcolm Smith's post-touchdown dunk

Malcolm Smith’s post-touchdown dunk

Locker room cheers

Locker room cheers

One more with the trophy

One more with the trophy

Two great quarterbacks

Two great quarterbacks

The Denver Post Cover

The Denver Post Cover

This Guy!

This Guy!

Confetti Angel

Confetti Angel

Russell Wilson on his way to the Late Show with David Letterman

Russell Wilson on his way to the Late Show with David Letterman

Just Russell & Dave, NBD

Just Russell & Dave, NBD

Postgame scene in Seattle

Postgame scene in Seattle

A lovely little newspaper cartoon

A lovely little newspaper cartoon

I'm Going To Disneyland!

I’m Going To Disneyland!

Can't get enough

Can’t get enough

The Tacoma News Tribune & The Seattle Times, February 3, 2014

The Tacoma News Tribune & The Seattle Times, February 3, 2014

There was a special edition of Sports Illustrated devoted exclusively to the Seattle Seahawks, released on February 5, 2014.

One Super Season

One Super Season

And the celebration continues well into the offseason.  For now, though, I’ll conclude this online scrapbook with my posts through the Championship Parade (#Celebrate48), which took place on February 5, 2014.

And, of course, my favorite pictures from the parade itself (taken by professionals).

Skittles!

Skittles!

Bang that drum

Bang that drum

Studs

Studs

Champagne Spray

Champagne Spray

More Champagne

More Champagne

Richard Sherman & Alvin Bailey

Richard Sherman & Alvin Bailey

World Champions

World Champions

Finally, the February 10, 2014 issue of Sports Illustrated featured our defensive line attacking Peyton Manning as he threw the football in Super Bowl XLVIII.

The Separation Is In The Preparation

The Separation Is In The Preparation

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