Category Archives: Seattle Seahawks

What the Seattle Seahawks taught me about resisting temptation

Make a goal-line stand against temptation! Take your defensive stance and refuse to give up one more inch to sin! These are the lessons the Seattle Seahawks taught me about resisting temptation.

new_england_patriotsWhile I live in Massachusetts and seahawks-logofollow the NFL New England Patriots, I also root for the Seattle Seahawks since I spent 22 years living in the Pacific Northwest. That makes it a challenge of conscience when the two teams play each other as they did last night. It’s also hard on the body when the Seahawks play on Monday Night Football or Sunday Night Football and the game goes until midnight on the east coast.

The past two weeks, the commentators on MNF and SNF made a point to explain that the defensive philosophy of the Seahawks is to “defend every blade of grass.” That philosophy resulted in victories over the Buffalo Bills and the New England Patriots.

11132016-seahawks42b-780x559After Sunday night’s contest between the Seahawks and the Patriots, two of the Seahawks made the same statement.

Free Safety Earl Thomas said, “It was everybody putting their body on the line, fighting for every inch, every blade of grass, and we got it done.”

 “This win says exactly what our creed says — we fight ’til we can’t fight no more,’’ Strong Safety Kam Chancellor said. “No matter what the circumstance is, we never look back, keep pushing forward and fighting.”

As Christ followers, we should take a similar approach in resisting temptation and fighting sin. James 4:7 instructs us to place ourselves under the authority of our heavenly coach and make a goal-line stand against sin.

Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

In the same way that a football player suits up for a battle in the trenches, so we are to put on the full armor of God if we want to stand against our enemy (Ephesians 6:10-20).

10sword-shield Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. 11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. 12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. 13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm.

Just as a football player defends every blade of grass to keep their opponent out of the end zone, so Christ followers are to do whatever it takes to remove sin from their lives (Colossians 3:5).

Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry.

In the same way that a football player looks to the sidelines for instruction and encouragement from the coaching staff, so we are to keep our eyes on Jesus. He encourages us when we are weary and ready to give up (Hebrews 12:1-6).

1 Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured from sinners such hostility against himself, so that you may not grow weary or fainthearted. In your struggle against sin you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood. And have you forgotten the exhortation that addresses you as sons? “My son, do not regard lightly the discipline of the Lord, nor be weary when reproved by him. For the Lord disciplines the one he loves, and chastises every son whom he receives.”

Resist temptation. Defend every blade of grass. Don’t allow sin to cross your goal line. Stand Firm!


Live in hope, not in fear

During the first half of the NFL football game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Seattle Seahawks on November 29, 2015, the Steelers went for a fake field goal. Landry Jones’ attempted pass was intercepted by the Seahawks Jeremy Lane, who returned it 54 yards to set up a touchdown. At halftime, Steelers’ coach Mike Tomlin was asked about taking the risk rather than going for the safer three points. Tomlin responded, “We don’t live in our fears; we live in our hopes.”

Some expect the worst and avoid taking risks while others expect the best and strive to excel. Some people play not to lose while others play to win.


Patriots Prevail

Congratulations to the New England Patriots, Champs of Super Bowl XLIX. A hard fought game between two closely matched opponents.

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Posted by on February 2, 2015 in New England Patriots, NFL, Seattle Seahawks


Let the hype begin!

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Posted by on January 19, 2015 in NFL, Seattle Seahawks, Sports


Are you ready for some football?

As the NFL season kicks off this week, it is fun to relive the Seattle Seahawks Super Bowl triumph one last time. Joseph Vincent has put together a brilliant montage that contrasts the media predictions with the events on the field. Enjoy the video. Vincent’s home page also has a well done video of Tom Brady of the New England Patriots. Now that I’m caught up on the Hawks and Patriots, let’s start the season.

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Posted by on September 1, 2014 in NFL, Seattle Seahawks, Videos


NFL Recruiting Season

NFL team executives seek to build their teams through a combination of the draft and free agent signings. Even with all their research, it is not an exact science and there are no guarantees. I recently read two articles that offer differing perspectives on the building process.

NFL draft - poker gameNFL draft will unfold like a highly competitive game of poker” compares the NFL draft to a poker game. Both are high stakes games where the best players win more than they lose. Both games require the players to make decisions on incomplete information. While the article was insightful, I especially enjoyed the graphic of the mascots playing poker.

“Seahawks send out unique brochure to the agents of potential undrafted players” describes a unique approach to recruiting. The Seattle Seahawks sent a 12-page brochure to the agents of undrafted players encouraging their clients to consider signing with the Seahawks because of the team’s core value of competition. They “very much want the new class of undrafted players to think Seattle is the kind of place where you can make a difference if you win battles in the team’s ultra-competitive environment.”

We will see how it all plays out over the few days and whether or not it translates into success on the field this fall.


Ideas for teachers

How 6th graders in Seattle learn math, borrowed from Nick Wingfield.

6th grade math worksheet

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Posted by on March 6, 2014 in Fun, Seattle Seahawks


Champions – Seattle Reigns

Congratulations to the Seattle Seahawks! Super Bowl XLVIII Champions!


As one writer expressed it,

The Seahawks’ astonishing defense forced four turnovers and absolutely humiliated the Broncos 43-8 at MetLife Stadium, a contest that punched the number 12 in our consciousness over and over:

–The number of seconds the Seahawks needed to score the fastest points in Super Bowl history: 12.

–The number of seconds Harvin required to get into the end zone on his second-half kickoff return: 12.

–The devoted Pacific Northwest fan base sporting Seahawks blue, which motivates this team into a frenzy: The 12th Man.

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Posted by on February 3, 2014 in NFL, Seattle Seahawks


Blue Friday

Here’s how some Seattle fans prepare for Sunday’s Super Bowl matchup.

Boeing commissioned a “12th Man” aircraft – a 747-8 freighter.


The test flight for the aircraft was done in a “12” pattern. Pretty creative!

Marshawn Lynch got a sweet deal with the endorsement contract he signed with Skittles, his “power pellets.” They even released a Seattle version with only blue and green candies.


Forbes has an interesting article, “Super Bowl Quarterback Face-Off: Who Has The Leadership Advantage?” where they interviewed former NFL quarterback, Tom Flick.

A New Jersey artist turned his front yard into a Super Bowl snow sculpture.

SuperBowl snow castle

The Seattle Times has a creative graphic for their Super Bowl edition.

Attack force

And if that is not enough to get you ready, there’s a great feel good story about Derrick Coleman, the first legally deaf NFL offensive player, “Derrick Coleman surprises hearing-impaired fans with Super Bowl tickets.”

Let the game begin. Go Hawks. 12th Man in MA.

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Posted by on January 31, 2014 in NFL, Seattle Seahawks


Champions with correct priorities

For those who want to bash the Seattle Seahawks because of the Richard Sherman interview at the end of the NFC Championship Game on Sunday, perhaps you’d reconsider your opinion after listening to several of the ‘Hawks share what Jesus means to them.

Jesus is better than the Super Bowl” is an interview conducted by Pastor Mark Driscoll with four players—Russell Okung, Chris Maragos, Clint Gresham, Russell Wilson—and one coach, Rocky Seto. Mark asked the question, “Who is Jesus?” and each one shared their perspective about what Jesus means to them.

The making of a champion“The Making of a Champion” is a video several of the Hawks produced and distributed at a home game last October. It contains the testimonies of six players and coaches—the five mentioned above plus running backs coach Sherman Smith.

Testimonies such as these give a few more reasons to root for Seattle in the Super Bowl. Go Hawks!

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Posted by on January 21, 2014 in NFL, Seattle Seahawks