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Conan O'Brien seems to have figured out how to break Marshawn Lynch's media silence.
In an 11-minute clip from last night's 'Conan' show on TBS, "Beast Mode" says more during his bouts in Mortal Kombat X against New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski than the entire previous week before national journalists covering the Big Game. You can watch the clip, and Lynch's admission that he loves to play as Toad in Mario Kart, below.
The segment, filmed as O'Brien says, "Somewhere in Arizona, I don't know where the f—- we are," is part of the show's Clueless Gamer series, which has seen Conan and other celebrities play Assassin's Creed: Unity, Super Smash Bros. WiiU, and my gaming obsession of the moment, Minecraft.
Lynch appears to employ my favorite fighting game method, the button-mash, telling O'Brien that's his go-to strategy "for sure." Then there's a naughty, innuendo-filled joke (warning: The game in the video is very violent, and there is a decent amount of cursing.)
For those who don't want to watch the gore, here's the spoiler-iffic breakdown of the bout:
Fight One: Lynch (Kano) defeats Gronk (Ferra & Torr)
Fight Two: Lynch (Cassie Cage) defeats Gronk (D'Vorrah)
Fight Three: Lynch (Quan Chi) defeats Gronk (Raiden)
Clearly outmatched, Gronk takes on Conan in the final bout.
Fight Four: Conan (Scorpion, with an assist from Lynch) defeats Gronk (Sub-Zero)
Be sure to stick around after the fights for some discussion of touchdown dance moves, and when it's acceptable to grab your crotch.
My favorite moment: Lynch trying to urge his on-screen character Cassie Cage to "lick the gun" after defeating D'Vorrah (5:28, check it out).
Mortal Kombat X releases April 14 for PC, PS3 and PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One.
Postscript: I met Conan O'Brien in Washington, D.C., before the White House Press Correspondent's Dinner in 2013. He made time to talk with some of the scholarship recipients and was a funny, engaging and humble guy. If you don't watch 'Conan' on a regular basis, I suggest it.
Seahawks wide receiver Paul Richardson, top, makes a leaping reception against the defense of St. Louis Rams’ Janoris Jenkins.
SEATTLE – The final result was the same for Pete Carroll and the Seahawks, wearing NFC West champion hats in the locker room after a Week 17 victory over the St. Louis Rams.
The process in getting to that point and clinching the No. 1 seed in the NFC playoffs for the second straight season was completely different.
So there was a different satisfaction for Carroll and the Seahawks after Sunday’s 20-6 win over the Rams wrapped up the ninth division title in franchise history, the third under Carroll.
So. Who do you think the Seahawks will play in the Superbowl this year?
Normally, Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers wouldn't be all smiles at a gathering headed by President Obama at the White House — if she'd be there at all.
Not so today, where she stopped by for Obama's salute to the Super Bowl champs and tweeted out a photo, proving perhaps that winners draw a bipartisan crowd.
Video from KIRO-TV
President Obama had the Seattle Seahawks over to "the house' to give them congrats for winning the Super Bowl. For the text of his speech, go inside the blog.
The Seahawks are being invited to the White House next Wednesday for some presidential atta-boys.
The White House announced President Obama will honor the team for their Super Bowl victory and "for their efforts to give back to their communities."
Perhaps he'll also thank Richard Sherman for supplying him with some gag lines in the recent correspondents dinner as shown in the video above.
Today is just a day to get through before Sunday's battle between the Seahawks and the 49ers. I'm sure there are other non-football things going on this weekend, so feel to discuss them here.
Or if you want to talk Seahawks here's a few conversation starters. #GOHAWKS
We all have our meaures of fandom. I got this done yesterday after work. Still waiting to see DFO's 49-er toes….
What have you done to show support for your favorite sports team?
SEATTLE – Rain fell. Wind blew.
And the Saints came marching in, hoping for a little revenge and a spot in the NFC championship game.
When it finally ended, though, it was the Seahawks who were marching on to within a game of the Super Bowl, thanks to a 23-15 victory in front of a CenturyLink Field-record crowd of 68,388 on Saturday. Full Story.
And a good time was had by all— except the Saints and their fans. Any favorite game moments?
The Seattle Seahawks have the most dominate home field advantage in the NFL thanks to their thunderous fan base, aptly dubbed The 12th Man. To promote Jet Chevrolet, General Manager Mike Gates promised 12 contestants $35,000 a piece if the Seahawks shutout the New York Jets yesterday. When the hawks lay a whoopin’ on the Giants 23-0 in New York, Gates began to make phone calls to insurance and promotions companies.
Jimmy Farris has words for long-suffering Seattle Seahawks fans who resent Johnny-come-lately types climbing aboard their bandwagon. He feels your pain. Jimmy? He’s the former Lewiston Bengal star who played for several NFL teams, collecting a Super Bowl ring with the New England Patriots. Also, he’s a Democrat who ran unsuccessfully for Idaho’s 1st Congressional District seat held by tea party congressman Raul Labrador. Jimmy described true fans for Huckleberries as “just as passionate and excited about their team when they are 4-12 as they are when their team is 12-4. There are some true Seahawks fans (who) have suffered through some terrible years. (They) remember the old AFC West days, remember the real Curt Warner, Kenny Easley, Rick Mirer, the Kingdome – and have nightmares about Bo Jackson going 91 yards and trucking ‘the Boz.’ ” However, before you die-hards throw all the neo-die-hards under the bandwagon, consider – you couldn’t break that Guinness noise record and befuddle the San Francisco 49ers without them/DFO, Sunday Huckleberries. More here.
Other weekend SR columns:
- Outdoors: Skeena River, B.C./Rich Landers
- Answers at the Reddy on latest from Avista/Doug Clark
- Eye on Boise: Idaho First Lady on the mend/Betsy Russell
- National Anthem etiquette doesn't include flagging interest/Paul Turner
- 2 Spokane natives lead Major League Baseball teams/John Blanchette
- Spin Control GMO labeling issue likely to be most hotly contested/Jim Camden
Question: Are you a Seattle Seahawk fan?
In this Sept. 12, 2010, file photo, Seattle Seahawks fans cheer during the final moments of the Seahawks' 31-6 win over the San Francisco 49ers in an NFL football game in Seattle. On Sunday, Seahawks fans will attempt to break the Guinness Book of World Records mark for loudest stadium, or officially "loudest crowd roar at a sports stadium," which was set in 2011 in Turkey at the Ali Sami Yen Sport Complex Turk Telekom Arena during a soccer match between Galatasaray SC and Fenerbahce. The record is 131.76 decibels. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)
Some of the loudest NFL fans in the country are attempting to become the loudest in the world. When the 49ers visit this Sunday, Seattle Seahawks fans will attempt to break the Guinness Book of World Records mark for loudest stadium, or officially "loudest crowd roar at a sports stadium," which was set in 2011 in Turkey at the Ali Sami Yen Sport Complex Turk Telekom Arena during a soccer match between Galatasaray SC and Fenerbahce. The record is 131.76 decibels/Associated Press. More here.
Question: Have you ever attended a Seattle Seahawks game when the fans were exceptionally loud?
I'll bet there are newcomers in our midst who aren't even aware that the NFL team used to hold its annual preseason training camp out at EWU.
I never went out there, but I get it about the appeal of pro sports training camps. There's less pomp and packaged excess. More up-close viewing access. At least there used to be.
Before my parents moved to Spokane in 2000, I used to go back to New England and visit them in September. And as it happened the New York Rangers held their preseason training camps in the late 1990s at the nearby University of Vermont. I'm not sure how many times I went over to the campus and watched for an hour or so. Maybe three or four. Maybe half a dozen times.
The Rangers had a player then named Adam Graves who might have been the most fluid skater I have seen up close and in person. It was a pleasure to watch him even when he was just doing drills.
I suspect those who went out to Cheney to watch the Seahawks practice have smiliar memories.
Pete Carroll signs an autograph for Rep. Reuven Carlyle at the House rostrum.
OLYMPIA — In a bold move, the Legislature came out officially in favor of the Seattle Seahawks today, with resolutions in both chambers congratulating the team for making the playoffs, and lauding Head Coach Pete Carroll for the team's showing and for work in the community.
Carroll was there to accept the resolutions and sign autographs for legislators — some of whom seemed fairly thrilled by having a real NFL head coach in their midst. State Rep. Larry Crouse, R-Spokane Valley, snagged a Carroll autograph on a pristine football. He said he keeps a supply of footballs and baseballs in his office for autograph opportunities that pop up from time to time.
Carroll made a pitch for support for a program that brings the NFL, YMCA, law enforcement, church groups and local businesses together to help curb youth violence, one person at a time.
The effort started in Los Angeles when he was at USC, Carrol said, and the model is spreading to Seattle and other Washington cities. Private enterprise is providing the funding right now, but it can't cover everything, he said.
"We need to get to the next level. We need state support," he said.
SEATTLE (AP) — Century Link field is telling off-duty police officers attending Seahawks games and other events at the Seattle stadium to leave their guns at home.
The management says Century Link Field is safe because of an abundance of uniformed officers at events.
KOMO TV, however, reports (http://bit.ly/13H19yc ) the new policy isn't sitting well with officers.
Police say many officers work in units that require them to be armed at all times.
In a bizarre ending that capped a brutal weekend for replacement officials, the Seattle Seahawks somehow beat the Green Bay Packers 14-12 on Monday night at CenturyLink Field in a game that’s certain to re-ignite frustrations over the locked-out refs. Russell Wilson threw a disputed 24-yard touchdown pass to Golden Tate on the final play of the game, a game that finally ended 10 minutes later when the teams were brought back on the field for the extra point. Wilson scrambled from the pocket and threw to the corner of the end zone as the clock expired. Tate shoved Green Bay’s Sam Shields out of the way, then wrestled with M.D. Jennings for possession. It was ruled on the field as a touchdown, and after a lengthy review, referee Wayne Elliott came out from under the hood and announced “the ruling on the field stands” and the fans erupted in celebration/Associated Press. More here. (AP photo: Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Golden Tate, far right, battles for position to catch the game-winning TD)
Question: Should the NFL step in and overturn the replacement refs' blown call, giving the victory to the Green Bay Packers instead of the Seattle Seahawks?
1. Back when the team held its preseason training camp in Cheney each summer, a fair number of local NFL fans enjoyed going out to watch very large men sweat.
2. Economic impact.
3. Eventually HBO's "Hard Knocks" series would have come to Cheney to profile the Seahawks and there almost certainly would have been some entertaining Spokane bashing and film footage of contract holdouts arriving at Spokane International Airport.
Jon Kitna, left, a former Seattle Seahawk/NFL quarterback, embraces his first football coach, Harry Snead, before being formerly introduced as the new Lincoln head football coach to staff and the media at the school's library today in Tacoma, Wash. Kitna is a graduate of the school who was recently hired as a math teacher after his 15-year career as an NFL quarterback. (AP Photo/The News Tribune, Dean J. Koepfler)
Question: Did you do well in your high school math classes?
Seahawks linebacker K.J. Wright brings down Bears running back Kahlil Bell during the first half.
CHICAGO – Red Bryant ran away from the Bears after his third-quarter interception.
The same could be said for the rest of the Seahawks, who scored 31 consecutive points in the second half, coming back to beat the Bears 38-14 on Sunday afternoon at Soldier Field in a game that not only sustained, but improved Seattle’s playoff chances.
Best moment of the game? Seeing Bryant lumber across the goal line. Are you still watching the Seahawks?
In his Sunday column, John Blanchette/SR discussed the ultimate price that former, indestructible Post Falls Trojan star Joe Tofflemire paid to play in the NFL. Tofflemire died last week at his home at age 46. His brother, Paul, and the extended family weren't surprised as a result of the toll that the violent world of pro football took on his brother's body. Blachette reports: "A study in the 1990s by the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health noted that NFL linemen had a 52 percent greater risk of dying from heart disease than the general population. In 2006, the St. Petersburg Times reported while average life expectancy in the United States was nearly 78 years, the average for NFL players was 55 – 52 for linemen." Then, Blanchette quotes Paul Tofflemire as saying: “The NFL stands for ‘Not For Long. It’s a violent game with a cost.” (SR file photo: former Seattle Seahawks center Joe Tofflemire reacts as a trainer checks his shoulder in training camp in July 1995.)
Question: Can you enjoy NFL football as much, knowing that the players are risking shorter lives for their moments of glory?
He bought himself a snub-nosed football shoe in the ninth grade to further his ambitions as a place-kicker, so instantly – and forever – Joe Tofflemire was known as “Toe.” But soon enough he grew into a complete player – one of the most honored linemen in Pacific-12 Conference history, a second-round NFL draft pick – and, to his family and friends, a complete inspiration. So their sorrow was as profound as their shock in learning that Tofflemire had died Tuesday at Kootenai Health in Coeur d’Alene after being found unconscious and unresponsive in his Post Falls home. The former Seattle Seahawks center was 46. “He was warm, sharing, caring, compassionate,” said Nick Menegas, Tofflemire’s coach at Post Falls High School. “His evolution from boy to man was so rewarding to watch. He was humble and kind – and so grateful for his opportunities”/John Blanchette, SR. More here.
- Ex-Post Falls/Arizona/Seattle Seahawk player remembered/Brian Walker, Press
In this SR file football by Christopher Anderson from the mid-1990s, Joe Tofflemire grimaces as a Seahawk trainer checks his shoulder during a recent practice. Tofflemire was a football standout at Post Falls High.
Joe Tofflemire, a first-team All-Pac-10 center at Arizona in 1986, 987 and 1988, died Tuesday in Post Falls. He wa 46. He was found unconscious and unresponsive in his home, according to family reports on Facebook. He later died in a Coeur d'Alene (Kootenai Medical Center) hospital. Tofflemire was UA's 1988 football team's Most Valuable Player and the 1988 winner of the Pac-10 Morris Award, emblematic of the league's top offensive lineman. He was selected in the second round of the 1989 NFL draft by the Seattle Seahawks and played for the team from 1989-94/Arizona Daily Star. More from Wikipedia here. (John Blanchette & Greg Lee are working on story for SR.)
- From Alison Larkin McArthur Facebook wall: The Funeral Services for Joe Tofflemire will be Rosary September 30th at 7 pm at Bell Tower Funeral Home- 3398 E Jenalan Avenue Post Falls- Graveside services Monday at Noon at Evergreen Cemetery- Spokane Street- Post Falls, and Monday 2pm Reception Post Falls Senior Center 1215 E 3rd Avenue Post Falls. If you wish to donate any cash or food items for the reception Monday drop the items off at the Post Falls Senior Center- 1215 E 3rd Avenue. Any other questions please feel free to contact me at 208-773-9582.
Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll walks on the field at the start of a walkthrough practice to open NFL football training camp Thursday, July 28, 2011, in Renton, Wash.
For one day, Pete Carroll wasn’t hopping around with the vigor and excitement that was so apparent a season ago.
Apparently even the Seattle Seahawks’ head coach needed to ease his way into training camp on Thursday at Renton, Wash., after a whirlwind start to free agency that saw the Seahawks land quarterback Tarvaris Jackson, offensive lineman Robert Gallery and wide receiver Sidney Rice, and bid adieu to quarterback Matt Hasselbeck after a decade in Seattle.
Oh, alright. I admit it. I'm a diehard Seahawk fan and have been ever since I had a Steve Largent poster on my wall when all my friends had Andy Gibb posters. And I'm GLAD, glad Hasslebeck is gone. In addition, this is the first summer in 3 years that I haven't had a kid in football camp. And that makes me sad!
Is it too early to talk about football?
Mike Williams leads the Seattle Seahawks with 52 receptions this season.
It seems our own Sam Taylor had a little dust up on Twitter with Seahawk wide receiver Mike Williams. Sam took exception to William's tweet about a "white boy hatin on the Seahawks."
Williams didn't appreciate Sam's comment and promptly blocked him with a little profanity tossed in for good measure.
You can follow the action here.
Do you follow any professional athletes on Twitter? Have you ever been blocked by someone on Twitter?
Matt Hasselbeck is leaving the NFC West after 10 years of starting with the Seattle Seahawks, as he has agreed to a multi-year deal with the Tennesee Titans. He will be their starter this year and probably in 2012, but is expected to show rookie Jake Locker the ropes. With the announcement, the Arizona Cardinals lost one of their options at quarterback. With Hasselbeck leaving, teams in the NFC West should breathe a little easier. He has shown he can win in that division for a long time, and his experience and play were key in a playoff victory last season against the New Orleans Saints./Jeff Root, SB Nation. More here.
Question: Are you a long-suffering fan of the Seattle Seahawks?
The Seattle Seahawks no longer hold preseason training camp in Cheney.
But countless people still talk on cell phones while driving.
A whole bunch of guys still offer as original analysis things they heard last night on ESPN.
There are still so-called rugged Westerners who benefit from agricultural subsidies but want to do away with virtually every federal program except the one that benefits them.
Lots of people continue to think they are great at imitating accents despite the fact that they clearly are not.
And we're still carving away at what little wilderness remains.
Twitter remarks from Seattle linebacker Aaron Curry regarding religion, and his subsequent reaction to fans who expressed displeasure with those comments, are sure to open a few eyes. On his Twitter page @Seahawk59, Curry began quoting Bibilical verses. Nothing wrong with that, of course. But apparently a significant number of Seahawks fans began objecting to his quotations. They told Curry they were going to unfollow him and some even Tweeted they were going to stop being Seattle fans if he kept quoting scripture. To which Curry responded: "People tweeting me saying they gone unfollow me cuz of my GOD-filled verses! Newsflash: I rather have Christ than to have you follow me"/Mike Freeman, CBS Sports. More here. (2009 AP file photo, of Aaron Curry)
Question: Shouldn't a pro football player be allowed to tweet religious verses on his personal Twitter account, even though it might anger some fans?
Oakland Raiders cornerback Stanford Routt (26) is congratulated by coach Tom Cable after running an interception back for a touchdown in the fourth quarter of their NFL football game against the Kansas City Chiefs in Kansas City, Mo., on Sunday, Jan. 2. Cable, a former University of Idaho football coach, was hired today as offensive line/assistant head coach of the Seattle Seahawks. Story here. (AP Photo/Reed Hoffmann)
- Caldwell High sports returning to 4A classification/Jesse Zentz, Statesman
- Rep. Gibbs wants Geddes' Senate seat/Betsy Russell, Eye On Boise
- Key lawmakers question Idaho school reforms/Betsy Russell, Eye On Boise
- Update: FBI says backpack along MLK Day parade contained bomb/Tom Clouse, SR
- 4500 rally against abortion in Olympia/Jim Camden Spin Control
- Bypass work to crimp traffic flow through Sandpoint/Bonner County Bee
- More Idahoans may be eligible for food stamps/KXLY
- FBI: Men who found backpack bomb are unsung heroes/KHQ
- Geddes to take wait-see approach to Tax Commission reform/Kevin Richert, Statesman
- Former teacher sentenced for obscene child porn cartoons/Associated Press
- Task force reversal: Trail funding should stay with parks/Betsy Russell, Eye On Boise
- Task force backs $10 car fee increase to help pay for ISP/Betsy Russell, Eye On Boise
- Cigar makers want to ban blunts that can be used for drugs/Brad Iverson-Long, Reporter