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Seahawks export training camp to China

SEAHAWKS

We should be looking forward to Sunday NFC playoff game with the Bears, but before we do I have a question.

How many of you are planning on attending the Hawks' training camp this August in Cheney? Just show your hands. You, you, you, wow, that's a lot.

Well too bad.

The Hawks aren't coming.

As Jim Meehan's story confirms, Seattle has decided to hold training camp next year in Kirkland, and are using a preseason game Aug. 9 in China as the excuse, er, reason.

So what was supposed to be the final year in Cheney before they move to their new West Side facility has instead become the year of the broken promise. The game with New England in Beijing is going to be such a logistic nightmare, the Hawks don't want to make it any worse by spending time in Mongolia, I mean Eastern Washington.

And if you and your child missed them last year because of work or a planned trip to Yellowstone or that pesky appendix surgery, well, you're out of luck now. If you want to see a bunch of fat guys sweat (pictured; Associated Press photo), you'll have to travel to Kirkland – or spend lunch hour in the gym at the Y.

Does this bother you? Does it seem like a betrayal of an agreement the team had with its East Side fans? Do you feel cheated out of a final chance to listen to Mike Holmgren berate a backup running back for the way he carries the ball? Or do you understand the Hawks' reasoning, and though you're going to miss them, all you care about right now is kicking the Bears' butt? Either way, click the comment line and let us know. I would like to hear what you think.



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