Well, look who is on the newest Sports Illustrated. The Seahawks‘ Legion of Boom is center stage, led by cornerback Richard Sherman.
Apparently the magazine wanted just Sherman on the cover, but he turned it down unless it included his teammates. He wanted all of the defensive backs, but they compromised with the Legion on the cover: Kam Chancellor, Jeremy Lane, Sherman, Earl Thomas and Byron Maxwell.
Chancellor: “We’ve been battle-tested, we work hard, we grind, and we have a different understanding of the game and the meaning of playing with each other.”
Lane: “I think we just believe in ourselves so much that it’s never over till it’s over. I learned that as a kid playing Pop Warner.”
As for Sherman, in a story written by him, he sounds much more mature than he did a year ago.
“More than I want individual success, I want to be remembered as part of the Legion of Boom, which is why all of us are on the cover of Sports Illustrated magazine this week.” Sherman writes. “In football, unlike various other sports, it takes a total team effort to be successful.”
And there’s THIS nugget: “My girlfriend, Ashley, and I are expecting our first child, a boy, any day now.”
Read Sherman’s full story. We’ll also just ignore the infamous Sports Illustrated curse. …
All about that Beast Mode
Marshawn Lynch, the Seahawks running back known for not talking to the media, did a fake press conference for his favorite paid sponsor, Skittles. The results? It’s funny.
Yes, they pay him, but Beast Mode has been a fan of the candy since he was a kid.
Highlights: Lynch would prefer a blimp to take him to a game over a jet pack and cat videos are better than dog videos online.
Which is louder? Twenty-five T-rex or a stadium full of Seahawks fans?
“That’s simple. The 12s,” Lynch said.
In The Onion’s parody world, Lynch delivers a 45-minute speech, walking the stage with mic in hand.
The creative folks over at Hum Creative in Pioneer Square came up with Speaks Mode. Click on an image and you get a sound bite from Beast Mode.
“We wanted to celebrate Marshawn Lynch’s post-game interview style, especially since he gets such a bad rap for it. He represents this city well and we’re proud to get to make fan art for him,” said Drew Hamlet, a senior designer at Hum. “We are all loyal fans and we’re thrilled to see the Seahawks experience the successes they, and this city, deserve.”
To continue the Beast Fest, here’s a parody remix from Tim Basaraba of O.T. Genasis‘ “CoCo.”
Originally from Idaho, long-time Seahawks fan Basaraba moved to Seattle in 1996.
“Moving to the city increased my love for the Hawks tenfold,” he said. “To me, they are physical representation of the city’s spirit. When my artist friends ( which I am one of) say, ‘eeeew sportsball,’ I tell ’em think of it as the collective energy of the city you love, playing out on a battlefield where no one dies.”
Public service announcement: Hear at the Fan Buzz we condone addictions to Seahawks players and even to fruity, sugary candies, but not the “coco.”
Following hot on the heels of our popular “Which Seahawk Are You?” quiz comes our latest interactive feature: How much do you know about Seattle and Boston and the ties that bind them? Take the quiz and then tell us how you did via social media. We are @seattletimes on Twitter and here’s our Facebook page.
Winners of Lucky Lanterns photo contest
After hours of poring over hundreds of entries, we arrived at our top picks in the Lucky Lanterns reader photo contest. Above is the grand prize winner: Helen Henry’s math class at the International Community School in Bellevue.
We’re a little tired of talking about Madden, the NFL video game, but this is kind of fun.
Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman will face off with the Patriots’ Shane Vereen in a Madden ’15 showdown tonight at 5:30 at the “Microsoft footprint at the NFL Experience.” (What’s a “Microsoft footprint”? PR speak for “Microsoft booth.”)
If we hear the outcome, we’ll post it later tonight.
For more Madden, read reporter Jayson Jenks’ story about trying to re-create the end of the NFC Championship.
Feeling the love
Are you lucky enough to be headed to Arizona? Even if you’re not going to the actual game, you can hang out at Fan Fest on Saturday.
The Seahawks announced an event at Chase Field, home of the Arizona Diamondbacks. Gates open at 1:30 p.m. and admission is free. Expect to see team owner Paul Allen, members of the Ring of Honor, alumni, Sea Gals, Blue Thunder, Blitz the mascot and other “special guests.”
You most likely won’t see any current players, but it still could be a lot of fun.Keep in mind that the NFL bag policy is in place for this event. Make sure to carry your oh-so-fashionable clear 12x6x12 bag. And don’t forget the sunscreen.
Fan photo du jour
Check out this new shot from a dedicated 12. See lots more in our reader fan gallery.
Can’t get enough Fan Buzz? Wait, there’s more!
- Monday’s Seahawks Fan Buzz: More flashy cleats coming
- Friday’s Seahawks Fan Buzz: Michael Bennett’s ‘Wizard of Oz’ bike ride; Super Bowl weather
- Thursday’s Seahawks Fan Buzz: Let’s talk balls; super hero Super Bowl bet
- Wednesday’s Seahawks Fan Buzz: Could ‘DeflateGate‘ change fan loyalties?
- Tuesday’s Fan Buzz: New bike might make those Packers-fan tears go away