Friday, January 24, 2014

Don't stop the music...Secret to Pete Carroll's Seattle Seahawks?

For the first time in quite some time, I am really rooting for both teams in the Super Bowl.  I realize this is crazy, and silly, but there are some real reasons that I like and dislike each team.  I'm a big fan of Peyton Manning, but I am kinda pissed at the Broncos for the way they treated Tebow.  I really like the energy and spirit of the Seahawks, their head coach, their quarterback, their kicker (who played DIII Soccer, and Football!), their 12th man...but, they seem pretty arrogant - or is it that they are just having fun! 

I loved this article, posted on NFL.com about the role of music for the Seahawks...pretty cool!

May it be a great fun game!




Secret to Pete Carroll's Seattle Seahawks? Don't stop the music


RENTON, Wash. -- The Seattle Seahawks opened their locker room to the media Thursday afternoon, three days before the flight across the country for a week's worth of Super Bowl XLVIII hype, and, as with Sundays at CenturyLink Field, it was all about the noise.
While reporters probed various members of the newly crowned NFC champions for their thoughts, Pro Bowlrunning back Marshawn Lynch stood at his luxuriant locker playing deejay, blasting an eclectic ensemble of hip-hop tunes through his iPhone-programmed portable sound system.
It was Beast Mode meets Beats Mode -- an everyday occurrence at the team's training facility, where coachPete Carroll and his players have put a 21st-century spin on the notion of Seattle Sound.
Whether it's reggae in the draft room, classic rock on the practice field or Lynch's Oakland-heavy rap playlist in the locker room, there's an omnipresent groove at theSeahawks' training facility, one of the many reasons so many players have come to regard their workplace as refreshing, progressive and enjoyable.
"Look at this," defensive lineman Michael Bennett said Thursday, gesturing toward Lynch as he reclined in a plush leather chair in the middle of the locker room. "It's the Google of football."
That's one reason this Pacific Northwest outpost has become a prime destination for free agents searching for an upbeat environment, a movement the Seahawks' success is only likely to amplify. And the credit should go to the region's most influential power trio since Nirvana: Carroll, general manager John Schneider and owner Paul Allen, all of whom are committed to cultivating an atmosphere conducive to smiling employees.
"We work hard, but we like being here," All-Pro free safety Earl Thomas explained. "We have the best facility. The cooks are great. Across the board, they've placed great people in great positions. And the music is always playing ..."
In a city that has given the world an inordinate share of musical excellence -- claiming Jimi Hendrix, Heart (whose lead singer, Ann Wilson, provided a blistering rendition of the "Star-Spangled Banner" before the NFC Championship Game), Sir Mix-a-Lot, Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, Alice in Chains, Foo Fighters and Macklemore (last Sunday's halftime performer), among others -- the local football team most definitely rocks.
"It's a very relaxing work environment," said All-Pro cornerback Richard Sherman, who knows a thing or two about volume. "People are most comfortable being themselves. And if you allow people to be in the most comfortable state, they're going to be the most successful."
It might be somewhat of a stretch to equate the constant rhythm at the VMAC (Virginia Mason Athletic Center) with the noise the Seahawks have made on the field since Allen lured Carroll from USC four years ago, with the team's then-CEO, Tod Leiweke, plucking Schneider from the Green Bay Packers' front office shortly thereafter. Yet there is a method to the loudness, something upon which Carroll expounded during our sit-down interview Thursday, for a feature scheduled to air on NFL Network's "GameDay Morning" on Super Sunday.
"Music's always been a big part of my world," Carroll told me. "And I've just found over the years that our game and the environment that we perform in has a beat to it. And there is a pulse and a rhythm to it, and it's always encompassed in noise and sound and all of that. And it's all part of something that is part of what we feel.
"And so I found out, you know, years ago back at SC that if I included the music as much as possible wherever it fit, we might be able to benefit from it. And I found some information, some reports that support that people learn better, you know, when they're upbeat and they're uplifted. But mainly it's just about (the fact that) I like it. I like the feel of it. And I like the way the players respond to it.
"I mean, it's not for everybody. I don't expect everybody to understand that. But it's something that's very special and it's a big part of us."
Carroll, naturally, plays a part in choosing the soundtrack that accompanies the Seahawks' daily routine. There is a deejay on hand for practices -- including those open to the public in training camp, adding some entertainment value to the monotony of 7-on-7 drills and the like -- and he also sets up shop on the sidelines on Sundays at CenturyLink Field, where the pregame mix is routinely popping. And while Carroll doesn't decide the entire playlist, the coach does have input. "If I'm not feelin' it," Carroll said, "I'm gonna let him know."
You would think a 62-year-old coach supervising musical selections for a team of mostly 20-somethings (the Seahawks are the second-youngest team in Super Bowl history) would have the potential to create some serious blowback. Carroll, however, isn't your typical sexagenarian.
"For a 62-year-old, he has good taste," Lynch said. "He listens to all types of music. Sometimes I'll be like, 'What the (expletive) is that that he's playing?' But the majority of what he plays, everybody knows and likes. Even the oldies -- he'll play some James Brown out there, and even the youngest guys on the team will be dancing and singing along."
From his days growing up in Marin County, where he checked out a few shows by the Grateful Dead as they forged their golden road from hippie house band to legendary American rock ensemble, to his decade-long stint presiding over the Trojans' renaissance in Los Angeles, where his celebrity helped him forge a friendship with iconic Long Beach rapper Snoop Dogg, Carroll has stayed in the mix when it comes to musical trends.
His players notice, too. In August, when Snoop Dogg showed up for a Seahawks preseason game against the Oakland Raiders at CenturyLink -- rocking a white Lynch jersey, to boot -- nobody on the 'Hawks was saying there Ain't No Fun in Seattle.
"You have to be a part of it to see how it's run, and how cool it is," said outside linebacker Cliff Avril, who signed with the Seahawks as a free agent last March. "You can't really see it from the outside. We embrace it. Pete himself is an up-tempo, hyped-up guy. If your coach is like that, it kind of trickles down, and you can't help but have fun."
Added backup quarterback Tarvaris Jackson, who returned to Seattle after spending the 2012 season with the Buffalo Bills: "Look around -- you see it. There aren't too many locker rooms like this. The type of music we play here, it's like home. Music in the locker room, music on the field, even music at meetings. Music's a big part of what we do here."
 read the rest HERE at nfl.com

Don't stop the music...Secret to Pete Carroll's Seattle Seahawks?

For the first time in quite some time, I am really rooting for both teams in the Super Bowl.  I realize this is crazy, and silly, but there are some real reasons that I like and dislike each team.  I'm a big fan of Peyton Manning, but I am kinda pissed at the Broncos for the way they treated Tebow.  I really like the energy and spirit of the Seahawks, their head coach, their quarterback, their kicker (who played DIII Soccer, and Football!), their 12th man...but, they seem pretty arrogant - or is it that they are just having fun! 

I loved this article, posted on NFL.com about the role of music for the Seahawks...pretty cool!

May it be a great fun game!




Secret to Pete Carroll's Seattle Seahawks? Don't stop the music


RENTON, Wash. -- The Seattle Seahawks opened their locker room to the media Thursday afternoon, three days before the flight across the country for a week's worth of Super Bowl XLVIII hype, and, as with Sundays at CenturyLink Field, it was all about the noise.
While reporters probed various members of the newly crowned NFC champions for their thoughts, Pro Bowlrunning back Marshawn Lynch stood at his luxuriant locker playing deejay, blasting an eclectic ensemble of hip-hop tunes through his iPhone-programmed portable sound system.
It was Beast Mode meets Beats Mode -- an everyday occurrence at the team's training facility, where coachPete Carroll and his players have put a 21st-century spin on the notion of Seattle Sound.
Whether it's reggae in the draft room, classic rock on the practice field or Lynch's Oakland-heavy rap playlist in the locker room, there's an omnipresent groove at theSeahawks' training facility, one of the many reasons so many players have come to regard their workplace as refreshing, progressive and enjoyable.
"Look at this," defensive lineman Michael Bennett said Thursday, gesturing toward Lynch as he reclined in a plush leather chair in the middle of the locker room. "It's the Google of football."
That's one reason this Pacific Northwest outpost has become a prime destination for free agents searching for an upbeat environment, a movement the Seahawks' success is only likely to amplify. And the credit should go to the region's most influential power trio since Nirvana: Carroll, general manager John Schneider and owner Paul Allen, all of whom are committed to cultivating an atmosphere conducive to smiling employees.
"We work hard, but we like being here," All-Pro free safety Earl Thomas explained. "We have the best facility. The cooks are great. Across the board, they've placed great people in great positions. And the music is always playing ..."
In a city that has given the world an inordinate share of musical excellence -- claiming Jimi Hendrix, Heart (whose lead singer, Ann Wilson, provided a blistering rendition of the "Star-Spangled Banner" before the NFC Championship Game), Sir Mix-a-Lot, Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, Alice in Chains, Foo Fighters and Macklemore (last Sunday's halftime performer), among others -- the local football team most definitely rocks.
"It's a very relaxing work environment," said All-Pro cornerback Richard Sherman, who knows a thing or two about volume. "People are most comfortable being themselves. And if you allow people to be in the most comfortable state, they're going to be the most successful."
It might be somewhat of a stretch to equate the constant rhythm at the VMAC (Virginia Mason Athletic Center) with the noise the Seahawks have made on the field since Allen lured Carroll from USC four years ago, with the team's then-CEO, Tod Leiweke, plucking Schneider from the Green Bay Packers' front office shortly thereafter. Yet there is a method to the loudness, something upon which Carroll expounded during our sit-down interview Thursday, for a feature scheduled to air on NFL Network's "GameDay Morning" on Super Sunday.
"Music's always been a big part of my world," Carroll told me. "And I've just found over the years that our game and the environment that we perform in has a beat to it. And there is a pulse and a rhythm to it, and it's always encompassed in noise and sound and all of that. And it's all part of something that is part of what we feel.
"And so I found out, you know, years ago back at SC that if I included the music as much as possible wherever it fit, we might be able to benefit from it. And I found some information, some reports that support that people learn better, you know, when they're upbeat and they're uplifted. But mainly it's just about (the fact that) I like it. I like the feel of it. And I like the way the players respond to it.
"I mean, it's not for everybody. I don't expect everybody to understand that. But it's something that's very special and it's a big part of us."
Carroll, naturally, plays a part in choosing the soundtrack that accompanies the Seahawks' daily routine. There is a deejay on hand for practices -- including those open to the public in training camp, adding some entertainment value to the monotony of 7-on-7 drills and the like -- and he also sets up shop on the sidelines on Sundays at CenturyLink Field, where the pregame mix is routinely popping. And while Carroll doesn't decide the entire playlist, the coach does have input. "If I'm not feelin' it," Carroll said, "I'm gonna let him know."
You would think a 62-year-old coach supervising musical selections for a team of mostly 20-somethings (the Seahawks are the second-youngest team in Super Bowl history) would have the potential to create some serious blowback. Carroll, however, isn't your typical sexagenarian.
"For a 62-year-old, he has good taste," Lynch said. "He listens to all types of music. Sometimes I'll be like, 'What the (expletive) is that that he's playing?' But the majority of what he plays, everybody knows and likes. Even the oldies -- he'll play some James Brown out there, and even the youngest guys on the team will be dancing and singing along."
From his days growing up in Marin County, where he checked out a few shows by the Grateful Dead as they forged their golden road from hippie house band to legendary American rock ensemble, to his decade-long stint presiding over the Trojans' renaissance in Los Angeles, where his celebrity helped him forge a friendship with iconic Long Beach rapper Snoop Dogg, Carroll has stayed in the mix when it comes to musical trends.
His players notice, too. In August, when Snoop Dogg showed up for a Seahawks preseason game against the Oakland Raiders at CenturyLink -- rocking a white Lynch jersey, to boot -- nobody on the 'Hawks was saying there Ain't No Fun in Seattle.
"You have to be a part of it to see how it's run, and how cool it is," said outside linebacker Cliff Avril, who signed with the Seahawks as a free agent last March. "You can't really see it from the outside. We embrace it. Pete himself is an up-tempo, hyped-up guy. If your coach is like that, it kind of trickles down, and you can't help but have fun."
Added backup quarterback Tarvaris Jackson, who returned to Seattle after spending the 2012 season with the Buffalo Bills: "Look around -- you see it. There aren't too many locker rooms like this. The type of music we play here, it's like home. Music in the locker room, music on the field, even music at meetings. Music's a big part of what we do here."
 read the rest HERE at nfl.com

Connor Wilson at LaxAllstars breaks down his predictions for who will make the USA Men's Lacrosse Team



What To Watch For: USA Blue-White Scrimmage

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The rosters have been set for the Blue and White squads at the ninth annual Champion Challenge, which takes place on January 26th at the ESPN Wide World of Sports complex in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. US Lacrosse puts on the annual event and the Blue-White scrimmage action will be the final piece of evaluation material for the 2014 men’s national team.
Photo Credit: Craig Chase
The current 51-man squad will be trimmed down to a final team of 23 men for the FIL World Championships this Summer in Denver (July 10-19). Some players may be kept on as alternates in case of injury, but once the first day of competition begins, the 23 man team is set in stone.
The game will be broadcast live on Watch ESPN at 1:30pm. The game will be rebroadcast on ESPNU at 10pm on Saturday night. We’ll run through the rosters for both teams by position, and then tell you who and what to watch for!

Blue Roster

Attack: Eric Law, Ryan Young, Ned Crotty, Matt Danowski, Drew Westervelt
Midfield: Kevin Buchanan, Matt Mackrides, Dan Burns, Kevin Drew, Chris Schiller, Steven Brooks, Kyle Harrison, Ben Hunt, Max Seibald, Kevin Unterstein, Mike Poppleton
Defense: Michael Simon, Tucker Durkin, Lee Zink, Brian Karalunas, Brendan Buckley, Mitch Belisle
Goalie: Drew Adams, Jesse Schwartzman

White Roster

Attack: Kevin Leveille, Marcus Holman, Rob Pannell, Steele Stanwick, Garrett Thul
Midfield: Anthony Kelly, Chris Eck, Stephen Peyser, Matt Abbott, Paul Rabil, David Lawson, Jeff Reynolds, Matt Striebel, Drew Snider, Jeremy Sieverts, JoJo Marasco
Defense: Brett Schmidt, Kyle Sweeney, Michael Evans, Brian Farrell, Joe Fletcher, Kyle Hartzell
Goalie: Kip Turner, John Galloway

Notable Absences

Greg Gurenlian is unable to play, and that means Mike Poppleton is going to see a LOT of action taking face offs. That could be a great way for Poppleton to prove his mettle and make the team. It’s worth noting that Kyle Harrison is on that team, and he took some face offs in a recent LXM game where he saw a lot of success. Talk about a change of pace! His technique is very different, and he relies on quick hands. Could we see K18 take some face offs for USA Blue? My gut says that this coaching staff is too conservative to try it, but weirder things have happened, and I’ve been wrong before.
Jesse Bernhardt is also out, and so is Brendan Mundorf. With Mundorf it’s really tough because he is regarded by so many as belonging on Team USA. Having not gone through all the process, it could be hard to have him on the team. Either way it’s a tough decision.

The Rumor Mill

I could tell you who I’ve heard (from reliable sources) is “looking good,” but that would probably be nonsense! The tryout process has been so long this time around, and so many guys have been kept on at such a late stage that everyone who is left has played very well atsome point. In all honesty, the USA camp has been pretty quiet and kept the rumors to a vicious minimum. It seems like politics are playing as small a part as is possible, but that sticking to details has been a key priority.

Guys To Watch

The biggest focus for selecting this team has to be on who can do their job and make the right plays. The international game is a thing unto itself, and the differences in rules should definitely factor in to who gets selected. Poles need to be on body more than stick, and avoid big hacking checks (at least compared to the MLL). There is no clearing clock, there are no horns, and teams can hold the ball on offense for long periods of time.
Since possessions are so important, watch the face off guys. All of them. Look for a number of players to find time on the wings, but pay special attention to Kyle Sweeney and the other LSMs. A disruptive and rangy LSM or two is an incredible advantage in international lacrosse.
Offensively you are looking for attackmen who can dictate play and middies who can beat shortsticks and dump the ball. Guys who like to improvise could be in a difficult spot as long possessions favor players who can run complex sets. Watch Kevin Leveille and Eric Lawinside. It’s a finisher’s duel. I would also watch Joe Fletcher, the only collegiate player left. He does nothing flashy. He is just rock solid and reminds me of a young Lee Zink. Coach Meade must love him.

My Too Early Team Prediction

Ok, here goes nothing. Let’s knock this great group of 51 down to 23. I can do this.
Attack: Kevin Leveille, Eric Law, Rob Pannell, Ryan Young, Drew Westervelt
Midfield: Kyle Harrison, Max Seibald, Paul Rabil, Matt Abbott, Jeremy Sieverts, Stephen Peyser, Jeff Reynolds, Drew Snider, Matt Striebel, Greg Gurenlian
Defense: Lee Zink, Joe Fletcher, Kyle Sweeney, Brendan Buckley, Michael Simon, Mitch Belisle
Goalie: Drew Adams, John Galloway
Alternates: Ned Crotty, Tucker Durkin, Michael Evans
Well, that was the hardest thing ever. First, I fear I have two many lefty players on attack. Or do I? is it crazy to have Leveille and Law? My midfield has more speed than it knows what to do with, and guys who can go two ways. Striebel is my veteran outside gunner. My defense is rangy, and I somehow left two of the baddest guys out there on my alternate list. That was a really hard group to pick, and I don’t know that I wouldn’t add a seventh pole and remove a midfielder. You could also remove an attackman and drop Crotty in there to run A/M.
Goalies are tough. All four are superb. I went with those two. I went with Gurenlian as my main FO guy with Peyser to help if needed (and also run midfield), but I don’t know the extent of GG’s injury. If he’s hurt, I’m taking Anthony Kelly in his stead.
Do you think I’m wrong? Have a different looking team in mind? Hit up the comments with your thoughts.