Richard Sherman isn’t the only Seattleite who’s been testing the edge.
The Seahawks’ appearance in that big game back East is making much of the city a little, well, nutty. Team logos are being buzzed into haircuts. Dogs, cats — even rats — are donning team jerseys. Team-themed food and fancy cocktails are showing up on menus. Thousands are skipping lunch to stand in the cold for spirit-raising rallies.
When it comes to the Seattle Seahawks, it seems this region can’t get enough. So here at The Seattle Times, we’re going to do a little edge-testing ourselves.
Beginning today, the first members of our Seahawks coverage team head East. Eventually, we’ll have 16 journalists in place to capture the scene in New Jersey and New York City and bring the week’s news — in words, video and photos — to you on seattletimes.com, in print and via social media.
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Seahawks beat writers Bob Condotta and Jayson Jenks will blanket the team, gauging the pressures on — and personalities of — this collection of Super Bowl novices as they prepare for the big show. Joshua Mayers will be glued to the Denver Broncos, writing about what Seattle fans can expect from the opposition.
Columnists Jerry Brewer and Larry Stone will weigh in every day in print and online to tell you what’s happening, why and what it all means. And Geoff Baker will dig deep to write about one of the biggest money events in all of sports.
Photojournalists John Lok and Genevieve Alvarez will capture the scene in photos and video, working alongside the sports writers and Metro reporter Jack Broom, whose beat this week is the 12th Man in New York/New Jersey.
The rest of our visual team — photographers Dean Rutz, Bettina Hansen, Mike Siegel and Ken Lambert — will join the crowd, providing photos for our special preview section in Friday’s paper, our expanded Game Day sports section a week from today and, of course, live coverage of the game itself.
Our coverage on the ground from back East, overseen by sports editor Don Shelton and photo editor Danny Gawlowski, will be the main course. But we also will offer up dozens of other treats — in print and online — to feed your Hawks hunger.
Today, we’re kicking off eight days of Fan Frenzy with a foldable flying Hawk that lets you channel your inner Boeing engineer. (It’s inside today’s paper and can also be downloaded from seattletimes.com). Each subsequent day, we’ll have a new activity, from face painting to cheer cards to bingo.
We’ll have quizzes (What kind of Seahawk are you?) and games, including the chance to win prizes in our Big Game Challenge by answering 14 questions about next Sunday’s Super Bowl.
And we’ll continue to show your spirit, collecting photos of fans — human or not — from Antarctica to the Arctic, and from Asbury Park to Anacortes, celebrating the culmination of this amazing Seahawks season.
So whether you use a smartphone or a desktop, a tablet or a laptop, or you pick us up each morning on your porch, we will do everything we can to satisfy your Seahawks craving this week. And we’ll serve it all up with a healthy portion of news so that when Seattle returns to its senses, you’ll know what’s been happening off the gridiron, too.
Kathy Best: 206-464-3337 or firstname.lastname@example.org. On Twitter @kbest