It was quite the memorable sendoff for Seahawks coach Mike Holmgren. At the end of practice, wide receiver Bobby Engram stood up in front of the team to give a speech for the departing coach. After a few words, the back door of the field came open and Mike Wahle came riding in on a souped-up Harley, a 2009 Screaming Eagle with all the bells and whistles.
Holmgren took a lap around the field, then took pictures on the bike with each unit on the team, the coaching staff, as well as the front office staff and some of his personal staff.
"I had no idea," Holmgren said. "They told me Bobby Engram wanted to talk to the team at the end of practice. I thought it was going to be a pep talk. I didn't know it was going to be this. This is really something. The players and coaches all chipped in, and I know how much those things cost. It is really nice. It is a nice Christmas present."
Engram is in a team meeting right now, and we should get the chance to talk to him when he gets out. But right now we are waiting for that meeting to be over.
As far as practice, Holmgren was teaching and advising until the end. At one point toward the end of practice, he stopped a play in the middle of it to offer instruction. The Icebox was freezing, as Holmgren mentioned afterward, but he said he was pleased with how the players prepared this week for their final game against Arizona.
We are going to speak to Bobby now and I'll finish blogging when I get back from that.