Happy Labor Day. Hope you have a chance to relax and enjoy -- including as you read this, of course.
This is no holiday for the Seahawks or Packers. Yesterday was a Wednesday and today is a Thursday for them.
A normal practice week has been condensed and accelerated to a Sunday-through-Wednesday practice schedule for Thursday's NFL opener between Seattle and Green Bay. So this afternoon's workout at the Virginia Mason Athletic Center for the Seahawks will be like what a lighter, Thursday practice usually is with a Sunday game during the regular season.
Coach Pete Carroll will conduct his weekly press conference this afternoon at 12:30. Prior to the 1:15 practice Percy Harvin and Richard Sherman will be conducting separate interview sessions.
--This weekend I thought undrafted rookie offensive tackle Garry Gilliam was a surprise inclusion on the 53-man regular-season roster. Yesterday he told me his remarkable story of how he got here -- beginning in boarding school alone and far from home at age 7. So now he's one of my favorite stories on the team. Read why here, or in today's News Tribune (you know, the actual, real-live, in-your-hands newspaper. Kids, ask your parents).
I also wrote a Seahawks notebook headlined by Harvin returning to practice after three days away from the team last week to deal with a personal matter. If you missed it yesterday Seattle's eight-man practice squad is listed in there, as well as an item on the Packers being linebacker heavy on defense for Thursday night.
--TNT intern Evan Thompson continues his great summer (summer has seemingly ended for everyone but him) with this story on the Seahawks lauding Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers for how elusive he is.
--Always good to see columnist John McGrath, who spent his Sunday with me in Renton and then wrote in today's paper how the Packers don't remember much about the last time they played in Seattle. Everyone else does, of course. Something about a "Fail Mary" play at the end.
--My former Sacramento Bee colleague Matt Barrows (he started on the 49ers beat when I was at The Bee covering the Raiders about a dozen years ago) details the Ray McDonald story of being arrested on suspicion of felony domestic abuse. Many around the league are already anticipating McDonald being the first case in the new punishment system for domestic abuse announced last week by commissioner Roger Goodell, but the far bigger and more important issue here is how prevalent domestic abuse remains in out society.