Russell Okung and Russell Wilson were in Vancouver this past weekend to watch the Canadian Football League's championship game, the Grey Cup.
(Who knew there is a Seahawks Canada Twitter account? It had 6,786 followers as of this morning.)
Even though the Super Bowl champion left tackle and his quarterback rolled into the game unannounced, the CFL rolled out the red carpet for them. They met with players from the Hamilton Tiger-Cats and eventual-champion Calgary Stampeders before the game. Wilson posed for pictures with the league's commissioner. The Canadian network TSN's game coverage showed Wilson sitting in a suite watching the game.
And they had just shown up unannounced. Nice to have connections.
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Sunday will be the first time Okung has played Philadelphia since Eagles linebacker Trent Cole's hip throw of him -- at the end of a running play to the other side of the field with less than 2 minutes left in a 17-point game in Seattle -- tore Okung's pectoral muscle and ended the left tackle's 2011 season. Cole got fined $7,500 by the league for the stunt, which is the equivalent of you or me getting fined $1.50 for an overdue library book. A few months after this play, Cole signed a four-year, $48,525,000 contract extension with the Eagles.
When I asked Okung about that play and Cole yesterday, he was direct and clear.
"I am not talking about that," he said sternly.
--Should have noted this yesterday: the league named Richard Sherman NFC defensive player of the week for his two-interception night on Thanksgiving at San Francisco.
It's Seattle's second such honor in as many weeks; Kam Chancellor won it last week. That figures, since the Seahawks are the first team in the NFL this season to allow only a field goal in consecutive games.
--Now that the University of Florida has officially announced Jim McElwain as its new coach, The Denver Post lists Seahawks special-teams coach Brian Schneider as one of 12 names Colorado State should consider to replace McElwain. Schneider was a standout linebacker for those Rams before graduating from CSU in 1994. Schneider got his start in coaching as a graduate assistant at Colorado State under Sonny Lubick and was an assistant coach for his alma mater from 1995-2002.
--This has nothing to do with the Seahawks, the Eagles or even the NFL. But I'm from Ohio. My twin sister transferred from Ohio State to graduate from Michigan, which should be illegal where I'm from. The rivalry is bitter.
But this is just great: