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Morning Links: In Sherman, Gary Payton sees something he recognizes

Good morning.

Training camp is here this week. Thursday, players are scheduled to show up. Friday, training camp starts. The camp schedule:

July 2510 a.m.
July 2610 a.m.
July 2710 a.m.
July 2910 a.m.
July 3010 a.m.
July 3110 a.m.
Aug. 110 a.m.
Aug. 21 p.m.
Aug. 411 a.m.
Aug. 510 a.m.
Aug. 1010 a.m.
Aug. 1210 a.m.

This morning, single-game tickets go on sale at 10. Fans will be limited to purchasing a total of four tickets. From the team:

One-thousand upper level single-game tickets per home game will be available at the CenturyLink Field NW Box Office. Fans may purchase a total of four single-game tickets per person. Beginning at 8 a.m., fans will enjoy a live DJ, inflatables, and Blitz and Sea Gals will be on site. The Seahawks Pro Shop will also be open and will include a one-day only sidewalk sale.

Additionally, 650 bleacher seats, standing-room only and scattered single-game tickets will be available for each home game through or Ticketmaster by phone at 800-745-3000, beginning at 10 a.m.

A limited number of tickets have been held for members of the Blue Pride season ticket wait list. These fans are currently being notified to purchase tickets on a priority basis.

Sunday, Richard Sherman held his celebrity softball game at Safeco Field. Among the folks in the press box was our John McGrath, who took his usual engaging tact when writing. At the game was perhaps Seattle's pre-eminent trash-talker, Gary Payton. McGrath compared Sherman and Payton, brothers in boastfulness. From McGrath:

When Payton sees Sherman, he sees a football version of himself about 15 or 20 years ago: A lockdown defender whose drive to compete was enhanced by the ability to give better than he got during verbal skirmishes.

“He’s old school,” Payton said of Sherman. “He thinks he can get in somebody’s head. ... If you can talk it and walk it and you can do it, that’s what he’s been doing. I like that, because that’s what I did in basketball.”

When Payton played, wars of words were commonplace in the NBA. Michael Jordan and Larry Bird might have been beloved by fans, but they were masters of the same head-game tactics that have turned Sherman into a pariah beyond Seattle.

“They don’t want trash talking in any of our sports,” Payton said. “A lot of these commissioners are trying to change up things. They don’t want kids talking crazy. I think it’s part of the game.”

There was a big turnout for Sherman's softball game, with 22,000 in the stands and former Sonics, Seahawks and others playing. Among the players was Kobe Bryant

> A photo gallery from the softball game.

> Jim Moore of 710 ESPN with 10 reasons the Seahawks will repeat.

> ESPN's John Clayton says there will be a big battle for the Seahawks' big receiver spot in camp. Candidates: Sidney Rice, Chris Matthews, Ricardo Lockette and rookie Kevin Norwood. For me, Matthews will have to do the most to catch up in camp since injuries limited him during OTAs and minicamp.

Also, Clayton writes he expects teams to pick up the pace offensively in order to get more snaps. If that's the case, the Seahawks will already have a built-in counter with their tendency to use a broad defensive line rotation.

> This came out a few days back, but, in case you missed it, SI's Greg Bishop recently spent time with Mike Holmgren. Lots of interesting stuff in there, including Holmgren leaving the Seahawks' Week 2 game last year against San Francisco, in the first quarter, in part because he was upset with the cheer Pete Carroll received.

“All of a sudden, I hear this big cheer,” he says. “This roar. And here comes Pete Carroll running out of the locker room.”

The roar bothered Holmgren more than he expected. It bothered him not because fans seemed excited to lose their voices for Carroll, the man with Holmgren’s old job title, that of Seahawks coach. It bothered Holmgren because for all the years he spent immersed in professional football, he could hardly remember a crowd reacting that way for him.

> Peter King has the Seahawks atop his pre-camp edition of the "Fine 15."  That ranking includes this interesting line:

3. San Francisco. If I trusted Colin Kaepernick as much as I trust Russell Wilson, 1 and 3 would be reversed.

> Jeffri Chadiha at ESPN calls the St. Louis Rams a "sleeper" for the upcoming season and says the Rams are poised to take a huge leap forward.