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In case you missed it, Jerry's Seattle Times column on the start of Seahawks training camp:
RENTON – Six months of unprecedented anticipation ended Thursday morning with Seahawks All-Pro left tackle Russell Okung trotting onto the field 55 minutes before practice started. As he warmed up, Okung seemed just as excited as fans who had counted nearly every second of this wait.
The buildup is over, at last. The Seahawks are back. And if you viewed this first day of training camp as the season debut of a television show, the drama was befitting of the anticipation. There was even a shocking Episode 1 cliffhanger that already has your nerves tumbling in midseason form.
For the most part, Thursday was a celebration of what the Seahawks have become over the past three years under coach Pete Carroll and general manager John Schneider. A crowd of about 2,500, the maximum that can fit on the berm at the Virginia Mason Athletic Center, created a festival-like atmosphere as music blared and vendors grinned while delivering concessions. Fans began filing in as early as 8:45 a.m., almost two hours before practice was scheduled to start.
The atmosphere matched the runaway hype of the past half-year, a feat you should consider the unofficial first victory of the 2013 season. For months, many have pondered what this day would be like, creating ridiculous expectations for an opening practice, let alone the real season. But the excitement of this day was exactly what had been envisioned — save for NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell rushing onto the field, Lombardi Trophy in hand, and declaring that the league wouldn’t bother wasting the next six months because the Seahawks are too damned good.
Even the Seahawks admit this mojo is tangible. On Wednesday, as the team reunited, defensive end Red Bryant told defensive coordinator Dan Quinn, “You can feel the excitement in the room.”
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