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If you haven’t been to an XFL Seattle Dragons game yet, you need to, & here’s why

XFL Dragons

If you haven’t been to an XFL Seattle Dragons game yet, you need to, & here’s why

We’re three weeks into the XFL’s inaugural season, and most of the country is still trying to figure out how they feel about it. Even the most casual football fan has undoubtedly monitored the league’s progress, at least peripherally, and has maybe even caught a few quarters of a game on TV.

But let me say this very clearly: If you haven’t been to a game yet, you need to.

I share that having just attended my first Seattle Dragons game last Saturday. I went as a fan rather than media in order to fully embrace the XFL experience.

Let’s start with the football itself. I was pleasantly surprised by the overall level of play as well as the XFL’s rule innovations. The new kickoff, the running clock and the absence of PATs are a nice change of pace at a minimum, if not an overall improvement compared to the NFL.

The players in the league range from former NFLers and fringe NFLers to college standouts at a minimum. There’s a speed and physicality to each game that checks a crucial box when going through your own eye test.

The biggest deficiency league wide, and especially with the Dragons, is quarterback play. There aren’t 32 franchise quarterbacks in the world, let alone eight extra to play in the XFL. That’s why the first three weeks have been dominated by defense while offenses, passing games in particular, are clearly a step behind.

That alone shouldn’t deter anyone from attending a game. I compare it to the early days of an NFL training camp, where a defense usually has a leg up on the offense out of the gate. There’s enough coaching experience and acumen in the XFL to make necessary adjustments.

In Seattle, there’s an added bonus of enjoying a gameday at CenturyLink Field. Despite a 1-2 start, the Dragons are off to a booming start from a business perspective. The team is leading the league in TV ratings and more than 50,000 fans have attended the first two games combined.

“We are excited about the support we've gotten so far, and this is just the beginning,” team president Ryan Gustafson told NBC Sports Northwest. “We knew the novelty of our first game ever would draw interest, but to have over 22,000 in attendance a week later shows how loyal the fans of Seattle really are. Gameday is just different in Seattle - in Seattle, we're loud and proud, and win or lose, we will continue to do everything we can to create a world-class experience for our fans.”

Gustafson urged that this is just the beginning for the Dragons. The team is actively working to make consistent improvements to the gameday experience as it receives feedback from fans and finds out what does and doesn’t work.

Here are some other notable draws that should entice you to attending one of the Dragons final three games this season. Your next opportunity is Sunday March 15 against the L.A. Wildcats.

- The Dragons have leaned into their "bringing the fire" mantra. That begins with the lighting of a cauldron akin to the Seahawks 12th man flag. A local legend lights the cauldron prior to kickoff for each game. Steve Largent and Brock Huard are the two who have done so thus far.

- The team gave away 25,000 orange towels at the first game and continue to urge fans to bring those and waive in key moments. Due to the demand, the team has ordered more towels and will sell them at the pro shop for only $5. Potentially doing another giveaway is on the table as well, but nothing is set in stone just yet.

- Affordability is one of the main selling points. Season tickets start at only $20 per ticket, and tickets for a single game start at only $24.  The team also has group tickets starting at only $18 for friends/family outings, youth sports organizations, companies, or any other groups. Given the exorbitant prices for Seahawks tickets, and to a lesser degree the Sounders, the cost alone should make Dragons games a draw for any football fan.

- In addition to the modest price of tickets, the Dragons have focused on ensuring other aspects of gameday are affordable. Parking for season ticket members is only $20 per game for the CenturyLink Field garage or north lot.

- There are some food and drink deals as well, notably a set of $20 value packages. You’ll also be able to find unique concession items with Dragon-related themes.

The moral of the story is that Dragons games are enticing for everyone from the diehard who can’t get enough football to the casual fan who is looking for fun and affordable weekend plans. Take your family or go with your friends and enjoy a few beers. Regardless, I promise you won’t regret going to a game. I know I didn’t.

Report: Seahawks CB Quinton Dunbar paid witnesses to change their story


Report: Seahawks CB Quinton Dunbar paid witnesses to change their story

All of a sudden Quinton Dunbar's future in the NFL has become much more uncertain.

Dunbar is currently facing charges for armed robbery from an event on May 13 in Miramar, Fla. The Miramar Police had one witness and four victims sign sworn statements saying that Dunbar, as well as Giants corner DeAndre Baker, led an armed robbery at a party. Those five individuals later recanted their entire story and signed sworn affidavits with Dunbar's attorney Michael Grieco stating that Dunbar had no involvement in the incident.

Now, in a report put out by the New York Daily news, there is evidence that Dunbar and Baker paid off those five people to switch their story. The evidence includes video footage and instagram direct messages.

Witness Dominic Johnson oversaw the payoff that allegedly took place at Grieco's office on May 15.

Over the last two days, Dunbar hired Michael D. Weinstein as co-council, but NBC Sports Northwest was told that hire wasn't any indication that this was going to trial. On Friday morning, Dunbar was granted permission to travel to Seattle later this month when the Seahawks open training camp on July 28. Everyone is still waiting to find out whether or not the prosecution will take this to trial or drop charges. At one point it seemed like Dunbar was likely to be in the clear. Now it would be shocking if this didn't go to trial.

If there is any truth to the NYDN's report, Dunbar's NFL career will be the least of his worries. A trial, and potentially significant jail time, will feel like a certainty at that point.

Seattle traded a fifth-round pick for Dunbar this offseason as the corner was expected to beat out Tre Flowers to start opposite Shaquill Griffin.

Colin Cowherd blasts Seahawks for not supporting Russell Wilson like they should

Colin Cowherd blasts Seahawks for not supporting Russell Wilson like they should

Recently, ESPN polled more than NFL 50 executives – general managers, coaches and scouts, to put together player rankings of 11 different NFL positions. 

Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes landed ahead of Seahawks QB Russell Wilson in the top spot. Wilson, however, remained right behind him at No. 2 overall.

This week on his show, ‘The Herd’ on Fox Sports Radio, Colin Cowherd gave his thoughts on the NFL Executive QB poll. He discussed both Wilson and Mahomes and explained why he thinks the Kansas City Chiefs have set up Mahomes in a much better way to succeed than the Seattle Seahawks have done for Wilson.

“Patrick Mahomes and Russell Wilson are one and two -- that’s the good news, they got that right,” Cowherd stated.

But, the marketing, the promotion, the support, and the Seahawks offensive line are not adding up to put Wilson in the best situation possible, according to Cowherd.

If you don’t get support in any business, it doesn’t matter how great you are, you could be a great surgeon, you need a good Chief of Staff, you need good equipment, you need good nurses, you need good support –financial support… The difference from Mahomes and Wilson, and they are the two best quarterbacks, is one guys is being supported philosophically with weapons, with coaching, and schemes every day – the other guy is saving a deteriorating franchise.   -- Colin Cowherd on The Herd

Seattle certainly values Wilson though. The Seahawks made him the league’s richest player at the time back in April of last year.

[Listen to the latest Talkin’ Seahawks Podcast with host Joe Fann and special guest Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times].

[RELATED]: Colin Cowherd’s take on Seahawks fearing 49ers is bogus  

Cowherd as a Grayland, Washington native, Eastern Washington alum and former Portland KGW sports anchor, has presented his case several times that he believes Seattle doesn’t show the same kind of respect toward their franchise quarterback that other teams have shown to their star QBs.

[RELATED]: Is Russell Wilson sending subliminal message to Seahawks with Antonio Brown? 

[RELATED]: Why the NFL should give the players a chance to opt out of 2020 season

Why the NFL should give the players a chance to opt out of 2020 season

Why the NFL should give the players a chance to opt out of 2020 season

Seems like each day is a new adjustment trying to bring back sports with the coronavirus pandemic still calling the shots.

The NFL cancelled weeks 1 and 4 of the preseason (but talks of cancelling all of preseason are still on the table).

The Big Ten Conference cancelled all non-conference games impacting all of collegiate football.

Minor league baseball has officially cancelled its season.

It is a domino effect.

Seattle Seahawks linebacker Bruce Irvin, who is back with the Seahawks after agreeing to a one-year deal, posed an interesting question on July 8:

Irvin is not the first player, and likely won’t be the last, to question the legitimacy of full-contact sports amidst the coronavirus pandemic. It’s not like football is a non-contact or individual sport either. It’s exactly the opposite. 

The NBA gave the players the right to sit out of the resumption of the season in Orlando, Florida at the end of this month, so the NFL should offer that same right to its players.

[Listen to the latest Talkin’ Seahawks Podcast with host Joe Fann and special guest Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times].

Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll told 710 ESPN radio in Seattle on Friday morning that he would be in favor of pushing back the start of training camps if necessary.

The NFL and NFLPA are continuously negotiating on what training camps will look like: will there be fans and how many? What specific drills will teams be allowed to run? There is talk of no scrimmaging or 11-on-11 drills. What?

On Thursday, the NFL announced that even jersey-swapping following games will be forbidden.

This begs the question, what quality of product will the NFL produce with these limitations? Is it worth it to push through it all and still play the game? Or should the season just be pushed back all together with an attempt to make it a full product when the time is right?

What do you think?

Listen to the full Talkin’ Seahawks Podcast here.

The Seattle Seahawks have inquired about Pro Bowl safety Jamal Adams

The Seattle Seahawks have inquired about Pro Bowl safety Jamal Adams

Will Jamal Adams trade in his emerald green New York Jets jersey for a chance to play with the Seattle Seahawks in the Emerald City?

The Pro Bowl safety requested a trade from the Jets back in June and listed his preferred destinations: Baltimore Ravens, Dallas Cowboys, Houston Texans, Kansas City Chiefs, Philadelphia Eagles, San Francisco 49ers and the Seattle Seahawks.

According to reports, the Seahawks are interested too.

A league source confirmed the reports to Jake Heaps, a head coach of Russell Wilson’s QB academy as well as 710 ESPN radio host and Sports Illustrated’s Corbin Smith, that the Seahawks have indeed inquired about the availability of Adams.

[Listen to the latest Talkin’ Seahawks Podcast with host Joe Fann and special guest Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times].

Russell Wilson did say he wanted more superstars and a defensive stud would most definitely fit his wishes.

Our Seahawks Insider Joe Fann said this back in June:

“A trade for Adams wouldn’t come cheap. In just three seasons (he was drafted sixth overall in 2017), Adams has made two Pro Bowls and was named All-Pro in 2019. He has 12 career sacks, 28 tackles for loss and six forced fumbles.”

And posted this poll on Twitter to Seahawks fans:

Fann added, “The Seahawks have more than enough cap space to acquire Adams. They have about $14 million in the bank with Adams carrying a $7 million cap number in 2020. There’s a chance that Adams would want a new contract immediately, but Seattle could potentially convince him to play out this season on his current deal and promise a lucrative extension next offseason. Either way, that should be a deterrent in Seattle’s interest in Adams as Shaquill Griffin is the likely lone big contract on the franchise's horizon.”

[RELATED]: Trading for Jamal Adams would give Seahawks potential Legion of Boom 2.0

Seattle rookie Darrell Taylor, who was selected by the Seahawks in the second round (No. 48 overall) of the 2020 NFL Draft, is also trying to bring Adams to the Emerald City.

There are a few ‘superstar’ names in the NFL being thrown around the Seahawks organization. Seattle and free agent Jadeveon Clowney have yet to reach an agreement if they plan to do so; Russell Wilson has been seen working out with Pro Bowl wide receiver Antonio Brown; and then there is Adams.

The watch continues…

Listen to the full Talkin’ Seahawks Podcast here.

Quinton Dunbar cleared to report for Seahawks training camp

Quinton Dunbar cleared to report for Seahawks training camp

In light of all the events surrounding corner Quinton Dunbar, news relating to football was announced on Friday morning.

According to reports, Dunbar has been cleared to report for Seahawks training camp starting on July 28.

[Listen to the latest Talkin’ Seahawks Podcast with host Joe Fann and special guest Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times].

Here is the full statement from Daniel Wallach, a gaming attorney and sports betting legal expert.

Mr. Dunbar is currently a member of the Seattle Seahawks football organization and is required to attend training camp in the state of Washington, as he and his teammates are preparing for the upcoming 2020 NFL season. In-person camp is set to commence in the last week of July. As a contracted professional football player, Mr. Dunbar is required to attend training camp and all OTA’s (Organized Training Activities). Th Seahawks training facility is located as the Virginia Mason Athletic Center (VMAC) in Renton, Washington, a suburb of Seattle.

This doesn’t mean that Dunbar’s case has been cleared. The prosecution is still deciding whether or not to take it to trial. The latest update on Dunbar’s case is that he added a second attorney to his legal team on Wednesday.

Hypothetically speaking, should Dunbar’s case and charges be cleared, here’s what Seattle’s secondary could look like in the future:
CB Dunbar, CB Shaquill Griffin, safety Quandre Diggs and free safety Bradley McDougald. Not to forget the depth behind them: Tre Flowers, Neiko Thorpe, Ugo Amadi, and Marquise Blair.

Let’s also not forget that the Seahawks have inquired about Pro-Bowl safety Jamal Adams.

[RELATED]: Trading for Jamal Adams would give Seahawks potential Legion of Boom 2.0

That would be quite the secondary...

Listen to the full Talkin’ Seahawks Podcast here.

Yay or nay: The Seahawks will beat the 49ers twice in 2020

Yay or nay: The Seahawks will beat the 49ers twice in 2020

It’s time for part two of our bold prediction series as we continue to preview the Seahawks 2020 season. Each of the five takes in this series were submitted by fans and provide excellent topics for discussion with training camp approaching.

Part 1: Russell Wilson will win his first MVP award in 2020.

Part 2: The Seahawks will beat the 49ers twice this season.

It’s safe to say that Seahawks-49ers has reemerged as one of the league’s top rivalries. Last year’s bouts featured an overtime thriller in Santa Clara and an NFC West Championship Game that was decided by a literal inch at CenturyLink Field.

Seattle will host San Francisco in Week 8 this season and then travel to Levi’s Stadium to close out the year. Bob Condotta and I discussed whether or not we think the Seahawks have the chance to sweep the 49ers in both of those contests.

Condotta: Nay

“That could be difficult to do. These divisional games are going to be tough. The NFC West is rightly being called the best division in football by a lot of people going into the season. That’s not me saying the 49ers are better than the Seahawks or will finish ahead of the Seahawks, but if I had to take this specific bet, I’d probably say no on that.”

Fann: Nay

When I went through and made a game-by-game prediction earlier this offseason, I had the Seahawks splitting every divisional matchup: winning all three games at home and losing all three games on the road.

Seattle went 3-3 in the division last year, and the division has only gotten better. The Rams still can’t be counted out, and the Cardinals appear to be way ahead of their rebuild timeline. As for San Francisco, it’s really impressive how the 49ers kept the status quo this offseason. They remain a Super Bowl favorite despite having a roster that was getting too expensive. Seamlessly transitioning from DeForest Buckner, Emmanuel Sanders and Joe Staley to Javon Kinlaw, Brandon Aiyuk and Trent Williams is as good as they could have expected.

All eyes remain on the 49ers as to whether they’re able to get a deal done with superstar tight end George Kittle, but once that box is checked, it will have been a very productive offseason in the Bay Area.

Richard Sherman reveals the coaching differences between Pete Carroll and Kyle Shanahan

Richard Sherman reveals the coaching differences between Pete Carroll and Kyle Shanahan

There are many similarities and differences between Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll and San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan.

Both currently dominate the NFC West division of the NFL. They both have experience coaching in the Super Bowl (Carroll having won one). One is an offensive mind and the other is a defensive mind. 

But there is one person that ties the two together, and that is cornerback Richard Sherman.

The 32-year-old Pro Bowler and nine-year veteran was drafted by Carroll and the Seahawks in the fifth round (No. 154 overall) in the 2011 NFL Draft. After a successful seven years in Seattle, Sherman negotiated his own contract and signed as a free agent with the 49ers in 2018. 

Both Carroll and Shanahan took Sherman to a Super Bowl.

In an article from Jim Trotter of, eight NFL players shared what they think are the most valuable traits of an NFL coach.

Those eight players are: Los Angeles Rams quarterback Jared Goff; New York Jets running back Frank Gore; Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald; Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce; Cleveland Browns offensive lineman Jack Conklin; Baltimore Ravens defensive lineman Calais Campbell; New Orleans Saints linebacker Demario Davis; and San Francisco 49ers corner Richard Sherman.

The three qualities Sherman looks for in a head coach are:


(Carroll) has a way of coaching, a way of talking to his coaches, a way of having his coaches talk to his players. They don’t do the whole rah-rah, curse-you-out style. He would never hire a coach like that.  — Richard Sherman on Pete Carroll Sherman

Kyle is similar in that he has a philosophy of the best man plays. He doesn’t care about your draft position or any of that. He’s more of a straight shooter than Pete. Pete has a way of making sure everybody feels good, making sure he pushes buttons with certain players and not pushing buttons on other players. Kyle is different. He’s one size fits all. — Richard Sherman on Kyle Shanahan

[Listen to the latest Talkin’ Seahawks Podcast with host Joe Fann and special guest Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times].


Kyle is one of the best offensive minds we’ve ever had in this game. That comes into it. With Pete, it’s the Cover 3 he brought to the league. It seems so simple, but nobody can run it like we ran it. The way both of them implement what they do — they talk to others on a personal level, then have the great coaches around them who believe in their philosophy. — Richard Sherman

It’s been known around the league that Sherman is one of the smartest to play the game. His defensive mind and technique is why quarterbacks rarely throw to the left side of the field. Having a coach that can mirror that only makes Sherman better is why he is still so successful in his ninth year in the league.

Let’s also not forget to mention the Legion of Boom, which will go down as one of the greatest secondaries in NFL history.


Kyle's guys have been with him since he's been an assistant or a graduate assistant. How you pick the staff is a big part of their success. That's what makes the team great. It's not just the head coach; the head coach gets all the credit, but it's the pieces he puts around him because they still have to deliver his message, and they deliver it on a day-to-day basis. We might sit in a meeting with the head coach for 30 minutes a day, but I sit in meetings with the assistants for five to six hours a day. So the staff is critical. — Richard Sherman

Shanahan is in his first stint as a head coach in the NFL after spending the previous two seasons as offensive coordinator for the Atlanta Falcons. Carroll has been the head coach in Seattle since 2010. 

Should the 2020 NFL regular season begin on time, the Seahawks and 49ers are schedule to face off on Sunday, Nov. 1 in Seattle, WA and then again on Sunday, Jan. 3 in Santa Clara, CA.

K.J. Wright says Mississippi 'headed in right direction' after removing state flag

K.J. Wright says Mississippi 'headed in right direction' after removing state flag

When lawmakers in Mississippi voted to remove and replace the state’s flag which features the cross of the Confederate battle flag, K.J. Wright was relieved. 

The Seattle Seahawks linebacker called Mississippi’s decision to surrender the Confederate battle emblem on the state flag a “step in the right direction.”

“My first reaction was, ‘Finally,” Wright said in an interview with Ben Arthur of Seattle PI. “'Thank you for realizing what that flag means to Black people, what that flag means to people like myself, what it stood for.’ I personally thought everybody understood the context behind it, what the flag represented. It represented hatred, it represented supremacy, it represented pro-Slavery. That’s how I interpreted it. And it made a lot of people uncomfortable.”

Mississippi has a 38 percent Black population, yet it took lawmakers more than a century to ditch the Confederate battle flag sympbol after white supremacist legislators adopted the design following the South’s lost in the Civil War. 

It’s a step to making everything better for everyone... My Grandma’s grandma was a slave, and growing up, you hear those stories... My grandma, she went through segregation. She went through the Civil Rights Movement. That was some serious stuff... This stuff isn’t brand new. Like, this stuff just recently happened... So to see simple steps made in the right direction is really big for the state of Mississippi.

Whatever comes out [of this], I’m going to be proud to say I’m from Mississippi. Because right now, it’s kind of been tough. People ask, ‘Where you from?’ And I say, ‘Mississippi.’ And they be like, ‘Oh, I don’t want to go there.’ And it shouldn’t be like that. It shouldn’t be that sad. It shouldn’t be that pitiful. So, we’re definitely headed in the right direction as a state. -- K.J. Wright


For Wright, the divisive flag is used as a symbol of white supremacy, the Jim Crow South and racism and violence that Black Americans still face.

Wright recalls seeing the flag while growing up in Olive Branch, Miss., and playing at Mississippi State. It would fly in front of homes or fly on the back of pickup trucks.

"It’s extremely uncomfortable and extremely sad that people would represent that because you know what [the Confederate symbol] means,” Wright explained. “There’s no getting around it. There’s absolutely no getting around it. You’d see Klan members with their white hoodies on waving that flag. You saw the Confederate soldiers had that when they were fighting the Union soldiers for slavery. It’s pretty blatant, and there’s no getting around it. So, it was extremely uncomfortable as a black man [being around that]. When you see that, you definitely steer clear of those people."

Now that Mississippi has moved to remove the controversial flag, hopefully Wright can once again call his home state a place he is “proud” of. 

Seahawks season ticket holders can now opt out of 2020 NFL season

Seahawks season ticket holders can now opt out of 2020 NFL season

With uncertainty growing regarding fan attendance at NFL games this season, the Seattle Seahawks have joined a growing list of teams allowing season ticket holders to pause their memberships. 

Here are the two options, as outlined in an email to season ticket holders on Thursday: 

Pause your season ticket membership

  • One year deferral + request a refund for your 2020 payment or keep credit on account for 2021 renewal.
  • This will pause your season ticket membership and your seats will be released for the 2020 season only. 
  • You will retain the ability to purchase same seating location in 2021 subject to state and local public health, CDC, and government mandates, as well as NFL and team policy. 
  • Refunds will be applied to your most recently used card(s). 
  • Please allow 4-6 weeks for your refund to be processed. 

Wait and see

  • Keep credit on account as we confirm details and government mandates for the 2020 season. 
  • No changes will be made to your season ticket membership at this time. 
  • If stadium capacity or game schedule changes occur, you will still have priority for ticket options. 
  • Any unused credits from 2020 will roll over to 2021 season ticket renewal or, upon request be refunded. 


According to the Sports Business Journal, the Seahawks are the 14th team to provide season ticket holders with an option to opt out of attendance. 

As we mentioned earlier this week, the Seahawks are working toward reducing their stadium capacity to fulfill the state’s social distancing requirements. Depending on how coronavirus concerns play out in the state, the stadium could be at half capacity with empty rows and vacant seats.

The first game regular-season game that season ticket holders could possibly attend at CenturyLink Field is on September 20, when the Seahawks host the Patriots.