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August 15, 2008 2:12 PM

Holmgren on the Olympics

Posted by Jose Romero

Coach Mike Holmgren was asked by KING-TV Thursday what Olympic event he would compete it in his prime as an athlete.

"I threw the discus a little in college {at USC]. It'd be fun to win the gold medal in the discus. Those guys, I'm always amazed at those big men and how they can do those kinds of things. But after practice and our meetings, I tune in around midnight and watch some of the stuff. And what Michael Phelps is doing, I mean, it's remarkable. He seems like a good guy, and it's just wonderful.”

Gotta love Phelps. What a performance.

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August 15, 2008 1:54 PM

Things I'll miss about Kirkland

Posted by Jose Romero

Wow, the end just got here so fast.

It has only now just really hit me that I will no longer be making the drive to Seahawks headquarters in Kirkland anymore. Starting Monday, Danny and I and all the other everyday media will be working out of Renton and the Virginia Mason Athletic Center, new home of your Seahawks.

Yesterday was the last day in Kirkland. As I write, the place is being emptied out and things being moved south on I-405. The team held a short practice today and then said goodbye to the building.

Here's my goodbye to a place in which I spent about half of the past six-plus years. Goodbye to the moldy, dank practice bubble. To the media room where photos of reporters from the past 32 years covered the walls, mine included. To the windows in that room, since there are none in our area in Renton. To the little parking lot where my car once got hit by a driver (maybe a month after I bought it) because the spaces were so narrow and space was at a premium. To Teriyaki Madness, where I had gotten to the point where I could walk in and ask for the usual (chicken breast, brown rice and broccoli with sauce on the side) and speak Spanish to the cooks, and to the convenience of a nearby gas station, Bartell's, Houghton Market, Quizno's, B of A and the post office.

But enough from me. Here's what Coach Mike Holmgren had to say about the farewell to Kirkland yesterday.

"I think it's different for a player than a coach. I really do. I thought a little bit about that. The players are going into a facility that's [better]. The locker room, the training room, the dining hall, everything's wonderful. Couldn't be any nicer for the players. Now, the coach, give me a desk and a TV and a decent chair and nice fields, and that's really what we get used to. And so in that respect, this place is very comfortable. We're used to it, I don't get lost in this building. I got lost in the new one. But it'll take some time before that building becomes kind of like that nice, good pair of slippers you have."

"This has been a very function, good building for us. The big advantage, and the thing I will not miss, is the bubble, or the moldy smell, or anything that went with that, [like] the darkness. Our indoor facility at the new place is phenomenal, and that'll be a really good thing."

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