Blast from the Past: Crazy finish with Oilers in 96

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  • I just stumbled upon this and it's already made my day. Crazy to think that this was over 15 years ago... almost 20! I'm getting old man, I was only 9 when this happened!



    A few things...

    1) I love seeing some of those names. McKnight, Friesz, Peterson. The 90's Hawks in the Kingdome were like the Man in the Iron Mask of the NFL. The forgotten sons. They were to the NFL what jobbers are to wrestling. And I love them more for it.

    2) Watch Oilers kicker Al Del Greco after the field goal attempt. God I hope the Hawks do that to Phil Dawson this season. Also, I hope we leave Jeff Fisher feeling like that twice this season. Last season, Pete kinda looked like Jeff does at the end after that fake field goal touchdown they ran on us. Time to flip the script.

    3) Bigger blocked field goal in team history? This, the one against San Fran? Any others? I guess you'd have to say that the one against the 49ers was against a rival. This one won the game though when it looked bleak.
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  • What an all-around heads-up play by McCrary. He sliced through for a monster block, recovered it, and pushed Blackmon to create separation so that he could flip it to him.
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  • I was a crackhead during 1996. Literally a CRACKHEAD.

    I remember listening to this game, in my apartment, because I would always stay sober on Sundays. It was my odd little quirk and way of "supporting" the team. Here's a lil blurb I wrote about that game...

    Six days a week my mind, body, and soul remained floating just above reality. The days and nights were spent fighting my own self-loathing over succumbing to the drug, the bouts of paranoia that embattle sleep deprived, and the perpetual awaiting of the girls to provide me with more of what now

    I remember as if it were yesterday sitting alone in my apartment as the Seahawks blocked a Houston Oilers’ last second field goal…returning it for a touchdown to secure a win. I remember the wave of exuberance that overtook my being as I watched the play on the radio. I also remember that my celebration differed from my usual psychotic outbursts. I had to remain somber due to the landlords living downstairs and our rent being more than a month behind.


    I've never seen the play before, honest. The game was blacked out. Thanks.
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  • Wow, that's some pretty amazing stuff right there pe. Thanks for sharing. Gives this clip even more significance. You're a warrior!
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  • Oh, and Friesz was a pimp. Homeboy played a half on a broken leg.
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  • NYCoug wrote:Wow, that's some pretty amazing stuff right there pe. Thanks for sharing. Gives this clip even more significance. You're a warrior!


    No, not a warrior, just stupid and smoked crack for a few years. My only tip would be to bed the women just beginning their crack use. Get them on the way up, for sure.

    It gave me goosebumps. I never saw that play. Never even thought of youtubing those blacked-out, memorable, homegames.
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  • I'm all about John Friesz dude. You might get a good laugh out of this.

    http://seafense.blogspot.com/2012/09/an-ode-to-john-friesz_12.html

    Glad you finally got to see this play. McCrary straight kills it. If you thought the blocking from the 49ers interior was horrible during the 42-13 game (that has a nice ring to it, doesn't it?), where 3 guys hadn't even gotten out of their stance yet, then this has to be even worse than that. The Hawks absolutely crushed the Oilers line!
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  • One of my fond memories of being a seasons ticket holder attending games at the Kingdome. And...we owned those Jeff Fischer led Oilers of the '90's (4-0.)
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  • pehawk wrote:
    NYCoug wrote:Wow, that's some pretty amazing stuff right there pe. Thanks for sharing. Gives this clip even more significance. You're a warrior!


    No, not a warrior, just stupid and smoked crack for a few years. My only tip would be to bed the women just beginning their crack use. Get them on the way up, for sure.

    It gave me goosebumps. I never saw that play. Never even thought of youtubing those blacked-out, memorable, homegames.


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  • Those Erickson teams had talent and the ingredients to win. Two things held them back; Behring and Mirer. The cloud of poor ownership devastated that team AND the needed commitment to see what Mirer had.

    I think Erickson would've done very well, had those circumstances been removed. He was right for that era of the NFL. And, ya know, when Behring gave him GM duties as a "sorry for moving to LA, Dennis", he did pretty well.
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  • Mirer...meh
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  • pehawk wrote:Those Erickson teams had talent and the ingredients to win. Two things held them back; Behring and Mirer. The cloud of poor ownership devastated that team AND the needed commitment to see what Mirer had.

    I think Erickson would've done very well, had those circumstances been removed. He was right for that era of the NFL. And, ya know, when Behring gave him GM duties as a "sorry for moving to LA, Dennis", he did pretty well.

    Totally agree Pe! Had Dennis had the power that Pete has now...who know could have been...

    So I just watched the clip as I am at work...I forgot it was a tie game. For some reason I was thinking we had a one point lead (17-16.) It sure got my heart pumping! Definitely one of my top 10 ten at the Kingdome moments! #1 was '95 Mariners game 5 vs NY.
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  • Dennis had football karma to repay for a few NCAA things. Unfortunately for him, the football gods extracted that debt while he was in the NFL. Horrific timing, luck and circumstances here in Seattle. Then, he coached the 49ers for what was their equivalent to "bowl ban" years.
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  • First thought: Was Joey Galloway our best offensive skill player in the '90s? Who ekse is on the short list for that honor? Chris Warren? Ricky Watters? Jon Kitna? Man, the '90s were bleak.

    Second thought: I'm glad I didn't hit my head after blacking out once I saw Dennis Erickson. Between this stint with Seattle and his underachieving at Arizona State, he has given me a lifetime's worth of disappointment as a fan. I look forward to everyone in the Pac thumping Utah over the next three or four years.
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  • McCrary, Sinclair, Sam Adams and Cortez. Best DLINE in Seahawks history?

    It's that or Green, Bryant, Nash and Tez.

    Good argument could be made either way.

    I was torqued when we let McCrary walk. The guy just seemed to have IT in spades. I liked Adams also, but saw his loss as only unfortunate, McCrary's departure really aggravated me.

    That the two of them went on to form half of a historically good defensive line in Baltimore's Super Bowl winning season was one of those things that I would take a kind of 'secondhand pride' in.

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  • bfs, that's one of the best parts of being a Seahawks fan in my mind. I live for those, "yeah, those guys use to be Seahawks" moments.

    I constantly had to remind my Giants fans friends that, "yeah, those guys use to be Seahawks", when Rocky Bernard and Deon Grant were crowned champions.

    As far as best Hawks DLine goes, I'd have to go with McCrary, Sinclair, Adams, and Tez.

    On a side note, does anyone else think that Michael Bennett reminds them an awful lot of Michael Sinclair? Without checking any of the measurables, they seem to look almost identical in stature, and neither would really stand out at you as being a great pass rusher upon first look. That and the fact that they'll both have worn a number in the 70's for the Hawks, played DE, and have the first name Michael.

    *Just looked it up, Bennett is 6'4 274, Sinclair was 6'4 275.*

    Can we just call Bennett "Sinclair 2.0" from now on? That or Hobo with a Swim Move, after that awesome beard he was sporting in the latest Real Rob Report. Personally, I want a DLineman that doesn't give a damn about his beard and only about inflicting pain on his opponents. Sorry for derailing my own thread. Carry on!
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  • McCrary was a beast for us in '96. 13.5 sacks.

    Agreed, Leif...I was upset when he left as well.
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  • bestfightstory wrote:McCrary, Sinclair, Sam Adams and Cortez. Best DLINE in Seahawks history?

    It's that or Green, Bryant, Nash and Tez.
    Good argument could be made either way.

    I was torqued when we let McCrary walk. The guy just seemed to have IT in spades. I liked Adams also, but saw his loss as only unfortunate, McCrary's departure really aggravated me.

    That the two of them went on to form half of a historically good defensive line in Baltimore's Super Bowl winning season was one of those things that I would take a kind of 'secondhand pride' in.

    "Yeah, those guys use to be Seahawks"


    The first line, with Adams, is the best in history. I was more pissed when Adams walked over McCrary. Like, I think Holmgren was an asshole, and still think that, type pissed-off. Holmgren spent his first few years here caring more about him being the ONLY star, over all else.

    Sam Adams was a good lineman AND dude personally went out and lobbied for the stadium vote. He invested into this city, played well, showed community pride and Holmgren let him walk.

    Yup, still pissed.
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  • NYCoug wrote:Can we just call Bennett "Sinclair 2.0" from now on?

    I used to have a Timex Sinclair 1000...takes a licking but keeps on ticking...whooooahh...what?????? :187734:
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  • I was there. Few were.
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  • '96 I was living in Atlanta, so although this game was blacked-out locally, I have distinct memories of watching it happen live. Oh man ... back in those days it was such a big deal to see any 'Hawks game when I was trapped on the East Coast. The Falcons must've been a road game or bye that week (or else they would've been blacked-out too) The network switched from whatever game they were carrying to pick up that last drive for Houston. I remember running to my couch, brief moment of joy for actually getting to watch my 'Hawks live, then the slow twisting of the dagger as the Oilers pounded it into FG range ... when that block happened, pretty sure I hit my head on the ceiling leaping off the couch into the middle of the floor, where I was waving my arms and screaming "GOOOOOO" like I was on the sidelines or something.

    Blackmon/Williams is probably one of the most under-rated Safety tandems in team history. Both those guys laid the wood. It only lasted a short time (like Ken Hamlin, both those guys were so physical they basically destroyed themselves within 3-4 seasons) ... Easley, Harris, Robinson, Williams, Blackmon, Hamlin, now Kam & Earl ... we've been treated to some damn fine Safety play over the years.

    Just wanted to throw out one of my other favorite 90's moments I got to watch live. Darryl Williams laying out Rickey Dudley:
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  • ^You forgot the white guy!! Moyer had his moments, didn't he? Haha

    And in the category of Seahawks safeties who came around during their twilight years:

    -Bennie Blades
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  • Everybody else was so positive about the defense; so I should be too. I remember being a HUGE Sam Adams fan, which also carried over into playing Madden '97 where he was an utter beast on the D-Line, a total interior sack machine.
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  • vedthree wrote:'96 I was living in Atlanta, so although this game was blacked-out locally, I have distinct memories of watching it happen live. Oh man ... back in those days it was such a big deal to see any 'Hawks game when I was trapped on the East Coast. The Falcons must've been a road game or bye that week (or else they would've been blacked-out too) The network switched from whatever game they were carrying to pick up that last drive for Houston. I remember running to my couch, brief moment of joy for actually getting to watch my 'Hawks live, then the slow twisting of the dagger as the Oilers pounded it into FG range ... when that block happened, pretty sure I hit my head on the ceiling leaping off the couch into the middle of the floor, where I was waving my arms and screaming "GOOOOOO" like I was on the sidelines or something.

    Blackmon/Williams is probably one of the most under-rated Safety tandems in team history. Both those guys laid the wood. It only lasted a short time (like Ken Hamlin, both those guys were so physical they basically destroyed themselves within 3-4 seasons) ... Easley, Harris, Robinson, Williams, Blackmon, Hamlin, now Kam & Earl ... we've been treated to some damn fine Safety play over the years.

    Just wanted to throw out one of my other favorite 90's moments I got to watch live. Darryl Williams laying out Rickey Dudley:



    I was at this game - I remember it distinctly. It was at the time, the hardest hit that I'd ever seen in my life. Still up there.
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  • D'oh, can't forget about Moyer who has one of the most cringe worthy tough-guy moments of all time .... http://books.google.com/books?id=CPjDiB ... le&f=false.

    Loved Bennie Blades when he was in DET, unfortunately he was really a shell of himself here. I also thought Reggie Tongue was going to be a beast for us when we signed him from KC, but he never really rose up to that level (didn't help that was the heart of Holmgren's patch-work D years)
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  • Great find, that clip. What makes it sweeter is the youtube links afterward to other 'archive' footage, including a film about the '84 Hawks. Well worth watching for anyone debating the Best Seahawk Defense Ever...
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  • I moved to Seattle in '96. This was my first Seahawks game ever. I bought season tickets the next day. Hearing that crowd go totally ape-shit inside that dome and I was hooked forever. That also went down as one of the top ten Kingdome moments when they replayed them on the jumbotron at the last game played in the dome.
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  • I was at that game. right before the Clinton/Dole election.. smallest Dome crowd ever.. great time that weekend in Seattle
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  • Sign37now wrote:I moved to Seattle in '96. This was my first Seahawks game ever. I bought season tickets the next day. Hearing that crowd go totally ape-shit inside that dome and I was hooked forever. That also went down as one of the top ten Kingdome moments when they replayed them on the jumbotron at the last game played in the dome.


    OH yeah baby -- the dome went from dead silence. You could have had a conversation with the guy 3 sections over when Del Greco lined up for that kick. 10 seconds later the place was totally un-hinged.

    Really, my most favorite kingdome moment ever and top 2 or 3 Seahawk moments ever.
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  • I wasn't a Seahawks back then. Infact if Seattle didn't come over the NFC I would never have become a fan. NFC teams are much more exciting to me.
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  • vedthree wrote:'96 I was living in Atlanta, so although this game was blacked-out locally, I have distinct memories of watching it happen live. Oh man ... back in those days it was such a big deal to see any 'Hawks game when I was trapped on the East Coast. The Falcons must've been a road game or bye that week (or else they would've been blacked-out too) The network switched from whatever game they were carrying to pick up that last drive for Houston. I remember running to my couch, brief moment of joy for actually getting to watch my 'Hawks live, then the slow twisting of the dagger as the Oilers pounded it into FG range ... when that block happened, pretty sure I hit my head on the ceiling leaping off the couch into the middle of the floor, where I was waving my arms and screaming "GOOOOOO" like I was on the sidelines or something.

    Blackmon/Williams is probably one of the most under-rated Safety tandems in team history. Both those guys laid the wood. It only lasted a short time (like Ken Hamlin, both those guys were so physical they basically destroyed themselves within 3-4 seasons) ... Easley, Harris, Robinson, Williams, Blackmon, Hamlin, now Kam & Earl ... we've been treated to some damn fine Safety play over the years.

    Just wanted to throw out one of my other favorite 90's moments I got to watch live. Darryl Williams laying out Rickey Dudley:


    What a difference from today. In Goodell's pussified NFL, that would have been a 15-yard penalty and a hefty fine for Williams.
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  • In 1996, I almost never got to see Seahawks games so I'd literally put tape on the bottom of the TV to block scores so I could watch NFL Primetime in suspense. Usually they put Seattle at the end and had maybe 3 highlights. Even seeing this play on Primetime, it was amazing. "He. Could. Go. All. The. Way."

    Glad to see I wasn't the only one who liked Friesz when he was here. I know his overall stats weren't great, but he was actually a decent quarterback after half a decade of terrible ones.
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  • pehawk wrote:Oh, and Friesz was a pimp. Homeboy played a half on a broken leg.

    He broke his leg against Detroit...a game we lost on a last second FG...and started a 3 game slide as Mirer took over.

    Also what I remember about '96...never thought I would visit Lambeau Field under a dome...
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  • I remember it well. I watched that game at a bar with my roommate who was a huge Oilers fan.
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  • I was in the Air Force at the time of the game and that was last weekend I was stationed in Texas.
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  • pehawk wrote:
    bestfightstory wrote:McCrary, Sinclair, Sam Adams and Cortez. Best DLINE in Seahawks history?

    It's that or Green, Bryant, Nash and Tez.
    Good argument could be made either way.

    I was torqued when we let McCrary walk. The guy just seemed to have IT in spades. I liked Adams also, but saw his loss as only unfortunate, McCrary's departure really aggravated me.

    That the two of them went on to form half of a historically good defensive line in Baltimore's Super Bowl winning season was one of those things that I would take a kind of 'secondhand pride' in.

    "Yeah, those guys use to be Seahawks"


    The first line, with Adams, is the best in history. I was more pissed when Adams walked over McCrary. Like, I think Holmgren was an asshole, and still think that, type pissed-off. Holmgren spent his first few years here caring more about him being the ONLY star, over all else.

    Sam Adams was a good lineman AND dude personally went out and lobbied for the stadium vote. He invested into this city, played well, showed community pride and Holmgren let him walk.

    Yup, still pissed.


    I remember when we played the Bills in '99, Adams timed the snap so perfectly he jumped into the backfield and sacked Flutie before half the players on the field had even moved. It took everyone a few seconds to start cheering because we weren't sure if it was going to be a flag, but that was one of the best defensive plays I've ever seen. And losing him to the Ravens the next year took a lot out of our "championship caliber football team" in 2000.
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  • kearly wrote:Glad to see I wasn't the only one who liked Friesz when he was here. I know his overall stats weren't great, but he was actually a decent quarterback after half a decade of terrible ones.


    No doubt. After years of Kelly Stouffer, Dan McGwire, Stan Gelbaugh, and Rick Mirer, Friesz was practically Roger Staubach by comparison. And when he took over for Mirer in 1995 and we won something like 6 out of the last 8 games it was the first sign of hope this franchise had seen in years. If only Erickson hadn't decided to go with Mirer to start the '96 season....
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