RENTON, Wash. -- Inside the auditorium at the Seattle Seahawks' headquarters, a basketball hoop hangs over the front of the stage. Nothing is more important to coach Pete Carroll in the way he runs a team than competition, and this is where some of the more spirited competitions between his players take place.
Carroll changed up the start of his weekly news conference on what he calls Competition Wednesday by having two media members get in on the competition. Before talking about his team's upcoming matchup with the Tennessee Titans (1-1) in Nashville, Carroll orchestrated a surprise shoot-off between Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times and Curtis Crabtree of Sports Radio KJR-AM 950 and Pro Football Talk.
Pictures of the two that were taken from the team's "media combine" were displayed on a projector as Carroll laid out the rules.
Pete Carroll regularly has his players compete in free-throw contests in the team's auditorium. Today he had two media members face off: Curtis Crabtree and Bob Condotta.
Each took 30-second turns shooting while another media member served as rebounder and music blared from the speakers.
Condotta prevailed in an instant classic, hitting three shots to Crabtree's two.
Carroll's assessment: "I thought that they both kind of started slow and then kind of fizzled out from there."
He then looked at cornerback Richard Sherman, who was seated in the auditorium awaiting a turn at the podium for his weekly media session.
"Sherman will have to see the film so he can critique," Carroll joked. "We had a little shoot-off in here, so he might want to check them out. I thought the rebounding was below par, too.”