As most of you probably already know, Paul Allen recently published his memoirs, Idea Man. He spends most of the book talking about how he built Microsoft with co-founder Bill Gates (understandable, given that's how he earned his billions), but the part that really piqued my interest was chapter 15, "12th Man." It's a short chapter, but it's still an interesting account of his purchase of the Seahawks as well as a behind-the-scenes look at some of the team executive hiring decisions. He also goes more in-depth into his working relationship with Bob Whitsitt (who helped run the Seahawks' front office from 1997 to 2004) in chapter 14, which covers his experiences as the owner of the Portland Trailblazers.
But you don't have to take my word for it when you can read the book for yourselves. Allen's publisher, Penguin Books, just sent me five copies of Idea Man to give away for free. I mean, you guys are okay with free stuff, right?
And as long as I'm giving them away, I figured we could have some fun with it -- if you want to read Allen's memoirs, all you have to do is give me some of yours in return. Here are your two options:
1) Your favorite memory of the Seahawks under Paul Allen. Were you in the stands when Jordan Babineaux helped Tony Romo fumble away his first playoff game? Did you skip your sister's wedding to watch the NFC Championship game against the Panthers? Whatever it may be, I'd love to hear it.
2) The best part of Allen's purchase of the Seahawks was saying good riddance to Ken Behring. I know some of you are too young to remember Behring, but those of us who gritted our teeth and held on to our love of the Seahawks all the way through his terrible reign as owner have plenty of awful memories built up. So as a second option, what's your worst memory of the Behring era? The move to Anaheim? Chuck Knox's departure? Rick Mirer?