So here’s the deal. I’m a casual fan. I’ll just admit that right now. I don’t live and breathe Seahawks like some of my friends. You won’t find photos of me in blue and green all over my facebook news feed all winter long. I don’t watch every game. But the Seahawks have been my football team since before I even really cared about football. I grew up in southern Washington, and just like the Mariners and Trailblazers, they were the closest team in their sport to me, and therefore I was their devoted fan. Root for the Cowboys or the Lakers? I don’t THINK so. I didn’t care about stats or whether or not they were actually good – they were my “hometown team.”
I started to care more about football back in college, and in 2006 when they lost the Super Bowl, I was crushed. They’d come so close, and I really felt like they were ripped off by the calls the refs were making. Then life moved on, and while I would catch a game here and there when I could, I would never consider myself a die-hard. Even though I still don’t, you can bet there was very little that was going to keep me from cheering them from my couch as they beat the Niners and whooped the Broncos this year. And today, not even sub-freezing temperatures and crowds that some estimate to be near 1 million were going to keep me from cheering them on as the 12th Man piled onto 4th street in downtown Seattle to cheer them on in style. They’re my team. My Super Bowl Champions. My Seahawks. And today was a once-in-a-lifetime chance to party with a million or so of my closest friends that I dind’t know that I had.
Go Hawks!! Thanks for bringing home the shiny silver football. Those rings are pretty snazzy – I don’t suppose you have an extra one lying around I could have, do you? ;)