Is it too late? Can I still jump on? Okay, count me in! I’m jumping on the Seahawk bandwagon.
It’s time to dust off the ol’ Steve Largent jersey and break out my poster of Brian Blades. Heck, I may even do my hair like I used to…Brian “the Boz” Bosworth style. The Seahawks are a win away from the Super Bowl and I’m the luckiest fan alive.
Ahh, who am I kidding? I’m just like every other Seattle sports fan. Root for them when they’re up and raze them when they’re down. Actually, I’m not that bad. I don’t usually raze them when they are down. I just don’t pay much attention to them. Oh, and if you don’t know who or what I’m talking about then see if you fall into one of the examples below:
There’s the “I became a Mariner fan way back in 1995″ fan. Of course you did. That’s when the city fell in love with the 1995 “Refuse to Lose” Mariner team. You know the team that rejuvenated the city and kept baseball in Seattle. Ken Griffey Jr., Randy Johnson, Edgar Martinez and Joey Cora. Eventually these fans disappeared then surprisingly reappeared midway through the Mariners 2001 historical season. Where are you now?
Or the Sonics fans of the mid-90’s back when Sonics basketball ruled the city. Everyone sported their ugly green and yellow and all we heard was Sir Mix-a-Lot rapping “No, Not in Our House“. Again those fans disappeared and re-emerged last season when the Sonics surprised us all by winning the Northwest Division.
Now it’s the Seahawks turn. Years of making the playoffs and then losing in wild-card games. Years of calling for Mike Holmgren’s head and asking why Trent Dilfer isn’t playing ahead of Matt Hasselbeck. Finally justice! The Seahawks are in the NFC Championship and they’re the talk of all the radio and news stations. Today everyone is a Seahawks fan.
For the record: I always thought Hasselbeck had the tools to be a good quarterback. I like how he plays and like how he’s matured. I don’t even care that he’s bald – Ian!
Where am I going with this? Not sure. Lately, it’s been hard for me to write as I spend most of my time working. So I write a bit here, a bit there and by the time I’m finished I have no idea what the heck I wrote and it’s taken me four days to finish writing this entry. So, I apologize if I’m so jumbled.
Oh that’s right…I’m just complaining about the burst of Seattle fans that have suddenly appeared from nowhere to root for the Seahawks. I’m sure every city has their scores of fair-weathered fans, but hey, I live in Washington State so I don’t really know what goes on in North Carolina, Denver or Pittsburgh.
I guess it’s my turn to jump on the bandwagon. Sure, I may be a little late but I’m ready to do my job and be a part of the 12th Man. The Colts and the Chargers, my two favorite NFL teams, have both ended their seasons. The Steelers upset the Colts last weekend and Miami upset the Chargers in week 14. So the Seahawks, being my 3rd favorite NFL team, are my only team left to root for.
I’ve actually followed the Seahawks quite a bit this season, probably more than most “fans”. That’s partly due to the fact that I’m a sports fanatic, follow the local teams and work for a local newspaper.
Don’t get me wrong, there are a bunch of true Seahawks fans, my buddy Ian being one of them. He’s a true homie. He grew up in the Seattle area, walking to Mariners games in the Kingdome when 15 people showed up to watch Pete O’Brien and Alvin Davis. He cheered for Ricky Pierce and Kendall Gill and the Sonics teams of the 90’s. He gets nervous after Mark Brunell found Santana Moss in the end zone in the middle of the third (or was it fourth) quarter of last weeks playoff game. And he loves Edgar Martinez and doesn’t understand why I don’t think he will make the Baseball Hall of Fame. This is why I like watching Seattle games with him. He’s a real Seattle-fan and you can see it in his reactions.
Of course Ian, being the homie that he is, doesn’t understand why I root for the Snohomish County WHL hockey team the Everett Silvertips when they play against the Seattle Thunderbirds. Ian…Everett is closer to me than Seattle is. C’mon buddy!
I’m somewhat of a homie also. I grew up in San Diego so my allegiance is with the Chargers and especially the Padres. I plan on taking the cross-country trip to Cooperstown next year when Tony Gwynn is inducted into the Hall of Fame. And living here for the past 13 years has made me fall for the Mariners – I miss Mike Cameron but am glad he’s now playing for the Padres. And I plan on raising Lukas to be a big Mariner fan and a homie (Seattle sports fan).
During the 90’s my brother Randy and I loved the Phoenix Suns and the team of Charles Barkley, Kevin Johnson and Dan Majerle (still my favorite sports team of all-time). They made me happy and they made me sad (I once threw a teddy bear back at my girlfriend after she bought it for me when the Spurs defeated the Suns in the playoffs. I had taped the game and didn’t know the outcome. Erika if you’re out there…I’m sorry.) But this is what being a sports fan is all about; you live and die with your favorite team. That’s just the way it is.
So I guess later is better than never to start loving the Seahawks. Maybe one day I can say, “I fell in love with the Seahawks way back in the winter of 2006”. So now I’m jumping on the Seahawks bandwagon. I’m strapping on my Seahawk beanie and rooting for my beloved Seahawks.
By the way, for all you gamblers out there this Sunday’s final score will be Seahawks 27, Panthers 21. Go ‘Hawks.