People are whining all over the internet about how annoying Seahawks fans are. Blah, blah, blah, blah. Why don’t you hush up and just join in the fun instead?
<Interjection: check out this roundup of 12 things the casual fan should know about my beloved Seahawks>
I’ve been a ‘Hawks fan as long as I can remember. I have vivid memories of stopping at QFC on the way home from church to pick up ingredients for taco salad. We’d get home, my mom would cook up the taco meat and all four of us (dad, mom, sis, and I) would eat in the living room (the ONLY time we were allowed to eat anywhere but the table) watching the Seahawks play. Good, bad, and otherwise, I’ve always cheered for my beloved Seahawks. Sometimes they play like Seachickens but we love them no matter what.
Some people get their panties in a twist about how annoying people are for jumping on the bandwagon. As Andrew Sharp put it,
“Win or lose, the Seahawks defense is everything anyone could ever want football to be. Hitting and trash talk and freak athletes and film geeks and obnoxious celebrations and teammates who make each other better…The Seahawks are easy to hate sometimes, but you’ll have so much more fun loving them.” source
I’d rather welcome ya’ll than turn you away.
Why? Because it’s fun to be a part of something bigger than yourself.
It’s a chance for us to come together over something that ultimately doesn’t matter but gives us a reason to share the pursuit of a common goal, a reality that doesn’t occur very often in our polarized society.
If you’re just joining this party, there’s a lot to love.
You could check out Russell Wilson‘s awesomeness – interesting that he gets only $3 million over 4 years (aka lowest paid quarterback) yet he’s one of 4 quarterbacks left with a chance at the Super Bowl. And did you miss that he and his wife make weekly visit’s to Seattle Children’s Hospital? Talk about a stand-up guy: this side-by-side comparison of Russell’s Instagram feed to Kaepernick’s is pretty telling. Funny that the Seahawks got an F on draft day 2012 for picking him up…
defense Legion of Boom. As this Buzzfeed article describes, what other secondary even HAS a nickname? You can’t go wrong with guys who take pride in working as a unit to annihilate opposing offenses (has some strong language), especially when they’re led by a student of the game like Richard Sherman. Sure, he’s from inner city LA but this guy’s got a Stanford degree and a whole lot of walkin’ to back up all his talkin’ (at the end of this video his and Marshawn Lynch start makin’ fun of each other :) ). This video describes even more how the leader of our intimidating defense prepares for his opponents. The college athlete in me LOVES this – we’d always go through meticulous scouting reports to give us an advantage.
You can’t have a conversation about the Seahawks without talking about the 12th Man. But that’s what you’re joining! If you can get your hands on a ticket (like I did for Christmas! Thanks Mom and Dad), you too can experience the crazy loudness that makes the Clink the most formidable stadium in the nation.
If you’re not convinced yet, try and watch this video of Beastmode aka Marshawn Lynch taking the ball all. the. way. against the Saints a few years ago. The day at school, I asked who had seen the game. Teaching at an arts-focused high school, ONE KID said yes. I freaked out. As an athlete and a fan, I stopped class right there and showed this. You can’t help but jump out of your seat when he breaks not 1 but 8 tackles plus don’t you just love Matthew’s block? (Matthew is how our local radio announcer used to refer to Matt Hasselbeck) So in case you missed it, or forgot, here is the seismic run (yes, fans set off Richter scales) again:
And last but not least, if this video doesn’t get you goin’, I don’t know what will. Derrick Coleman is the first deaf offensive player in the NFL (deaf from the age of 3). He’s a fullback and on special teams after being picked up as a free agent before the 2013 season; he made the cut after the last pre-season game and had 3 catches in our first regular season game.
He caught his first touchdown for us in our Monday Night Football game back in December. A Christian, he’s quoted as saying, “I always say that God blessed me this morning and I can do what I do.” What an awesome guy. Check out this attitude: “I do everything to the best of my ability,” he said. “I already have to work hard in everything that I do, like driving or school work when I had it. It just carries over. It’s not like a light switch. Just can’t just flip it on and off. It’s just one of those things that happened to be a part of it.” These are the type of players I want to cheer for and think that others could benefit from following as well.
These are just a few of my favorite reasons to be a Seahawks fan…though I’ve never known any different. :) When I was pregnant, one of my students (at the arts-focused high school I was teaching at) asked me if I was going to force my soon-to-be born daughter to be a Seahawks fan. I joked that I wasn’t forced into it yet I still became one. A few weeks later, this same student brought me handknit baby booties…in green and blue. With homemade football buttons. Even my non-football-caring students realized something bigger than them was worth supporting.
So come on…wear some blue and green tomorrow and cheer a bit for those guys playing against the Forty Whiners. It’s gonna be some good football. Need to get hyped up? Watch this.
P.S. Want to know which Seahawk you are? Click here for a 10 question quiz. I’m Earl Thomas: “You’re a meticulous planner and have a ferocious drive to not only be the best at what you do, but also redefine your line of work.” Yeah baby!
P.P.S. Not only are they good football players, they also have solid [Christian] values:
P.P.P.S. Check out these old gems…