The 12th Man: Restless in Seattle

 Posted by on January 30, 2014 at 10:11 pm  Sports  No Responses »
Jan 302014
The 12th man flag

The 12th man flag

The 12th Man (and Woman) has totally taken over the Seattle area since the Seahawks won a heart-stopping battle against the 49ers a week and a half ago in the NFC Championships. You see Seahawks gear, flags, signs, and colors everywhere you go. In fact, I saw a small airplane dragging a 12th man flag this afternoon around my neighborhood. I’ve never seen such a motley collection of people come out of the woodwork to root for the Seahawks.  In a world that seems to be constantly divided, it’s good to see almost everyone around you unified on something for a change!

The media bombardment over the last week has been overwhelming. National coverage of Richard Sherman’s rant at the end of the 49ers game still continues almost two weeks afterwards. Stories about Peyton Manning’s legacy (or lack thereof if he doesn’t win another Super Bowl) dominate the headlines. The Super Bowl is being framed as an epic battle between the best offense and the best defense. Some of the media is even painting Super Bowl XLVIII as a morality play between the good guys (Broncos) and the bad guys (Seahawks).  Enough already.

Many fans I know, including myself, are restless in Seattle. Let’s stop all the analysis and get on with the game already! There’s way too much hype and controversy development. I’m eager to escape for four hours and enjoy good food and company along with 100+ million others this Sunday. And I’m looking forward to the first Super Bowl victory parade in Seattle next week…



NFC Championship Inequality Equation: 12 + 3 > 49

 Posted by on January 17, 2014 at 10:19 pm  Sports  1 Response »
Jan 172014
The 12th Man at CenturyLink Field

The 12th Man at CenturyLink Field

My daughter is learning about inequality equations at school this week and, while helping her come up with some examples, I thought of a fitting one for this weekend’s NFC Championship game between the Seahawks and the 49ers.

12 + 3 > 49

That is, the key to a Seahawks victory is to maximize our home field advantage with the “12th Man” and improve the play of its QB Russell Wilson. For Seattle to beat the red-hot 49ers, the home team will need the fans to step up their disruptive antics and Wilson will need to step up his passing game.  If numbers 12 and 3 can perform at their usual high level, the Seahawks will win a close battle.

The Seahawks have been the talk of the town this week and people here are super excited about the prospect of seeing Seattle win its first Super Bowl in a couple of weeks. We just wish we had an easier opponent this weekend. 

The 49ers are probably a tougher test for the Seahawks than either of the AFC teams they would face if they were to advance to the Super Bowl.

It’s going to be a tough, hard-fought game with the outcome likely to be decided in the last couple of minutes. I’m really hoping that my inequality equation is correct.






“Beast Quake II” at Saints – Seahawks Game

 Posted by on January 13, 2014 at 10:26 am  Sports  No Responses »
Jan 132014
Saints vs Seahawks Game at CenturyLink

Saints vs Seahawks Game at CenturyLink

It was quite an experience Saturday as the Seahawks beat down the Saints in a NFC divisional game at CenturyLink Field.  The Seahawks were leading comfortably most of the game but, as the Saints suddenly closed the margin in the 4th quarter, fans around me became a little anxious. However, that anxiety was quickly relived by a clutch 31-yard TD run with a few minutes left in the game by “Beast Mode” Marshawn Lynch.

As they did against the very same Saints team in the 2011 playoffs, ecstatic 12th Man fans shook up the ground under the stadium causing a minor earthquake, “Beast Quake II.”

By winning the game, the Seahawks will host this Sunday’s highly anticipated NFC Championship game against the arch-rival 49ers! Well, the 49ers, being from California, should be used to feeling earthquakes, right? Let’s make them feel at home and generate a few more earthquakes for our guests at this Sunday’s showdown.