Hey. Hey. Hey. In Washington State we’re the ones who are the twelfth members of the Seahawks team.
The case for folks here being the most devoted fans in the US is strong. The symbol #12 perches on clock towers, city halls, on the habits of nuns, flies high on newspaper banners and homes. It’s everywhere.
The support for Seahawks began showing up early. Just visit the kindergarten kids at Jefferson Elementary in Spokane. In Andrea Sims’ class they have been wearing blue and green every Friday since September. They’ve mailed Christmas cards to Seahawk’s quarterback Russell Wilson. They took a picture with a poster of him and wrote sentences about what they would do if they could spend a day with him. Just prior to the big game, they had a party for another kindergarten class and discussed the game.
They also talk about how it’s not winning or losing but Wilson’s philosophy of never giving up, says Sims who says she is the most fanatical fan ever. There is a good case for this vision at their last game which sent the Seahawks off to the Super Bowl. They were behind with two minutes to go when the miracles begin happening and they went into overtime play. It was boring until those two magical minutes.
Don’t know Sims but have heard of other similar devoted fans. There is a woman in Wisconsin who covers her television screen and front door with black cloth when her team loses.
According to a poll of THOSE WHO KNOW, five experts say the Patriots will win in tomorrow’s Super Bowl. Only two are standing by the Seahawks. Whatever happens it’s fun to see folks in Washington State as excited as the fans I’ve witnessed in Iowa. Before this era of the Seahawks, I thought Iowans were the most spirited for a football team, be it the Hawkeyes or a high school team.
It’s a lot more fun and exciting when you can ENTER the spirit of a game!