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Monday, February 3, 2014

SEAHAWKS! (The Win, the Streets After, and Some Photos)

Posted by on Mon, Feb 3, 2014 at 6:00 AM

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The game ended and, where I was watching from, it sounded like everyone opened their windows and started screaming at once. Whoops, growls, shrieks, like we'd all come out of our hillside caves to holler victory, which was kind of the case.

Then we walked down Broadway, past parked police cruisers with lights flashing on every other block. People high-fived us, people shouted Sea-HAWKS, people hung out car windows with raised fists, someone threw Marshawn-inspired Skittles on passersby, as if they were confetti. Then Pike Street:

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Someone climbed the sign marking the intersection of Pike and 10th and tried to direct cheers from there, but couldn't hang on very long. A number of people brought fireworks and shot them off, not always very well. A bottle rocket strafed the crowd. Another one arced nicely over it. Then a small circle cleared in the middle, a bang, some smoke, and then above us several huge, white starbursts. Everyone went crazy. Cigars were handed out. Cheap champagne was shaken and sprayed. More straight guys hugged each other on that street than I don't know when. People high-fived the police, who were hanging back and seemed as thrilled as everyone else. Someone crowd-surfed. Lots of people took turns waving the flag:

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Theodore Gorath 1
All the new fans are going to get a somber lesson on NFL "parity" come the next couple years.

Bennet and a good portion of your O line is about to be over valued and likely move on. Tons of guys are coming off their rookie contracts and their new cap hits are going to force the team to cut guys or not resign them as cap casualties (Tate, Browner, Jeanpierre, Baldwin).…

However, 2015 is the year that the "Legion of Boom" vanishes, and the Seattle team (defense especially) will have to reboot almost completely:…
Posted by Theodore Gorath on February 3, 2014 at 6:19 AM · Report this
Cato the Younger Younger 2
@1, exactly, I wonder how many of the 12th Man realizes how disloyal the actual football players will become when it comes down to $$$?

Enjoy the moment gang: your football team is soon going to move on.
Posted by Cato the Younger Younger on February 3, 2014 at 7:49 AM · Report this
Rotten666 3
Everyone got laid last night. Great time on the hill. I have to work in two hours. FUUUUUUUUCK.

@1 and @2 DURP DURP DURP
Posted by Rotten666 on February 3, 2014 at 8:14 AM · Report this
Clara T 4
Yeah this all totally sucks. Now excuse while I go heave sighs in my Gloomy Place Rather Boggy and Sad.
Posted by Clara T on February 3, 2014 at 8:16 AM · Report this
California Kid 5
@1,@2. Live in the fucking moment.
Posted by California Kid on February 3, 2014 at 8:28 AM · Report this
@1 & @2: Next man up, bitches.
Posted by DOUG. on February 3, 2014 at 11:02 AM · Report this
Well, at least most of these bandwagoneers don't think of themselves as fans during drought years (which is 99% of the time). Sanity does prevail, always, phew.
Posted by anon1256 on February 3, 2014 at 11:45 AM · Report this
@1&2: This is Seattle enjoying the moment.

My hatred for Carroll is on record, but he and the GM have done an amazing job with late round draft picks, so there's no real reason to expect them to suddenly fall way off next year. Given how strong the NFC West is, I don't expect them to pull quite the same level of sustained dominance as New England has over the last decade, but I think at least for the next few years they'll be perennial contenders.
Posted by Hanoumatoi on February 3, 2014 at 11:49 AM · Report this
I am completely unapologetic about being a fair-weather fan. This isn't Wisconsin; the Seahawks are a private, for-profit business. If you want me to buy in, you better sell me a decent product.
Posted by robotslave on February 3, 2014 at 12:44 PM · Report this
seattlestew 10
You forgot to post photos of all the very polite Seahawks fans busting shit up in Pio Square, burning shit in the U District, and blowing off fireworks well past midnight. Those of us who had to work early, as well as my dog, especially appreciated the latter. I understand fun and passion, particularly when mixed with booze, but for fucks sake people, your local billionaire-owned franchise won a football game (and this is speaking as a sports fan, not a hipster, "too cool" to care guy). Just, what the fuck? Why? Ugh.
Posted by seattlestew on February 3, 2014 at 1:25 PM · Report this
Theodore Gorath 11
When you get used to being football fans, you will have to come to grips with the cold shock of what happens to a great team after a lights-out season.

Does anyone not even wonder why Baltimore missed the playoffs? It is not about loyalty, it is about the cold hard reality of the modern NFL.
Posted by Theodore Gorath on February 3, 2014 at 1:54 PM · Report this
@9 - I hear you.Technically, the best deal for aficionados rests with emotionally supporting whichever team makes the most esthetic and spirited plays (i.e. a fan of the sport rather than a fan of the team).
Posted by anon1256 on February 3, 2014 at 2:28 PM · Report this
@1 -- I looked through that list, and there's not much to worry.

Hauschka at $620K? Kickers are fungible, and many are easier to spell.

Baldwin ($560K) has earned a better deal, as has Tate($880K).

Bennett is said to be #1 re-sign priority, and he sounds intent on making it work out.

Browner and/or Thurmond? Killer DB's grow on trees in Pete & John's orchard - they've just got that green thumb.

Giacomini, McQuistan and Jeanpierre? We've got starter-quality G/T's in the pipeline, so backup C is the only real concern.

No other major contributors of concern - this year, anyhow.

Consider also that Pete is the league's most popular coach; that Seahawks are a magnet for free agents who've already made bank but are looking for that SB ring; that the management team is genius at finding starters among 7th-rounders, undrafted players and other teams discards.

And we've got both coordinators back! (Though both would've had head coach positions if we hadn't gone so deep in the playoffs.)
Posted by RonK, Seattle on February 3, 2014 at 4:21 PM · Report this

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