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Here on the left coast and just slightly south of Alaska, we've been cheering on our Seattle Seahawks all year with a quiet confidence that this would be our year. Many of us still remember the pain and crushing disappointment when we lost to the Pittsburgh Steelers in SuperBowl 40. But this team had a different feel from that team in 06 and was built on a foundation of very young, hungry and mainly overlooked players.

Many of the key players were deemed too small or lacked elite speed or just didn't have the talent to be impact players in the NFL. Richard Sherman (aka the mouth that roared) was a 5th Round draft pick and is considered one of the best cornerbacks in the league. Russell Wilson, our franchise quarterback, was deemed to short (5' 10.75") to play in a league where prototypical quarterbacks are 6' 3" or taller. For comparison, Peyton Manning from the Denver Broncos is 6' 5".

Malcolm Smith, MVP for SuperBowl 48 was a 7th Round draft pick from USC.  Doug Baldwin, one of Seattle's top receivers, was an undrafted free agent - which means every team in the league passed on him 7 times in his draft year. I think that one of the reasons why this team captured the imagination of the fans in the Pacific NW was that we could all easily identify being underestimated, rejected or ignored.

There are a lot of other reasons why the fan base has fallen hard for the Seahawks. Coach Pete Carroll has infused the team with an upbeat, optimistic, happy go lucky personality. With his history of success of coaching young men at USC for a decade and winning multiple national championships, Carroll has worked hard on treating at his players as individuals with unique stories and personalities. He has been forgiving when players have made mistakes but he has also used these mistakes as teachable moments. Carroll has been part coach, part teacher and part father figure. His players love his style of coaching and it is evident by how hard they play for him game after game, year after year. Teams do have off games but we have never faulted the players for lack of effort.

Another reason why we've fallen hard for the Seahawks is the simple fact that this team is very close. In this business where the average career for a professional football player is 3.3 years and players move in and out of the league quickly, it's hard to build bonds with other players on the team. But it's evident that these players really care for each and hold each other accountable for their performances. While it's clear that they are all playing for a lucrative long term contract with guaranteed money, they also have the feeling of a team that is tightly knit and care for each other on a personal and human level.

The players and coaches also know that it's important to give back to the community and to help those less fortunate than themselves. Carroll has created two non-profit organizations - A Better L.A. and A Better Seattle - in order to help reduce youth and gang violence. Richard Sherman, who grew in a tougher neighborhood in L.A. and eventually graduated from Stanford, has started Blanket Coverage - a charity established to help underserved children have access to proper school supplies and adequate clothing. Russell Wilson is lauded for his regular visits to Children's Hospital.

It's clear that the region has fallen hard for the Seahawks and this is evident with all the banners, posters, signs, and flags that celebrate the team and the fanbase - affectionately known as the 12s. When I visit my daughter's elementary school, the majority of kids and teachers have been wearing Seahawks outfits. The kids talk about who their favorite players are or shout "Go Hawks" in the hallways. You end up having conversations with complete strangers in almost any setting about the team's success and likelihood of winning a SuperBow for the very first time. This team has been phenomenal for helping to build a spirit of community in the Pacific NW and we're grateful for this time to have a moment where can share something in common across social, economic, racial and political divides.

Well - we did it!!!. SuperBowl Champions for the first time. We're having a parade on Wednesday and I'm taking my daughter and she couldn't be more excited.

Thanks to the coaches, staff, and players for an outstanding season. #GoHawks.

Originally posted to Frank In WA on Mon Feb 03, 2014 at 09:51 AM PST.

Also republished by Koscadia.

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  •  Trouble is, it was such an noncompetive game I (1+ / 0-)
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    markdd

    didn't watch the second half. The latest PBS/BBC 21st Century Sherlock Holmes episode was far more interesting. Mary Watson worked for the CIA?

    •  Yeah it was over early (2+ / 0-)
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      TofG, nom de plume

      but it's hard holding your breath the whole game.

      "The future belongs to those who give the next generation reason for hope." -- Pierre Teilhard de Chardi

      by Frank In WA on Mon Feb 03, 2014 at 10:06:24 AM PST

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    •  the blowout (6+ / 0-)

      I think for anyone who wasn't a big Seahawk fan, it was a disappointing game to watch. But for those of us in the PNW (okay, well, for me anyway), the entire game was a sight to behold. The Seahawks played a perfect game. I enjoyed every minute of it - though I have always liked Peyton Manning and started to feel sorry for him by the end of it.

      •  Payton Manning had a truly amazing season (1+ / 0-)
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        Jim H

        setting records that only he might break if he returns again next year. First ballot hall of famer and one of the best quarterbacks who has played the game.

        But it goes to show that even with a super elite quarterback and great receivers, you need a deep balanced team to win the Superbowl and the Seahawks have the best roster top to bottom.

        "The future belongs to those who give the next generation reason for hope." -- Pierre Teilhard de Chardi

        by Frank In WA on Mon Feb 03, 2014 at 10:57:58 AM PST

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        •  fans (1+ / 0-)
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          I'm a late-comer to football. Never liked it as a kid, but my wife grew up loving it. Her mom was a season ticket holder for the Utes in Salt Lake City until she moved out here to Portland to be close to her grandchildren.

          So the only reason I became a Seahawks fan was because I wasn't already committed and they are the closest team to Portland. Since meeting my wife, I've grown to love the game.

          My father-in-law lives in Seattle so for a couple years we split season tickets with him. Those were the 2 years prior to Russell Wilson. Hasselbeck's last year and Tarvaris Jackson's one year. After those two lackluster years, we decided it was too much expense and not worth the effort to make it up to Seattle 5 Sundays each Fall. I've been kicking myself all year (and most of last season too).

          Anyway, the point I intended to make was that since last year, we are no longer fans-of-convenience. We love so many of the players on the Seattle team: Baldwin, Miller, Sherman, Rice, Wilson (of course), Lynch, Tate, Turbin, and Harvin (now that we've seen him in action properly!)

          •  Jim - you should have seen me during the 2nd half (3+ / 0-)
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            off and Harvin got the ball after the bounce of the turf.

            He flew by the first wave of tacklers and I knew that he had a chance to take it to the house. Once he faked the kicker, I knew no one was gonna catch him.

            I'm not one to usually to get super emotional but I was shouting at the top of my lungs - GO GO GO GO GO Percy.

            "The future belongs to those who give the next generation reason for hope." -- Pierre Teilhard de Chardi

            by Frank In WA on Mon Feb 03, 2014 at 12:03:16 PM PST

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            •  Percy (1+ / 0-)
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              Most of our friends aren't as die-hard Seahawk (or even football for that matter) fans as we are. After that kick-off return, most people were wondering who that guy was. We had to explain to everyone how he hadn't played most of the season. Can't wait for next year!

            •  I got a bit teary over that (0+ / 0-)

              That was a really great moment for him after a disappointing (personally, for him) season. I can't think of any other player that deserved that more than he did.

              P.S. I am not a crackpot.

              by BoiseBlue on Mon Feb 03, 2014 at 12:30:38 PM PST

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      •  I couldn't quit watching. (1+ / 0-)
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        Jim H

        I kept thinking something would happen for the Broncos. It really was embarrassing for them.

        But I loved every minute, except for the moment when Sherman limped off the field :-(

        P.S. I am not a crackpot.

        by BoiseBlue on Mon Feb 03, 2014 at 12:29:03 PM PST

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    •  Seems to be the problem with most (0+ / 0-)

      Super Bowls.  Seems like most are decided long before the end of the 3rd quarter.

      “that our civil rights have no dependence on our religious opinions, any more than our opinions in physics or geometry.” Thomas Jefferson

      by markdd on Mon Feb 03, 2014 at 12:47:27 PM PST

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  •  Always love an underdog story... (11+ / 0-)

    And I really can't stand Peyton Manning

    - I grew up in Athens, GA- GOOO DAWGS, while Manning played for UT

    - He's gotten into bed with Papa John's, a company I loathe for the way they treat their employees PLUS their attacks on the ACA (not to mention their crap pizza).

    I really don't watch pro football, but I can't wait to see what the Hawks do next year- I may have to become a die hard fan!

    Richard Sherman and Russell Wilson- you guys are one class act!

    The tyranny of a prince in an oligarchy is not so dangerous to the public welfare as the apathy of a citizen in a democracy. -Charles de Montesquieu

    by dawgflyer13 on Mon Feb 03, 2014 at 10:01:04 AM PST

    •  as a 49er fan (2+ / 0-)
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      It was tough to lose to those guys, but they are a heck of a football team.  Great defense and very good offense.  

      •  Whoever put that team together (3+ / 0-)
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        seemed to have chosen for brains as well as for athleticism.  Their ability for each to judge their individual position in the complete action on the field and to think on their feet was impressive.  If I were to describe the team, I would call them (relatively) small, athletic (of course) but I would add, bright.  

        Newt 2012. Sociopath, adulterer, hypocrite, Republican.

        by tikkun on Mon Feb 03, 2014 at 10:26:45 AM PST

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      •  davis90 - thanks for the shout out. (5+ / 0-)
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        It's pretty clear that the winner of the NFC would have the better chance of winning it all.

        The Seahawks got better because they had to play the 49ers three times to make it to the big dance. You guys got a great team. And truth be told, S.F. is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. I could live there in a heartbeat.

        It's going to be great rivalry for some time.

        "The future belongs to those who give the next generation reason for hope." -- Pierre Teilhard de Chardi

        by Frank In WA on Mon Feb 03, 2014 at 10:31:22 AM PST

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        •  My daughter just graduated from UW (0+ / 0-)

          and I think Seattle is one gorgeous city.  The San Francisco Bay and the Puget Sound are both spectacular.

          I agree on the quality of the competition between those two teams.  I think they pushed each other to the limit and they were both better for it.

  •  I was cheering for the Seahawks (4+ / 0-)
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    peacestpete, Jim H, happymisanthropy, avsp

    because I hate Denver...

    then I was cheering for Manning to make the 2-point conversion at the end of the 3rd quarter.

    that was the loudest cheer I let out all evening...

    because that 2-point conversion made the score 36-8 and my crappy 6-8 combination on our Superbowl Board won me $250.

    So my love-hate (well, mostly hate) relationship with Manning continues...

    Thanks Peyton... I can use the $250.

    Congrats Seahawks from this Chiefs fan...

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    by skip945 on Mon Feb 03, 2014 at 10:02:21 AM PST

    •  winnings (1+ / 0-)
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      dang, you got some big gamblers. I'm lucky to scrape $50 out of everyone to get 100 squares filled at my house.

    •  I hate Manning almost as much as Elway. (1+ / 0-)
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      I legally (i live in Europe) bet $220 on the following 3 single bets:

      Første touchdownscorer - Seattle
      2014-02-03 00:30:00
      Marshawn Lynch @ 3.50

      NFL
      Seattle Seahawks - Denver Broncos
      Alternative Point Spread 6
      2014-02-03 00:30:00
      Seattle Seahawks -6.5 @ 3.50

      NFL
      Seattle Seahawks - Denver Broncos
      Alternative Point Spread 7
      2014-02-03 00:30:00
      Seattle Seahawks +7.5 @ 1.36

      I got $540 which is nice, but the satisfaction that Manning and Elway lost is fantastic!

      Politifact, the lie of the year is. - Yoda

      by gakke on Mon Feb 03, 2014 at 12:08:11 PM PST

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  •  I hate Peyton Manning (4+ / 0-)
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    I was rooting for the Seahawks because.....

    1.) They've never won a SB
    2.) I hate Peyton Manning
    3.) Seattle had a great team and deserved it this year.  

    Great dominating performance by the Seahawks overall.  

    "I'm a progressive man and I like progressive people" Peter Tosh

    by Texas Lefty on Mon Feb 03, 2014 at 10:13:13 AM PST

  •  email from a friend in Seattle: (11+ / 0-)

    In case you were wondering how crazy it got up here last night after that whole Super Bowl thing.

    Super Bowl Celebration with No Jaywalking

    People were talking to strangers, drinking beer from large commercial breweries, I think I even saw someone put a recyclable in the trash. It was fucking chaos.

  •  perhaps the NFL competition committee will (0+ / 0-)

    improve the rules regarding handchecking and holding in the offseason

    Warning - some snark may be above‽ (-9.50; -7.03)‽ eState4Column5©2013 "I’m not the strapping young Muslim socialist that I used to be" - Barack Obama 04/27/2013

    by annieli on Mon Feb 03, 2014 at 10:15:43 AM PST

  •  Love it! I'm from Washington (4+ / 0-)
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    and have been a Hawks fan since before the daze of Zorn, Krieg, Largent, Easley, and Ground Chuck Knox.

    Coach Carrol and the Seahawks are the perfectly matched coach/football team for Seattle.  It's uncanny.  Seattle is the best, and so are the Seahawks.

    I don't live in WA anymore, but I am still a full on 'Hawks fan, and last night was beautiful.

    I wish I could be there to celebrate with everyone at the parade on Wednesday.

    She told me I could choose anyone I wanted to help me save the planet, so naturally, I chose you.

    by Lavender Menace on Mon Feb 03, 2014 at 10:22:05 AM PST

  •  Back in 76, when the team was formed, (3+ / 0-)
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    I was a Vikings fan.  Sam McCullum went to Seattle in that expansion draft.  So did I.  He was 5 years ahead of me in high school, Flathead High in Kalispell.

    I have waited so long for this day, like so many other Seahawks fans.  Nobody can ever take this away from the fans, the players, coaches, equip, managers, etc.

    Go'Hawks!!

    "Go well through life"-Me (As far as I know)
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    by MTmofo on Mon Feb 03, 2014 at 11:07:57 AM PST

    •  MTmofo (1+ / 0-)
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      Thanks for hanging in there when it would have been easy to have folded your tent and moved on.

      It's sweet to taste success after waiting for almost four decades.

      GoHawks.

      "The future belongs to those who give the next generation reason for hope." -- Pierre Teilhard de Chardi

      by Frank In WA on Mon Feb 03, 2014 at 11:58:49 AM PST

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  •  Niners fan here (3+ / 0-)
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    Congrats to the Seahawks and their fans.  It was clear the real Super Bowl was actually played two weeks ago.  The Seahawks defense is as good as I've ever seen.  And you guys really have something there in Russell Wilson.

    To quote Wes Mantooth:

    At the bottom of my gut, with every inch of me, I plain, straight hate you. But dammit, do I respect you!
    Can't wait until we renew our most bitter of rivalries again this fall.  

    "Those who have wrought great changes in the world never succeeded by gaining over chiefs; but always by exciting the multitude." - Martin Van Buren

    by puakev on Mon Feb 03, 2014 at 12:16:23 PM PST

  •  Congrats to you, Frank, and all Seahawks fans. (1+ / 0-)
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    I still remember the feeling I had when the Rams won it all 15 years ago.

    I missed most of the game but I think you could have divined the outcome simply by perusing the TCM schedule here in St. Louis.  

    Opposite the Superb Owl they had 1) Twelve Angry Men, clearly a reference to the 'Hawks and their fans, and 2) The Lost Weekend, no explanation needed.

    A petty criminal is someone with predatory instincts but insufficient capital to form a corporation. --Clarence Darrow

    by stlsophos on Mon Feb 03, 2014 at 12:22:44 PM PST

  •  Go 'Hawks! :-) (0+ / 0-)

    I hate football, but it's a celebratory week for the great Northwest. :-)

  •  I'm still smiling (3+ / 0-)
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    This was a BFD. It was disappointing because I had a feeling Seattle would pull off an upset (boy howdy! Did they ever!) but I thought it would be a tight game.

    My facebook page has been flooded by my Seattle friends and family. Some report not having a voice today, others are somewhat incoherent LOL. But I am so happy for the team and the PacNW! I really think Seattle is going to dominate the NFL for years to come. The team is young and no one can dispute that John Schneider has a gift for spotting talent. Most of the key players in yesterday's game weren't even first or second round draft picks.

    He took a lot of flak for his decisions (mostly by ESPN, which has a shitty team of analysts, IMO), but people thought he had made terrible picks.

    There aren't enough crows in the world to go around some tables today.

    P.S. I am not a crackpot.

    by BoiseBlue on Mon Feb 03, 2014 at 12:42:13 PM PST

    •  draft picks (2+ / 0-)
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      So many of their top talent were late round picks, I'm starting to wonder who the heck they DID pick in the first few rounds!

      •  Russel 'Hey Mom get a picture' Okung (1+ / 0-)
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        The 2010 drat will be legendary. Their first pick was offensive tackle Russel Okung. He was a Pro Bowl started last year. Obviously he did not play in the Pro Bowl this year, because he was needed in East Rutherford.

        “We can always count on the Americans to do the right thing, after they have exhausted all the other possibilities.” - Winston Chuchill

        by se portland on Mon Feb 03, 2014 at 05:18:56 PM PST

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    •  Schnider has nade a few mistakes mainly (1+ / 0-)
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      on the offensive line but mostly he has the Midas touch.

      He seems to do his finest work in the draft in Round 5 and later.

      He finds diamonds in the rough and Coach Carroll and his great team of coaches work to develop them to play with great intensity and discipline.

      And it's likely that the Seahawks have worked as hard as any team this year to get these kind of results.

      "The future belongs to those who give the next generation reason for hope." -- Pierre Teilhard de Chardi

      by Frank In WA on Mon Feb 03, 2014 at 12:58:18 PM PST

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