By Kathie Savelesky
I’ve gotten to the point which, on any given Sunday in the fall and winter (as well as any given Monday or Thursday evening), I’m in front of the TV, watching NFL football.
I’ve watched football to one degree or another since I was a kid; I’ve always been a Seahawks fan, even though I’m not an expert on all the rules and positions. The more time I’m spending, the more I’m learning, that’s for sure.
And this season, I’m learning a lot! I’m transfixed by the Seahawks’ stellar performance this year, totally excited, and, having lived in Seahawk territory longer than they have, a little worried about the traditional Seattle Sports Choke; you know, the way our teams always fall just a little short of greatness. I like to call it the Hasselbeck Syndrome.
Seattle fans are the best; this can’t even be disputed by our biggest detractors. We’re loud, we give more than a hoot, and there are LOTS of us. More now than before…
Fair-weather fans, those bandwagon jumpers… sheesh. You think because you’re from the area and your local team is winning, you can start cheering?
I think you’re right.
Now, a few paragraphs up, I listed my Seahawk pedigree. Watched football for decades. Always a Seahawk fan. Well, I also said I’ve lived on Seahawk turf longer than the Hawks. I was a Raider fan before there were Seahawks. It actually took me a couple of years to jump off that bandwagon and root completely for the home team. And I still have a soft spot in my heart for the Raiders, as well as a Raiders coffee cup in my cupboard. Does that make me a Raider Traitor?
I said I’ve watched football for a long time, but not like this. I was known to miss a game or two in previous seasons, but like I said, I am transfixed this season. I’m not sure if I make the true-fan cut because my jerseys always seem to be the number of a jersey of a long-gone player. I upgraded to Sherman this year; wish me luck that he stays on the team for a while because I can’t afford to buy a new one and I don’t want 12!
My sister, Margaret, has had season tickets for about a decade. You want to see a fan? Her shower curtain is a big Seahawk logo. Her whole house is full of Seahawk stuff. I wanted to borrow a beanie to go to the Monday Night Football game with her in December. She offered me about five from which to choose.
She takes me to a game usually once a year or so. I think she thinks I’m an okay fan. I’m sure she forgives me for having ever liked the Raiders. I mean, it’s not like I was a 49er fan or anything equally crazy – oh wait, nothing is equally as crazy as being a San Francisco 49er fan.
Okay, so I’ve decided that I’m at peace with my degree of love of Seahawks previous to this year. But what about all those other yay-hoos, spouting their 12th Man baloney when they didn’t even have a jersey before this year?
Let ‘em yell!!! The louder, the better! That’s what Uncle Pete would say. Maybe this one year will make a fan out of them!
I think baseball is just about the most boring thing to watch in all of creation. Even though I am a lover of sports in general, I have a very hard time sitting through a professional baseball game, playoff games excepted.
Still, if the Seattle Mariners actually had any success again during my lifetime, I’d jump on that bandwagon and be loud and excited and even watch some games! And, unlike football, I’d probably crawl back into my hole when it was over. So what?
Be loud. Buy some gear if you feel the need. It’s more than team pride. It’s Seattle pride. And by Seattle pride, I mean pride for Western Washington and all of Washington State; this place we live and all the greatness that surrounds it.
And if, God forbid, the Seahawks don’t continue year after year with seasons as glorious as this, we’ll carry the torch for you fair-weather fans until next time.
By the time this goes to press, I’m hoping with my heart and soul and Seahawk earrings and special Seahawk undergarments that we’ve made it past the Saints and the 49ers have crashed and burned. Whether the next game is next Sunday or next September…
Kathie Savelesky is the office manager at the Monroe Monitor & Valley News.