One can’t separate the Seattle Seahawks from the 12th Man.
Blue flags with a white 12 fly all over the greater Seattle area. Before every home game, a local celebrity or former athlete raises the 12th Man Flag over CenturyLink Field. Fans wear jerseys with the number 12 and the player name “Fan.”
Arguments are made about how much influence fans have and how much validity is there when fans say “we” when speaking about the team.
But it’s different in Seattle.
We all know by now how loud CenturyLink Field gets during home games. It is the best home-field advantage in professional sports. Loud is not an adequate adjective. Cacophonous would be a better phrase. Perhaps painful. Noise at “The Clink,” as it’s called, has literally shaken the earth. But it’s more than noise.
It is the collective soul of a region crying out for success, attempting to shake off the torpor of defeat like so many rain showers that hover over the Pacific Northwest.
Not since the 1979 Super Sonics has the region featured a champion in any major professional sport. No offense to the two-time WNBA Champion Seattle Storm, but their stage is just not big enough. The NFL is broadcast the world over and is as big as it gets.Read more... Join the Conversation...