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12th Fan View - vs. New England Patriots
The week 6 battle between the Seattle Seahawks and the New England Patriots was chosen as the game for the annual get-together put on by the web forum where I discuss Seahawks football, www.SeahawkBlue.com. The “Motherland” reunion is a big hit with fans from across not only the United States, but across the world. In the past, we have hosted members from Australia all the way to Zimbabwe. Well, maybe not A to Z, but many countries in between, for certain.
The weekend is highlighted by the Saturday evening party (held this year at the Wilde Rover in Kirkland) and the Sunday pre-game tailgate party. Saturday was my anniversary, and since I spent my wife’s birthday at the Monday Night Packers game, I had to forego the Saturday festivities to make it all better with the missus.
This year’s gathering (the seventh annual) will always hold a special place in my heart. The main prize was an old-school style replica helmet autographed by today’s stars. It was actually won by a very respected member of the board, a veteran who served in the Air Force and worked at Edwards AFB in the glory days of the test pilots. He often regales us with tales from that era.
Being the son of a military man (and a veteran myself), I look up to and hold this man in the highest stature. Shortly after his ticket was drawn for the prize, the members told me that since he had won the “big prize” the previous year, he said he would give the prize to me, for all that I do for the Seahawk fans that can’t make it to the game.
The gesture of this man means more to me than the helmet ever could. While it is, indeed, a fine piece of memorabilia, the fact that a man I hold in such high regard thinks so highly of me far outweighs any perceived value of the helmet. This will stay on prominent display forever. I am humbled by such an honor. Thank you very much, Roy Towne.
I also received a scarf from two German football fans (no loyalty to an NFL team, their team was the Rhein Fire of the NFL Europe). Thank you very much, Andi and Martin! I will place this scarf with the helmet, and together, they shall stay. I hope you two enjoyed the game as much as we Seahawks fans did. Safe journeys.
And thanks to all the members of SeahawkBlue for their participation in the event. It truly is a remarkable event that draws great Seahawk fans together, some fulfilling the lifelong dream of attending a Seahawks game, and for others it is a ritual. One member travelled to Charlotte, NC for the Panthers game, attended the Patriots game, and went to the San Francisco game on Thursday. Oh, the life!
The game itself was billed as the No. 1 offense against the No. 1 defense, and while the Seahawks’ defense gave up a good number of yards, they clamped down in the second half and gave the offense just enough of a chance to win the game, which is exactly what happened, thanks to the heroics of rookie Russell Wilson.
Between the game and the events preceding it, I had a very awesome Sunday. I am looking forward to the rest of the season with eyes wide open. There is something special happening here. I can’t wait to see how the rest of the season plays out.