My View From The Stands
What a difference a week makes. Last week it was the 49ers, it was a national television audience and a world record on the line. This Sunday we had…the Jacksonville Jaguars. The 12th Man was decidedly more relaxed this week. Don’t get me wrong it was still loud, but with the game settled by half-time it was more… game 3 of the pre-season loud.
The Stadium crew had an issue getting things going as well. Today was “Canada Day” at CenturyLink and we were treated to 2 national anthems, Canada’s and that of the U.S.A.. After a really good rendition of “Oh Canada”, the Jaguars started coming on the field which prompted a chorus of boos. The stadium crews then started the scoreboard countdown to the Seahawks introductions. The introductions went off without a hitch, the 12th Man started their “SEA—HAWK” chant and the captains were coming out for the coin toss. All the while, both color guards and both anthem singers were patiently waiting in a driving rain storm. They did sneak in the anthem between the coin toss and, former Seattle Supersonic, Jack Sikma raising the 12th Man flag. I would like to note that the young lady who performed our national anthem didn’t let this crazy scene throw her off her game because she absolutely killed.
Today my partner in crime was my 14 year old daughter who, after attending games for the last 11 years, is pretty well versed on the demands of being the 12th man. While I went back to my trusty personalized #12 (circa 2002) she was decked out in a home #3 (surprise, surprise). It was fun to be a little more relaxed and take in the scene while watching the Hawks just take it to Jacksonville. There was a time in the second quarter where the Jags yardage total was -7, they had a total of MINUS 7 yards. Needless to say that it was more of a party atmosphere than the week before.
One of the loudest cheers of the day (excluding scoring plays) was when they announced that the Colts put on a clinic at San Francisco on their way to a 27-7 romp.
The next 2 weeks will be tough tests for the Hawks, who are going to Houston this Sunday and then travel to face Andrew Luck and his Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium; with both games at the dreaded 10 am pacific start. The Hawks then come home to face Jake Locker and the Titans. Realistically I’m thinking a road split and a win at home to be 5-1, but for a franchise that has NEVER been 4-0…6-0 has a nice ring to it. Next week I’ll be detailing how the 12th man gets together to watch a 10 am road game. Go Hawks