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“This is our moment.”
I said those words to my friend Brandon after the Seahawks’ Super Bowl win on Sunday. We were excitedly walking toward Carlow East, the Seahawks fans’ meeting place on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. Some Giants fans had just called to us, “Now you know what it’s like to be us!”
I heard the same words while streaming the Seattle FOX affiliate’s coverage of the champions parade. This is Seattle’s moment. And Seattle showed what an incredible city it is and showed up for it. Preliminary estimates say 700,000 people crowded onto downtown streets in 20 degree weather to welcome the team home. The city’s population is 634,000. Anyone who knows Seattle isn’t surprised. Seattleites love their city. They are proud of it.
The Mariners call their fans “The Best Fans in Baseball.” Seahawks fans are known collectively as the 12th Man. Forbes names Seattle the most miserable sports city nearly every year. But that never stopped the city from loving its teams. That’s why Golden Tate, my favorite Seahawk, announced he’d take a paycut to stay with the Seahawks. “Honestly, I would rather take a little less to be happy and win ballgames than to take way more and go to a crappy city where the fans don’t give a crap about the team.,” Tate said in an interview.
Ken Griffey Junior, a Seattle icon, famously returned to the Mariners to finish his career because he loved the team he grew up and started his career with. Seattleites went crazy, knowing he’ll enter the Hall of Fame a Mariner.
Sports bring people together in a way politics and religion don’t. I had so much fun representing my city in New York the last week. I instantly bonded with other folks rocking the blue and highlighter green. I don’t even like Skittles, but I couldn’t not eat a handful while watching the big game. One of my favorite moments was watching the Empire State Building light up in blue and green right after the win.Thank goodness for friends with great views!
Watching the parade on TV made me so proud of Seattle and reminded me why I love that city. I keep thinking it’s time to wash my 12 hat and put it away, but I can’t stop pulling it over my ears when I leave my apartment. Maybe tomorrow.