Sunday, January 22, 2006
Sleepless in Seattle tonight
Oh yeah, baby. Seattle Seahawks. First time ever. SUPER BOWL. Rob and Dan were there, wearing jerseys and screaming from overpriced, nosebleed seats, but somehow I bet every screech, every squint, was worth it.
As a lifelong Vikings fan, I have seen my hometown team go to the big game (and lose, and lose, and lose, and lose again) before. Switching sports for a minute, I actually saw the Twins win the World Series in person, at the Metrodome, in 1991.
But I have to say, as a Seattle transplant, I've grown kind of fond of this team, and I'm pretty over the moon about this. There was a great scene during the telecast with about five or more minutes remaining when Fox popped up a list of the NFL teams that had never been to the Super Bowl -- there are only about a half-dozen. And then one of the announcers said "well, you can take your pen and cross Seattle off that list," and they took one of those magic TV pens and drew a line through the word "Seattle" on the list. That's really when I knew, more than the scoreboard, more than the game clock.
I'm looking forward to seeing how crazy this sedate, educated, latte-sippin', Windows codin' town can get over the next few weeks. Keep the espresso machines hopping, because you're not going to want to miss a minute of this one.