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Love for the Seahawks abounds in the 'burbs
Seattle Times ^ | 1-30-06 | Jim Brunner

Posted on 01/30/2006 5:16:36 PM PST by NavyCanDo

Maybe they should be called the Burien Seahawks.

Sure, there are plenty of die-hard Seahawks fans in Seattle — even more in these bandwagon days. But to find the deepest blue-and-green vein, hop on Interstate 5 or cross Lake Washington. The suburbs are where it's at.

Football is by far the country's most popular sport, often marketed with a dose of patriotic, even militaristic attitude. You just don't find that sentiment in anti-war Fremont, the land of nude bicyclists and a statue of Lenin.

Consider the numbers.

Despite the "12th Man" flag planted atop the Space Needle, just 14 percent of people in Seattle identify themselves as strong NFL fans.

Consider this: None of the team's 19 official Sea Hawkers booster clubs meets in Seattle. Why is that? Is Seattle too snooty for football?

Martinez notes much of his "Seahawks family" — the most zealous, elaborately costumed and colorfully nicknamed fans getting so much media exposure in the run-up to the Super Bowl — also lives in the 'burbs.

John Rizzardini, Seahawks vice president for marketing, confirmed the team's fan base is strong in the suburbs. In fact, 42 percent of the team's season tickets are sold to people outside of King County, he said.

Rizzardini said the Seahawks are especially popular in military towns like Everett and around Fort Lewis.

"The game of football is closely tied to the military. It's a very patriotic game," he said.

Do we need to mention Seattle's Lenin statue again?

(Excerpt) Read more at seattletimes.nwsource.com ...


TOPICS: Sports
KEYWORDS: seahawks; superbowl
SEE, I TOLD YOU SO - Seahawks fans come from the more conservative areas of the state, and if you look at the demographics of Washington, outside of Seattle, it is largely a Red State. I don't know how many times I have see post from Freepers saying they could not root for a team from a leftist city like Seattle, when in fact the Seahawks may play their home games in the city, it is the people living in conservative areas or at the very least the more moderate areas of the state that are their true fan base. These are the people who will travel to their off-season practice field, will stay late after a game hoping to catch an autograph, or maybe lay down a few thousand bucks for a new HD TV so the uniforms show in the true blue they are rather than the grayish hue their old TV showed.

This line says it all – “None of the team’s 19 official Sea Hawkers booster clubs meets in Seattle”.

So when you saw the 68,500 latte-jacked screaming fans at the NFC Championship you were not looking at a bunch of leftist. You were looking at true Americans. Football fans at their best.

GO SEAHAWKS

1 posted on 01/30/2006 5:16:37 PM PST by NavyCanDo
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To: NavyCanDo

Go 'Hawks!


2 posted on 01/30/2006 5:17:54 PM PST by Drango ( No animals were harmed while producing this post)
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To: Libertina; Zarro; paulat; Jack Black; Salmonslayer; elder5; Checkers; Brian Allen; lkco; ...

Evergreen State ping

FReepmail sionnsar if you want on or off this ping list.

Ping sionnsar if you see a Washington state related thread.

3 posted on 01/30/2006 5:19:27 PM PST by sionnsar (†trad-anglican.faithweb.com† | Libs: Celebrate MY diversity! | Iran Azadi 2006 | Is it February yet?)
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To: NavyCanDo

The Seahawks might have nice players and patriotic fans, but they represent a city of liberal latte lapping girly men. The Steelers represent a city of real men, host to the NRA's last convention and close enough in the last election to tie up swarms of loonie leftists activists who otherwise would have been unleased on Ohio.


4 posted on 01/30/2006 5:21:24 PM PST by Vigilanteman (crime would drop like a sprung trapdoor if we brought back good old-fashioned hangings)
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To: NavyCanDo
I think John Carlson was talking about the same thing last week on KVI. Have you seen the 12th man flag atop the Tacoma Dome yet?

Go Hawks!

5 posted on 01/30/2006 5:24:47 PM PST by Horatio Gates (Unnatural acts may result in unnatural ends.)
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To: Vigilanteman
Steeler uniform for Sunday


6 posted on 01/30/2006 5:25:53 PM PST by Drango ( No animals were harmed while producing this post)
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To: Vigilanteman

"The Seahawks might have nice players and patriotic fans, but they represent a city of liberal latte lapping girly men."

Thanks for that one - When the Seahawks WIN I can say the mighty Steelers got whooped by a team from a city of liberal latte lapping girly men.


7 posted on 01/30/2006 5:27:15 PM PST by NavyCanDo
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To: NavyCanDo

Maybe it's because Seattle has the third largest Gay population in the country, not to mention the fact that liberals think that they are to smart to play football, make that FEEL too smart to play foot ball.


8 posted on 01/30/2006 5:30:29 PM PST by Eva
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To: Vigilanteman; Snardius

are you a "liberal latte lapping girly..." man?

can't wait to see how you twist that sentence, bard.


9 posted on 01/30/2006 5:31:20 PM PST by peacebaby (I'm Louise)
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To: Vigilanteman

Uh Oh....them's fightin' words......


10 posted on 01/30/2006 5:32:46 PM PST by goodnesswins (Seahawks headin' to the Superbowl for first time in 30 years....FINALLY!)
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To: NavyCanDo
Seattle benefited from one of the weakest opponent schedules in the NFL this past season. If the Steelers play the kind of football they've been playing the Seahawks are toast in SBXL.
11 posted on 01/30/2006 5:35:13 PM PST by BluH2o
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To: Drango
You guys shouldn't be sneaking into Mike Holmgren's closet.
12 posted on 01/30/2006 5:35:52 PM PST by joem15
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To: BluH2o

"Seattle benefited from one of the weakest opponent schedules in the NFL this past season."

And if the mighty Steelers fall to this little weak Seattle nobody team, what would be your excuse?

The Redskins are still scratching their heads, and Carolina is still licking their wounds, and those wounds are deep.


13 posted on 01/30/2006 5:50:30 PM PST by NavyCanDo
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To: NavyCanDo

If the Seahawks win, it will be because they are great players who played football in spite of representing a city of latte lapping girly men. Our fine military in the burbs of Seattle, of course, do not fit that description. Neither do the real men, military and otherwise, who hail from SW PA represent the idiot population of Pittsburgh concentrated in Shadyside and Squirrel Hill.


14 posted on 01/30/2006 5:50:47 PM PST by Vigilanteman (crime would drop like a sprung trapdoor if we brought back good old-fashioned hangings)
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To: NavyCanDo
And if the mighty Steelers fall to this little weak Seattle nobody team, what would be your excuse?

They won't ... the AFC is the tougher division and the Steelers beat some very worthy opponents to get to the big dance in Detroit. Some very respected NFL types agree the AFC will prevail this year in SBXL.

15 posted on 01/30/2006 5:57:53 PM PST by BluH2o
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To: Vigilanteman

I well remember the first time the Steelers went to the Super Bowl and how the city went nuts. Can't blame the Seattle fans for doing the same thing.

Go, Steelers!


16 posted on 01/30/2006 5:57:57 PM PST by Supernatural (All the truth in the world adds up to one big lie! bob dylan)
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To: Vigilanteman

I am a lifelong Seahawks fan and sadly I agree with you.


17 posted on 01/30/2006 6:50:31 PM PST by Lexinom
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To: NavyCanDo; peacebaby
Thanks for that one - When the Seahawks WIN I can say the mighty Steelers got whooped by a team from a city of liberal latte lapping girly men.

But isn't Pittsburg considered to be an armpit? Smokestack city? ;) (LOL!)

18 posted on 01/30/2006 6:51:13 PM PST by phantomworker (Nothing is foolproof to a sufficiently talented fool...and don't accuse me of your imagination.)
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To: Vigilanteman
Do not judge our men, fans and the state by the birkenstock, metro males of Seattle. This state is overwhelming red outside of the city limits. It is ironic that I am either reading that we are a bunch of dumb lumberjacks or we are a bunch of silly ninnies sipping lattes.

I am enjoying the fact that the Seahawks are the underdogs. Most everyone is betting that we will lose. The odd makers in Vegas and the sportscasters. I even think Rush Limbaugh is banking on us losing.

It will make winning on Sunday all the better and oh so sweet. I am already prepared for the excuses that will be made for the Steeler's loss and the fact that we still won't be respected. However it won't matter 'cause we'll be the champs. GO HAWKS!!

P.S. King County's Election Supervisor Dean Logan will be the official score keeper Sunday and he's got a real knack for counting. :)

19 posted on 01/30/2006 10:09:54 PM PST by Vicki (Washington State where anyone can vote .... illegals, non-residents or anyone just passing through)
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To: phantomworker
"But isn't Pittsburg considered to be an armpit? Smokestack city? ;) (LOL!)"

Well lets have a look see....

hmmmm, nope, no smokestacks that I can see from here. Lets get a little closer....

dang, no stacks here either.

I guess this indicates that you haven't travelled much lately. BTW, since you hail from Washington, are you covered in rust? And doesn't it suck to live someplace where it rains 367 days a year? I can't say that I'd care to live someplace that you can't swing a plucked Seachicken without hitting some Kurt Cobain wanna-be, WTO protesting, anarchy loving, flannel wearing maggot. But hey, I'm funny that way.


20 posted on 01/31/2006 3:20:23 AM PST by chief_bigfoot ("isn't THAT amazing?" - Ron Popiel)
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To: chief_bigfoot
The Pitts really does look like a beautiful city. That's a really funny cartoon about Seattle and very true in many respects! Thanks! You don't like grunge then, I take it...

(But it still doesn't mean the Seahawks won't RUST the Steelers! ;) LOL!)

21 posted on 01/31/2006 6:33:37 AM PST by phantomworker (Nothing is foolproof to a sufficiently talented fool...and don't accuse me of your imagination.)
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To: Drango

Cool!

Sure that ain't the Niner's uniforms? ;)


22 posted on 01/31/2006 8:57:26 AM PST by bigfootbob
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To: BluH2o
Seattle benefited from one of the weakest opponent schedules in the NFL this past season. If the Steelers play the kind of football they've been playing the Seahawks are toast in SBXL.

I agree in part only that the schedule was weak and imho the majority of the NFC sucks. That schedule got them to the playoffs where they took care of business anyway which speaks more to their caliber as a team. A diamond in the rough, not a "cubic zirconia" as Skip Bayless at ESPN put it. If both teams bring their "A game" it will be an awesome game. I like the Any Given Sunday approach to the NFL. Being a PA native, the Steelers were a hard habit to break 8>)

23 posted on 01/31/2006 9:08:14 AM PST by Horatio Gates (Go Seahawks!)
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To: chief_bigfoot

LOL! Hey those kid carrying backpacks come in handy on those high altitude Mount Rainier hikes 8>) Gotta get above the rain clouds once in a while. (actually the summers are great but thats a well kept secret to keep the Californians away)


24 posted on 01/31/2006 9:17:54 AM PST by Horatio Gates (Go Seahawks!)
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To: bigfootbob
Sure that ain't the Niner's uniforms? ;)

Hey, five rings, baby! Talk big when you've won one. ;)

25 posted on 01/31/2006 9:22:35 AM PST by Mr. Jeeves ("When the government is invasive, the people are wanting." -- Tao Te Ching)
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To: Mr. Jeeves

Touche


26 posted on 01/31/2006 9:31:19 AM PST by bigfootbob
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To: NavyCanDo

"Seahawk, it's what's for dinner"

:)

27 posted on 01/31/2006 11:44:34 AM PST by ajolympian2004
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To: All

Pittsburgh vs Seattle in Super Bowl XL ... I think this about sums it up...

28 posted on 01/31/2006 11:46:09 AM PST by ajolympian2004
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To: Vicki
Have Fun:

The Bill Cowher Appearance Improvement Page

29 posted on 01/31/2006 1:03:13 PM PST by bikepacker67
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To: bikepacker67

Thanks, that is fun.


30 posted on 01/31/2006 3:41:36 PM PST by Vicki (Washington State where anyone can vote .... illegals, non-residents or anyone just passing through)
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To: ajolympian2004

So you're saying that it takes brains to win the Superbowl? It is a thinking man's game...


31 posted on 01/31/2006 6:28:09 PM PST by phantomworker (Nothing is foolproof to a sufficiently talented fool...and don't accuse me of your imagination.)
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To: phantomworker
"You don't like grunge then, I take it.."

If you mean the in the fashion sense, it just doesn't square with my military training. There is hope though...http://www.anti-grunge.org/recycle.htm

If you were referring to the 'music' angle, I just didn't get it, and the whole whining about the world aspect of it turned me off. To be raised on "Hot for Teacher", "Godzilla", "Cat Scratch Fever", and the like, I just couldn't make the jump to the whole grunge sound. Even todays new groups sound like whining jagoffs to me. I guess I'm still 'old-school' 70s & 80s type. You know, back when Seattle won those four Superbowls. Oh wait, that was Pittsburgh. I guess I'm thinking of the 90's when Seattle won, no wait, that wasn't them either. OMG, the alzheimers must be taking hold. ;-)

32 posted on 02/01/2006 3:17:52 AM PST by chief_bigfoot ("isn't THAT amazing?" - Ron Popiel)
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To: chief_bigfoot

That is so funny! Not sure what the Pitts have in terms of anything cultural? Not a place I would go to visit special for a vacation. LOL Grunge isn't my favorite either. It is a cultural phenom. But we have the Experience Music Project.

http://www.emplive.org/

But didn't you like Louie, Louie? Or Jimmie Hendrix either?

But of course...we have the 12th man. (And don't go saying, we stole it from A&M or whoever.).


33 posted on 02/01/2006 6:25:24 AM PST by phantomworker (Nothing is foolproof to a sufficiently talented fool...and don't accuse me of your imagination.)
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To: chief_bigfoot

bump for bookmark


34 posted on 02/01/2006 12:42:37 PM PST by The SISU kid (I have seen the future (but I signed a nondisclosure))
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To: ajolympian2004

So you're saying it's going to take brains to win the Superbowl this year?


35 posted on 02/01/2006 5:09:34 PM PST by phantomworker (Nothing is foolproof to a sufficiently talented fool...and don't accuse me of your imagination.)
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To: phantomworker
Culture in Pittsburgh? Hmmm.....How about the Andy Warhol Museum? It's all the rage with the artsy-fartsy types here, so I reckon it must be rich in culture. Or, we have the Carnegie Museums of Art and Natural History. That just has to be culture rich because it actually has 'art' as part of its' name. Of course the cream of the crop has to be the Matress Factory Art Museum (no I didn't make it up) http://www.mattress.org/

We're so full of culture here, we even have a whole website dedicated to it. http://www.culturalguide.com/

As far as being a vacation spot is concerned, that's just another big benifit to living here. Most folks have the same attitude about the 'Burgh as a vacation spot. That's the beauty of it. Come here in the spring (ahh springtime in Pittsburgh is wonderful) when the college kids are away on spring break and you have the whole place pretty much to yourself. Even better, if you visit this year, you'll get the added bonus of actually getting to visit the Vince Lombardi Trophy.

Re:"Louie, Louie" - thumbs up. Jimi Hendrix - some good, some ehh.

It's good that you have the 12th man, but if I were yunz, I'd be on the phone muy pronto trying to get ahold of the 13-27th men. Yunz are gonna need all the help yunz can get! ;-)


36 posted on 02/03/2006 3:34:31 AM PST by chief_bigfoot ("isn't THAT amazing?" - Ron Popiel)
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