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I Heart The Seahawks!!!!

I went out for a jog around my neighborhood yesterday afternoon around 4:00. About halfway through I started to get that eerie "it's quiet ... a little too quiet ..." feeling. There were no pedestrians on the sidewalks, no cars on the street. It wasn't until I realized that the windows of every house on the block were flashing in blue-white synchronization that I started to remember. A big TV event? Something about a sport, or something?

Ah yes. That. How could I have forgotten.

Actually, forgetting hadn't been difficult at all, as I have never cared about football. Honestly, I don't care about any sports, but at least I have friends who are fans of the Seattle Mariners and the Seattle Sonics, and keep me somewhat abreast of the baseball and basketball season. But as I only have one person in my circle of acquaintances that is enthusiastic about football -- and the only team she follows is the Green Bay Packers -- it's perhaps unsurprising that I was out trotting around, blissfully ignorant about The Biggest Football Game In Seattle History.

When I got back home I turned on the TV to see the status of the game. I still didn't care, but it was like checking the weather. I wanted to see if the 14-day forecast for Seattle showed dark clouds of Football Fandom amassing on Seattle's horizon, or whether we would dodge that particular storm.

Incredibly, the former appeared to be the case. The Seattle Seahawks were leading the Mumble* Panthers 27-7 in the fourth quarter of the NFC Championship. (* I'm embarrassed to admit I don't even know where the Panthers hail from.) ( I'm not actually embarassed.)

Without turning off the TV I left the room for a few minutes. When I returned, The Queen was stationed in front of the television, gawping in amazement. "The Seahawks are going to the Superbowl!" she shouted with what sounded suspiciously like real enthusiasm. My god, I though, they've already got my wife!

Anyhow, it appears that Seattle has abruptly become A Town That Gives A Rats Ass About Football, and everyone is now scrambling to prove that they were fans waaaaay before last weekend. Fortunately, I was able to unearth this photo, demonstrating that, at at least on point in my life, (I / my father) cared enough about the team to (wear a piece of Seahawks-related apparel / dress me in a piece of Seahawks-related apparel for picture day). PUT THAT IN YOUR ENDZONE AND, um, TACKLE IT, YOU BANDWAGON HOPPING JOHNNY-COME-LATELYS!

Of course, now I am on the horns of a real dilemma. Because even as a kid, I didn't really care about football, except insofar as it was expected of me. So while I publicly pledged allegiance to the Seahawks, I secretly rooted for another team, from another state entirely. Why were they my favorites and not the Seahawks? Simple: they had the coolest looking helmets in the league.

That team was the Stealers -- and that's who the Seahawks will face on February 5, 2006, in the Superbowl. What's a fair-weather fan to do?

Update: I have been informed that the actual name of our rival is "the Steelers." Wha-?! The other reason I liked them as a kid was because they had a cool, rougey name, like the Raiders and the Pirates. Now I learn that they are named after a metal alloy? GO SEAHAWKS!!

Posted on January 24, 2006 to Seattle


Carolina Panthers (You knew that, really. You were just testing us, right?) And..I have no advice on your dilemma of who to root for, but I will say that I think the Seahawks' uniforms are none too shabby.

Posted by: Lizzie on January 26, 2006 10:21 PM

In case you do want to side with them, they're called the The Steelers. (And don't feel bad, I thought the panthers were in Georgia, or Florida.)

Posted by: artwells on January 26, 2006 10:30 PM

When 2 teams you like face each other, just cheer for whichever part of the game you like. For example, I happen to like defense best, so if say the Seahawks and the Packers are playing, I just constantly cheer something like, "SQUASH HIM!!! BLITZ! GET HIM!!" no matter who has the ball. Works in baseball too, as well as Basketball. Not a hockey fan, but I can't imagine why it wouldn't work there. Might not work so well in Olympic Gymnastics, but maybe I'll give that a try this year. "KNOCK HER OFF THAT BEAM! SQUASH HER!"

Or something.


Posted by: tracy on January 26, 2006 10:45 PM

Note, artwells, the Florida Panthers are the NHL team :)

Posted by: Ryan Waddell on January 27, 2006 1:32 AM

Yep, I think you should cheer for the team you spelled correctly. If you think it's the "Stealers", I wonder what picture you have in mind for our mascot? One of those burglars from old movies?

Posted by: Kelly on January 27, 2006 2:21 AM

If'n you were an Oilers (that's Houston Oilers, Matt) fan back in the 80s, then you would know that "Stealers" is the metaphysically correct spelling of "Steelers", if not the actually correct one. And I'll note for the record that I hated Terry Bradshaw until he became a surprisingly entertaining sports talking-head.

And yes, Steelers fans, I am aware that the Oilers were so stinky they no longer exist. Thanks for bringing it up.

Posted by: JPed on January 27, 2006 3:47 AM

It's okay, Matt, I didn't know Charlotte, hometown of the Panthers, existed until I moved here.

Funny, I've always rooted for the Seahawks because I love their helmets.

Posted by: holley on January 27, 2006 4:19 AM

To be fair, the Seahawks' awesome helmets are cancelled out by those goofy-looking teal pants.

Posted by: nebulawindphone on January 27, 2006 5:13 AM

To be fair, the Seahawks' awesome helmets are cancelled out by those goofy-looking teal pants.

Posted by: nebulawindphone on January 27, 2006 5:14 AM

Thanks for admitting you don't care about football. I know it can be difficult, but at least now I know I'm not alone in the universe.

Posted by: Swan on January 27, 2006 5:32 AM

Its the steelers, not the stealers. Pittsburgh was once home of the steel industry, not the capital of theft.

Though, if the industry of a city aught to be somehow reflected in a teams name, imagine the neat possibilities with Seattle. The Baristas? The Programmers? Somehow not as intimidating as someone manufacturing steel, but spooky nonetheless.

Posted by: saud on January 27, 2006 5:41 AM

I just thought someone should point out that it's called an "end zone," not an "enzone." I wasn't sure if that was a typo, seeing as you had several other football-related inaccuracies in your post.

Posted by: joey on January 27, 2006 5:55 AM

Oh, I share your pain. I live in Austin, TX. Yes, we're all glad the 'horns won the Rose Bowl. Can we move on, now, please?

Posted by: Christina on January 27, 2006 6:13 AM

First, let it be said that when I *actually* watch football, I cheer for the Seahawks because I think they have cool uniforms and helmets.

As for your dilemma, it's easy. If you're watching the game with a bunch of Seahawks fans, cheer for them. Then, if the the Steelers win, you can secretly celebrate, as they were the team you *really* wanted to win. Same applies if you're catching the game with some Steelers fans.

Posted by: Eric on January 27, 2006 6:27 AM

For Matt, I bet "Enzone" is correct. Because he may not care about football, but he clearly cares about words. And, apparently, type sizes.

Posted by: Craig on January 27, 2006 6:53 AM

That picture of you is possibly the cutest thing ever, next to the photo of Emo Squirrelly. Way to rock that chili bowl haircut!

Posted by: Sara on January 27, 2006 6:55 AM

Given that you can't spell Steelers, I'd take that as a sign that you're not a true fan, and given that you live in Seattle, it'd probably make your life a whole lot easier just to root for the Seahawks.

Posted by: Eric P. on January 27, 2006 6:57 AM

I totally used to own that shirt...and wear it constantly when I was in high school (I graduated in '02...it was a stolen-from-dad shirt) and I now have no idea what happened to it. Which makes me really sad, because it was one of my favorites. :-(

Posted by: rabbit on January 27, 2006 7:05 AM

GO '85 BEARS!!!

Sorry, what were we talking about?

Posted by: bred on January 27, 2006 7:14 AM

Hey, you've got it lucky. I've been a huge Seahawks fan for years (something about rooting for the team that never wins). However, as of late last year, I've been in Pittsburgh studying. I've been forced into the closet, so to speak, to avoid a public lashing! It's scary here!

Posted by: Anonymous on January 27, 2006 7:22 AM

You never showed any interest in sports when you were young and I was cool with that. You were a smart kid, very entertaining (you still are!), and you had a wide circle of really nice friends. No father could be more proud of a son.

I didn't care if you were good at sports. However, I wanted you to be physically fit. I'm glad you stuck with running as an adult. As for fitness, you are probably in the top 5 percent of computer programmers your age. How's that for a compliment?

As for the Seahawks, they weren't always this good. Do you remember your Grandpa calling them the Seaturkeys?


Posted by: daveb99 on January 27, 2006 7:25 AM

are you shouting "go steelers!" in that photo?

Posted by: shirky on January 27, 2006 7:36 AM

I'm a huge Steelers fan, born and raised in Pittsburgh. But I have to admit, the first thing I thought of when I heard that the Falcons were in the super bowl was "heh, that's the city defective yeti is from, neat". I think it's really cool that you were a sorta Steeler fan, even if it was based on a helmet logo. :-)

Posted by: Rachelle on January 27, 2006 8:27 AM

Pffft. American football is crap compared to the Canadian game. Go Stamps! ;)

It's sad how many people, even up here, have become lifelong Seahawks fans since last Sunday.

Posted by: Keith on January 27, 2006 8:28 AM

I'm a huge Steelers fan, born and raised in Pittsburgh. But I have to admit, the first thing I thought of when I heard that the Seahawks were in the super bowl was "heh, that's the city defective yeti is from, neat". I think it's really cool that you were a sorta Steeler fan, even if it was based on a helmet logo. :-)

Posted by: Rachelle on January 27, 2006 8:28 AM

Poor Yeti,

You are never going to be able to live down those awful childhood haircuts! :)

But I clearly remember when you watched football as a toddler how you would do the instant replays in slow motion. You would take the football, very slowly run down the hall until you were tackled by the phantom other players and then ever so slowly fall to the ground. I never saw anyone fall with so much control! It was hysterical.

Posted by: Mom on January 27, 2006 8:34 AM


**warning, football geekery to follow**

Mike Holmgren is trying to recreate the Packers of yore here in Seattle.

His most remarkable accomplishment so far has been to whip Seattleites into the closest they've ever come to football frenzy. "Refuse to Snooze" is the headline that described the fan base.

**end football geekery**

Posted by: Melissa on January 27, 2006 9:07 AM

I never enjoyed football until I started playing Blood Bowl (the Games Workshop miniatures/board game - rules available at www.specialist-games.com). Oddly enough (and what reminded me of Blood Bowl in your post), my old roomie Joe had an undead team for BB called the Peaksburg Peelers. Considering the number of zombies on his team, the name was disgustingly appropriate.

Actually, now that I think about it, I still don't enjoy football. Blood Bowl is still fun, however.

Posted by: Jake Boone on January 27, 2006 10:29 AM

It is sad irony to me that the Superbowl is being held in Detroit, and yet the Lions, my hometown Lions, are not going to be in it. Thus do I walk the streets of Seattle with head hung low.

I also don't have much sympathy for Seahawks fans who have been waiting 30 years for a good team, since I HAVE BEEN WAITING MY ENTIRE LIFE. I hear the Lions were good in the 1950s...

Posted by: C. on January 27, 2006 10:40 AM

Did you know you had at least one reader in Pittsburgh? Now, because of this post, I'm afraid I'm going to have to stop reading your blog until after the superbowl.

And, you know of course, if the seahawks win, I'll have to stop reading forever.

Posted by: Mike on January 27, 2006 11:18 AM

The Pittsburgh Steelers do not have a "rougey" name. The name is always printed in the team colors, which are black and gold, neither of which is even close to "off-red".

Posted by: Jon on January 27, 2006 1:12 PM

>Though, if the industry of a city aught to be somehow reflected in a teams name, imagine the neat possibilities with Seattle. The Baristas? The Programmers?

My husband says their name already does this: The C-Hawks.

Posted by: Jen on January 27, 2006 2:32 PM

Following up on saud's comment, imagine the possiblities it the Seattle team were named the "Barristas"... "Okay, 34 and 36 you do a short draw double shot up the left side, and 68 you do a foamy cappuccino on the right to distract the D."

Posted by: Hibernator on January 27, 2006 3:04 PM

Don't watch it either but when I heard all the ruckus I said, "Who would have thought, our little Seahawks, all grown up."

Posted by: Wickwire on January 27, 2006 4:18 PM

Even if you hate football, the Superbowl has a redeeming quality... the Superbowl Party. It has beer, it has snacks, it's a reason to drink a lot of beer and eat a lot of snacks. Doesn't get better than that I tell ya. I don't like or dislike football, but the Superbowl is my favorite holiday.

Posted by: Anne on January 27, 2006 5:36 PM

Also, the character Dwayne from the TV show WHAT'S HAPPENING, used to pick football teams in his bets based on what helmets they wore.

What's Happening...Brilliant.

Posted by: J. Matt on January 27, 2006 6:01 PM

I love that your Mom posted, that's great!

My best friend is a Stealers fan (sic) and I'm a Hawks fan. He made me get season tickets when they tore down the kingdome. Now that both our teams are going to the Superbowl, we're both going so I can watch the hawks melt the Steelers down and make Super Bowl Rings!

Go Hawks.
P.s., lots of photos of our tailgate on my site.

Posted by: Peaboy on January 27, 2006 6:38 PM

No, not a metal alloy, but rather those who work with a metal alloy. Slightly cooler.

Quite a lot is resting on the Seahawks now. If they beet the Steelers, we in Baltimore will be very very grateful to Seattle for keeping our rivals from winning.

Posted by: Tim on January 27, 2006 8:42 PM

Well said. I totally agree with you. The point you are making here does make sense.

Posted by: john on January 28, 2006 6:22 AM

Whoa Peaboy! Great seats!

If you ever have an extra one let me know and I will definitely fly in from Toronto for the game. Um, maybe not exhibition games, but I'll buy the beer!

Posted by: bobfromtoronto on January 28, 2006 6:44 AM

Whoopie, a bunch of coked up monkeys chasing a ball. The sad thing is the amount of money they get paid for actually playing a game one day aweek. What a waste of money and resources. Almost as bad as NASCAR...

Posted by: The Phosgene Kid on January 28, 2006 8:19 AM

This photo and another I saw of you in a class photo make me think you are likely the illegitimate son of former Supersonics center Jack Sikma. Do you ever have the inexplicable desire to take a step back bent elbowed shot?... How can Seattle be considered a football town when the prevailing etiquette there is so genteel as to prohibit honking at a driver that cuts you off in traffic? Large Louie

Posted by: Anonymous on January 28, 2006 12:19 PM

What is football? Is it men in thight pants who play for 30 seconds and then take a commercial break? Sorry I am from Europe and football just seems gay to me.

Posted by: Villi Helgason on January 28, 2006 1:40 PM

Er, this football is the game with the lemon-shaped ball thingy, not the round white ball with black spots, right? ;)

Posted by: emdalton on January 28, 2006 5:43 PM

Having been a Broncos fan since I was around 10 years old (I never knew American Football existed before then - hey, I'm British!), I got used to the team either not qualifying at all, or getting hammered in the Superbowl year after year.

When we finally won it felt fantastic (and the second was the icing on the cake!), so that's why I'll be rooting for the Seahawks next Sunday - I'd hate for anyone to have to put up with the pain & suffering that we Broncos fans had to endure!

Underdogs ftw - go Seahawks!

Posted by: David Way on January 28, 2006 5:47 PM

Um... I think fans have been around for the Seahawks much longer than you might think--we've just been depressed. Let's face it, it's not the rain that gets to you in Seattle but the fact that every major Sports team in the city is synonymous with the word CHOKE. It's difficult to muster up a cheer when you are using all your energy on hanging your head in shame.

Posted by: Wende on January 28, 2006 6:17 PM

Ok, nobody gets to coplain about their team "not quailfying", or "failing to make the playoffs", or "inevitably losing" anymore unless you're (like me) a Bills fan. Here endeth the rant.
Yes, I'm a stick-to-yer-team Buffalo fan (ok, rant not so ended) but I have, in my heart of hearts, always pulled for the 'Hawks as well. Them not actually being in the same division, or conference for that matter, and never actually meeting up with one another did make that a little easier I shall admit. As a NW PA boy (originally anway) you either cheer on the Bills, the Giants, or the Steelers, but none of the others, so my mind's pretty easily made up.
I say pull all the mascots into a big gladiator-esque arena and let them work it out amongst themselves. That'd be the true bloodsport: Patriots fighting Lions, a rather large Giant crushing an inanimate Jet, Eagles and Seahawks in a flight of death, Buccaneers and Cowboys grappling until one defeats the other.
Does anyone else get the feeling that whoever wins this Super Bowl will be the subject of a feel-good, guy-cry, sports movie bankrolled by Disney in about 5-10 years from now?

Oh, and BTW, thought it was great that your Mom and Dad posted.

Posted by: Mindar76 on January 29, 2006 9:57 AM

try coming from russia and having american boyfriends who like football! it took a while to figure out they werent talking about soccer. i was like, manchester united is a great team of hooligans!

Posted by: irina slutsky on January 30, 2006 9:12 AM

Growing up in Columbus, OH as the only person I knew who couldn't care less about the Buckeyes I felt the same way when they made it to the national championship, I even somehow got dragged along to a bar to watch the game and was stunned when I actually enjoyed it.

Posted by: Molly on January 30, 2006 10:01 AM

Having lived in Seattle in the past and now it Pittsburgh it does create a dilemma. However, I think I would be run out of town if I cheered for the Seahawks. As one other person said above, it is scary here. In fact, a popular saying is that Pittsburgh is a "drinking town with a football problem."

P.S. Hi Matthew!

Posted by: Jane on January 30, 2006 10:16 AM

It's good to see that there others who just can't give a rats ass either. I mean, I'm a guy, which means that I should love football, and I just can't give a rip. It's just not there. I've tried, but it's so freaking boring.

I know it's really "macho", but, and this is so sacrilidge to say, it's guys in tights hugging for hours and trying to tackle one another so that they can roll around on the ground together. If I went up to my friends, in a non-football situation, and did the same thing they'd think I was gay... and really aggressive about it.

Posted by: Sean on January 30, 2006 11:36 AM

I must admit, although I'll be watching the game (and rooting for the 'Hawks as I said earlier), it won't be the most important ball game I'll be watching this weekend...

The Six Nations rugby tournament starts this weekend, and Wales are playing England - come on Wales!!

Posted by: David Way on January 30, 2006 2:53 PM

I'm not a football fan, and I actually do know more about football than I like to let on, but it is so much fun to make really dumb and inappropriate comments when surrounded by die-hard fans that it's impossible to resist! THAT's the real joy of the Super Bowl! Not The Game, not The Commercials, but Annoying the Real Fans!

I especially like answering questions before and after the Super Bowl such as "Who do you think will win the Super Bowl" or "Isn't it cool that (WINNER HERE) won the Super Bowl" with a dead pan. "Super Bowl? That's football, right?"

Posted by: mrgrooism on January 30, 2006 6:32 PM

I am a Steeler fan, because you have to enjoy a team that merged with the Philadelphia Eagles to form the Phil-Pitt Steagles during WWII.

If there's a better name for a band, I haven't heard it.

Posted by: LOD on January 30, 2006 7:25 PM

I am a Steeler fan, because you have to enjoy a team that merged with the Philadelphia Eagles to form the Phil-Pitt Steagles during WWII.

If there's a better name for a band, I haven't heard it.

Posted by: LOD on January 30, 2006 7:26 PM

Wouldn't it be nice to have another day off of work each year? Click on www.DADAY.com and sign the petition to make the Day After the BIG GAME a national holiday!

Posted by: ANGELA on January 30, 2006 7:40 PM

you liked the steeler's helmet logo?!? that thing is the ugliest helmet in the league. you don't want to be a steeler's fan anyway. trust me.

Posted by: sportsgoddess on January 30, 2006 7:58 PM

Hey Matt. I heard you on NPR this evening. From pre-school Seahawks t-shirts to expert opinion on the Hawks. You Rock!

Posted by: Mole' on February 2, 2006 8:48 PM

Ironically, I was a Seahawks fan when I was a kid because of their awesome helmets. Geographically, I should have been a Patriots fan, but in those days, there wasn't much to get behind. (I remember the headline on the Boston Herald one morning announcing, "WOW! We're No. 28!")

Posted by: Lori on February 3, 2006 2:13 PM