To understand what it feels like for Seattle to win a major championship, you have to understand what it is to be from Seattle, to be the best at something and simultaneously not get there.
You have to understand the amount of negative, undervaluing, “underdog” chat that has always gone on in every franchise for my entire life and beyond. Even now I am watching the Today show and instead of talking about the amazing win for the Seahawks, they are commenting on the “tough, tough loss for the Broncos.”
You have to understand what it feels like for a hometown business man (Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz) who waxes nostalgic about growing up loving the Sonics, who buys our basketball team – the team that pushed the Chicago dream team and Michael Jordan to the brink in the playoffs! The team that brought home the only other championship for Seattle in 1979! – turns around and SELLS THE FRANCHISE, sends it to Oklahoma and leaves our basketball stadium empty.
To have the record setting baseball team with the most wins (EVER!) in a regular season from 20o1 with 114!!!! And then not make it past the playoffs.
To have gone to the Superbowl once (only once!!) before (in 2006, while I was in college in Illinois and flew home just to watch the game here, with my family) and to legitimately lose because of terrible officiating.
You have to have seen all over social media how many mean (and I mean, MEAN) comments flew around as the Seahawks went through the playoffs, not only bad mouthing the team for not having a trophy, but also super bad mouthing the fans – which never even made sense to me! You’re going to shit on fans for loving their team and being passionate? Look at the Cheeseheads! The Patriot fans! The Bears fans! I mean, c’mon… who doesn’t have awesome crazy fans? Anyway – you get the idea.
So now we’ve won, so no more underestimating us ok? No more underdog talk. No more shock ‘n awe….
Well, on second thought… sure! Go ahead! Call it a fluke, say that it wasn’t a Seahawk’s win but a Bronco’s loss. Do it. And we’ll just keep surprising the nation. Again and again and again. Get ready for the new normal.