It's no secret that Century Link is known as the loudest stadium in the NFL. The 12th Man has earned their title affecting games with their lungs. Ask the NY Giants and their 11 false start penalties how loud the 12th Man is. The New Orleans Saints tried to hide under the nearest doorway (or vacant helmet) during Beastquake. How loud do you have to be to cause an earthquake? 12th Man loud is the answer to that question. We have heard how insanely loud the 12th Man is from; players on our own team, free agents who have signed here and stated they couldn't wait to play for and in front of this crowd, opponents, national broadcasters and opposing fans who have made the road trip to support their team (more than likely)in defeat. An NFL team doesn't go 8-0 at home without the support of fan base like the 12th Man. The question I have for the 12's is, can you and will you be even better this season?
As fans we expect even our best players to improve each off-season, hell each game. In a year where the Seahawks are favored by many to go to the Super Bowl and the Hawk hype is at an all time high, I guarantee you this team is not resting on what they have done in the past and what people THINK they will do. They try to improve everyday and feel the need to prove something every snap, and so should the 12th Man.
Saturday will be the first chance since the Seahawk's 20-13 win over the Rams on December 30th to prove that you are the most intimidating fan base in the league. To any ordinary fan base Saturday's old AFC West rivalry would be "just" a preseason game. Not so for the 12th Man. This is an opportunity for 12’s to once again establish dominance. This is an opportunity to let this team know that you are everything they remember from previous seasons and more. This is an opportunity to practice your ear piercing yells when the Broncos are in the huddle calling a play on 3rd and short. How is your stamina 12's? Will you have the wind to come out and be as great in the second half as you were in the first half? Will you have the focus and intent to cheer like it’s the playoffs, knowing full well that this game counts only in the pride column?
Put the nation on notice 12th Man. Let them know it's football season and you are the best in the NFL all the time; pre-season, regular season and the playoffs! Show them there is no doubt that you will break the record for the loudest crowd roar on September 15th against the hated 49ers. There are players on this team who may never play in the league after the preseason that deserve to walk away with the memory of how loud you cheered for them.
TWELVES, as amazing as you have been season after season, you can be better. Show up and show out in pre-season. In the vein of Russell Wilson, don't be afraid to be great!
Like: Ken Griffey Jr.'s Mariner Hall of Fame speech. The Kid at his finest!
Dislike: Lou Pinella not present at SafeCo for the ceremonies. Where was he? Why was he not there? Why is no one talking about this?
Like: Ichiro's tribute to Griffey. It was funny and well thought out. Hat to the back!
Dislike: Ichiro not speaking english to Mariner fans. Not one time in a decade plus.
Like: Kevin Durant returning to Seattle for the first time since the Sonics were taken from us. I loved the fact that he addressed the fans at SPU and the fans on Twitter.
Dislike: Venoy Overton. In my opinion he did not belong there. I'm a big proponent of second chances but I just don't believe this was the right time for him to be reintroduced into the Seattle basketball scene.
Now that's entertainment!
The article below has been written in the style of Chopper 950, SNL-esque if you will and does not reflect the opinion of Sports Radio KJR, it's management or employee.Just one man's opinion as they say.
Ailene Voisin of the Sacramento Bee has called Chris Hansen a bully. She has also referred to his latest financial chess move as "scummy and dirty, over the top and down in the gutter." I say let's give Ailene a break. Simply put, I believe Voisin had some psychological scabs from her adolescence ripped open. After all, looking like a cross between Richie Sambora and Eddie Van Halen (circa 1984) couldn't have been an easy way to live for a teenage girl. I'm sure the gawky walk down the hallway on her way to AP English wasn't pleasant. A walk that likely prompted professional teenage bullies to surface like Killer Whales on a seal hunt. Name calling, book dumping, lunch stealing bullies have loaded down this now semi-successful columnist with emotional baggage. Staring down the barrel of competitive capitalism, I can see how it might be tough for Voisin to distinguish the difference between a shrewd businessman using strategy and past successes (straight cash homey) to make yet another triumphant deal, and a common place toy stealing playground bully coming to push you off the swing. Finding herself once again outside the winner circle has conjured flashbacks of "Nam" sized proportions. She is quick to fight back and call foul akin to Mayor KJ and his reputation in the NBA as a whiner when things didn't go his way.
Let me just take a quick moment to remind Voisin while we all appreciate her vigilance as the lead scout on the neighborhood bully watch committee, history shows this country was built on exactly what Chris Hansen and Steve Ballmer are doing. Ask yourself if your Sacramento investment group has clean hands or if they have just been sanitized after being plunged elbow deep (like a Vince Carter jam) into the world of dog eat dog business. This is the world they live in. Typically, one doesn't become a billionaire businessman by sitting idly by while his competition tries to take what he wants.
Hansen and Ballmer had/have a binding agreement with the Maloofs. KJ was late to the game but made some business moves, got a group together and entered the arena. Hansen and Ballmer have simply countered with a full court press late in the fourth quarter; well within the rules of this game we call business.
To Ms/Mrs. Voisin I would suggest that maybe a columnist using her platform to discredit heroes, businessmen and philanthropists such as Chris Hansen and Steve Ballmer is the true bully.
Who's playing to win now?
My face to face conversation with Mark Cook was off the record. When and if the time is right for Mark to share the entire story, he will join me on air for that conversation.
" I respect Mr Wallace's decision. It has been frustrating not being able to share my side of the story publicly and respond to the embellished facts and blatant false statements made in regards to the collection. However I am going to continue to respect the confidentiality agreement between the NFL and the NFLPA. Knowing that my faith in the Lord, my family and my friends who know my true character and integrity is what truly matters to me. As a Seahawks fan since 1976 I will continue to root for them to make a deep playoff run."