I remember as a kid watching Seattle sports in awe. I have vague memories of Gary Payton throwing an alley oop to Ruben Patterson from half-court. I remember being at the Kingdome watching Alex Rodriguez colliding with Joey Cora and being taken out of the game. I remember the Robinson-Roy-Simmons and Pickett-Alexis-Robinson Huskies teams. The furthest back Seahawks memory I have might be the Hasselbeck-Dilfer days with Kelly and Van Dyke fighting for the 3rd string spot. The nostalgia from even just these names is crazy. This was a fun time to be a Seattle fan. Watching sports with my dad was my favorite thing to do. I'd memorize Mariners players' stats from their batting averages to their RBIs to their ERAs, practice their batting stances outside, and press refresh on sports websites religiously waiting for news to come. Around this time (early 2000's), none of the teams were terrible. In fact, the Seattle Mariners were pretty damn good.
As I grew up, the magic subsided for many reasons. I was getting older, and the teams all eventually became pretty mediocre. As many of my friends were fans of the Red Sox, Steelers, Giants, and Yankees, among other teams, I was stuck with the lowly Seattle teams. It legitimately makes me a little mad when I see people just switch their fandom as they desire. I have a bigger bone to pick with fairweather fans than bandwagon fans. It's torture being a laughingstock of the sports world. It's not easy to watch Bill Bavasi take a Mariners roster and fill it with Jose Vidros and trade the farm for the Erik Bedards. It makes me sick to my stomach just thinking about it. Then you have a young gun in Sam Presti come in, revamp the Sonics, and have them swooped away to Oklahoma City and be one of the best young teams in the NBA. We've been suffering from mediocrity for a decade. The old adage of misery loves company became reality for me after all of the Seattle teams decided to suck all at once.
This isn't news to anyone. We've all been suffering. The 2001 Mariners tease you with 116 wins, promptly lose to the Yankees, and become God awful. The Seahawks get to the Super Bowl in '05 and get cheated out of a Super Bowl win. Even Bill Leavy admits he messed up. The Sonics, well, they flat out left. The Seattle SuperSonics aren't even a thing anymore. Huskies basketball is a tease, and Huskies football was an absolute joke until Sark came around.
So how refreshing is it to be rewarded with such a talented Seahawks team? A team that is oozing with depth, playmakers, and players that are legitimately exciting to watch! In Seattle! The magic is back, and it's nothing like I've ever experienced. I'm 19 years old so maybe this is me being ignorant or naive, but the 2001 Mariners didn't feel like this, and the 2005 Seahawks didn't either. The atmosphere is back, and so is the mojo. The amount of bandwagon fans is enough to populate a couple states. It feels weird, and it almost feels wrong. I feel confident. You have an amazing, fun-loving coach in Pete Carroll, and you have one of the best (and young) GMs in the league in John Schneider. Obviously there are more coaches and personnel that go into a team then these two, but they make the final decisions and they make good ones. The one thing that feels the same is having the world against us. Lock up Wilson, Sherman, Thomas, Bennett, keep replenishing the roster with young players via the draft, and we just might pull off the uncommon and unlikely feat of becoming a (dare I say) dynasty.