If you’ve ever had the privilege of attending a Seattle Seahawks game at the Kingdome or the CLink, you know it can get. LOUD!
If you’ve ever watched a broadcast of a home game, somewhere in between the obligatory shots of Pike Place Market fish tosses, the Needle, the Mountain, and the Sound, all set to a soundtrack of 90’s grunge headlined by Nirvana, you’ve heard the announcers mention the crowd noise.
Sometimes there’ll be a graphic with decibels and something or other about a jet engine; sometimes there’ll be mention of the time (elapsed) when CenturyLink actually held a Guinness World Record for outdoor stadium sound.
But Seahawks fans have had much more to cheer about in their history than a world record and a couple scripted polite nods from press box commentators. I give you, today, five events to celebrate and choose from.
A) There’s the jersey retirement ceremony. Held 33 years ago. Before color was invented even.
B) Or there’s the fact the NFL considered Seattle fans so loud that the league once legislated against excessive noise inside the Kingdome. Three penalties were called on the 12s in the 1989 preseason (the preseason!) for disrupting the game with louder-than-acceptable cheering and jeering.
C) The New York Football Giants and professional kicker Jay Feely will long remember November 27, 2005 -- the day they false started 11 times (just short of a symbolic 12!) and Feely missed three game-winning field goals in Seattle. That classic, incomprehensible overtime victory helped hand the Seahawks home-field advantage, which they rode all the way to the Super Bowl.
I’ve used this very .gif before in reference to this very game. Who cares. It is timeless. It’ll doubtless get deployed again soon.
D) There’s the tectonic “influence” CLink fans had on January 8, 2011 in the historical event colloquially known as BeastQuake. Little known fact: the earth’s shaking caused Marshawn Lynch, ever conscious of following the league’s uniform code, to verify, as he crossed the goal line, that his cup was still in place.
Pictured below: zero tackles made by Saints
E) Finally, some of you/us will greatly appreciate a moment not frozen in time, but encompassing the life of the Seahawks franchise: the elegance of a robust win-loss record.
Since 1976, the Seahawks are 196-127 at home. Win percentage: .607
Since 1976, the Seahawks are 129-191-1 on the road. Win percentage: .403
The entire league sports a .578 home winning percentage. Seattle is almost 30 points better at home than could be expected. Good, right? It gets better. Not only that, but the Seahawks’ 204-point gap in win frequency is fourth among existing teams — on par with the Steelers (+210 points), Packers (also +210), and almost rivaling the altitude-aided Broncos (+237). Even when the Seahawks were bad, they were good enough at home to make up for it.
(Not on the list: that time you guys threw snowballs at Mike Holmgren. Really? Really?)
Five great moments in fan history. Which one do you cherish most?
Which Seahawk fan-centric moment fills you with the most pride?
This poll is closed
Team retiring the 12 jersey in your honor (1984)
Damn the penalties! Full scream ahead (1989)
Causing 11 Giants false starts in a single game, a 24-21 overtime victory (2005)
Setting off the local seismometers for BeastQuake (2011)
Decades of elite home-field advantage (1976-present)
Other (long waiting list, other significant moment, etc.)