Seattle Seahawk Fans: Confused by Success

In Pittsburgh, Steelers fans go crazy for their team. But their team's opponent in the Super Bowl, the Seattle Seahawks, don't get the same kind of treatment from fans. Commentator John Moe explains that people in Seattle really do love the Seahawks. They are just a little confused about how to act when their team actually does well.

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MELISSA BLOCK, host:

The big game is just three days away. In Pittsburgh, Steelers fans know how to get ready: stock up on beer, put on their favorite black and gold shirts and wash their terrible towels. But for football fans in Seattle, having the Seahawks in the Super Bowl is a new experience and as commentator John Moe explains, he and his fellow sports fans are disoriented. Having a champion sports team, he says, just doesn't fit in with Seattle's image.

JOHN MOE reporting:

I was sipping espresso the other day, it was raining as it does constantly in Seattle, but I was wearing Gore-Tex. I was on my way to the Space Needle for grunge band practice when I heard noise coming from the football stadium. Apparently there is a team called the Sea Birds and they're going to the Tremendous Bowl or something? All right, none of that's true, but it is what people in other parts of the country think of us here in Seattle; detached hippies with no concept of sports and the stereotype is perpetuated now that it's the Super Bowl.

Pittsburgh fans go crazy for their team and we just seem disoriented. But the Seahawks and other Seattle teams have a long history of dedicated fans. It's just that our dedication has always been punished by mediocrity and disappointment and now that we're in the Super Bowl, we're confused.

In Seattle, a football season always ends in disappointment. That's how it works. The Seahawks falter, clearing the way for the Sonics to prepare their disappointing finish in April, and by that time, the Mariners are into their season where they'll disappoint us till September. And then it's football season. It's a perfect system. But the Seahawks in the Super Bowl?

Mr. ANDY JENSON (Seattle Seahawks Fan): It's like Patrick Swayze winning a lifetime achievement award at the Oscars.

Ms. TINA KOONZ (Seattle Seahawks Fan): It's like Dennis Kucinich getting elected president.

Mr. MATTHEW BALDWIN (Seattle Seahawks Fan): It's like you're at a movie or something, you see a trailer for like the big summer blockbuster and the star of the movie is the barista at the coffee shop, some guy that you see everyday that you never really have paid any attention to.

Mr. STEVE ALLISTON (Seattle Seahawks Fan): Farrah Fawcett stepped out of my poster after 30 years and she's wearing football pants.

MOE: Andy Jenson, Tina Koonz, Matthew Baldwin and Steve Alliston, trying to make sense of all this. Me, I think of Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz. She's living in this grey place, then a tornado sucks her up and drops her in a world of color and suddenly she has this urgent mission. Like Dorothy, people in Seattle were momentarily stunned, but now we're ready to head down that road and Dorothy is a 300-pound dude. What kind of coffee do you serve at a Super Bowl party anyway?

BLOCK: John Moe lives in Seattle. His book, CONSERVATIZE ME, is due out in the fall.

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