As locals know, Seattle often works in mysterious ways. Yesterday our great city granted us glorious weather and one heck of a good time as the Seahawks legendary 12th man – a blue and green mass of hometown folks and hawks fans – took to the streets in numbers in excess of 700,000 to give our Super Bowl XLVIII champs and this city’s first Lombardi trophy the welcome home they so deserved.
We kicked off this NFL season well aware of the fact that we had a team of unique talent that was both positioned and expected to do great things. Throughout fall, Seattleites watched as the Seahawks tromped through the league, soaring their way to the top the NFL and quickly becoming one of the best teams the sport had seen in quite some time. It didn’t take long before the team’s cohesiveness and camaraderie on the field started to rub off at home. For the first time in a long time, Seattle started to feel the power of being connected through a shared goal: bringing home this city’s first championship since 1979. Stirred by the unifying outlet of a winning sports team and in this case, the 12th man, our weathered sports fans were strengthened by this shared hope and the legion of jersey-wearing, beastquake-producing fans grew strong…and loud. Last Sunday, as the team took to the field in the meadowlands and proved that they could win it all, the Seahawks organization, it’s fans and this wonderful city practically oozed cohesion.
Then yesterday, as the sun shone brightly and the snow-covered cascade mountains peeked at us through the early morning haze, our usual February rainfall yielded to frozen hands full of Skittles and confetti and bright blue skies. Seattleites flooded onto public transportation and fans aligned along Fourth Avenue to make sure the world knew that we were “in,” and not simply a rapidly multiplying band wagon of “fair weather fans”- a term we couldn’t possibly claim anyway due to our long-held reputation for gray skies and rainy days. Mid-morning drew near and businesses, schools and other city happenings took pause for a moment that will most certainly go down in Seattle history as the Celebrate 48 Victory Parade kicked off.
To wrap up several weeks of Seahawks bragging via the blogosphere here are a few snapshots of a long-overdue win and celebration as well as a look back on the day’s events through some of our favorite tweets and twitter mentions of the day as the internet became a flurry with Hawk Pride. The parade might now be over but #Celebrate48 continues through the endless memories and images that will stay with Seattle sports fans for years to come. Cheers to an exciting season that carried Seattle to the top and here’s to making a run for the repeat next season! …