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Forgive me Largent, for I have sinned.
Sun Mar 17, 2013 7:18 pm
  • So I was hanging out with my parents and my sisters last night and we were watching some of our old family video's from when we were all little kids when to my shame, there was little JSeahawks, about 3 years old sporting a Dallas Cowboys bib. In my defense I looked pretty pissed off so i'm sure it was forced upon me.

    In an even darker period of my life I remember sporting a Pittsburgh Steelers jacket for a year sometime around 4th grade (which would have been 1982ish). My dad was a big Steeler fan back then (he is now almost as big of a Seahawk fan as I am) and i'm sure he bought me the coat which I remember loving. He was also a Beaver fan but luckily I rebelled against that and became a Duck fan.

    Luckily, soon after that dark period I discovered Kenny Easley, Steve Largent and Curt Warner and all thru high school i was sporting the badass old school Seahawks Starter jacket and the rockin Seahawks zubaz pants (see below). Dave Krieg, Brian Blades and others helped me evolve into the sophisticated, highly intelligent sports fan that I am today.

    Anybody else have similar stories of misfortune from their youth? Anybody dare to admit that they wore **gasp** 49er gear?

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  • Yea, I think a lot of us did. When you're a kid, especially if your folks ain't into football, it's easily forgiven. I do recall collecting a lot of Redskins, Cowboys, 49ers, etc., football cards when I was young and impressionable. In my defense, the majority were Seahawks cards, which I might add, were at a premium at school then.
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  • Before I started watching the Seahawks, I rooted for the Racist Skins in the SB against the Dolphins.

    Too my credit, I was a stupid little kid and thought they were from Washington. The state, that is. I also stuck a thumbtack on some guy's chair during that game and got a good ass whippin for it. Like I said, stupid kid.
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  • Nope.

    I knew you were a bad seed. Explains how you get over Hawks losses in less then 2 minutes.
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  • I grew up near Sacramento, CA, so ya, I was a 49er fan. Used to have lot of their stuff. I'll even admit that I still have a place in my heart for them, especially when my dad was still alive (he just passed a month ago.)

    On a sad note.....even tho he was a die hard 49er fan, he loved to follow the Seahawks and talk with me about them, showing me that its ok to root for another NFL team. I was so excited about the Harvin trade and the Avril signing that I went to call him when I heard the news. Then I remembered that I couldn't anymore. Damn. So, if you have a dad or a son that you don't talk to very much, pick up the damn phone and do it now, because before you know it, you won't be able to ever again.
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  • My transgression was that I was a Vikings fan before I was a Seahawks fan. I had an Ahmad Rashad jersey I loved and wore all the time. Loved their Nike-looking logo, loved the purple.

    To my credit, this was before the Seahawks were even in the league.

    Once they were, I mean the minute they were, my allegiance was forever changed.

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  • Scottemojo wrote:Too my credit, I was a stupid little kid and thought they were from Washington. The state, that is.


    Me too. I think a lot of kids, especially if not told better, thought that. Arizona Cardinals, Carolina Panthers - easy to do when you're seven. I learned they weren't quickly enough, but as they were rivals of the hated Dallas Cowboys, it made them easy to root for. Them, and the 49ers. Until the switch to the NFC West again, I pulled for them as an NFC team, primarily stemming from the great 49ers-Cowboys rivalries of the '80s and '90s.
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  • Jazzhawk wrote:...Then I remembered that I couldn't anymore. Damn. So, if you have a dad or a son that you don't talk to very much, pick up the damn phone and do it now, because before you know it, you won't be able to ever again.


    Always good advice Kevin. Life is just too damn short sometimes.
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  • I did *gasp* wear 49er gear during the Montana years. But in my defense, I had the biggest crush on him, lol. They got thrown in the garbage when Steve Young took over, as he is a jerk. Seeing as all this was back when the Hawks were in the AFC West, there was NO WAY I was wearing Chiefs gear!
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    Moved here after my tour and adopted Seattle Sports, lock, stock and barrel. Don't claim any of the Jordan Bulls championships, or 85 Bears, White Sox, Cubs (Miracle Mets can rot in hades!) or my beloved Blackhawks since 78.

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  • This is hard to admit but... The first football team I played on was the New York Giants. So, I naturally loved the Giants. I played DE/RB and I loved watching Lawrence Taylor play. He was one of my favorites! The next team I played on was the Chiefs. Which did have Derrick Thomas and Christian Okoye... which I loved watching years top plays. One of them was on Christian Okoye and dude was a monster. It wasnt till my family moved back to Seattle after living the Military lifestyle in Japan, did I reunite with the Hawks. Now, I know why my pops hated the fact I would cheer on the Chiefs, when the Hawks were playing. I was a kid of course. Still he constantly gives me 'S' about it till this day...
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  • I was a raiders fan from 62 until the Hawks were born in 76. My son was in born in 78 and I named him Ken after Kenny Stabler. I still have Raider drink glasses, mugs, books and memorabilia.

    I tried to be a duo fan for the next 10 years but the Raiders slowly wore, off. I still have a long deep affection but not the rabid fan I am for the Hawks.
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  • I have an uncle who was born and raised in SF. When me and my cousin were 1 year olds he bought us 49ers gear and I mean full on outfits. He had us wearing 49ers socks, shirts, hats, and jackets. I didn't know this until a few years ago when I was looking at baby pictures and I stumbled upon it. Thankfully once me and my cousin grew up we became seahawks fans and now we have bets going on with our uncle whenever the hawks and niners play.
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  • It's actually because of a Niners fan that I became interested in American Football at all. Old friend of mine, back when we were early teens, 13/14 or so, was a huge Niners/NFL fan. He'd been over to the states, come back with a load of Niner's gear etc etc.

    Anyway, one visit, I finally sat and watched a game with him, this was back in the Boz years. Seahawks won, don't remember who they beat, and I've been a Hawks fan ever since.
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  • No problem godawg, it was the stinking Cubs who choked away that second half.

    Agee, Swoboda, Harrelson, Seaver and others were just better than Banks, Williams, Beckett, Kessinger, Santo, Jenkins, Holtzman, Hundley and Leo the Lip Durocher. Toughest summer of my young teenage life. Broke many a TV set that year (or dang near anyway .. hee hee).
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  • I like Aros, grew up a Vikings fan. Huge Chuck Foreman fan, #44 was my hero. I can still see him in my mind spinning off tackles.

    I had everything Viking, I was a purple nightmare.

    Growing up in PA, everyone seemed to be either an Eagle, Steeler or Cowboy fan, I didn't want follow the crowd.

    It was hard as a young kid to watch the Vikings continue to lose in the Super Bowl.

    When Seattle became an expansion team, I decided it was time to start with a new team, and haven't wavered since.

    I have never had one of my teams win a SB yet, hopefully, my want will soon come to an end.

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  • Seattle didn't have a team when I was a kid. When I first saw the Washington Redskins I thought they were our team. I imemdiately became I diehard Redskins fan. By the time I realized my mistake, it was too late. I was hooked on Larry Brown, Charley Taylor, Billy Kilmer and the Over The Hill Gang. Besides, who else was a going to root for? Then, when I turned 16, we got our beloved Seahawks and that, as they say, was that.
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  • Pleased to say I never have. Not for one minute. And as long as the Seahawks remain in Seattle I never will.
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  • JSeahawks wrote:So I was hanging out with my parents and my sisters last night and we were watching some of our old family video's from when we were all little kids when to my shame, there was little JSeahawks, about 3 years old sporting a Dallas Cowboys bib. In my defense I looked pretty pissed off so i'm sure it was forced upon me.

    In an even darker period of my life I remember sporting a Pittsburgh Steelers jacket for a year sometime around 4th grade (which would have been 1982ish). My dad was a big Steeler fan back then (he is now almost as big of a Seahawk fan as I am) and i'm sure he bought me the coat which I remember loving. He was also a Beaver fan but luckily I rebelled against that and became a Duck fan.

    Luckily, soon after that dark period I discovered Kenny Easley, Steve Largent and Curt Warner and all thru high school i was sporting the badass old school Seahawks Starter jacket and the rockin Seahawks zubaz pants (see below). Dave Krieg, Brian Blades and others helped me evolve into the sophisticated, highly intelligent sports fan that I am today.

    Anybody else have similar stories of misfortune from their youth? Anybody dare to admit that they wore **gasp** 49er gear?

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  • I've rooted against Tim Ruskell and for draft position, but otherwise, nope.
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  • My dad is from California and was a 49ers fan so even though I grew up in Washington I was a Niners fan but casually since I wasn't really into football yet. But once I started gettin into it I watched alot of seahawks games and so began my love for them. And I even converted my dad to.
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  • Aros wrote:My transgression was that I was a Vikings fan before I was a Seahawks fan. I had an Ahmad Rashad jersey I loved and wore all the time. Loved their Nike-looking logo, loved the purple.

    To my credit, this was before the Seahawks were even in the league.

    Once they were, I mean the minute they were, my allegiance was forever changed.

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  • Scottemojo wrote:Before I started watching the Seahawks, I rooted for the Racist Skins in the SB against the Dolphins.

    Too my credit, I was a stupid little kid and thought they were from Washington. The state, that is. I also stuck a thumbtack on some guy's chair during that game and got a good ass whippin for it. Like I said, stupid kid.


    How can one be racist of an entity that one roots for? It would be the same as being an Eagles fan but at the same time hating birds (or is it avian hater,,,lol).
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Re: Forgive me Largent, for I have sinned.
Mon Mar 18, 2013 12:46 am
  • I'm ashamed to say I used to LOVE my Apex Cowboys jacket when I was a kid. I wore it everywhere. A few years back I uncovered it (apparently my parents kept it) and felt so ashamed. I was such a little bandwagoner!


    Looked kinda like this.
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    ...Feels good to get that off my chest :lol:
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  • Back when i was about 15 or so I once wore a Michael Irvin jersey. I loved it. Now, I feel disgusted that I even owned one of those. But it was when Irvin had just entered the league, Aikman was throwing to him, and Emmitt was running, I hopped on that bandwagon because it looked like a fun place to be with the horrible Ken Behring owning the team, and with Tom Flores coaching it. Man, the early 90's were a very hard time to be a Seahawk fan.

    To my credit, it only took me about 4 months to realize the horrible error I made and correct myself back onto the Seahawks bandwagon. I never actually rooted for the Cowboys, but it was really embarrassing to go to school and say you wanted the Seahawks to win, cause dammit, you got laughed at so much.
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  • My mom's a big Dolphins fan and she got me a Miami sweatshirt when I was just a little kid. This was before the Seahawks were born, of course. The only non-Seahawks gear I've consciously worn since they've been around is a Tony Dorsett jersey in the late 70's.
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  • seahawkfreak wrote:
    Scottemojo wrote:Before I started watching the Seahawks, I rooted for the Racist Skins in the SB against the Dolphins.

    Too my credit, I was a stupid little kid and thought they were from Washington. The state, that is. I also stuck a thumbtack on some guy's chair during that game and got a good ass whippin for it. Like I said, stupid kid.


    How can one be racist of an entity that one roots for? It would be the same as being an Eagles fan but at the same time hating birds (or is it avian hater,,,lol).


    Evidently, when I was a wee lad I was both stupid and racist.
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  • I grew up in Anaheim. All there were was Rams, and they were the closest to my home. I went to the game in L.A. when the Hawks were in their first year knowing I was moving to Washington the following spring and I became a fan that day and have never looked back.
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  • I was born in Dallas and started life as a Cowboys fan. It all started to change when I saw the Seahawks stomp all over the Chargers on MNF in 1981. I was 10 years old, and Dallas was my NFC team and Seattle was my AFC team. In 1983, I had hope that I would get to see the Seahawks play the Cowboys in the Super Bowl, but Dallas blew it by losing to the Rams in the WC round. So Seattle became my official team (it helped that I was 12 at the time and starting to realize that Cowboys fans were... well, not admired).
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  • Dang, Diags, being a Cubs fan can prepare you for almost any adversity in life. You forgot to mention Jerry Koosman, Gary Gentry, Nolan Ryan and Tug McGraw. If the Mets hadn't had such a strong pitching staff they would have been nowhere. Casey Stengel was a kick in the pants, but Gil Hodges was a fine manager. Compared to being a Cubs fan, Seattle's quest for a championship must seem easy.
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  • As a kid, I had a pair of Deion Sanders Cowboys PJs. Then, later on I had a Randy Moss and Cris Carter poster in my room as a kid.

    However, I soon realized that I shouldn't root for either of those losers and rooted for the Seahawks once I started to understand football better. Never looked back
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  • I've been quite honest about the fact that the Bills of the late 1980's/early 90's were what lured me to the NFL. But for some odd reason my Mom, bless her, thought it would be a good idea for my 13th birthday (so...`92?) to get me a Dallas Cowboys birthday cake. My brother (a big Cowboy fan at the time... dirty frontrunner) bought me a cowboy hat and t-shirt. so mom has a picture of me, fully adorned in Cowboy gear, posing with my Cowboy cake with a kind of "dafuq?" looking smile on my face (no, I'm not sharing). My beloved Bills would go on to lose the next 4 superbowls (2 to Dallas).

    I also still have a Jerry Rice jersey......... a red one. I bought it while I was still in high school (I was young and foolish and all my friends were front-running).

    I always "identified" the Hawks as my "home team" (geography and all) but it wasn't until late in the Denis Erickson era (somewhere between Moon and Kitna) that I started rooting for the home team exclusively. With the exception of a brief fling with Tampa in the early 00's (Mike Alstot and that tampa 2 defense) the Hawks and I have been going steady ever since.
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  • CANHawk wrote:I've been quite honest about the fact that the Bills of the late 1980's/early 90's were what lured me to the NFL. But for some odd reason my Mom, bless her, thought it would be a good idea for my 13th birthday (so...`92?) to get me a Dallas Cowboys birthday cake. My brother (a big Cowboy fan at the time... dirty frontrunner) bought me a cowboy hat and t-shirt. so mom has a picture of me, fully adorned in Cowboy gear, posing with my Cowboy cake with a kind of "dafuq?" looking smile on my face (no, I'm not sharing). My beloved Bills would go on to lose the next 4 superbowls (2 to Dallas).

    I also still have a Jerry Rice jersey......... a red one. I bought it while I was still in high school (I was young and foolish and all my friends were front-running).

    I always "identified" the Hawks as my "home team" (geography and all) but it wasn't until late in the Denis Erickson era (somewhere between Moon and Kitna) that I started rooting for the home team exclusively. With the exception of a brief fling with Tampa in the early 00's (Mike Alstot and that tampa 2 defense) the Hawks and I have been going steady ever since.

    You are a bit of a whore.
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  • Scottemojo wrote:
    CANHawk wrote:I've been quite honest about the fact that the Bills of the late 1980's/early 90's were what lured me to the NFL. But for some odd reason my Mom, bless her, thought it would be a good idea for my 13th birthday (so...`92?) to get me a Dallas Cowboys birthday cake. My brother (a big Cowboy fan at the time... dirty frontrunner) bought me a cowboy hat and t-shirt. so mom has a picture of me, fully adorned in Cowboy gear, posing with my Cowboy cake with a kind of "dafuq?" looking smile on my face (no, I'm not sharing). My beloved Bills would go on to lose the next 4 superbowls (2 to Dallas).

    I also still have a Jerry Rice jersey......... a red one. I bought it while I was still in high school (I was young and foolish and all my friends were front-running).

    I always "identified" the Hawks as my "home team" (geography and all) but it wasn't until late in the Denis Erickson era (somewhere between Moon and Kitna) that I started rooting for the home team exclusively. With the exception of a brief fling with Tampa in the early 00's (Mike Alstot and that tampa 2 defense) the Hawks and I have been going steady ever since.

    You are a bit of a whore.


    You don't even know the half of it sailor (but you're welcome to try and find out...)
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  • Born in CO, parents are Donkos fans but never followed them religiously. Growing up I had lots of Donkos stuff.

    Moved to WA when I was two and WA is the only state I've lived in since. High school I figured out that having an allegience to a team that was 1500 miles away in a state that I have no memory of was stupid. Seahawks it was from then on, over 20 years now!
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  • Scottemojo wrote:Before I started watching the Seahawks, I rooted for the Racist Skins in the SB against the Dolphins.

    Too my credit, I was a stupid little kid and thought they were from Washington. The state, that is. I also stuck a thumbtack on some guy's chair during that game and got a good ass whippin for it. Like I said, stupid kid.


    You stole my story.

    I was a five year redskin fans in my youth spanning the Theisman to Rypien eras.
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  • When I was a kid I was a Seahawks fan but I also loved the Dolphins. Dan Marino was my favorite player and I had more dolphins gear than 'Hawks stuff.

    In my defense, at least even as a kid I knew an amazing QB when I saw one and gravitated towards Marino. I just loved watching that dude play. I still see old highlights of him and shake my head. It wasn't because they were a 'popular' team, or had the cool 'raiders' silver and black, or the tradition of the cowboys/steelers so I don't have a lot of guilt about it; I saw him play and that's what got me hooked on football.
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  • There was no Seattle Seahawks when I was growing up.....their first season was the year after I graduated from high school. I was a Packers fan as a kid I suppose cuz they were the winning team whn I first started watching football in the mid-60s (plus I liked their grren and gold uniforms) and I was a Chargers fan because I fell in love with their uniforms the first time I ever saw themn on a color TV (see a trend here......and yes kids, when I was young B&W TVs were the norm). Lastly I liked the Raiders too cuz they were the team closest to Spokane where I grew up along with the Whiners but I strongly preferred the AFL outside of Green Bay.

    Once the Seahawks came into existence, there was no other team for me though I still do root for SD if it has no negetive effect on the Hawks.

    Never have liked the Cowpatties or the Stealers and never will.




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Mon Mar 18, 2013 10:24 am
  • I have been a football fan all my life thanks to my dad. Seattle didn't have a team so I rooted for teams such as the Los Angeles Rams in the Roman Gabriel days and the Redskins in the Larry Brown days (there were others over the years too) but I was never a wear-their-gear-type fan. I became a die-hard Seahawks fan the day they joined the league.

    I have always hated the 49ers for several reasons, the main one being the grief I took from the Sonic fans in my family for being a Trailblazer season ticket holder. I live in WA, but live closer to Portland than I do Seattle. For some reason they thought I should root for the "home state" in basketball but it was ok that they were die-hard 49er fans living in WA. In 1996 I married my husband who is a 49er fan since he is from San Jose and lived there during their glory years. He is one of those rare 49er fans (if there even are any others) who is also a Seahawk fan. I still hate the 49ers, but I keep it more to myself since he also roots for the 'Hawks. When they play each other he does root for the 49ers but he doesn't care if the 'Hawks win either. He said he used to be one of those annoying fans when he was younger though. He outgrew it though.
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  • Because my parents came from Minnesota, I had a plastic Vikings helmet as a kid. In my room, I would toss a football in the air, make diving catches on the bed, and crash headfirst into the wall. Repeatedly. I felt invincible in that helmet. I had never heard of concussions. Turns out my parents had. I am now embroiled in a complicated class action suit against my parents.
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  • HawkAroundTheClock wrote:Because my parents came from Minnesota, I had a plastic Vikings helmet as a kid. In my room, I would toss a football in the air, make diving catches on the bed, and crash headfirst into the wall. Repeatedly. I felt invincible in that helmet. I had never heard of concussions. Turns out my parents had. I am now embroiled in a complicated class action suit against my parents.

    I see an easy win for you in this. By giving you a helmet they gave you tacit permission to go head first into anything hard. Since they already knew the dangers of concussions, they put you at risk once they purchased the helmet for you/allowed you to purchase the helmet. Congrats on your forthcoming windfall. :th2thumbs:




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  • Hawknballs wrote:When I was a kid I was a Seahawks fan but I also loved the Dolphins. Dan Marino was my favorite player and I had more dolphins gear than 'Hawks stuff.

    In my defense, at least even as a kid I knew an amazing QB when I saw one and gravitated towards Marino. I just loved watching that dude play. I still see old highlights of him and shake my head. It wasn't because they were a 'popular' team, or had the cool 'raiders' silver and black, or the tradition of the cowboys/steelers so I don't have a lot of guilt about it; I saw him play and that's what got me hooked on football.


    Same for me, Except replace Dan Marino with Jim Kelly and Thurman Thomas. THose Bills teams of the early 90's were like watching real life Tecmo Bowl.

    I tried to stay somewhat loyal to the Bills after the glory years as I didn't want to be labeled "bandwagon", but after all the debacles in their quest to try to find another legit starting QB I had to give up being a supporter. I sort of had a minor resurgence in my "Bills fandom" during the Bledsoe years and fell in love with Marshawn the first time I saw him play in the pros but in hindsight, I think they lost me forever after they decided to can Doug Flutie to go with Rob Johnson despite the fact they were winning with Doug. I still keep an eye on them occasionally, mainly because the colours give me a warm fuzzy feeling, but the magic's gone.

    After all those years of crappy football, I couldn't see how 3,000 miles and 3 timezones was worth cheering for the Bills. Being a Hawks fan makes so much more sense logistically. :)
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  • A lot of Seahawks fans were fans of other teams before 1976, there was no other choice.

    My dad was a Raiders fan and I, a kid fascinated by the ocean, was a Dolphins fan. I had a hat, a garbage can
    and a shirt.

    The summer of '76, though, my life flip-flopped in lots of ways, including the team I cheered for each Sunday.
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Mon Mar 18, 2013 12:05 pm
  • Seahawk stuff littered my room growing up, so why I was given a Miami helmet and an Eagles jacket I will never know. I am happy to say that I never wanted any other teams gear nor asked for it. Hawks are my team.
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  • You are forgiven my son. Go in peace and sin no more.
    If there is no Seahawk football in heaven, then we will never die.
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  • Regrettably I had one of those satiny LA Rams starter jackets around the time when Dickerson was playing,as all you could get over here at that time merchandise wise, was Dolphins, Redskins, Steelers, Raiders and Giants stuff; no Seahawks gear :cry: I so wanted a Largent shirt or Seahawks jacket!!!the lesser of those evils I thought!
    A few months later when i was wearing it I had a nice car crash, went through the windscreen, it got covered in blood and wouldn't wash out, so had to throw it away! some good came out the crash :lol:
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