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Everyone loves a winner: [Jan. 24th, 2006|10:56 am]
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Remember how all of a sudden, everyone was super-patriotic on september 12, 2001 and you started seeing those tiny american flags on everyone's cars? It was kinda annoying, but you understood the impulse after a national tragedy.


Well, around here, now that the Seahawks (our local footballing team) won enough games that they got to play a game that would decide if they went to the Stupendous Bowl, suddenly everyone became a fan. There was a flag on top of the Space Needle. There are little flags that weren't there before on the cars I pass everyday on the way to work. Perhaps the saddest example is that one of the businesses in White Center (a business area catering largely to working-class Asians that have immigrated recently) sprung for a huge "go Hawks" banner to put in their window. I'm sure the neighborhood appreciates your show of solidarity with Paul Allen's money, er, team.


Knee-jerk patriotism is annoying, but knee-jerk sports fandom is just pathetic.


I was trying to avoid learning the outcome of this "Big Game", but the 40 minutes of fireworks being shot off in the park near me that night kinda tipped me off that things had gone well. Whenever this Bowl of Superness is, I will not be among those watching just because "our team" is playing.
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[User Picture]From: repoman
2006-01-24 07:06 pm (UTC)
I think its fair to say if there is a buck to be made, there is a flag for it...
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[User Picture]From: zoomardav
2006-01-24 07:20 pm (UTC)
There are tons of those little car flags, eh?

The other weird thing is an influx of news stories and newspaper articles on how to catch up on football for beginners.

I can't believe people cried over it.
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[User Picture]From: dougo
2006-01-24 07:57 pm (UTC)
People cried over Clay Aiken.
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[User Picture]From: zoomardav
2006-01-24 09:00 pm (UTC)
Well, that makes sense. Isn't he one of the signs of the coming armeggedon?
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[User Picture]From: dougo
2006-01-24 07:56 pm (UTC)
Pathetic, but far more harmless than knee-jerk patriotism (or knee-jerk liberalism, knee-jerk feminism, or a lot of other things).
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[User Picture]From: sarahellco
2006-01-24 08:07 pm (UTC)
last time the Oakland Raiders went to the bowl of superness, some local fans' knee-jerk response was to overturn cars and bust up a McDonald's and a paint store. It wasn't entirely harmless ... pointless, yes, harmless, no.
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[User Picture]From: lemur68
2006-01-25 02:21 am (UTC)
The Steelers will be winning the "Supered-Bowl" anyway.
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[User Picture]From: colvincd
2006-01-25 05:10 am (UTC)
That last game included, the Seahawks sold out each of their last 24 home games which is a streak going back to 2003, so it isn't just a bandwagon effect. That being said, anytime any team does well, there's always a crecendo in interest, esp. when a team does something it never has before (or in a long time, both of which are the case here). It's normal, and it happens as well in every Olympics and every World Cup (at least for the rest of the world).

Or were you not here back in 1995 when the Mariners went to the playoffs?

In any case, I can't be counted in that group since I've always been interested.
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[User Picture]From: lara7
2006-01-25 08:35 am (UTC)

what i wish...

..I wish this kind of fervor spilled into non sports areas. Like if Jonathan Raban got nominated for the national book award, we'd see flags with his face on them on cars and articles in the newspaper about his career so non-readers could "catch up" with those who have been reading his books for the last 5 years. Sounds ridiculous, but its the same principle.

I moved here in 2002, so I missed the Mariners thing. I've lived in a big 10 football town and witnessed a "we lost" riot, so perhaps I'm more cynical than most.
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