Posted on February 2, 2015
So the ending of the game was a massive heartbreaker, but this whole season has made me realize what football and sports can be about, and why people get so worked up over it. Growing up in Orange County without any massive local sports teams (the Angels notwithstanding), I never really got to experience the infectious atmosphere that surrounds a city on game day. Living in Seattle (and for a period of time, working five blocks away from the stadium itself), I know what it means. Fireworks go off next door when the Seahawks score, you can hear other people screaming inside their houses. Everyone, and I mean literally everyone, wears a jersey on game day. I went to the grocery store two weekends ago and made a game out of trying to spot people not wearing seahawks garb. Every house flies a flag, downtown basically shuts down, and huge office buildings even turn off lights in the offices so that the exterior of the building lights up a giant 12 on the side of the building. It’s insane.
Bandwagon team or not, it was still an amazing season and even if I move somewhere else, I know the team I’ll be cheering for in the future. It’s been fun.