Karen Barkstrom — How about those Seahawks! Words from a very proud “12”

Are you tired of people talking about the Seahawks? Is it too late for another Seahawk story? Not as far as I’m concerned — they are always a good topic of discussion.

Here we are, six days after Super Bowl Sunday, and I am still so proud of the Seahawks and the demonstration of dominance they showed at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey. I am very proud of the way they played all season, the way they proved all the naysayers wrong and the way they never gave up.

I have no doubt that if the Seahawks had lost the Super Bowl, their non-fans would have said, “See, I told you. They didn’t deserve to be there. They just got there on a fluke. Their defense might be kind of strong but their offense has been struggling for several weeks.”

But we DID win. And not just win — we dominated — both defensively and offensively.

Now, I can’t say I’m an expert on football — heaven only knows I couldn’t write a sports story here at The Daily World. No way. I feel pretty competent doing the birth announcements, the What’s Happening column , World Gone By and helping out with the wedding announcements and anniversaries, but there’s no way anyone is going to ask me to write about sports.

But I do love football — high school, college or NFL, and I’ve been a Seahawk fan since the very beginning.

I remember going to a couple of games in the Kingdome. Although it was great fun to be able to see the Seahawks live, I never got over the claustrophobic feeling of the dome. The seats we were lucky enough to get from my husband’s boss were in the second level and I swear the cement ceiling was only inches above our heads. There were several TV screens hanging right in front of us and I’d have to keep reminding myself to watch the field rather than the TV.

On the other hand, CenturyLink field is an absolute blessing. I’ve only been to one Seahawk game there (plus a couple of WSU games). For the Seahawks, we sat waaaaaay up in the 300 level. The climb up those stairs was a bit challenging and I swore I wouldn’t have anything to drink during the game ‘cause there was no way I was going down those steps and back up again.

But I swear there are not any bad seats in that stadium. The great thing about the seats near the top is you get a great view of the entire field and can see the whole play developing, rather than just focusing on the quarterback or receivers.

We went through some pretty lean years, through lots of coaches and team members — some who still bring a smile to my face like Kenny Easley, Steve Largent, Jim Zorn, Walter Jones, Marcus Trufant, Cortez Kennedy, Eugene Robinson, Dave Krieg, Mike Holmgren, Chuck Knox.

But I digress. I really wanted to talk about today’s Seahawks team. I am so impressed with all of them from the coaches on down. I love the way Coach Pete Carroll sees each player as an individual and appreciates their differences. So what if Marshawn Lynch doesn’t want to talk to the press — he “says” what he has to “say” by his actions on the field.

So what if Richard Sherman said some things maybe he shouldn’t have when they interviewed him moments after he made an incredible play to help his team win the NFC Championship.

It warms the cockles of my heart that so many of our players were NOT first round choices, some didn’t even get drafted at all. But Coach Carroll and his assistants saw them for what their raw talent was and brought them aboard. They have been melded into a team that works hard together, enjoys each other’s company and goes out on the field every game to play like it’s a championship game.

Yeah, maybe most of the country hadn’t seen the Seahawks play during the regular season and maybe a lot of commentators thought the team was overrated and couldn’t stand up against the big boys.

You heard the question going around Monday, didn’t you?

“What did you watch after the Super Bowl was over Sunday?”

Answer: “The second half of the game!”

Yep, as of Feb. 4 the whole country (and maybe the world) knows — the Seattle Seahawks are the Super Bowl champs and I am extremely proud to be one of their fans.

Karen Barkstrom can be reached at kbarkstrom@thedailyworld.com.


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