New Sports Fan Is Born In 2014

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I use to be one of those people like the guy above. Regarding every sport with a form of being clueless. This year however, I had to learn fast because M is an immense sports fan. Ask him about any sports (except the absurd ones like Shinty) and he will tell you all about it. I have been a fan of the Seattle Sounders, and have been to a few games before M came on the scene. Yet this year, the world of professional sports was thrown open wide for me to experience.

Seahawks Superbowl Championship

In February the Seattle Seahawks won the Superbowl Championship against the Denver Broncos. Our city’s first Superbowl victory and our second time as a team playing. The nail-biting, the Skittles flying, and the celebration after made for one crazy Sunday night and one epic ending to the 2013-2014 Seahawks season. My work’s tailgating party brought us all together for on huge party like we have never had in a very long time. I got a “12 Man Manicure” for the games, and I even bought me two Seahawks t-shirts to wear on Blue Friday. You can say I’m not a hard-core fan as my boyfriend is, and I will admit I probably the “bandwagon” fan more than pretending to be a super fan all along. Either way I had a chance to celebrate like everyone in Seattle did and I am very proud of the Seahawks for bring home the trophy and uniting the city again.

First Mariner’s Game:

I haven’t experienced a professional baseball game before until this past summer. I have drove past Safeco Field, and even grumble about the cost of it until M took me to a game. Now I can check this off my bucket list of things to see in Seattle. This would not come as a huge surprise for most, but this game, they didn’t even win. Bummer since it would have been nice for them to win on my first game experience. I will say this, I’m not a huge baseball fan like my boyfriend, and am still learning all the rules, lingo and yes, even how to play it properly. Would I go again? Maybe. I think I would like to have better seats next time so I could see what is really happening on the field since they were so far way from where our seats were located.

Seattle Sounders:

I’m a fan, but this is the first time in a very long time I have been to multiple matches. This year I went to two Sounders matches with Michael, one for our birthdays, and one unexpected tickets from a friend. Both times M made it worth it with all his knowledge about what happening on the field at any given moment and how entertaining he was to watch throughout the game when cheering (same dance as when the Seahawks score or win on TV).

Did Someone say Olympics?

I watched maybe two other sporting events besides the ice skating event (who doesn’t watch that event?).  All I have to say is how interesting some of the events get. For the first time I was rooting for team USA to win not only in figure skating, but some of the other events not normal for the USA to win. Did we get a lot of medals? Yes. Did USA come out at least in the top five countries? Yes. Olympics this year were boring in comparison, but what made it worth watching, was seeing the USA take a top spot overall.

Watching Two Sounders Play In The World Cup:

A proud moment to watch two of the best Seattle Sounders players play at the World Cup in Brazil. The company I work for had one big tailgating party for the opening game, and throughout the whole event, had people rooting for different teams. The best part, seeing Team USA make it through the Group of Death to the second round of play off. Even after being beaten out, it was fantastic to see the world take notice of how far USA soccer team has come since the last time played. Plus seeing two of our best players from Seattle play against some of the best players from around the world was a proud moment.

Now I can say I’m nothing like the guy in the above picture. I can regard every sport with out clueless and be able to know what is going on without boring me to tears. Maybe in the 2015 there will be more time to go to games and cheer on Seattle sports teams.

Play Ball Boys! First Seattle Mariner Game

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Hard to believe being a born and raised Seattlelite that I have never been to a Mariners game. I have always wanted to go and experience what all the hype was about, but there was never anyone wanting to go or ever asked me. This changed when I was asked by M if I wanted to go to a game with him and his friends. Of course I jumped on it. The game I went to was the Seattle Mariners vs. Baltimore Orioles. For some apparent reason I want to call Baltimore Orioles “Oreos’.” Yes I did receive dirty looks from a few Orioles fans when I accidentally called them Oreos’.

Our outing started with a trip to one of the many food trucks parked outside the ballpark. Between  M and his friends, this is what they both do when ever they go to a sports game. The food truck of choice was the El Camion for their huge burritos before the game dinner. The burritos were spicy and hot enough to make me not able to feel my lips after a few bites. Overall a great food truck to eat from. I unfortunately I did not sample the stadium food, especially the famous garlic fries that M’s friend told me is a right of passage for the first time you go to the game. After a while I think I could have lived without trying the fries since the smell after awhile started to become nauseating. I think I could pass on them, and go from something else next time.

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View from our seats
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View from our seats

Our seats were in the sunny outfield of the stadium in the lower half of the bottom deck. For the first three innings we were in the sunshine, which made it a little hard to see what was happening around the bases until it went behind the stadium. I will admit I have never been a huge baseball fan, and have found major league baseball to be boring (Little League has more excitement most of the time). Being between two baseball experts (both played baseball from little league through high school) made the game a little more exciting to hear with much crazy banter they both got into at times. Towards the later innings I started getting restless and may have started to drive M nuts with me asking when the 7th inning stretch was going to happen. Apparently in the middle of the seventh inning, stretching means to standup and sing Take Me Out To The Ballgame, than sit back down. Um that is not what I call a “stretch.” I think I will just chalk it up to me being a clueless baseball fan. M is slowly teaching me what I need to know about baseball, and other sports like golf (golf is even more boring than baseball!).

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Lemonade with a whole lemon!

Towards the eight inning I needed to have a lemonade. Lets say this was the only time I have ever witnessed how fast an exchange of goods can go. Within thirty seconds I had the lemonade guy give me my lemonade and my change in my hand. M and his friend commented on this, as they never seen anything like it before. This is the same lemonade sold at all the Sounders and Seahawks games and something I look forward to every time.

Unfortunately the Mariners lost the game when an umpire said one of the players did not have his foot on the base when the first base catcher caught the ball. This sent the whole Mainers fans in the stadium almost over the edge. At one point  a fly ball went into the stands in our section and a fan defiantly threw it back on to the field and that is when things started to be thrown on to the field. According to many fans, this rarely happens at the games because if you throw something on the field it is grounds of being kicked out or worse. At this time M and his friend wanted to leave before the fireworks started and to avoid a whole crowd of people leaving at the sometime. AS we were leaving it looked like people had the same idea as we did. There were crowds of people surging out of the stadium. From the backseat of the car I did see the fireworks as we left. Looked like any old fireworks display to seen at a fourth of July show. When Michael and I go home, we both were so tired from a very long and exciting day (or exciting for me mostly).

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Home plate entrance

My first Mariner game was an experience to check off my list of things I have done. I still am not sure if I want to go again. I think I would like to go to another game if the Mariners won a few more games. Will see what next year will bring.

12th Man! Seattle Is Earthquake Loud!

I was never really a hardcore Seahawks fan until I met my current boyfriend. You can say he is a huge fan with his a lot of Hawks gear ( he bought himself a 12th man fan Seahawks jersey recently). I have always supported our hometown team as a fair weather fan. But this season, oh my! When Friday rolls around before a game, the whole city of Seattle is washed in blue and lime green with the 12th Man flags proudly displayed. At work all of us would find our navy blue lab coats, and proudly wear them in support of the Hawks. I even broke down and bought lime green nail polish to show support! I look at it as an investment since the Seattle Sounders soccer team has the same colors scheme as the Seahawks.

In the past two months it has been Hawks fever and even the NFL are starting to take notice too of how crazy and awesome the fans really are. If you haven’t seen, the Hawks fans are the loudest fans in the NFL with a record-breaking sound of 137.6 dB. Enough for one team in NFL to file a complaint about how obnoxiously loud the fan are. It did not stop us one bit. Another crazy moment is the earthquakes at Century Link Field after Lynch makes a touchdown. The University of Washington registered a magnitude of 1-2 on the seismic monitors. Crazy! Oh and we throw Skittles every time there is a touch down made by the team. So raining Skittles is a Seattle thing apparently. But I don’t need to tell anyone this for if you looked at the Championship game between the SF 49ers and the Seahawks, it is apparent on how the 12th man does it.

I have never been to a Seahawks game ever. I grew up here, but never had the chance to go to one. I came almost close to scoring tickets the Championship game, until a co-worker passed off my answer to a question our company’s CEO asked as his own. Apparently I was drowned out by his loud voice. Yep it sucked to have to have that happen but as I was told a few times, the best seats to the game are at home on a huge flat screen TV. So it was not all that bad I guess. He later in the week he sold the tickets for $4,000 for the two. Ugh! In the end I ended up watching the game with a group of my boyfriend’s friends and their girlfriends or family. I believe it was much better this way instead. Though I really wanted to see the look on my boyfriend’s face when I told him I scored tickets to a sold out game!

So Sunday I went over and watched this amazing game with a bunch of diehard Seahawks fans and found out I am not really bad luck as long as I have a Seahawks shirt on and the Seahawks hard hat on while watching the game. The back story of this superstition is the fact that every time I have watched the Hawks play at home; they always lose to the team they are playing. This has been true for my Dad who was a Oakland Raiders fan for a very long time, until a few years ago when the Seahawks started becoming a team with some staying power. I never knew why this happened, and when my boyfriend invited me over as his plus one, I was hesitant-really hesitant. In the first half of the game I though yep see I told you I am bad luck, look there is no score for the Hawks. By the end of the game things changed, and I believe it was at that point I started notice that maybe I just needed to be around diehard fans so the mojo is better. One thing I learned, I need to wear a Seahawks fan shirt and my boyfriend’s hardhat for the Super Bowl. At least then Seattle will have a fighting chance.

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Yes we all ate (not throw) Skittles every time a “Beast Mode” went into action and scored a touchdown for the team or when Sherman made the game changing interception to win the game for Seattle. And now off to the Super Bowl! Feels amazing to see the Seahawks go again for second time, and hopefully win this time.