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2/13/2014 10:30:00 AM
A 12th man holiday
Matt Baide
Staff Writer

Sunday, Feb. 2. This is a day that will live in the hearts of fans all-around the Pacific Northwest.
The Seattle Seahawks faced the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII. While I was confident that the Seahawks would get the job done, it's a little unnerving to go against one of the greatest quarterbacks of all-time.
The game started and 12 seconds into the game, all of my nerves were calmed as the snap flew over Peyton Manning's head and into the endzone, which turned into a safety.
From there, the rest is history. The Seahawks put on one of the greatest defensive performances in Super Bowl history, reminding me of the 2000 Baltimore Ravens defense that punished the New York Giants in the Super Bowl.
I am 24 years old, and after the debauchery that was Super Bowl XL, I didn't think that the Seahawks would make it back to the big game anytime soon.
But the 12th man stood behind this team, and through the down years and rebuilding, this team that we know now emerged, and it is a great time to be a Seahawks fan.
Ever since I was born, I have been a Seahawks fan. I used to pretend to be Cortez Kennedy making a big sack or Rick Mirer throwing the game winning touchdown pass in my backyard. Football Sundays at my house consisted of my family watching the game. My mother likes to listen to Steve Raible, the voice of the Seahawks on the radio, and she would always cheer about 15 seconds before the rest of my family saw the play on TV. And I can't remember a day where I haven't seen my Uncle Jeff without a Seahawks hat on.
I want to dedicate this championship to my mother and uncle. She called me after the Seahawks won the Super Bowl and said that she can now cross watching the Seahawks win the Super Bowl off her bucket list. My uncle was the first person to arrive at the Hall of Fame induction ceremony for Cortez Kennedy, two hours before anyone else arrived. Those are dedicated 12's.
But this championship is not just for my mother and uncle it is for all the 12's out there. North Central Washington has some of the most dedicated 12's I've ever met, and I don't think I've ever had a drive to work where there hasn't been a 12 flag waving in the breeze along the way.
And there is more to be excited about as a Seahawks fan. Former Seahawk Walter Jones will enter the Hall of Fame this summer as the third Seahawk to be inducted behind Steve Largent and Cortez Kennedy. Following that, the 2014 NFL season will start, with the Seahawks looking to repeat.
The Legion of Boom, Beast Mode and Russell Wilson will be fun to watch again next year. But for now, turn up the Queen, because we are the champions. Let's enjoy this one 12's.

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