Grew up in Seattle...took about two years as a child to realize all Seattle teams sucked. There was no 12th man back then (which BTW: are all transplant fans now); in fact, b/c their fans were so poor and not attend games, games were routinely blacked out so guess which team was next up for regional coverage during the 80's. That's right...long-story-short, I grew up watching and being exposed to the greatest team and NFL franchise ever, our beloved SF 49ers WAY more than my own home
team. Naturally my love for the Niner's as a kid also grew into my love of the SF Giants as well.
PS: And every time I go back to Seattle for a Hawks/Niner's game (Niner's have won every time I have been there), I cheer my azz off and there is ALWAYS one moronic fan who tells me to go home; literally. Obviously, I tell him I am
home and tell him this story. It usually shuts everyone up around me fairly quick and let's me enjoy another Niner victory to which the inevitable happens every single time...12th-man fans
start leaving early to which I reply, "You're the reason I became a Niner fan!" I swear this happens every...single...time. And I love every second of it!!!
And Montana to Taylor sealed it for life for me!
I do give props to my family and the three true 12th man friends I have that are still loyal to their team.
I do remember vividly, as a kid, the few fans at the Kingdome, were always WAY more into the hydroplane races on the big screen vs. the actual game itself. And the engineer/designer for Safeco clearly was not
from Western Washington. LMAO. Anyone from WW would tell you it never rains straight up and down there...it's always sideways and squirreling so all those people in the upper level, where it's opened, just get SOAKED even when the roof is closed. It's always been a huge soccer town (go Sounders) but nothing more. And I swear they are cursed - see Oklahoma City. The last professional team championship (minus soccer or women basketball) that city has seen was the Super Sonics back in 1979.
PSS: It also took about two years to realize I hated the weather there and now live in San Diego.
[ Edited by NCommand on Jun 29, 2012 at 7:37 AM ]