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Message to Seahawks Fans: 12th Man Who?
Ladies and gentlemen I am a San Francisco 49ers fan. I know what you’re thinking, “he must be a great guy.” Well you’re right. But the funny part about me being 49ers fan is I live in the Seattle area. For years it’s was never a problem being a niners fan in Seattle.
In fact, it used to be tough to find anybody who was open about being a fan of the Seahawks in their own city. So a few years back I join the Air Force (Security Forces all day) and I’m gone for a while. During my time away the Seahawks start to have a little success. They go to a Super Bowl and they have a player win an MVP award.
Unfortunately during that same time-frame, the 49ers really start to suck. The 49ers had QB’s like Tim Rattay, the old Alex Smith, Trent Dilfer, David Carr, Troy Smith and the immortal J.T. O’Sullivan. They also has all-time great coaches like Mike Nolan and Mike Singletary…and the losses were rolling in.
I get out of the Air Force and come back to Washington and I notice the Seahawks hire Pete Carroll. I’m a UCLA fan as well so I already have a problem with that move, but I still didn’t consider the Seahawks any kind of rival. I’m still about my 49ers and I wait for things to get better but that move at HC kind of irked me. A couple of years later the 49ers get Jim Harbaugh as their head coach.
Then I remember the rivalry Harbaugh and Carroll had while they were both college coaches, and I start to notice something going on; their college rivalry has now moved on to the biggest stage possible, the NFL. In Harbaugh’s first year as a head coach he dominated the NFL, including the 49ers match-ups against the Seahawks in the regular season.
There was no threat from Seattle but it was fun seeing Harbaugh get the best of Pete Carroll. Then the following season the Seahawks drafted Russell Wilson and the Seahawks seemed to be a more complete team. Last year in Wilson’s rookie season the two teams split their regular season series.
The Seahawks fans started to get a little obsessive over the win against the 49ers (even though 49er fans really didn’t care about the win against the Seahawks earlier that year). In the minds of Seahawks fans, that regular season game was their Super Bowl.
This week the Seahawks play in San Fran for a rematch of the week 2 game that Seattle won. To be completely honest, that week 2 loss hurt a bit in the old pride department, but I was extremely confident after that game that the Seahawks would not beat San Francisco again Dec. 8th.
December 8th…I’ve had that date in my mind since the last 49ers and Seahawks game ended. I don’t think there is a day that goes by where I don’t receive a little flack from Seahawks fans. It’s fine because I bring the pain of trash talk to Seahawks fans as well. Trash talking Seahawks fans is one of my favorite things to do because they’re really emotional. They say the same things every time you see them, basically nothing.
They love that they are so loud in their stadium, and that’s cool I guess, if you have nothing else to be proud of. But more than anything in this world, they love to say they beat the 49ers; and that loss early in the season is what I have a problem with.
I wish I could discuss the history of this rivalry further, but the Seahawks don’t have a history, and they hate that the 49ers do. Seahawks fans are like that annoying little brother that wants to do everything his big brother has done. They’ll always be looking up to us and nothing will ever change that.
So sorry 12th man. The real 12th man in football stays on the bench. That’s where you will be while we win the big games, you know, those Super Bowl ones. See you on December 8th.