Mentioning Seattle’s desperation for a Lombardi trophy is still painful to some fans. The sting of defeat from Super Bowl XL still lingers, and you’d be hard-pressed to find a Seahawks fan who is no longer disgruntled.
Especially since Seattle’s “window of opportunity” has closed for the time being; bringing up the Super Bowl can quickly trigger uncomfortable memories.
If you’re not a fan of women’s basketball, you probably covet a championship just as much as any other fan around the nation. Without counting the success of the Seattle Storm, the entire city of Seattle is championship-deprived (since 1979).
Seattle is just one of thirteen NFL cities without a Super Bowl championship, which makes commitment quite difficult. It isn’t any fun rooting for a perennial loser.
Which is why support for the Seattle Seahawks is quite unique; the 12th Man packs Qwest Field every Sunday and defines loyalty. Losing hurts, but winning feels so much better when you’re a dedicated fan.
FoxSports.com recently listed ten NFL teams who deserve a Super Bowl – some listed teams have already won a championship – and showed some love to dedicated fans tucked away in the Pacific Northwest.
From FoxSports.com, who ranked Seattle tenth on their list:
For the fans alone, the Seahawks need to be on this list. The “12th Man” flag hangs atop the stadium each and every game, and there’s a reason for that. Very few fan bases are more dedicated to their team than those who back the Seahawks, who almost got that sweet taste of victory in the 2006 Super Bowl, but lost 21-10 to Pittsburgh in Ben Roethlisberger’s rookie year. Can the new Pete Carroll regime get them back there? The entire northwest region of the country has its fingers crossed.
National recognition for a dedicated fan base is great, but I can’t wait for the day Seattle wins a Super Bowl.
Note: Gerrit Ritt of Fox Sports wrote, “Very few fan bases are more dedicated to their team than those who back the Seahawks, who almost got that sweet taste of victory in the 2006 Super Bowl, but lost 21-10 to Pittsburgh in Ben Roethlisberger’s rookie year.” The Seahawks may have lost, but Roethlisberger was far from a rookie quarterback. He was drafted eleventh overall in 2004. I just wanted to point that out.