Cue the fireworks and drunken celebrations; the Seattle Seahawks have won the Super Bowl for the first time in franchise history after their 43-8 demolition job of Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos at Metlife Stadium in New Jersey. Although it took 38 years for the Seahawks to win football’s greatest prize, this was truly their year, a sentiment echoed by quarterback Russell Wilson whose postgame quote “Why not us?” became infamous the moment it left his lips.
Before I break into my personal opinion about the aftermath of Super Bowl XLVIII, the first thing I want to say is “Go Hawks.” Having grown up on the East Coast, Connecticut to be precise, I was not a Seattle Seahawks fan from birth or even a football fan for that matter. My only real experience with the Seahawks was watching them lose Super Bowl XL against the Pittsburgh Steelers back in 2005. To put it in perspective, I was only 13-years-old, and I don’t think I watched another game until last season.
That being said, I have been truly impressed and amazed at the support the “12th Man” has shown to the Seahawks organization and its players. They truly earned their win over the Broncos, and a lot of it came down to the support that was shown by raucous fans that showed up for by the tens of thousands for every home game at CenturyLink Field. While watching Sunday’s game, I found myself feeling full of pride despite only living half of my life in the Pacific Northwest. The term “bandwagon” has been thrown around for the last month or so when it looked like the Seahawks were going to make it to the big dance, but honestly, who cares? If the city you are from, or simply live in, is on the verge of winning their first Super Bowl in history, why not show your support?
I would not call myself a bandwagoner by any stretch of the imagination. I don’t pretend to know the history of the team, I don’t own a jersey and I don’t even know a lot of the players’ names aside from obvious ones like Richard Sherman, Wilson, Marshawn Lynch and Golden Tate. I am simply a sports fan. I love the cocky attitude that Sherman has, but I also love the humbleness of guys like Wilson and Lynch. To the semi-neutral observer, this team seems like a really tight knit group, and that is the kind of unity that is necessary to win a game as big as the Super Bowl in such commanding fashion.
Don’t get me wrong; the city of Seattle and the team really deserved this victory and it is incredible for the city, but the overzealous celebrations in the streets went a little too far in my opinion. Sure, the burning of couches and other household furniture is alright as long as it doesn’t spread to the surrounding area (I am a pyro myself and would have gladly joined in), but as far as the shootings and damage to Pioneer Square goes, it is a little disappointing.
The city has every right to celebrate, and frankly it would be wrong not to. But smashing shop windows, fighting with police and causing $25,000 worth of damage to the iconic pergola in Pioneer Square is a little much. Having been a soccer fan all my life, I know all too well the type of damage to stadiums and rioting that goes on after soccer games, and I don’t blame Seahawks fans for releasing their built up emotion that arrived from the ecstasy of winning the Super Bowl.