I’m no football expert, but I’m rooting for the Seahawks | Reporter's Notebook

When I was in journalism school at the University of Washington, I applied for a part-time sports clerk position at the Seattle Times. The main duties of the job consisted of taking calls from high school coaches after games to collect box scores. This was for all sports, so in the fall and early winter, that meant football.

I knew this going in and knew part of the job interview would be a quiz on sports trivia. With this in mind, I decided to brush up on my football knowledge.

I say “brush up.” What I really mean is “try to learn the whole game in one night” since I knew nothing about the sport. And in typical college student fashion, I crammed for the quiz the night before the interview.

Needless to say, nothing stuck. I missed pretty much all of the football-related questions, failed the quiz and thus, didn’t get the job.

That was six or seven years ago and let me just say, nothing’s changed. I still know just about nothing about football.

Want to know the name of some obscure Harry Potter character? I’m a font of facts. Can’t remember the lyrics to the latest Eminem song? Look no further — I can probably even rap it for you.

But tell me Percy Harvin is out for the NFC championship game? All you’ll get is a blank stare while I try to figure out what this means for the Seattle Seahawks: Is this a good thing because he’s a 49er and we don’t want him to play? Or is this a bad thing because he’s a Seahawk and we want him in the game?

True story.

Seven years as a gymnast, a lifetime of attending Mariners games and five seasons of “Friday Night Lights” on repeat do not make a football expert.

This being said, I have to admit I am excited to see the Seahawks heading to the Super Bowl.

Now, before you begin yelling “Bandwagon!” let me explain myself.

I was born and raised here and am a Pacific Northwest girl to the core. I expect gray skies nine months out of the year, label anyone walking around with an umbrella a tourist and consider two Starbucks stores located across the street from each other normal (a year of living in Idaho taught me that the latter is definitely NOT normal outside the Evergreen State).

And as a PNW girl, I’ve grown used to the fact that this area is not exactly known for sports. Science and technology? Sure. But if you’re looking for a sports powerhouse, you’ll have better luck looking elsewhere.

So the significance of one of our teams heading to the Big Game is not lost on even me, the football illiterate.

Everywhere you go around here, it’s Seahawks: The 12th Man flag flies over local government buildings and area landmarks; almost every other car on the road is sporting some sort of bumper sticker or flag; cities, schools and businesses have designated “Blue” days and many businesses are offering “12th Man” specials on their various services and products. If that weren’t enough, every time I log on to social media, my feeds explode with blue and green.

With the entire state supporting the Seahawks, it’s hard not to take even a cursory interest in the team. It’s been building up all season and now it’s here: The Seahawks are going to the Super Bowl!

And while I could watch the game in full and still have no clue what’s happening, I’ll be pulling for our guys to bring home a “W” just as hard as any die-hard fan.

Go Hawks!


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