Skins Discuss Those Seattle Fans
It's hard to remember now, but nine months ago Seahawks fans were extremely excited about their football team, and were showing that excitement by posting angry, grammatically suspect comments on Washington Post blogs.
A year later, I thought it would be appropriate to get some further fan reaction from some key figures in this game, including Sellers, who, you'll recall, had told the Washington Times that Qwest Field "had to be miked up because the last time we played there, it was ridiculous. We couldn't hear ourselves talk."
What does he say now?
"You know what, I'm gonna clarify that," Sellers said yesterday. "Because I actually complimented the people. But you see, with the Seattle reporters, they're going to say, 'Oh, Mike said they're doing this, they're doing that,' and that wasn't the case. I was actually giving the Seattle fans their props, because I've been to the Kingdome and I know how loud it was.
"But it was what it was. They got me. They got me real good last year. The thing about it was, [Chris] Cooley was the one that was amping most of those guys up. He was outside the locker room, he was going crazy, just gassing them up. They're cursing me out, and Cooley's over there talking trash."
How about Shaun Alexander. He played there for years and years. Can he compare the fan bases?
"I think that Seattle's fans made other visiting fans uncomfortable," Alexander told me. "I don't know, my two last home games [here] were Pittsburgh and Dallas, and it looked like it was 50-50 in there. So I don't know what that's all about, but that would never happen in Seattle. Unless they were 2-7."
Of course, the Seahawks are now offering their fans the chance to buy visiting team returns on Sunday, so that's one similarity. And how about Jim Zorn? He has some experience in Seattle. His thoughts on the noise?
"Well, I think it's been well promoted, well fanned if you will," Zorn said, of the Seahawks clamor. "You know, the fire has been fanned there, that the fans really take pride in supporting their team. They feel they make the difference, and that's why they are out there. They feel like if they can get you to jump offsides, it's not the situation that got you to jump offsides, oh no. The guy sitting in row 8, section 121, HE'S the one that got you to jump offsides. That's how they feel about it."
I asked whether or not that impression was accurate, and everyone, including Zorn, laughed at me.
"The point is accurate," Zorn said. "I don't know if [the seat number] is accurate. You know, you go, 'YEAH I DID IT!!!!! YEAH, THAT WAS ME!!!!' So then when the situation comes up, you're even louder the next time."
Anyhow, we'll be looking out for me, Mr. Guy in Row 8, Section 121.
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