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Skins Discuss Those Seattle Fans

(By Preston Keres - TWP)

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.

(For some quick reminders, see my items about the 12th Man Flag, about fans heckling Mike Sellers, and about fans heckling Mike Sellers. Head straight to the comments. It's some good reading.)

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.

By Dan Steinberg  |  November 20, 2008; 10:45 AM ET
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um, I, up in section 404 of FedEx Field am responsible for any false starts, delays of game and/or needs to call time outs (like on Dallas's first drive) by the visiting team. Just doing my part. :)

Posted by: suzannepdc | November 20, 2008 11:19 AM | Report abuse

Shaun Alexander is a b*tch. Everything he says makes my blood boil for some reason. For my blood pressure' sake, please don't interview him. Unless you're crafting a post on the art of crumpling to the ground after a .5 yard gain, then by all means.

Posted by: ThisGuy | November 20, 2008 11:19 AM | Report abuse

Shaun Alexander is a moron. The Seahawks make other visiting fans uncomfortable? HAHAHAHA. Those fans are weak. I went to the playoff game. They aren't special fans at all. In 2002 I went to watch Spurrier's Skins beat the Seachickens. That stadium was dead quiet the entire game. And this a franchise that won the AFC West in 1999 and had a bunch of regular season games blacked out that year. Seriously. That fan base is waaay overrated. Next year that stadium will be empty and they will be getting blacked out.

Posted by: whlinder1 | November 20, 2008 11:29 AM | Report abuse

There are no visiting fans in Seattle because it's in frickin' Japan or Alaska or Russia or something.

Posted by: Kev29 | November 20, 2008 12:04 PM | Report abuse

I was there for the playoff loss in January, the only fans there that felt uncomfortable were the Seahawks fans in our section, who didn't know what was going on every time we sang hail to the redskins.

That plus the seahawks fan who yelled "Sean Taylor is a f*ggot" to the wrong dude.

Posted by: Barno1 | November 20, 2008 1:24 PM | Report abuse

One of my co-workers out here in Seahawks Land is a season ticket holder. We were talking about Qwest Field today and she said the fans have been pretty subdued this year. I'm not expecting this Sunday to be like the playoff games of '05 and '07.

Also, that's my "gentleman friend"* in the VT hat in the above picture.

* - disregard if not a regular reader of JLC's blog

Posted by: freakzilla | November 20, 2008 6:10 PM | Report abuse

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