Al Michaels likened Seattle’s 12th Man at CenturyLink Field to the Wrigley Field bleachers during the opening of NBC Football Night in America.
It’s a nice complement from the legendary broadcaster, but we all know the bleacher bums haven’t been on par with Seattle’s Hawk Nest in recent seasons. Bad Cubs teams and higher priced bleacher seats have understandably made for a more timid and well mannered crowd in the outfield.
Meanwhile, Seattle’s rambunctious crowd is recognized as the loudest in the NFL, and one of the toughest venues for opposing teams to play in. The Seahawks are undefeated at home this season (7-0), including a convincing 42-13 win vs. San Francisco Sunday night.
Prior to kickoff at every home game the Seahawks welcome back a former player or coach, or invite a local celebrity to raise the 12th man flag, a number the franchise retired in 1984 to honor the fans.
In the video it’s former Seahawk great Sam Adams whipping the crowd into a frenzy. He was selected eighth overall by Seattle in the 1994 Draft and played six seasons for the team (94-99).
No doubt better days are ahead for the Wrigley Field bleacher bums. Cubs fans have never let a bad record stand in the way of a good party. And we should expect a better product on the field soon, too.
Stay tuned, Seattle.