Just to make sure there are no false pretenses, I am a long time Seahawk fan, having grown up in the Northwest. One of my first memories of the NFL was Largent's 100th career receiving TD where he leaped high in the back of the endzone in a losing effort against your Broncos back in 1989. Many of my early NFL years were spent jealous of your team as the Seahawks were the bath mat of the gone but not forgotten pre-realignment AFC West.
One of the reasons I generally like SB Nation blogs is because they tend to have a greater level of intellect to their analysis as compared to ESPN boards and other mindlessly tribalistic fans who seem to spend more time attacking other fans than appreciating their own team. While there have been reasonable posters representing both Seattle and Denver over the last few weeks, there have also been many individuals for which the inverse is true.
Ultimately, sports should be a fun. A distraction from real life where we can marvel at those whose abilities dwarf our own and imagine what it would be like to be that phsyically gifted, while watching a game that is exquisite in its strategy, technique, and drama. I am hoping to provide a short anecdote to remind everyone that ultimately, sports SHOULD remain fun and not revert to the level of European soccer hooligans where opposing fanbases over generalize and display true hatred for one another.
I am currently finishing up a degree in the medical field, and part of my training has sent me to an internship at a hospital in Santa Fe, NM. As you all know, this is a strongly Denver leaning fanbase here. The Friday after the conference championships games, I had an elderly patient arrive for an eye exam. He was decked out in full Bronco regalia: jacket, hat, gloves, scarf. Naturally, we hit up a conversation, with me revealing I am a fan of 'the other guys'. He mentioned how ridiculously excited he was for the Super Bowl. Regardless, we were able to have some fun banter about the game, we finished the exam and sent him on his way. I enjoyed connecting with him on the commonality of our fanship in the NFL and our excitement for the game regardless of our team affiliation.
Just four days later, the Tuesday before the Super Bowl we received a notice that this gentleman had passed away the day before. I don't know what specifically led to his passing, though I believe it was reasonably unexpected as his health had overall been pretty good aside from his advanced age. For those who aren't in the medical field, learning a patient of yours has died is a punch in the gut, regardless of how well you knew them. A person who had been vibrant and happy only days earlier was now irrevocably gone. This man, who had been so excited to watch the Super Bowl didn't even get to (and no, please don't make any classless jokes about his passing and the outcome of the game, I'm sure this gentleman would prefer to still be wth us here regardless). Utimately, any differences of allegiance were completely trivial and I am happy to have shared a good moment with him, one human to another.
I personally don't think that there is much waiting for us on the other side of death, and as such the experiences, the happiness, and the highlights of our existence here are probably all that we will get. So while I know that there will always be a level of animosity between fanbases, lets just try to keep perspective in place. I urge everyone to think twice before over-generalizing another fanbased, city, or region based on the actions of a few. Remember that sports shouuld be about passion and fun above ridicule and scorn. Remember we're all hurtling through this universe on the same rock, and we have to find happiness when we can as our opportunity to do so is but a microsecond in the timeline of this reality...