I was born and raised in Washington State. My hometown is Everett, about an hour North of Seattle.
My whole life I’ve been surrounded by Seahawks fans. But they were never MY team.
Now, I know this accounts to blasphemy for many people. Rooting for the home team is one of those sacred rules that surrounds fandom because, you know, if you’re going to spend countless hours of time and money supporting colors and logos you better be rooting for the team that’s closest to you on a map. Otherwise you must be a bad person. Or something like that.
So yes, if you must consider me a bad person from here on out, so be it.
But I didn’t want to be a Hawks fan. So I wasn’t.
The Cowboys were my team from the beginning. One of my earliest memories is watching them beat the Steelers in the Super Bowl. After that I was hooked. I watched every game I could. And if I couldn’t? I’d be the first person in my family up on Monday morning so I could grab the paper, flip to the Sports section, and check the Cowboys score.
I couldn’t of cared less about the Seahawks.
Fast forward 18 years and Seattle is a week away from possibly capturing their first Super Bowl, a win that would bring the city it’s first major sports title in 34 years (Sonics, R.I.P., were the last).
Meanwhile the Cowboys just finished their 3rd straight 8-8 season and are closing in on a decade without appearing in an NFC title game.
A friend asked me this week: Are you a Seahawks fan yet?
My answer, as always: Nope.
Now don’t get me wrong, never would I consider rooting against my home team in the Super Bowl (except, of course, if they were playing the Cowboys). I have too many friends who love the Hawks for me to wish ill against them.
And I do love Seattle, a beautiful city with amazing fans that deserves to bask in the glory of knowing that, at least for one year, their team was the best. It would be awesome to see that happen.
But I picked my team when I was six years old. And I’m going to live with my decision. Call it stupid, call it stubborn, call it crazy.
I just think there’s something to to be gained from loyalty.
Ask any longtime Seahawks fans, the ones who sat through many dark seasons. I think they’ll tell you the same thing.