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January 15, 2014 at 6:09 AM

Top 10 reasons Seahawks should win the NFC championship

Seattle and San Francisco’s football teams play Sunday for the NFC championship title. Clearly, the Seahawks should win. Here are my reasons below.

And check out San Francisco Chronicle editorial writer Marshall Kilduff’s reasons in an Opinion Shop blog post on why the 49ers should win.

Thank you to the Hawks fans who helped me come up with this top 10 list.

1. The coach doth protest too much. A coach that whines as much as 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh should play futbol instead of football. As in soccer.

San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh protests a non-call by the officials after a fourth down play during the second half of the NFL Super Bowl XLVII football game against the Baltimore Ravens, Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013, in New Orleans. (AP Photo/Gene Puskar)

San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh protests a non-call by the officials after a fourth down play during the second half of the NFL Super Bowl XLVII football game against the Baltimore Ravens, Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013, in New Orleans. (Photo by Gene Puskar / AP)



2. 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick kisses his own biceps. His pet tortoise is endearing. Making out with one’s arm is not. San Francisco fans should just admit they are embarrassed by the celebration ritual. It’s so SoCal.

San Francisco 49ers' Colin Kaepernick (7), right, celebrates scoring a touchdown against the Carolina Panthers, during the third quarter of the NFC divisional playoffs at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, N.C., on Sunday, Jan. 12, 2014. The San Francisco 49ers defeated the Carolina Panthers, 23-10. (David T. Foster III/Charlotte Observer/MCT)

San Francisco 49ers’ Colin Kaepernick (7), right, celebrates scoring a touchdown against the Carolina Panthers, during the third quarter of the NFC divisional playoffs at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, N.C., on Sunday, Jan. 12, 2014. The San Francisco 49ers defeated the Carolina Panthers, 23-10. (Photo by David T. Foster III / Charlotte Observer)



3. For short people everywhere. The five-foot-ten Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson was deemed too short to play quarterback.



4. Speaking of “Lord of the Rings,” nerds rule. Russell Wilson burying his head in a binder on the sidelines is inspiration to nerds everywhere.



5. Seahawks coach Pete Carroll. His mottos are pretty good. Always compete? Earn everything? Be early, it’s a sign of respect? These are philosophies Tiger Mom can get behind.



6. To make up for 2006, when the Seahawks lost to the Steelers in the Super Bowl.

Pittsburgh Steelers running back Willie Parker dives into the end zone for a touchdown against the Seattle Seahawks in the second half of Super Bowl XL on Sunday, February 5, 2006, in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Dean Rutz / Seattle Times)

Pittsburgh Steelers running back Willie Parker dives into the end zone for a touchdown against the Seattle Seahawks in the second half of Super Bowl XL on Sunday, February 5, 2006, in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Dean Rutz / Seattle Times)



7. The San Francisco 49ers have already won five Super Bowls. Their fans would be insufferable if they won six.

A man walks across a San Francisco 49ers' team jersey on the floor of the House Chief Clerk's office Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014, in Olympia, Wash. Office coordinator Greg Payne, an avid Seattle Seahawks' fan and season ticket holder, placed the garage sale find on the floor in support of the Seahawks, who play the 49ers Sunday in the NFC championship game. (Photo by Elaine Thompson / AP)

A man walks across a San Francisco 49ers’ team jersey on the floor of the House Chief Clerk’s office Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014, in Olympia, Wash. Office coordinator Greg Payne, an avid Seattle Seahawks’ fan and season ticket holder, placed the garage sale find on the floor in support of the Seahawks, who play the 49ers Sunday in the NFC championship game. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)



8. Let us win this game and we’ll keep our Sasquatch hands off the Sacramento Kings NBA team.

Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins (15) looks at official Scott Foster (48) after being called for a foul during the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers in Sacramento, Calif., Friday, Nov. 1, 2013. The Clippers won 110-101. (Photo by Rich Pedroncelli / AP)

Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins (15) looks at official Scott Foster (48) after being called for a foul during the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers in Sacramento, Calif., Friday, Nov. 1, 2013. The Clippers won 110-101. (Photo by Rich Pedroncelli / AP)



9. Seahawks don’t have to send instructions to the 12th Man on how to be a fan. Leading up to the Seattle-San Francisco game in December, the 49ers sent instructions to fans about how to cheer. Hint: “Wear red!” Check out the letter on Deadspin.

Deadspin screenshot

Deadspin screenshot



10. Local ownership. Paul Allen could have sold the Seahawks to out-of-town buyers, like Howard Schultz and his merry band of investors did with the Seattle Sonics basketball team. He held on. That ownership should be rewarded.

Seahawks owner Paul Allen celebrates the Seahawks  2006 NFC Conference Championship win over the Carolina Panthers. (Photo by Rod Mar / Seattle Times)

Seahawks owner Paul Allen celebrates the Seahawks 2006 NFC Conference Championship win over the Carolina Panthers. (Photo by Rod Mar / Seattle Times)



Kilduff and I also faced off in December the last time the Seahawks played the 49ers in the blog post “Seattle v. San Francisco showdown: Which city is better?”

Also, our letters to the editor blog Northwest Voices is holding a caption-writing contest for a Pete Carroll-Jim Harbaugh photo. We’ll print the best one.

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