The NFL season is over, the Seattle Seahawks are Super Bowl champs, but everyone is still talking about the parade through downtown Seattle.
Steve Raible, the popular play-by-play announcer for the Hawks, was a favorite with the – what was it, two million? – fans who turned out in the frigid weather to cheer the team.
My gratitude and appreciation for Raible goes back to Jan. 19 and the NFC Championship between the Seahawks and the San Francisco 49ers. Seemingly minutes and one field goal into the game, the electrical power went out in my neighborhood and lots of others in North King County. (Expletives deleted.)
We hustled up a portable radio with functioning batteries, and dialed up KIRO AM and there was Mr. Raible. OK, I cannot remember the last time I heard him on the radio.
Indeed, I do not watch – or listen – to much pro ball. I like the college game a lot more. Still, the Hawks were on fire this season, for all the well established reasons. Attention must be paid.
So there we sat huddled on a stormy Sunday. Raible calls a great game. The college and Seahawks veteran has been broadcasting for years and, no doubt, doing it very well.
Read up on Raible, and it can almost tick off a person. He is not only in Georgia Tech’s athlete Hall of Fame, but Raible is also a popular and generous figure in community activities around the region. When, of course, he is not behind a microphone or on camera.
Steve Raible calls a great football game. I just had to say it, and catch up with his legions of fans who already knew it.