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January 30, 2015 at 2:33 PM

Bandwagon Seattle Seahawks fan or fan for life?

The Seahawks are back in the Super Bowl. Diehard fans gloat while newbies can’t jump on the bandwagon fast enough.

Members of the 12th Man gather on the capitol steps in Olympia on Friday, Jan. 30 for a "moment of loudness" in support of the Seattle Seahawks.  (AP Photo/Rachel La Corte)

Members of the 12th Man gather on the capitol steps in Olympia on Friday, Jan. 30 for a “moment of loudness” in support of the Seattle Seahawks. (AP Photo/Rachel La Corte)

Some veteran members of the 12th Man are probably watching the stragglers with a Doug Baldwin-sized chip on their shoulders: “How many of you doubted us?” “Y’all didn’t believe in us!”

Okay, okay. Maybe it did take awhile for some fans to catch on.

What truly swept me in wasn’t the Seahawks’ late-season winning streak, but an ever-growing admiration for this particular team, this coach at this time. The synergy is undeniable and I don’t want it to end.

Take it all in, 12s. Something special is happening. There are no guarantees the euphoria will last beyond Sunday, but we can all revel in the incredible storylines that have emerged since that memorable NFC Championship game two weeks ago that sent Green Bay packing.

Seattle Seahawks' Marshawn Lynch stretches during a team practice for NFL Super Bowl XLIX football game, Friday, Jan. 30, 2015, in Tempe, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York)

Seattle SeahawksMarshawn Lynch stretches during a team practice for NFL Super Bowl XLIX football game, Friday, Jan. 30, 2015, in Tempe, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York)

Critics have compared the Seahawks big personalities to a band of misfits, but they’re OUR gritty misfits. In fact, they’re practically life coaches on the gridiron:

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