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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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February 5, 2014 at 6:20 AM

How much will the Seahawks Super Bowl parade cost?

The Seattle Seahawks are throwing the 12th Man the biggest super-sized party Seattle has seen since 1979. And they’re picking up the bill.

More of this: Seattle Sonics victory parade, 1979. (Vic Condiotty / Seattle Times)

More of this: Seattle Sonics victory parade, 1979. (Vic Condiotty / Seattle Times)

The Seahawks’ city-issued parade permit includes standard costs for traffic control, said Jeff Reading, Mayor Ed Murray’s spokesman. Costs above that – including a call-out of “every available police officer,” according to a city source – will be paid for by the Seahawks.

How much that will be is a secret, for now. Seattle police don’t disclose costs for big events in advance, for security reasons.

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January 31, 2014 at 6:30 AM

Ford, Christie pick Broncos

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford offered some crack sports analysis and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie weighed in with a similar opinion. Both predict the Denver Broncos will beat the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XLVIII on Sunday. Christie thinks Peyton Manning will lead his team to victory in a close game, Denver by three points. Ford expects…

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January 30, 2014 at 11:42 AM

What I sent to a San Francisco Chronicle writer after the Seahawks-49ers NFC game

What Marshall Kilduff of the San Francisco Chronicle editorial board sent The Seattle Times. (Photo by Sharon Pian Chan / Seattle Times)

What Marshall Kilduff of the San Francisco Chronicle editorial board sent The Seattle Times. (Photo by Sharon Pian Chan / Seattle Times)

Leading up to the NFC Championship Game between the Seahawks and the 49ers, San Francisco Chronicle editorial writer Marshall Kilduff sent me a 49ers T-shirt. He and I had both argued over which team was better and which city was superior.

After the red tee showed up, I asked readers in a blog post what I should send back to Kilduff.

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January 22, 2014 at 11:58 AM

A 49ers gift from a San Francisco Chronicle writer. What should I send back?

What Marshall Kilduff of the San Francisco Chronicle editorial board sent The Seattle Times. (Photo by Sharon Pian Chan / Seattle Times)

What Marshall Kilduff of the San Francisco Chronicle editorial board sent The Seattle Times. (Photo by Sharon Pian Chan / Seattle Times)

See the photo to the right? It’s a little memento that arrived in the mail Tuesday morning from San Francisco editorial writer Marshall Kilduff.

Kilduff and I squared off in our respective blogs leading up to the past two 49ers-Seahawks games. We argued over which was the better city the week before the Dec. 8 game, which the 49ers won. (Me: “Which is the better city?”; Kilduff: “Seattle talks smack, we talk back”).

Last week, we defended our teams leading up to the battle for the NFC title, and the Seahawks won. (Me: “Top 10 reasons Seahawks should win the NFC championship”; Kilduff: “Give hate a chance”).

What should I send to Kilduff? Do I take a cue from Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman? And what should I do with this 49ers t-shirt?

Tell me your ideas in this form.

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January 22, 2014 at 6:59 AM

Seahawks: The 12th Man around and on top of the world

Seahawks fans sent images of themselves from around the world in 12th Man gear in response to my Monday blog post about a Tacoma native living in Paris.

The most impressive entry came from Gordon Prinster of West Seattle, who shared a video of himself planting a 12th Man flag at 22,837 feet on Mount Aconcagua in Argentina on Jan. 4. Aconcagua is the tallest peak in the Americas.

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January 20, 2014 at 6:45 AM

Seahawks, Super Bowl and The 12th Man around the world

Tacoma native and Paris resident Krystal Romano raised the 12th Man flag in Paris, France. (Photo courtesy of Krystal Romano)

Tacoma native and Paris resident Krystal Romano raised the 12th Man flag in Paris, France. (Photo courtesy of Krystal Romano)

PARIS, France – Allez Seahawks.

“It’s our turn,” Tacoma native Krystal Romano said early Monday morning, Paris time, when the Seahawks won the NFC championship game in Seattle. “We haven’t won a Super Bowl yet. This team, this puzzle full of misfits and last picks – we made it work.”

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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.

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