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January 28, 2015 at 8:59 AM

Seahawks Fan Buzz: Perseverance inspires school’s ‘Eye of the Tiger’ video

A student at Queen Anne Elementary gets his game face on in the school's Seahawks video.

A student at Queen Anne Elementary gets his game face on in the school’s Seahawks video.

The students at Queen Anne Elementary made a video to help the Seahawks get pumped up for the Super Bowl on Sunday against the Patriots.
About 450 kids and staff, led by teachers Melyssa Stone and Amanda Amsel, helped make “Heart of the Seahawks,” a video to the tune of “Eye of the Tiger.”

But where did the kids get their inspiration?

Every month the school chooses a “character word.” Students explore what that word looks like and means through lessons and activities.

January’s word: Perseverance.

“The students loved and admired the ways the Seahawks have shown perseverance this year and last,” Stone said. “And what a better way to celebrate that than to send them off with this video.”

It just might do the trick. Coach Pete Carroll called out the video on his Facebook page and through Twitter.

Bandwagon? Not these long-time New Jersey fans

Kyle DeCapua shows his support for the Seahawks in New Jersey. More Seahawks tattoos.

Kyle DeCapua shows his support for the Seahawks in New Jersey. More Seahawks tattoos.

If you read any comment thread on national stories about the Seahawks,  (heck, even on the Seattle Times Facebook page), you can’t get away from the accusations that the 12s are bandwagon fans.

Kyle DeCapua in New Jersey knows the feeling.

“My friends know not to call me or text me during games,” DeCapua said. But the sophomore at Monmouth University had to explain his NFL taste to his new college suitemates.

Seahawks wide receiver Darrell Jackson gave Gavin DeCapua a game ball after a game-tying TD in FedEx Stadium in 2005. Seattle Times photographer Rod Mar happened to have captured the moment.

Seahawks wide receiver Darrell Jackson gave Gavin DeCapua a game ball after a game-tying TD in FedEx Stadium in 2005. Seattle Times photographer Rod Mar happened to have captured the moment.

“I didn’t know these guys. They couldn’t believe I was a fan. ‘What, since last year?’”  DeCapua told them he’s been a fan since he was about 10.

“People here are Eagles, Jets and Giants fans. Not Seahawks fans,” he said.

But DeCapua isn’t a Northwest transplant. He was born and raised in New Jersey and has no connection to Seattle. But his dad, Gavin DeCapua, 48, has been a Seahawks fan since the 70s when he saw kicker Efren Herrera fake a field goal, one of the trick plays common for the Seahawks in those early years.

The DeCapuas have been to a handful of games in Seattle, but they try to go to as many East Coast games as possible.

When the Seahawks played Washington at FedEx Field in 2005, Gavin met wide receiver Darrell Jackson before the game as the team was warming up.

When Jackson scored the game-tying touchdown, the Seahawk gave the ball to Gavin. It now graces the DeCapua house along with a lot of other Seahawks memorabilia.

“Pictures, hats, flags. You name it, we have it,” Kyle said. His favorite player is Earl Thomas, but he has jerseys for Russell Wilson and Marshawn Lynch as well. Dad sports a Doug Baldwin jersey these days.

The DeCapuas represented at the Super Bowl last year at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey.

“It was one of the best nights of my life. Not just the game, but being with my dad. He’s waited a long time for that,” Kyle said.

Dreaming of Arizona

Time to get your heart warmed. Seahawks linebacker Bobby Wagner fulfilled Daniel Duncan’s dream through the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Watch as the Washington Middle School student gets the biggest surprise of his life.

 

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Mmmmm. Dungeness crab. (Photo by Brad O’Connor)

The battle of the supper bowl

Forget football. Which part of the country has the better grub? Seattle Times Food writer Bethany Jean Clement goes up against the Boston Globe’s Sheryl Julian in the fight for your dinner plate.

From Boston: If you really want to understand New Englanders, you have to know about their scrappy beginnings as Puritans, the lean cold winters on a monotonous diet of beans and bits of pork strong with smoke because they were stored inside the chimney. Fishermen and families who eventually settled coastal cities and towns lived on chowders thickened with crumbled hardtack, a kind of wheat cracker that lasted forever.

From Seattle: We take credit for the improbable greatness, the objective superiority of our sweet Dungeness crab and lush local oysters, made sweeter and lusher by our frigid waters. In reality, we’re just lucky to be here, lucky we didn’t stop and stay somewhere else.

Ski bowl

Combine two of your favorite Northwest activities — football and skiing. (Though with recent weather conditions, we hope the football is better than the skiing.) Stevens Pass is honoring the 12th Man by offering $12 4-hour lift tickets on Sunday morning and then hosting Super Bowl viewing parties in the lodges. There are only 1,200 ticket vouchers available, so plan early.

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Doug Baldwin Paper Hawk out today

Look in Wednesday’s print edition of The Seattle Times for our latest Paper Hawk cutout. It’s wide receiver Doug Baldwin. Download the earlier Paper Hawks here, and upload a picture of your craftiness in our reader gallery.

Meantime, we’ve got one last Paper Hawk coming on Friday. And we can promise you this is the creme de la creme of Paper Hawks, the cherry on top of a Seahawks sundae. Don’t miss it.

Time for a singalong

There’s a new YouTube parody video that Seahawks fan might enjoy. Set to the tune of “Stay With Me” by Sam Smith, “Beat Brady” shows fans of other teams hoping that New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has a bad day against Seattle in the Super Bowl.

 

Showing their spirit

Folks at Seattle Children’s Hospital raised the 12th man flag on Tuesday. See more terrific fan photos in our gallery.

Seattle Children's Hospital President, Lisa Brandenburg and patient Kennedy O'Day preparing to raise the 12th Man flag.

Seattle Children’s Hospital President, Lisa Brandenburg and patient Kennedy O’Day preparing to raise the 12th Man flag.

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