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January 29, 2015 at 7:28 AM

Seahawks Fan Buzz: Full video clip of Marshawn Lynch on ‘Conan’

Conan O'Brien and Marshawn Lynch.

Conan O’Brien and Marshawn Lynch.

Beast Mode speaks.

We thought he was going to continue the one-phrase answers to the press Thursday, but Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch surprised everyone with a flurry of actual sentences. OK, it was only for two minutes, but it still counts. Read the transcript and see the video here.

Want to see more of Beast Mode talking? And even making jokes? Thursday night’s “Conan” show featured Lynch against New England’s Rob Gronkowski in a “Clueless Gamer Big Game Showdown: ‘Mortal Kombat X.'” It’s hilarious. But be warned, it’s for a late-night audience and might not be appropriate for all viewers. Of course there’s the obligatory Skittles promo.

Speaking of product sales, the fancy Beast Mode caps Lynch has been wearing for his non-press conferences have been flying off the virtual shelves over at beastmodeonline.com. We’ve heard reports that the NFL may fine him for not wearing an approved cap, but nothing’s official as of yet. Meanwhile reporter Jack Broom has found a hat for the undecided Super Bowl fan. C’mon. Just make a commitment.

 

Beast Mode is everywhere and bigger than ever

The Expedia headquarters in downtown Bellevue is sporting a 10-story Marshawn Lynch action image on the side of its building and the banner headline: HAWKS RE-PETE.

Beast Mode made from construction paper on Expedia's Bellevue building.

Beast Mode made from construction paper on Expedia’s Bellevue building.

From a distance, the glossy image looks like a shrink-wrapped mylar photo. But the ingenious employees actually counted windows on the exterior of the building, set them out in a grid pattern and broke the image down into pixels.

“Like a retro 8-bit Mario video game,” said Jonathan Graham, senior web designer and the Beast Mode mastermind. Employees on each floor then received their own packets of 9-by-12 construction paper and instructions for how to tape the paper on each window.

Graham said this year’s image is much sharper than last year’s giant one of Richard Sherman’s memorable tip  to seal the NFC Championship against the San Francisco 49-ers.  The Marshawn image isn’t of any one play, he said, but rather a tribute to the running back’s importance to the team and the Seahawk’s second appearance in the Super Bowl.

“He’s amazing,” Graham said. “We wanted them to know we’re all back here rooting for them.”

The giant Marshawn went up on the side of the Expedia building Monday, Graham said. The image is sharpest in the morning, when the eastern light hits the building, and starts to fade into the dark exterior later in the day.

“Everyone thinks it’s super cool,” he said.

These 12s in Killarney, Ireland, go to great lengths to watch the Super Bowl.

These 12s in Killarney, Ireland, go to great lengths to watch the Super Bowl.

Midnight madness in Ireland

Seahawks fans in Killarney, Ireland, have found a clever way to watch the Super Bowl at a local pub.

Charlie Foley’s hosts parties for Seahawks fans for every playoff game and the Super Bowl, according to Roger O’Sullivan, who runs Claddagh Construction of Seattle and who knows the pub’s proprietor.

But here’s the tricky part for these dedicated 12s: In Killarney, pubs have to close at 11 p.m. on Sunday nights by law. And the Super Bowl starts at 11:30 p.m. Killarney time. So they lock everyone inside at 11 p.m. and, wink wink, close. And that’s the plan again this Sunday.

May Irish eyes smile upon these fans again this Super Bowl.

Listen up, football fans

Spotify did a little research into what people in Washington listen to compared to what people in New England have on their playlists.

Funky electronica and indie rock are particularly popular among Seahawks fans, Spotify says, as is hometown favorite duo Macklemore & Ryan Lewis. Tracks you will find on a playlist in Washington, but not New England include: “Gooey,” by Glass Animals; “Mind Over Matter,” by Young the Giant; and “Let’s Get Lost,” by G-Eazy and Devon Baldwin.

 In New England, classic rock, hip-hop and Latin are tops. Notable tracks on a New England playlist, but not Washington include: “House Party,” by Sam Hunt; “Buy a Heart,” by Nicki Minaj; and “Bailando,” by Enrique Iglesias.

Spotify says New England likes the “immortal hits” of the ’90s. Here at Fan Buzz, we call that “stuck in the ’90s.”

But we can’t poke too much fun: Apparently Seahawks fans love their Katy Perry. Get ready to sing along with the half-time show.

The tattered 12th Man flag that flew over the Space Needle for the NFC Championship.

The tattered 12th Man flag that flew over the Space Needle for the NFC Championship.

Battle torn 12th Flag

The 12th Man flag that was raised at the Space Needle by former Seahawks left tackle Walter Jones before the NFC Championship Game against the Packers took a beating in the storm that  followed. Torn and tattered, the flag will be on display at the Space Needle today from noon to 3 p.m. for fans to sign.

The flag will then make a tour of the city and will fly over the Needle when the Seahawks return from Arizona.

Singer Dave Matthews hoisted a new 25-by-35-foot flag at the Space Needle Thursday morning. Asked what would be the most appropriate Dave Matthews Band song for the Super Bowl, he said either “Halloween,” which has a lot of shrieking, or “Crash Into Me,” a love song, according to The Associated Press.

A prickly question

Time for predictions! We could consult NFL experts. We could talk to national media. Hey, we could even ask our own staff. But we prefer to consult Teddy Bear the Porcupine to find out which team is going to win Super Bowl XLIX. Hey, he’s been right three years out of three so far, which is better than we can say about our staff writers. …

 

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