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The Seattle Sketcher

An illustrated journal of life in the Puget Sound region by Times artist Gabriel Campanario.

Category: Sports

SPORTS

February 7, 2014 at 7:07 PM

Seahawks score with a non-football fan

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Sketched Feb. 5, 2014

If you had told me last August that on Super Bowl Sunday I’d be jumping off my couch with excitement, I wouldn’t have believed you. But there I was, every Seahawks touchdown bringing out my inner soccer fan. “Gooooooal,” I yelled, making my kids laugh.

You see, in my 15 years of living in the U.S. (California, Virginia and now Seattle) I have to admit that this sport never captured my imagination. Players wearing helmets and tight pants? Referees who speak through microphones? I didn’t get it.

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January 17, 2014 at 9:58 PM

Divided by football, but still united in love

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Rivalries aside, football means “family time” for Mollie Martin. “I love the football season because it’s the only time we all get to hang out in the same room.”
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Sketched Jan. 14-16, 2014

I got a pretty good idea of how much some Seahawk fans despise the 49ers when I sketched Gary Buchanan’s “Hawk One” tailgating motor home at the beginning of the season. Lift the toilet seat inside the vehicle’s restroom and guess what you see down there: a San Francisco 49ers bumper sticker to aid as a target.

In the postseason, though, I’ve come across an opposite reality. Love and understanding between Seahawks and 49ers fans is still possible, even when they live under the same roof.

Jason Martin has been married to a die-hard 49er’s fan for 18 years. “We couldn’t handle political differences,” he said, but football is OK. It helps to have three TV screens to watch the multiple games at once during the regular season, added Martin.

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September 13, 2013 at 9:09 PM

Hawk One is a tailgating Taj Mahal

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Brian Miller watches last Sunday’s football game inside Hawk One, a converted motorhome
he co-owns with two fellow die-hard Seahawk fans. The tailgate party at Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma was just an appetizer for Sunday’s real craze before the season home opener against the 49ers at Century Link Field. It may not count as my first authentic tailgating experience, but I sure learned a great deal about a team and a sport I knew little about.

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Sketched Sept. 8, 2013

Talk about team spirit.

Gary Buchanan, Brian Miller and Tony Wetzel don’t just root for the Seahawks. They have their own 38-foot tailgating RV to rally fans before games.

The interior of the motor home is a mini-museum of the team’s history. The ceiling looks like that of the old Kingdome stadium, and names of legendary Seahawk players are displayed on a “Ring of Honor.” There’s more Kingdome-era stuff all around: three red chairs from the old stands, a piece of green turf and even a chunk of cement from the arena demolished 13 years ago.

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August 30, 2013 at 6:49 PM

Proud to be a Husky

Sketched Aug. 29, 2013 While all eyes are on the new Husky Stadium, let me draw attention to a small, but familiar, piece of the upgraded complex: the 360-pound bronze husky sculpture that has welcomed fans since 1995 and is now the centerpiece of the Dawg Pack Entrance. Did you know “Husky Spirit” is related to…

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June 12, 2013 at 2:55 PM

Take me out to the ball game

“Take me out to the ball game.” Who came up with that song that everyone sings during the 7th-inning stretch? Since I go to Safeco Field with my family more and more often these days, I had to look it up. You see, baseball was not a part of my childhood growing up in Spain. Everything I…

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April 12, 2013 at 8:09 PM

Play ball! Mariners home opener is a time of fun, work and peeking around

Sketched April 8, 2013 [Click on the sketches to see them larger] On Monday, I had the opportunity to make some behind-the-scenes sketches during opening day at Safeco Field. My 9-year-old son, who loves all things sports, was filled with envy. “You are so lucky! Can I go with you?” But media passes don’t come with extra…

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June 29, 2012 at 6:07 PM

Father, son share hoops and hopes at KeyArena

Sketched June 24, 2012 [Click on the sketch to see a larger version] I’ve watched more basketball in the past month than ever in my life, thanks to my 9-year-old son. We bonded over the NBA playoffs and finals, cheering every slam dunk by the Miami Heat and talking about LeBron James. Then, last weekend, we saw…

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