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Take 2

A different spin on sports by The Seattle Times staff and readers.

May 28, 2013 at 12:23 PM

Seahawks’ fake fans should get off the bandwagon

By Grace Pohl

Grace Pohl lives in Cheney, where the Seahawks once held training camp.

Opinions about the Seattle Seahawks? I have heard plenty while growing up in Washington, most of them negative.

But that all changed last season.

The people who would claim to hate the “Seachickens” are now suddenly cheering for the Seahawks. Bandwagons started popping up out of nowhere when the Seahawks got on a roll last season.

In Week 6, after the Hawks beat the New England Patriots, 24-23, the bandwagons started showing up.

The bandwagons turned into a traffic jam after the 23-17 overtime win in Week 13 over the Chicago Bears. Seahawks merchandise sales went up 88 percent after that win, according to the Puget Sound Business Journal. By the end of the season, sales were up 242 percent.

Where were all these “fans” when the Hawks had a losing record? Probably cheering for other winning teams at the time. Too many people only love a winner.

Bandwagon fans should learn how to be real football fans, the type of fans who support a team through thick and thin, not just when the scoreboard points to a winning team.

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