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January 17, 2014 at 6:40 PM

Seahawk fever: Bertha’s a big fan, cool cat named Russell Wilson

It’s Blue Friday, and we all know what that means. It’s wall-to-wall Seahawks all around town. My email and voicemail have been filling up with all sorts of slightly weird, off-the-wall and just plain bizarre stories.

Here are this week’s list of 10 strange Seahawks stories you may not have heard about:

Bertha wears her Seahawk swag well under Seattle.

Bertha wears her Seahawk swag well under Seattle.

1. The BIGGEST Seahawks fan: Bertha, a giant underground boring machine that is now idle under Seattle, is a Seahawk fan. She has been seen, and photographed, with Seahawks swag – wearing 12th Man flags. So I guess that’s proof that Big Lo isn’t the biggest Seahawks fan after all.

2. A smaller, quieter Seahawks fan: Perhaps the coolest wearer of Seahawks swag around is a hermit crab at the Seattle Aquarium who “wears” a Seahawks helmet. Actually, he lives in the helmet. He goes by the name of Marshawn Pinch. And, like Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch, he was born in the Bay Area. Well, actually, he was born in the bay itself, before being relocated to upstate New York and now Seattle, according to his bio. Watch a video of Pinch here.

3. Sign of a truce? Seahawk and 49er fans have been going back and forth about billboards after Seattle blocked an effort to put up a 49ers billboard near CenturyLink Field. That was quickly doused when Seattle businesses joined forces to create a “12 zone” of pro-Seahawks billboards near the stadium. Now fans of each team are raising money for a worthy cause in each other’s city. Seattleites are raising donations for UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital. Bay Area fans are raising money for Seattle Children’s Hospital.

An anonymous 49ers donor will match donations in each city up to $100,000 each. And now the 49ers and Seahawks each announced they will do the same, so every dollar pledged will equal $4. Seattle led in money raised, $20,933 to $13,419, earlier this week, according to Dead Spin. Here is a link to donate.

4. Who’s watching the Seahawks? A lot of you are, apparently. Seahawks ratings are up 37 percent this season over 2012 and 77 percent over 2011 in the Seattle-Tacoma market, according to the Sports Business Daily. New Orleans had the highest ratings, with Kansas City having the biggest jump (41 percent). Seattle ranks fifth among all NFL markets with 38.6 rating. The Saints-Seahawks game last Saturday drew huge numbers on ESPN and KONG. I had a 47 rating in Seattle (the percentage of TV sets tuned to the game) and a 71 share (the percentage of all sets being watched at the time tuned into the game). Those should be even higher for Sunday’s game.

5. You know you’re big when: The Onion weighs in. And right now the Seahawks are big. The Onion, known for its biting satire, parodies both Marshawn Lynch’s silence and the 12th Man’s noise in a post this week. Be forewarned that the language is, uh, salty (but hilarious).

6. Political bets, Round II: Sen. Nancy Pelosi D-Calif. and members of the State of Washington’s Congressional Delegation are betting on the Seahawks-49ers game. See if you think this is a little one-sided. Pelosi bet San Francisco sourdough bread from and chocolate.  Washington’s delegation is wagering chocolate from Jim McDermott, Almond Roca from Adam Smith, scones from Denny Heck, craft gin from Rick Larsen’s district, wine and smoked salmon from Suzan DelBene, and apples Derek Kilmer.

7. Weathering the game: Weather was stormy for last Saturday’s Seahawk game, though it isn’t expected to be a factor Sunday. But if the Seahawks win and go to New Jersey for the Feb. 2 Super Bowl, look out. The Old Farmer’s Almanac predicted almost a year ago that there will be a big storm on Super Bowl weekend and is standing by its prediction.  The culprit would be a northeaster that could bring warmer temperatures but gusty winds and rain.

8. Russell Wilson’s a hot dog: Last week, 1,000 Beast Burgers were sold at CenturyLink, and Marshawn Lynch went all Beast Mode on the Saints, rushing for 140 yards and two touchdowns. This Sunday, they’ll be serving a “DangeRuss” hot dog honoring Russell Wilson. Does that mean Wilson will go all, uh, DangeRuss on the 49ers? The price? $12, of course.

Wilson apparently loves macaroni and cheese, so a helping of Beecher’s mac ‘n’ cheese is ladled over a foot-long hot dog, with caramelized onions, Sriracha honey hot sauce and diced jalapeno peppers.  It’s also topped with “Seahawks Strips,” green and blue tortilla strips to give a Seahawks visual. Delaware North and the Seahawks teamed up to dish this one up, along with the $15 Beast Burger and something called “12s Nachos”, which features large blue and green tortilla chips “that are more suitable for sharing.” according to a Seahawks release. That dish is topped with chipotle cheese sauce, sour cream, guacamole, pico de gallo and green onions.

9. Russell Wilson the cat: Hawks fever has resulted in more pets being named after Seahawks. There are 28 dogs and cats  in Seattle and King County named Russell, according to search of pet licenses, including two chihuahuas and three terriers. One Labrador retriever and one cat are named Russell Wilson. There’s a dog named Golden Tate (a golden lab, of course). There’s one West Highland terrier named Marshawn. Four pets are named Beast, 15 answer to Blitz, and there are 30 Earls, 33 Shermans and 49 Petes. But the No. 1 pet name with a Seahawks connection is Red, with 52, though two have full names of Red Dog.  

10. I’ll take food and drink for $12. If you’re 12th Man wearing your Seahawks garb this weekend, you’ll get some deals. Starbucks is serving 12 cent coffee brewed coffee in more than 400 Starbucks stores in Washington on Friday to customers wearing Seahawks colors. Jack in the Box is offering a 12 percent discount for any meals Friday in Western Washington if you’re wearing Seahawks gear. Albertsons is offering a 10 percent discount to anyone wearing a Seahawks jersey on Sunday at participating stores.

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