BY TERRANCE QUINLAN
The author is a former Seattle resident who attended Texas A&M. We’d like your reaction to his Take 2 essay by email at email@example.com or on comments on this blog.
The 12th Man always stands during athletic contests.
The 12th Man does not cheer. He yells.
The 12th Man may kiss his date if his team scores a touchdown
The 12th Man scaled the cliffs at Pointe du Hoc in the Normandy invasion.
The 12th Man suffered 50 percent casualties in that attack.
Several of the older 12th Men were kept on campus to train younger students.
The 12th Man produced more officers in World War II than all the service academies combined.
Twenty-six of the 12th Men rose to general rank in World War II, more than any other school produced.
There are no ex-12th Men. They are bound in eternity to the 12th Man.
E King Gill was the first 12th Man.
Johnny Manziel is NOT the 12th Man.
John David Crowe is the embodiment of the 12th Man.
The 12th Man has never lived in the Pacific Northwest.
The 12th Man has only occasionally visited the Pacific Northwest.
The 12th Man does not paint his face in garish colors of green and blue.
The 12th Man does not wear day-glo shoes.
The 12th Man wears spit-shined boots for special occasions, like football games.
The 12th Dog, Reveille, eats birds of all kinds and doesn’t spit out the bones.
Bevo is a creation of the 12th Man (look it up).
The 12th Man has copyrighted the phrase.
Every time the phrase is bastardized by face-painted blubberheads, the 12th Man gets paid.
The 12th Man has been playing football since 1896, when the Pacific Northwest was practically an unsettled outpost of civilization.
The 12th Man marching band performs precision drills at halftime, not cutesy formations involving over-sized heads or other accoutrements.
The 12th Man freshman drill team performed in the opening scenes of “A Few Good Men.”
The 12th Man always has been located in one place – Malfunction Junction.
Terrance Quinlan is a former Seattle resident who now is semi-retired and lives in Milwaukee, Wis. He attended Texas A&M in the late 1960s, and his two sisters also went to school there. He doesn’t begrudge the Seahawks their success, but just wishes their fans would learn a little more about the origins of the 12th Man tradition.
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