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Take 2

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

October 6, 2014 at 7:48 AM

Seahawks rebuttal: Why the 12th Man lives in Seattle, not Texas

Seahawks linebacker Heath Farwell carries the 12th Man flag as the rest of the team is introduced to face the San Diego Chargers during a preseason game  Aug. 15. John Lok / Seattle Times staff

Seahawks linebacker Heath Farwell carries the 12th Man flag as the rest of the team is introduced to face the San Diego Chargers during a preseason game Aug. 15.
John Lok / Seattle Times staff

BY JIM RASMUSSEN

Terrance Quinlan, an alumnus of Texas A&M and a former Seattle resident, wrote a Take 2 essay about why the 12th Man is from College Station, Texas, not Seattle. Here is a rebuttal from Seahawks fan Jim Rasmussen, with help and ideas from readers’ comments.

Our 12th Man

Our 12th Fan always stands during real football games. Unlike Texas A&M.
Our 12th Fan always yells and never cheers. Unlike Texas A&M.
Our 12th Fan kisses their mates when the team is about to score a touchdown. Unlike Texas A&M.
Our 12th Fan built the ships and planes for the Normandy invasion.
Our 12th Fan planted a 12th Man flag on Iwo Jima.
Our 12th Fan suffered 50 percent casualties during the Seattle Mariners’ bad years.
Our older 12th Fans kept our spirit alive in the Kingdome.
Our 12th Fan produces more planes than all of Texas combined.
Our 12th Fan produced more Starbucks coffee than Texas A&M.
Our 12th Fan owner rose to the rank of one of the world’s richest.
There is no ex-12th Fan. They would be San Francisco 49ers/Raiders fans.
Johnny Manziel IS Texas A&M.
Johnny Football is the embodiment of the Texas A&M 12th Man.
Our 12th Fan lives all around the world.
Our 12th Fan yells for the colors green and blue.
Our 12th Fan wears sports jerseys for special occasions, going to church, filling up with gas, shopping for food, etc.
Our 12th Fan mascot Blitz doesn’t need to worry about a little ankle biter like Texas A&M’s dog, Reveille.
Our 12th Fan has a Husky and a Cougar to make Reveille spit-shine our shoes.
Our 12th Fan started the first stadium wave (look it up).
Our 12th Fan has a retired No. 12 jersey.
BevMo is a real store.
University of Minnesota, which is credited with originating the term in 1900, should sue for the 12th Man title.
Our 12th Fan has the Sea Gals. No need for a marching band.
Our 12th Fan Sea Gals performed during the Super Bowl.
Our 12th Fan Sea Gals traveled around the region with the Lombardi trophy.
Our 12th Fan has always been located in one place – the Pacific Northwest, the USA and the world.

Jim Rasmussen is a former Seattle resident who now lives in Battle Ground, Wash. He believes the 12th Man is the 12th Man, so embrace it. He thinks Texas A&M should invite Seahawks fans to a Texas A&M game, and the Seahawks should have Texas A&M fans raise the 12th  Man flag at a game. 

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