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January 13, 2013 at 11:47 AM

Scenes from Hawks mania: Excitement gives way to disappointment

Staff reporter Sarah Freishtat is checking out the fans’ scene around Seattle. Bars and restaurants opened as early as 8 a.m.,  and the Seahawks faithful filled the seats. 

1:24 p.m: Disappointment, then a look ahead

After the anguishing loss, fans at Goofy’s in North Seattle were working on acceptance – and looking forward.

“It’ll be a depressing six months,” said lifelong fan Stew Christenson. “We’ll work on next season.”

Laurie Fagerland, new to football fandom, said the playoff run was worth it, even though the Hawks lost.

“It’s like we finally have a team,” she said.

12:45 p.m. ‘Seattle’s thirsty’ for victory

With the Seahawks within one touchdown, some fans are beginning to look to the future.  At Goofy’s, Tanner Lingafelter said it’s about time Seattle brought home a title, no matter what the sport is.

“Seattle’s thirsty. We need something, ” he said.

But first things first. This game. Now. With three scores in a row, Lingafelter said the Hawks have finally figured out their strategy against Atlanta: just keep passing.

 11:47 a.m:  Down 20-0, but hope springs eternal

With the Seahawks down 20-0 as the second half starts, fans at Sport aren’t giving up.

“If it wasn’t for last week I’d probably be crying,” said Daria Cassese, a nurse at Children’s hospital. “But I’m hopeful we can pull this out.”

Josh Wallace, a regular at the bar, who just finished service in the Army, also said anything is possible after last week’s win over the Washington Redskins.

“I can’t be down, we still have a whole other half left,” he said.

11:26 a.m: With the Hawks down on the scoreboard, worry creeps in

Ben Richeson and his group of Kentuckians-turned-Seahawks fans are regulars at Sport Restaurant and Bar at Fisher Plaza in Seattle,  about two blocks from where he lives. Although not a native, he says it was easy to become a fan.

“All it really takes to be a Seahawks fan is to go to one game,” he said. “Although it’s not feeling so good to be a Seahawks fan right now,” he added as the Falcons scored.

His support for the team may be helped by another member of his group, diehard fan Kerry Fields. Fields’ parents flew to Atlanta to watch the game, where they said Hawks fans were out in full force.

9:48 a.m: Is it Black Friday? No, but Seahawks fan camps out early anyway

Austin Roupe was first in line at Spitfire, arriving outside the doors at 7:26 this morning to ensure enough seats for his group of 20. Along with his folding chairs, blankets, and coffee, he had a maple bar and Seahawks doughnut for good luck.

“I beat all the employees and got some weird looks,” he said. “But I wasn’t sleeping anyway. I was too excited. I felt like it was Black Friday.”

9: 35 a.m: At Spitfire in Belltown, former Falcons fan undergoes Seahawks conversion

Almost every table at Spitfire in Seattle’s Belltown neighborhood was filled by 8:45 a.m. today, even though the bar wasn’t supposed to be open until 9 a.m. Christina Rollins, decked out in a neon green zip-up with a Seahawks jersey underneath, calls this her initiation game. The former Falcons fan is rooting against her home team today.

“It’s time I just finally committed to the Hawks,” the yoga instructor said. “I may pass out, depending on how the game goes.”

Matthew Weatherly and John Townsend couldn’t quite bring themselves to do the same. The Falcons’ season-ticket holders were dressed head to toe in red and black, even though they’ve been in Seattle for about two years. Townsend even dragged his fiancée, a Seattle native, to watch the game today, although he couldn’t get her to root for the falcons.

“We can’t hide today,” Weatherly said.

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