The good news was that Sasha Cruver and Jeff Jones had a pair of spiky wigs in Seahawks colors left over from a Guns N’ Roses concert. The bad news is the wigs lost their lift in the rainstorm that moved in today just as a pre-Super Bowl Seahawks rally should have been heating up at Seattle Center.
It would be nice to say that die-hard fans were undeterred by the downpour. But in fact, it’s not the same to be the 12th Man under an umbrella.
Like many, Cruver and Jones spent most of the rally in line for the day’s hottest promotional item: a Seahawks-themed PEMCO insurance lanyard. Luckily Jones had a Seahawks blanket in his backpack. They wrapped up in it as the line wore down and the Sea Gals shook their pompoms on the other side of the soggy South Fountain Lawn.
Jonathan Rumbawa rearranged his shift at Target to make the 11 a.m. rally. He and his friends arrived two hours early, in time to see the advertising booths being set up and the police arrive on horseback to control the anticipated crowd.
“I wanted to show support for the Seahawks,” he said, waving a giant flag. “They’ve done so much for us. The least we can do is show up.”
Hundreds did show up. They brought their co-workers, partners, kids and dogs. They brought their jerseys and funny Seahawks hats. A few donned face paint, but not too many. This was a workday.
Mayor Ed Murray took the stage and announced he would join the celebration by not reading a proclamation aloud in its entirety. But he fired up the crowd with the summary: It is, officially, Seahawks Week in Seattle. While fans shouted their support and chanted “Sea-Hawks,” the Blue Thunder played, the mascot danced, and four former players spoke.
Lenny Wilkens, coach of the 1979 NBA champion Seattle SuperSonics, raised the Seahawks 12th Man flag as people in the crowd squinting up through the rain. Then it was brought down so fans could sign it. After 3:30 p.m., it will be packed up, sent to New Jersey, and unfurled to show fan support across the country.