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January 26, 2014 at 12:09 PM

Fans by the thousands sent the Seahawks off to New York this morning

Fans yelled and cheers along the route the Seahawks buses took to the airport this morning. (Photo by Erika Schultz / The Seattle Times)

Fans yelled and cheers along the route the Seahawks buses took to the airport this morning. (Photo by Erika Schultz / The Seattle Times)

Thousands of fans showed up to line South 188th Street in SeaTac and see off the Seahawks as they headed to the airport this morning. They stood along the street for miles to show their support and excitement, lining the roadway with a sea of green and blue.

A smiling Richard Sherman gives a thumbs up as the Seahawks depart to SeaTac from the Virginia Mason Athletic Complex training facility.

A smiling Richard Sherman gives a thumbs up as the Seahawks depart to SeaTac from the Virginia Mason Athletic Complex training facility.

Traffic backed up onto Interstate 5, and fans parked in bank and hotel parking lots nearby to join the pre-Super Bowl frenzy, and send off the team with die-hard enthusiasm. They spray-painted their kids’ hair green and blue and put their babies in 12th-man leggings, many people joined by families and friends they have spent game-days with all season, bonding over their team’s success.

“For me, this is for them to know they have support,” said Daniel Blanchette, a Normandy Park season ticket holder wearing fleece Seahawks one-piece pajamas over his clothes. His friend’s mom made eight pairs so that he and his friends from high school could attend all the regular season games in them.

When the Seahawks buses rolled by, the fans went crazy, tearing down the crime tape meant to hold them back and pressing in on the buses as they wound their way through the crowd, which was screaming and waving 12th man flags. “Sea-hawks!” they chanted, holding their kids on their shoulders and wearing neon wigs and jerseys. They trampled barriers and empty coffee cups to get a last look at the team behind tinted-glass windows.

“It’s kind of nice seeing how much more excitement there was than 2005. We wouldn’t expect anything less than the Super Bowl, I think, as fans,” ” said Eddie Perdomo, who drove from Monroe with his wife and three kids to join the mania. “It’s neat to see. It’s almost a civic duty to cheer for the Seahawks.”

The buses showed up a half-hour later than expected, but the pandemonium didn’t wait. Cars passing by waved flags and laid on their horns. Drivers hollered out the windows and passengers stuck out of  sunroofs to scream their support. Impromptu chants broke out. People waved signs, whistled, readied the air horns they had stuffed into the back pockets of their jeans.

The crowd was so fired up that when three Bekins moving trucks drove by carrying team gear, someone yelled, “Here comes the equipment!” and the crowd roared with approval.  Two workers from the nearby Doubletree hotel walked off the job to join the frenzy, wearing Seahawks colors under their pin-striped suits.

“I’m the boss,” one of them joked, “I got some Broncos fans in there watching the desk.”

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