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Seahawks Super Bowl Parade: Why I couldn't get enough

Yesterday, Seattle experienced the gorgeous, raw power of shared victory. Let's drink to that.

We all remember shared traumas — the earthquakes, assassinations, 9-11. Rarer are the civic opposites, the moments of pure joy that create those I-was-there-moments. If you want one of those, win yourself a Super Bowl.

You want an event that brings all classes, races and ethnicities together, don't go to a Noam Chomsky lecture. Win yourself a Super Bowl.

You want to unite East and West, Red and Blue, the 1 percent and the 99 percent? Win yourself a Super Bowl.

Want to prove that some days — probably many days — kids and teachers can learn more outside a school than inside? Win yourself a Super Bowl.

Want to experience the unity of tribal joy and bragging rights? Win yourself a Super Bowl.

Want to remember what it's like to have heroes? Win yourself a Super Bowl.

Want to see what 700,000 people in the streets actually looks like? Win yourself a Super Bowl.

Want to see mass numbers of people using public transit? Win yourself a Super Bowl.

Want to speculate about the power of the people to accomplish other things with great leadership, personnel and a plan? Win yourself a Super Bowl.

Want to see a police department that serves and protects as one with the people? Win yourself a Super Bowl.

Want to regenerate the locally owned dead-tree media — boost their sales, their egos, showcase what they can do for a city? Win yourself a Super Bowl.

Want to see the power of the 12th Man and Woman voice, of sticking with an effort through thick and thin over more than a generation? Win yourself a Super Bowl.

Want to see the counter to Seattle's habit of second guessing and gridlock? Win yourself a Super Bowl.

Want to make memories that will become the oral histories of the 22nd-century? That elders will recount as they speak about the day like no other, the first time Seattle brought a trophy home?

Win yourself a fucking Super Bowl.

Knute Berger is Mossback, Crosscut's chief Northwest native. He also writes the monthly Grey Matters column for Seattle magazine and is a weekly Friday guest on Weekday on KUOW-FM (94.9). His newest book is Pugetopolis: A Mossback Takes On Growth Addicts, Weather Wimps, and the Myth of Seattle Nice, published by Sasquatch Books. In 2011, he was named Writer-in-Residence at the Space Needle and is author of Space Needle, The Spirit of Seattle (2012), the official 50th anniversary history of the tower. You can e-mail him at mossback@crosscut.com.


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Comments:

Posted Fri, Feb 7, 6:53 a.m. Inappropriate

The one thing that marred the celebration was the inclusion of alcohol in the festivities. Alcohol is a huge problem for personal health and public safety. We didn't need to see a public acceptance of it as part of the victory celebration. We didn't see smoking in this years celebration. Maybe in the near future we won't see drinking either.

I am not a hard core sports fan, but I loved playing the big three as a kid, for fun, in vacant lots and in gym class. I love the consummate athleticism, intelligence, and quirkiness of the Seahawks. As far as the Superbowl went, as the second half progressed, and the Broncos where undeniably humiliated, I began to feel a profound sense of ill at ease, moving toward anxiety. Looking at those players faces, showing such despair, I just wanted the game to be over. It would be nice if eventually we could learn to celebrate victories over real problems that face us, disease, hunger, and ignorance instead of victories that involve destroying our fellow men.

Silenus

Posted Fri, Feb 7, 9:04 a.m. Inappropriate

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gkTb9GP9lVI

Timothy

Posted Fri, Feb 7, 7:46 a.m. Inappropriate

If you think winning a fucking Super Bowl can serve as some kind of springboard to solve problems, then keep drinking the Super Kool-Aid, Knute.

And "12th Man and Woman"? Oh puh-leeze!

oldgaloot

Posted Fri, Feb 7, 8:01 a.m. Inappropriate

Thank you, Knute. It was indeed a joyous day and even though I'm a latecomer to the 12th man club, I was super happy that I went to the parade. As I made my way north along 5th avenue to get a spot down by Battery St, I walked by cops at every intersection who were called in from around the region - Federal Way, Bellevue, Clyde Hill, and more. When I thanked them for helping out, they were just so friendly and happy. Everyone was smiling. All those kids downtown added a welcome degree of innocence, too. Yup, it was a great event and a wonderful day.

Posted Fri, Feb 7, 12:53 p.m. Inappropriate

It's unfortunate that there are so many like oldgaloot who just cannot allow people to collectively celebrate excellence. I'm not a huge football fan, but I understand the joy and sense of community celebrating a sports victory can bring to a city. This is something people like Nick Licata and Kashama Sawant will never understand. It's human nature to want to celebrate excellence. And it's human nature to want to strive for excellence. Sports, like life, has winners and losers. And life, like sports, offers the opportunity for the losers to redouble their efforts and try again. That's the essence of capitalism, and it's why socialism/communism always fails, because it does not recognize that people want to be challenged to do great things, and be rewarded when they succeed.

crash63

Posted Sun, Feb 9, 5:40 p.m. Inappropriate


Don't you mean so few?

"[H]undreds of thousands of Brazilians turned out in cities across the country to denounce the irresponsible waste of public funds on extravagant soccer stadiums in the run-up to the World Cup in 2014 when schools, public transportation, hospitals, health care and other public services are neglected: “People are going hungry and the government builds stadiums,” said Eleuntina Scuilgaro, a pensioner. “I love soccer, but we need schools” said Evaldir Cardoso, a firemen at a protest with his seven-month-old son. ..." july 2013
http://www.paecon.net/PAEReview/issue64/Smith64.pdf

afreeman

Posted Fri, Feb 7, 6:11 p.m. Inappropriate

I'm very excited about the win as a Seahawks fan, but I'm tired of Seattle writers thinking it (or a big parade) changes the city in some important way. Seattle is what it is regardless of sports. Nobody thinks Tampa suddenly had a personality transplant when the Bucs and Rays won championships and they had big parades. See the Tacoma blog Post Defiance for a more realistic perspective on the reaction to the win by our region's team (and the parade): http://postdefiance.com/no-rain-on-the-parade/

pika

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