Like so many Seattle 12s, I am still stunned, thrilled, exhausted and just-shy-of speechless from the Seahawks’ miraculous come-from-behind NFC Championship victory last Sunday. This is probably why it’s taken me 5 days to try and get some thoughts down about it.
Every time I start a conversation – or a paragraph – about the game it sounds/looks like:
“Can you be…”
“I thought my heart w….”
“I was so…and then…I just…”
“And Sherman played with his ar….”
“And then that guy – I’d never heard of – caught the fa…..”
“And then Wilson started to cr….”
Speechless. Our boys in blue delivered one for the ages. One that we’ll be retelling over and over to our grandchildren.
Probably the best 5 minutes of football ever played.
We witnessed a miracle, celebrating what seemed impossible. As KOMO sportscaster Eric Johnson put it: “Game? That was no game. That was a metaphor for life.” Indeed.
And we cried after it was over. Oh, just admit it. You cried.
And now, I’m quivering with anticipation about the Hawks heading to another Super Bowl.
Emphasis on ‘Another’ Super Bowl
Few things in the modern era pull people together like sports. Kicking off the 2014 season, I wrote a blog post titled “I believe the 12th Man can Melt the Seattle Freeze”, believing that the eagerness and energy level of this amazing post-super-bowl season would provide incredible opportunities for connecting with other 12s in the city, in our local communities, and in our own neighborhoods.
Well, here we are. Another championship season. Another Super Bowl. Another opportunity.
So, then, what shall we do? For me, how could I not leverage this miracle moment for another opportunity to connect with a neighbor (or two, or ‘twelve’)? When it comes to big events like this, though, you want to share it with your close friends and fellow 12s. You want to be able to let your hair down, be yourself and be surrounded by people who want to share in the excitement. When you are first getting to know your neighbors, you have no idea if they’re even interested in football let alone if they’re a Seahawks fan. I know: blasphemy. But, it’s true.
√ I am having a Super Bowl party.
√ I am inviting a few of our “Besties”.
√ I am inviting some family.
√ And I am also inviting some neighbors.
When getting to know your neighbors it doesn’t have to be an all or nothing proposition, making a choice between spending time with them OR spending time with your friends. Why not do both? The way I see it, being a 12th Man is one of my “INGs” (see my blog post “Turning our ING things into BING things) and I’m simply inviting a neighbor to share my past time. I’m welcoming them into a circle of friendship, with some very cool people who they’ll probably end up liking more than me anyway. HA!
Last year, wanting to somehow engage in the Seahawks first trip to the Super Bowl, I zipped out an email to my closest proximity neighbors just a few days before the event extending an invite: “Halftime Party in the Cul-de-Sac”. The weather looked good and I pulled the trigger. And everyone who didn’t already have a party to go to came out for 20 minutes of #GoHawks! Food. Beer. Sparklers. And lots and lots of smiles. It was awesome. Super easy, fun, and nobody had to clean their house.
This year, I’m going to do that again, weather permitting. Why not? Why not celebrate this amazing event with as many peeps as I can?
My One Request
Will you think about inviting a neighbor to your Super Bowl party?
Even if you don’t have a Super Bowl gathering at your home, when making plans with your friends to head to one of the thousands of restaurants, bars and bistros that will be playing/watching the game, will you think about inviting even just one neighbor who might be new on your street or that you’ve been wanting to get to know better.
You never know. It could be the moment their “inner 12” has been waiting for.
Note: for anyone who wants to connect virtually during the game, I’ll be tweeting my heart out on Twitter at @eatplaythaw. Follow me and I’ll follow you back and together we can tweet the Hawks to victory!