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What it means to be a Seattle sports fan

I promise I won't do this often, but for once, a little non-soccer stuff.

Last week the Seattle Seahawks blew up the NFL Playoffs and the city of Seattle with this single play, now affectionately known as Beast Quake. With the sudden and surprising success of the Seahawks (who could still somehow exit the playoffs with a losing record), it got me thinking about Seattle sports in general. And more so, how fine it feels to be a Seattle sports fan right about now.

If you're a Sounders fan, or from Seattle, then you probably know that Seattle breeds a unique kind of sports fan. Whether it's the crazies rooting for the Sounders, or the Seahawks, Mariners, Huskies, Sonics, Storm, or even Thunderbirds, you name it, the identity of being part of the what can be the worst and best sports city in the America is definitely a unique experience. I've been here long enough to see the sports culture through it's phases, and I've often overheard many conversations about the "golden days" of Seattle sports that neighbors share on summer porches.

One of the immovable foundations of Seattle's sports identity was Mariners broadcaster Dave Niehaus. For those of you who didn't know him, he's the reason why growing up I thought "grand salami" was normal vocabulary.

Anyways, I'm also a big fan of Seattle Hip Hop silly guy Macklemore. I saw him perform this song for the first time live a couple weeks ago, and two days ago he put the official video that I think deserves a look by all Seattle sports fans.

Just wait until I get my boy Sol to do something for the Sounders...

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