12th man unite for Super Bowl

By The Beacon | January 30, 2014 1:41am
Sports editor Katie Dunn attends the final game of the 2013-2014 regular season for the Seahawks with her dad.
Photo courtesy of Katie Dunn

By Katie Dunn |

The last time I was able to cheer for my favorite team in the biggest game of the year was 2005. It’s been a long 9 years since the last Super Bowl ended in a devastating loss for the Seahawks. Super Bowl XLVIII is a special one to me, and many others in the Northwest, because the Seattle Seahawks are in it for only the second time in franchise history.

I've been a Seahawks fan since birth and dream of seasons like the one they've had this year. Just a few key things: a second-year quarterback breaking records, a running back who makes it rain skittles and a defense that is ranked No. 1 in the league and is so good they have such a great nickname as the "Legion of Boom.” It's hard not to get excited by this team.

The win that sent them to the Super Bowl was nothing short of what was expected. A bloodbath between division rivals and the Seahawks coming from behind with a lot of help from the defense. That No. 1 defense has more of a challenge ahead of them with Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos with their No. 1 ranked offense on the other side of the field in New Jersey. Manning had a record breaking season himself with 55 touchdowns and 5,477 throwing yards. Those numbers will be up against a defense that leads the league in points allowed, yards allowed and turnovers forced.

They also have the loudest player leading them, Richard Sherman, who leads the league with eight interceptions. Sherman's reputation precedes him on and off the field. He doesn't make many friends on the field, constantly talking smack, but there's a reason he's the least targeted cornerback in the NFL.

I love thinking of the battle between the top ranked offenses and defenses but what about the Seahawks’ offense and Broncos’ defense? I think whichever of those two out plays the other will decide the newest NFL champion.

Since I don't have the thousands of dollars it would cost to travel to the Super Bowl, I'll be on campus yelling at the TV in the basement of Corrado. I'll be there early enough to be in the front row and will be doing what I normally do during any game, yelling at the TV and trying not to have a heart attack from nerves. There's nothing like watching the biggest game of the year with a bunch of other people cheering for your team. Or against them. Either way I encourage everyone to venture to the basement of their dorm, since most are having parties for the game,  the TV in their house or any sports bar like Buffalo Wild Wings or any of the Blitz Bars around Portland, to watch the two best teams in the NFL battle it out Sunday at 3:30 p.m.