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2014 Super Bowl

Super Bowl XLVIII, set for Feb. 2 at the MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., is featuring the Seattle Seahawks against the Denver Broncos.

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SEATTLE — No one gets better access to the Super Bowl than the players themselves.

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Golden Tate’s view of what he saw at Super Bowl Media Day. (Screen grab from Golden Tate’s video/KCPQ)

One Seahawks player wanted to show the 12th Man what the experience was really like, through his own eyes.

Wide receiver Golden Tate wore a GoPro camera and Google Glass on Super Bowl Media Day. But it turns out he captured the entire week leading up the big game on video.

So watch the Super Bowl Gameday experience through the eyes of Golden Tate.

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Local News
02/06/14

No arrests at Seahawks parade, but lots of travel frustrations

photoSEATTLE — It was the celebration of a lifetime.

Wave after wave of Seahawks fans converged on Seattle for Wednesday’s Super Bowl parade, and at 700,000, the crowd was more then double the size the city anticipated.

Amazingly, not a single arrest was made.

Seattle police had help from several other neighboring departments during the parade to handle crowd control, and it was a mostly peaceful event.

The commute home, not so much. Lots of people were stuck waiting for ferries, trains, and buses. Dozens of people waited at the Westlake Park stop for hours after the parade, but each bus that pulled up was already full.

“We came down because they said to take the transit,” said one Seahawks fan to Q13 as it started to get dark Wednesday night. “We can’t get home, and they won’t do anything, they just drive by and wave at us.”

Sound Transit’s Acting CEO, Mike Harber,  said they put out all the extra buses, trains, and drivers they could for the event,  but even on a normal weekday they are working at capacity, and this was anything but normal.

“I think everyone jumped in and did all they could to get capacity but with those numbers of people, there are limitations on what can be done,” said Harber.

Sound Transit will meet in the next several days to discuss what they learned and what can be done differently in the future, because like everyone else, they are hoping we see a major parade in downtown Seattle at the end of next season.

Super Bowl XLVIII
02/06/14

The Power of 12 couldn’t be denied

SEATTLE – I started talking about how the number 12 was popping up all over the place in the week leading up to the Super Bowl. It was Super Bowl 48 of course, and a lot of fans pointed out to me that 4+8=12. I thought that was pretty cool.

So, here I go. A lot of you want to throw eggs at me (a dozen of them) about all this “12” stuff , but I’m going to run through it all one last time.

photoOn the (Blue) Friday, before Super Bowl week, my daughter wanted to go to the thrift shop with her friends. As they shopped, I found a surprisingly cool leather jacket that fit me perfectly. I went to the register to pay. It was half off. How much was it? $12. At the Thrift Shop. On Blue Friday.

I tweeted Macklemore and Wanz (who sings the hook on Macklemore’s hit “Thrift Shop”), about my good fortune. As it turned out, they were already in LA for the Grammys, where they were nominated for 7 awards. They are huge Seahawks fans (as most of you know), and I told Wanz that this is a good omen for them and the Hawks. Macklemore and company walked out with four Grammys. Between three Seattle artists: Macklemore, Ryan Lewis and Wanz. (4 x 3=12)

All season long, I hosted a Blue Friday tailgate party on Q13 FOX. It was an awesome experience to share the excitement of this incredible season with fellow 12’s every Friday morning. On the final Blue Friday of the season before the Super Bowl, we had fans sign 12th Man flags that I brought with me to the Super Bowl in New Jersey. My amazing Blue Friday producer Laura Rieder told me she had bought three flags for fans to sign. I thought for a moment, and said, “What is 4×12?” (Math is not my strong suit.) Laura says, “48.” As in Super Bowl 48. So, I brought FOUR 12th Man flags with me to the Super Bowl. I gave one to Governor Jay Inslee to take inside, and gave the other three to groups of boisterous 12s heading inside MetLife Stadium, who waved and displayed them proudly during the game. Perhaps you saw them during the Super Bowl telecast. I hope you did. Two of them were visible in the south end zone.

I received an email from a viewer, who informed me that I gave one of the flags to the grandson of Joseph Wanner, who is credited with coming up with the name “Seahawks’ for Seattle’s football franchise.

By the way, the Seahawks retired the number 12 in December of 1984 in honor of the fans. It was the first number retired by the team. The retirement ceremony happened before a game in the Kingdome in the 12th month of ’84. (8 +4 =12).

Saturday, before the Super Bowl, legendary Seahawks Offensive Lineman Walter Jones was voted into the Football Hall of Fame. How many seasons did Walter hold down the Left Tackle position for the Hawks? 12.

The Seahawks victory in Super Bowl 48 was the 12th playoff win in franchise history, and Peyton Manning’s 12th career playoff loss.

It gets weirder. A lot weirder. Please bear with me here.

A lot has been made about how the number 12 kept popping up during the game. There were 12th Man flags all over of course. The Seahawks scored a safety, thanks in part to the noise created by the 12th man at MetLife Stadium, 12 seconds into the game.

Percy Harvin scored on a kickoff return 12 seconds into the 3rd quarter. I looked up at the clock after that touchdown. It read 14:48. During Super Bowl 48. (:60- ;48 = :12.)

Marshawn Lynch scored exactly 12 minutes into the second quarter.  Seriously. The clock read 12:00.

The Seahawks scored 43 points in the Super Bowl. (4×3=12)

Russell Wilson’s final passing yardage in Super Bowl 48? 206. Seattle’s area code. (2 x 6 = 12)

Yesterday was perhaps the most magical moment in Seattle history. The victory parade and celebration on 2/5/14 (or 2+5+1+4 =12) for the Seahawks was attended by an estimated 700,000 to 1 million people (I’ll go ahead and guess it was 1.2 million). It was my honor to anchor our coverage on Q13 FOX all day long. How many hours was I on the air? Yep. 12.

I got very emotional during the day, watching the sea of 12s embrace the team as they made their way through the streets of Seattle, culminating with a victory celebration inside a packed CenturyLink Field, a stadium which is now…wait for it… 12 years old.

It was so uplifting to watch Marshawn Lynch at the front of the parade, sitting on the hood of one of Seattle’s famous Ducks, beating a Native American drum, getting pelted with Skittles, and throwing them right back at the crowd. Richard Sherman and the Legion of Boom couldn’t wipe the smiles off their faces. A number of fans pointed out to me that “Legion of Boom” is 12 letters. The players flash a hand signal as a sign of unity: an extended thumb and forefinger in the shape of the  letter “L”, which happens to be…yes…the 12th letter of the alphabet.

In my 12th hour of our live TV coverage, I was telling my co-anchors, David Rose and Marni Hughes about my memories of the 1979 Sonics parade. My dad took me to that celebration, and I got wistful thinking about how much he would have loved to see this. David asked me how old I was when the Sonics won the World Championship. I had to think for a moment. And then I laughed. And then I started to cry.

I was 12.

Super Bowl XLVIII
02/05/14

People already lining up along parade route

Seahawks
02/04/14

Seahawks players share thoughts on social media

Watch the video report.

SEATTLE — The countdown is on for Wednesday’s huge Seahawks parade, but right now there are still a lot of fans trying to get back to Seattle from their Super Bowl weekend.

fansSeahawks fans have been bounced from airport to airport all over the country – just trying to get out of New York’s nasty snowstorm.

“I landed in L.A. about 2:15 this morning,” said Stewart Hill who finally got to Seattle on Tuesday. “I slept on a bench at LAX and finally caught a flight to Seattle this morning.”

Most 12s were in good spirits even though some have spent the past two days just trying to get home.

Mike McGraw was stuck in Philadelphia and only landed in Seattle Tuesday morning.

“They didn’t have pilots for the plane. So we got stuck six hours,” said McGraw.

The nasty snowstorm struck right after Superbowl 48 when most fans were trying to get out of the Northeast.

Even the Seahawks’ charter flight was delayed – they didn’t land in Seattle until Monday evening.

On Tuesday, a slow but steady stream of Seahawks fans are finally touching down – and hopefully their baggage made the trip, too.

Most say the delays are a small price to pay for a Superbowl victory.

Those fans are the lucky ones – they’re already back in town. There are still more flights coming in from New York filled with sleepy fans just trying to get here in time for Wednesay’s Seahawks homecoming parade.

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