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I’m not really American either but I live here and have become a first reluctant and then ravenous Seahawks fan through living in the PNW and nothing else ever being on at the bar. My take?
1. They have before. The Raiders for example, were in LA until fairly recently hence the fan base there. They’re currently building a stadium, or planning to, and trying to attract teams. There’s a lot of talk about the crappier teams relocating there and renaming themselves. Or just starting a new team. They actually almost got the Seahawks a few years ago when we sucked, it was a pretty dramatic coup attempt actually. bastard owner and all that. It was only prevented by Paul Allen of Microsoft buying the team off the bastard and the building CenturyLink that kept them here, which also came down to Paul Allen. Basically Paul Allen is the reason we still have the Seattle Seahawks and not the Los Angeles ___.
2. Because the Jets suck. Even Jesus hates the Jets. If Gandhi were still alive, he’d tell the Jets to kill themselves.
3. They are the current Superbowl champion. That typically carries the world champion title. Which is technically correct as gridiron football is really only big here and in Canada and Australia. Both of those countries have their own version that isn’t compatible. So whoever wins the NFL championship is really the world champion of American gridiron Football by virtue of the fact that nobody else plays it. It’s also by far the biggest and most influential league out there, so I guess it’s not really shameless as much as a somewhat technical truth.