Friday, July 27, 2007

My Bizarre Obsession


By far one of the strangest things about me is my obsession with the Seattle Seahawks football team. Why is this strange? Well, for starters, I've never been to Seattle in my entire life. Not even once. Additionally, I am a rabid Yankee, Ranger and Knick fan, all local New York sports teams that I have loved since childhood. So why the Seahawks and not the Jets or Giants? Well, back in the late 70's, both teams were pretty bad, and alienated some New Yorkers by playing in New Jersey. So I looked around at other teams (being fifteen, I was tired of my teams losing) and picked the Seahawks for three reasons that, in retrospect, are completely ridiculous: they had a cool left handed (I'm a righty, so...huh?) quarterback named Jim Zorn who had a Z in his name, the star wide receiver (and future Hall of Famer), Steve Largent, was a slow, lumbering white guy (I could identify) who ran perfect routes and had phenomenal hands, and the head coach, Jack Patera, would run trick plays at literally any time of the game, making the team wildly unpredictable (translation: shockingly erratic) and ceaselessly entertaining. And, even more logic defying, they sucked worse than the two New York teams. So much for a fifteen year old brain's ability to reason... I now fully understand why the voting age is eighteen.
So here we are, twenty eight years later, and the Seahawks are actually quite good. Consequently, my obsession has not cooled, but rather has grown, like some kind of nefarious weed, some treacherous kudzu that threatens to engulf my sanity, and, on certain Sundays, even my marriage as well. I could talk about the Hawks forever, but training camp starts on Sunday, and I can't decide between the Seahawks toothbrush or the Seahawks chip clip...or should I get the football helmet Xmas tree lights instead? Sigh...decisions, decisions.

5 Comments:

Anonymous J.D. said...

We all have obsessions, Zach. I have commented long enough on this board that you know what my strange obsession is with, lol!

I would get all the merchandise--- the football helmet lights, the chip clip, and probably 5 or 6 toothbrushes (hope you change yours every three months!).

The memorabilia I have from my obsession--- well, you already know since I wrote you before!

I wonder if they have any of those "bobblehead" figures of the Seahawks players--- you could mount one on your car dashboard, and you may get a lot of compliments--- (the Stripe bobblehead on my car dashboard has gotten at least 5 "That is cool!" remarks!)

Happy shopping!

Later,
J.D.

July 27, 2007 9:28 PM  
Blogger michèle said...

Hail merchandising!!!

I love buying useless things too...:)

Cookie, belgian:)

July 30, 2007 5:52 AM  
Blogger Bewareoftheblog said...

Go for the toothbrush.

August 02, 2007 10:49 PM  
Blogger JP Cupertino said...

Hey Zach, If you are ever looking for autographs or the jersey cards of any 'hawks, let me know.

I work at a collectibles store in Janesville, WI, and we usually have a few Seahawks goodies available, especially with their performance as of late.

August 14, 2007 9:31 AM  
Blogger angela said...

I love the Flyers like how u like the Seahawks....I hate the color orange but it goes so well with the Flyers only, Ron Hextall isnt the most attractive man like at all but man could he fight and he was mean love it!!!

September 02, 2007 10:05 PM  

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