The Ultimate 12th Man Guide
How Well Do Our Politicians Really Know the Seahawks?
Civic leaders talk a good game about their love for the Seahawks, but how well do they actually know the home team? We put Nine of them on the spot with this—we think—easy quiz. Here’s how they did.
1. Who is the coach of the Seattle Seahawks?
7. Quarterback Russell Wilson also had a successful amateur baseball career. Which team chose him in the 41st round of the 2007 Major League Baseball draft?
Kate Becker ✓
Director, Seattle Office of Film and Music
Best answer: 2. Oh my gosh, I should know this because I bought my husband a T-shirt that says the score: 43-8!
Sally Clark ✓
Seattle City Council Member, Position 9
Best answer 5. Skittles. That just took me to the whole naked thing [Lynch’s appearance, in the buff, in ESPN the Magazine’s Body Issue]. I think he actually looks pretty good. He looks better than I thought he was going to look.
Frank Chopp ✓
Washington State Representative, 43rd District
Best answer 6. That must have to do with a linebacker. LLB…hmm. Oh LOB. Legion of Boom. I thought you said LLB.
Suzan DelBene ✓
Washington State Representative, First District
Best answer 9. The final catch? In the end zone? In the Packers game? [Ed. note: That would be the Fail Mary, Suzan. In 2012.]
Ed Murray ✓
Best answer 4. There’s Safeco Field, then…What’s the name of the phone company I pay every month for the land line I never use? CenturyLink!
Alison Holcomb ✓
Criminal Justice Director for the ACLU of Washington; also fronted the 2012 marijuana legalization measure, I-502
Best answer 4. Qualcomm?
Bruce Harrell ✓
Seattle City Council Member, Position 3
Best answer 10. There’s 11 on the field, so the fans are the voice, that part of the team. It’s interesting that they say 12th Man and not 12th Person. I could never get away with that as an elected official.
Jean Godden ✓
Seattle City Council Member, Position 1
Best answer 5. Skittles. As a matter of fact, we celebrated with them at city hall, but I like M&Ms better. And Dove. Ohhh, Dove. There’s a lot of good chocolate out there.
C. R. Douglas ✓
Political Analyst, Q13 Fox
Best answer I got eight out of 10? Aaron Levine [Q13’s sports director] is going to be so proud of me!
The Answers: 1. Pete Carroll, 2. 43-8, 3. The NFC, 4. CenturyLink Field, 5. Skittles, 6. Legion of Boom, 7. Baltimore Orioles, 8. Wagner, 9. Richard Sherman’s deflection of a last-second pass by Colin Kaepernick in the NFC Championship game, which effectively sent the Seahawks to the Super Bowl, 10. A football team has 11 players on the field, and the fans—thanks to their support—serve as an unofficial 12th.