Unless you have been hiding under a rock you know that during the 49ers game the 12th Man will be attempting to break the Guinness World Record for loudest stadium crowd. The folks at https://www.facebook.com/OfficialVolume12 are the brains behind this. You can also see more information at http://vol12.com/world-record
Anyway, the first official attempt will be during the first possession for the Niners. As always the crowd will be crazy for this game (why did I have to pick this season to move across the country to Jacksonville???) but during this game they will be extra crazy and due to the World Record attempt they will be even crazier. If you were an opposing coach would you want the 12th Man taking to an even higher level against you? Of course not.
If Harbaugh and the 49ers were smart here is what I think they should do: When they first have possession they should get lined up at the line of scrimmage. No huddle or anything. They should know what they are gonna do and have no need for a huddle. As soon as the ref whistles the ball ready for play they should almost immediately get in their stance snap the ball for a simple QB sneak or handoff. No checking at the line, no audibles, no shifting to adjust for the defense. If they do this it will totally thwart the record breaking efforts. I would hate to see this.
Of course as a Seahawks fan I am hoping for a false start penalty, delay of game, or a wasted time out due to the noise. Or a missed communication resulting in a turnover. Any of those outcomes and the crowd would go even crazier. I doubt Harbaugh is smart enough to do something simple like snap the ball or hand the ball off. He is an arrogant pile and will think he and his team can overcome the crowd noise. But he will be sadly mistaken.
After 32 years of living in Spokane I packed up my family and moved to Jacksonville a month ago.
Why Jacksonville? Well, truth be told it is probably one of the last places I would choose to go. Florida has never been on my list of favorite places but there is a company here I have been kind of partnered with since 2002 or so. I have never been an employee of there’s but they went Godfather on me and made me an offer I couldn’t refuse.
This company is a perfect fit for me to. They are the largest online licensed sports merchandise retailer and they power the NFL Shop and even the new Seahawks Pro Shop site. So basically I get to look at different sports related websites and figure out how I can get them to send us traffic. It is in an industry I have been connected with for over a decade so it is a perfect job for me.
But a Seahawks fan in Jacksonville? I actually have seen a handful of Seahawks flags and bumper stickers down here and it isn’t like Jacksonville has a rich football tradition. A couple weeks ago I got to meet Percy Harvin (only 60 miles from Gainesville here) at a local mall where he was doing an autograph signing (no, I didn’t kick him in the hip and injure him) and I have met a couple different Seahawks fans around town. So there are a few of us here.
Now I get to learn what many of you have gone through being Seahawks fans and not really having any realistic opportunity to go to games as often as you want. The Seahawks do play in Atlanta so I will probably make it to that game but not being able to join the 12th Man in Century Link Field this year? It tears at my heart every day. This is a great excuse to get Sunday Ticket though so I won’t have to miss any games.
Anyway, I should have more time this year for posting. I slacked off last year but I make a vow to not do that this year. This will be a primary way I stay connected with the Seahawks and the 12th Man.
Let me know if you have any questions about Jacksonville or my new job in the comments below.
In the past finding a good selection of Seattle Seahawks jerseys online has been tough. Since they are generally a forgotten team in this league the jersey manufacturers were not exactly tripping over themselves to put out new Seahawks jerseys.
That all changed last April when the new Seahawks jerseys were released. Seattle was Nike’s guinea pigs with the new designs and I gotta say they hit a home run. I am gonna go out on a limb and say more Seattle Seahawks jerseys were sold last year than in any previous year. And this year? With all the excitement building around the Seattle Seahawks? I am guessing we will see even more sold this year.
My guess is Russell Wilson will sell more jerseys this year than any Seahawk in any previous year. He fits the mold of a jersey seller. He is a QB, he is a great player, he is a winner, and he is a “good guy” that people like. His jersey will sell with casual fans and diehards alike. Marshawn Lynch is a fan favorite, Richard Sherman is getting a lot of media exposure, and young players like Bobby Wagner are gaining steam. Earl Thomas and Kam Chancellor are also gonna be hot sellers.
So where does a player like Percy Harvin fit in as far as jersey sales? Big name free agents are almost always good sellers and Nike already has his jersey ready for sale through the NFL Shop. He is a name most football fans across the country will recognize and is a game changing player. Percy Harvin also played for the Florida Gators who have a huge national following. With all due respect to Sidney Rice, Golden Tate, and Doug Baldwin who I think are great players and I love having on the team it seems like Percy Harvin will be the receiver who will get the attention. Top receivers are always good jersey sellers.
Percy Harvin should be one of the top 5 Seahawks jerseys this year and maybe even top 3. I know he is on my short list of jerseys to buy this year and the excitement he has already brought to the 12th Man has my expectations through the roof. Add in Cliff Avrill and Michael Bennett (my top 2 defensive ends in free agency) and this will be an awesome season for the Seahawks.
Go buy your Seahawks jersey today. Whether it is Russell Wilson, Marshawn Lynch, Richard Sherman, or Percy Harvin lets cover this nation with Seahawks Blue!