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Published: September 9th 2019
We all slept in a little with nothing planned for the morning. Tom didn't feel like breakfast so stayed at the hotel while Jeff, Graeme and I went in search of food. Not much was open Sunday morning but we eventually found a nice bakery that was open and grabbed a bite to eat.
We had seen people arriving early for the Football game and setting up cabanas in the carparks and geting BBQs out, and setting up TVs. We dropped in a on one to ask what they were doing and were immendiately offered a beer (before 10am) and some BBQ chicken - well it would be rude to say No, wouldn't it. It's called "Tail Gating." Groups of friends turn up together, everyone brings food and drinks to share, they set up Tvs, BBQ and jusy have fun. It's all good natured, why not, everyone in town barracks for the same team! Again we are blown over by the generosity and welcoming nature of the people we meet. Sharing of food, drink and their stories. I guess we hold a bit of novelty being 4 Aussie cyclists who have cycled across Canada which is at least something we
can offer back.
We're all excited about the game as the whole area is pumping with Seahawk fans. It's the first game of the season and there are big expectation for the local side this year. Russell Wislon (No. 3) is the quarterback the teams hopes ride on.
Graeme is exploring Seattle today while the rest of us go to the game.
We only have a two minute walk to ground and it a swamp of Seahawk fans and the odd Bengals fan here and there. We get some hotdogs to eat before we go in and I buy a Seahawks shirt to blend in with the locals.
The stadium itself is very impressive. It holds 69,000 people and when they get in full voice they are defeaning. Much louder and different to anything I've heard at our footy, including the opening bounce of the Grand Final. That's more of a roar, where this is more of a scream and is done explicitly to make it hard for the opposing quarterback to be heard by his side when calling plays. So this goes on constantly during the game when the opposition has the ball. So loud
I had to block my ears. The Bengals played much better during the game but somehow the Seahawks find a way to win 21 to 20. We make new friends in the stands where we are sitting - everyone is having a good time. The only time people got upset was when those umpires made a few bad calls (little wonder, they do wear Collingwood colours).
We went back to the hotel and met up with Graeme. Tom and Graeme went one way this evening to a lecture on Climate Change at the Seattle Town Hall while Jeff and I decided to go to a local club to get a bite to eat and listen to some local bands at the Skylark Club. The only down side was the fact I got another puncture or more precisely a slow leak.
What an amazing jam packed day we had. Full of the unexpected. Can't wait for tomorrow.
Tot: 2.788s; Tpl: 0.057s; cc: 7; qc: 44; dbt: 0.0403s; 2; m:saturn w:www (184.108.40.206); sld: 1;
; mem: 1.3mb