Happy 38th Birthday Seattle Seahawks! On June 4, 1974, the NFL awarded a franchise to Seattle. Most fans only remember the 1976 date as that was the first season of Seahawks football, but there was so much more going on behind the scenes that made 1976 possible.
From ProfootballHof.com : “When the Seattle Seahawks took the field for the first time in the 1976 season, it marked the culmination of a quest for a National Football League franchise that had its roots in the Pacific Northwest metropolis as early as 1957. That is when discussion first began about the possibilities of constructing a domed stadium that would assure a major league sports franchise for the city. On June 4, 1974, the NFL awarded its 28th franchise to Seattle to play in the 64,984-seat Kingdome.
So raise your glass and salute the reason we shout, laugh, cry, hoot and holler at the TV or field every Sunday.
Your Seattle Seahawks!
Shameless personal story: June 1974 was made even greater 19 days after the Seahawks were born because I entered the world. I know, I know, that fact may just overshadow the original intent of the post but the kindred connection thing is pretty sweet.
Saturday night before a Seahawks game can be a little bit nerve-racking. After watching the ‘Hawks for so many years, you’d think I’d be able to find some type of Zen calm in the day before. Sadly, that has not happened, nor do I suspect it ever will. As I was thinking about tomorrow and the implications (there are many) that are part of the game, I thought that I’d try something new. The Seahawks’ history is important to me because in many ways it is a history that many of us lived. We remember the highs and we remember the lows. Being a fan of arcane history while boring to some I hope will serve me well as I provide a little historical context to our home opener. Enjoy a little history of our meetings with the St. Louis, Phoenix, and Arizona Cardinals.
By 2002, Seattle moved back into the NFC West and as a result, play the Cardinals twice yearly. That history is worth nothing, but it’s not exactly the point of this post. I wanted to dig back a little further. It is possible that some of you are now asleep and will wake up swearing at me for such a useless post, but I hope that a few of you find the history as interesting to read as I do.
Goodnight, and GO ‘HAWKS!!