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Seahawks: Learning To Fly

<i>"Beyond the noise of a disgruntled fan base shifting in and out of gears every single day based upon what the coaches, players and front office has or has not been doing is this single truth that lies upon the alter of every diehard's greatest wish: The Seattle Seahawks are poised for a Super Bowl Championship."</i>

For years I have watched the Seattle Seahawks battle through the thick, endless fields of mediocrity. For fans of the Seahawks it has been a Zen-like exercise in patience and loyalty. Endless seasons built on promise, only to end in heartbreaking disappointment has created a sophisticated form of ambivalence that caters between apathy and aggression.

If you count yourself as a diehard fan of this franchise you deserve a medal for bravery. Yet, as we look upon the shores of the 2004 season, we can take off our armor and put down our shields. What lies ahead doesn't require you to be brave anymore. What lies ahead requires the willingness to surrender all that you have known as a fan of the Seahawks.

What lies ahead is a championship.

Think about that. In fact, why don't you re-read that sentence. Go ahead. I'll wait.

What lies ahead is a championship.

Beyond the noise of a disgruntled fan base shifting in and out of gears every single day based upon what the coaches, players and front office has or has not been doing is this single truth that lies upon the alter of every diehard's greatest wish: The Seattle Seahawks are poised for a Super Bowl Championship.

The details of this transformation (6-10 seemed like centuries ago, doesn't it?) could take up a thousand pages. To simplify, through Paul Allen's ownership and Mike Holmgren's commitment to produce a championship-caliber football team, the Seahawks have become one of the most respected young teams in the NFL.

It doesn't take a nuclear physicist to see that the 8-year plan Paul Allen created in 1999 is beginning to bare fruit. Despite a defense that still requires determined and focused attention (and perhaps because of it), the Seahawks, and their fans, can expect a deep run into the playoffs in 2004.

Nobody ever said learning to fly is easy. In fact, it takes patience, determination, the will to never quit, and time. It's immensely welcoming to see the process of lifting off the ground. Finally.

Enjoy this. You've earned it.


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