NET's Photo Blog of SBXL (Part Two)

NET's Todd Breda and Mark Olsen took the trip of their lifetime as they headed to Detroit to witness in person the Seattle Seahawks in their first Super Bowl in franchise history. Here's a glimpse inside their journey documented in photos


It was hard to believe but after 30 years of suffering, Seahawks fans found themselves in heaven. The Seahawks were in the Super Bowl! As Mark and I shuttled in to downtown Detroit Super Bowl Sunday, a couple Hawks fans told us where the official Seahawks prefunk was going to be...A place called Club Steel. We were convinced it was some kind of trap (Club Steel??) but once we arrived we knew we found our home-away-from-home. Hundreds of fellow Seahawk die-hards!

Hundreds of confident and joyous Seahawks fans converge at Club Steel in downtown Detroit the morning of Super Bowl XL, Sunday, February 5th.

Hundreds of confident and joyous Seahawks fans converge at Club Steel in downtown Detroit the morning of Super Bowl XL, Sunday, February 5th.

Hundreds of confident and joyous Seahawks fans converge at Club Steel in downtown Detroit the morning of Super Bowl XL, Sunday, February 5th.

Hundreds of confident and joyous Seahawks fans converge at Club Steel in downtown Detroit the morning of Super Bowl XL, Sunday, February 5th.

Two happy Seahawks fans converge at Club Steel in downtown Detroit the morning of Super Bowl XL, Sunday, February 5th.

Two happy Seahawks fans converge at Club Steel in downtown Detroit the morning of Super Bowl XL, Sunday, February 5th.

Lewis Rudd, President of Ezell's Famous Chicken (Seattle) not only prefunked with fellow fans but offered his chicken free of charge! Let me tell you it made the long bar lines very bearable. Thanks Lewis!

What in the heck is Matt Hasselbeck doing drinking before the biggest game of his life?!!??! Oh wait...That's not Matt but it did turn out to be his younger brother also prefunking with Hawks fans at Club Steel.

One Seahawks fan wondered what he needed to do to get a drink. Wear a ridiculously oversized Hawk on his head or what?!?!

This young lady was getting quite the attention from her male admirers at Club Steel. The truth is, I was going to be a smarty pants about how Mark kept begging me to take his picture with her but the honest truth is, you would have thought I was asking him to take a photo with Ken Behring instead. Mark is a happily married man. Very, very happily married.

Finally, it was time to go. My blood was warm from the previous prefunk which helped tolerate the bitter cold of Detroit as fans moved in "The Line That Never Ends". Finally and unbelievably it did.

Even as I entered Ford Field, I still couldn't wrap my mind around the event I was about to witness. My God, the Seattle Seahawks are in the Super Bowl!!

The entrance inside Ford Field was littered with Super Bowl paraphernalia. It all really did feel like a dream.

The entrance inside Ford Field was littered with Super Bowl paraphernalia. It all really did feel like a dream.

I met Darrell Jackson's brothers (I think it's a safe bet to assume minus the second guy from the left) on my way into our seat section. Really nice guys.

Two Seahawks fans just damn happy to be there. Do you blame 'em?

Settling into our seats I was impressed overall with Ford Field. It's no Qwest Field but it really was a great facility that Detroit can be proud of.

Stevie Wonder performing at the pregame ceremony at Super Bowl XL, Sunday, February 5th.

The coin toss ceremony at Super Bowl XL, Sunday, February 5th. What a feeling it was. Knowing virtually the entire planet was watching the game I was lucky enough to attend.

The moment had finally arrived. A moment I never realistically dreamed would ever happen to me. Not only the Seahawks in the Super Bowl in my lifetime but that I was there to witness it in person! My thoughts were with every 12th Man. How I wish they could have all been there.

Larry, a NET community member, asked me if I wouldn't mind taking his "lucky miniball" to the Super Bowl with me. I thought, "Why not?" Although I didn't think we would need any luck. (Long and heavy sigh)

The Rolling Senior Citizens, er, I mean Stones performing at the halftime show at Super Bowl XL, Sunday, February 5th

These were the Stealers fans that sat behind us. I heckled them early and often but to their credit they got the last laugh. Dagnabbit.

Well, I certainly am not about to end this photo blog with a photo of Stealers fans so in honor of our collective feelings for the grave, national injustice that had fallen upon our Seahawks on this day, I choose to end with this photo of the kickoff.

This was a moment when hope and Lombardi trophy-laced dreams still lived in the hearts and minds of Seahawks fans everywhere. This was a moment untainted by the atrocious, biased officiating. In this photo lives the collective dream of every Seahawks fan that became reality when our beloved team finally made it to the Super Bowl.

Just remember, the story doesn't end here. Not on this day.

See you in Miami.

 

 

I would like to extend my heartfelt thanks to the following people for without any of them I would not have had this wonderful and amazing trip of a lifetime: The best mom in the world, Lynn Breda, my beautiful wife Cindy Breda and Seahawks VP Mike Flood who truly cares about the loyal fans. Thank you.

 

I would also like to thank my trip buddy and NET staff member Mark Olsen for putting up with my late-night ramblings, snoring and any number of my other enigmatic, eccentric traits.

 

Todd Breda is the Owner and Creative Director of Seahawks.Net. If you would like to e-mail Todd, send it to: toddbreda@comcast.net.



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