12 Reasons to hate the "12th Man"

Jonathan Ferrey

It has been an exciting week filled with trash talk. The coaches hate each other, the players hate each other and the fans hate each other. Like Richard Sherman said, "there is no love lost." Yes, the feelings for each other are mutual.

I would like to believe there are some reasonable fans in that city, but if any place in the world has a monopoly on annoying fans -- it is Seattle. Seahawks fans are utterly absurd. I am certain they are the most obnoxious fan base in sports.

Where was the 12th Man when the Seattle Seahawks were god awful for the first 30-years of the franchise's existence? Not only are they irritating, but they are so sensitive. They are the touchiest fans on earth. Granted, every team has idiots who have an inferiority complex and are bothersome, but Seahawks fans take the cake.

Here are 12 reasons why Seattle fans are so aggravating (in no particular order):

1. SEATTLE FANS CELEBRATE MEDIOCRITY

One would think the way Seattle fans act, the team holds a rich sports heritage within the league. It is quite remarkable considering franchise's actual history. The team has been about as perfectly mediocre as a franchise can be. Seattle has won nothing. But, fans act like they have won everything. In reality, their team has changed conferences twice, because it has been that irrelevant.

2. THE GAME DAY ATTIRE IS SERIOUSLY WHACK

Decorated in green face paint, gaudy ornaments, and cheap fluorescent wigs, Seattle fans look pretty ridiculous in their Halloween costumes. It's pretty silly. And 49ers fans know all about silly costumes. Our next door neighbor? The Oakland Raiders. Their costumes have not helped them win games. BTW, throwing Skittles on the field is stupid. How about you watch the football game? At least, they could pretend to know what's going on.

3. LOL, THEY LOVE PETE CARROLL

Seattle fans are so engrossed on picking apart Jim Harbaugh, they are completely blind when it comes their pom pom coach. Pete Carroll is a piece of work. Remember when Pete called USC his dream job? Well, after the USC garbage erupted and literally seconds before sanctions could be imposed, Carroll bolted. Seattle fans will argue to the death that Carroll did not know about $300,000 loans, houses in Malibu, expensive cars, and whatever else. They have no idea how moronic it sounds when they call Jim Harbaugh unethical for his antics on the field. Plus, Carroll chews gum like a horse on crack.

4. THEY DEFEND AND PRAISE PLAYERS WITH SUBSTANCE ABUSE / PED ISSUES

Speaking of unethical, even when player after player is suspended for violation of the NFL's substance abuse or PED policies, Seattle fans insist the violation is isolated. Now, I have written an article on this subject the last time the 49ers / Seahawks met. I conceded the sport is rife with PEDs. I even admitted there were those (yet far less) caught on the 49ers. However, Seattle is the only one getting caught on a consistent basis. That is a big deal and reflects poorly upon the Seahawks. Yet, Seattle fans continue to assert the team is clean. It is hilarious.

I mean, Richard Sherman got off on a technicality. A mishandled sample. Still, fans will defend Sherman and his dickish-ness, even after he stated 50% of the players in the league use Adderall.

5. GOLDEN TATE IS NOT A PREMIER WIDEOUT

Stop it. If you actually believe this, you know jack about football.

6. YOU CRY ABOUT THE REFS

Penalties are the norm for the Seattle Seahawks. They are assessed the highest number of penalties per game (7.88) per nflpenalties.com, and you whimper about calls from the other team. If you lose, everyone knows your go-to excuse. To Seahawks fans, a bad call warrants a petition to the President of the United States.

7. TWO CHEERS FOR VIOLENCE

Fans loved it when their starting cornerback, Brandon Browner (currently suspended due to violating the NFL's substance abuse policy) stated he would like to "put his hands around Jim Harbaugh's neck." Now, I love rivalries, but look at you Seattle! You root your little hearts out for ASSAULT. Nice work.

8. SEATTLE FANS HAVE NO CLUE WHO INVENTED THE 12TH MAN

Texas A&M trademarked it. The university was required to sue the Seattle Seahawks for infringement. Seattle can only use the phrase, because A&M licensed it to them. They are so desperate, they have to pay for a slogan. Fans assert the base is an intelligent group. Really? Why can't it come up with its own ideas?

9. SEATTLE FANS BELIEVE THEY ARE AS IMPORTANT AS MARSHAWN LYNCH

If you're going to steal a slogan -- why that one? The whole 12th man concept is doltish. Fans seldom point out the strengths of the actual football team, e.g., the defensive line or coverage in the backfield. These fans are so self-important, they actually believe they make the difference in games. Seattle fans, you do not make tackles. You do not make catches. You bought a jersey. You should read this article on narcissistic personality disorder.

10. AND, SEATTLE FANS CALL COLIN KAEPERNICK COCKY

GTFOH. Its entire fan base calls Kap narcissistic, yet it worships itself. At least, Kaepernick is an actual football player.

11. IT IS ACOUSTICS, STUPID

Your egg-shaped stadium was specifically engineered with a partial roof that covers 70% of the fans. Not only does it protect fans from the elements but it reflects sound back onto the field. Again, it isn't YOU. It is science. Here's an article by Popular Mechanics. Speaking of science, tectonic plate movement causes "earthquakes", not noise.

12. YOU SPORT JERSEYS WITH A 12 ON IT

If you actually own a 12 jersey, you should be forever banned from sports. Know your team and pick a player. Even if you are delusional, it is sports fandom 101. I love Tim Lincecum, but this goes for him to. No exceptions.

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