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NOSE: Getting a little snotty about the Seahawks

Letter by Thomas R. Egnew, Tacoma on Jan. 24, 2011 at 10:29 am with 1 Comment »
January 24, 2011 10:29 am

The Nose was at its snarky best in its commentary regarding Grendon Bailie’s flouting his school’s exception to its dress code policy day by wearing an unapproved football jersey to school (TNT, 1-21).

In a few short columns, The Nose managed to insult Seahawk fans embittered by a Super Bowl loss in a game so poorly officiated, to the Seahawks’ detriment, that one of the game officials later felt moved to apologize; to criticize the Seahawks themselves for overperforming, despite a multitude of injuries in a rebuilding year under a new coaching staff, by winning a division title and, to everyone’s surprise, eliminating the defending league champion from further play; and to ridicule the local school system for simply wanting to have a bit of fun by letting kids celebrate the success of a local sports team (God, or The Nose, forbid!).

Would that the rest of us could only be as cool as The Nose perceives itself to be. As for young Bailie, his behavior emulates the team he idolizes: Playing the game outside the rules and then protesting when he is penalized.

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  1. In a culture that measures success by more than “just playing the game”, winning a Super Bowl validates the worth of an NFL franchise (not just in the cost of outrageous player salaries and stadium construction, but also the cost in time and money their fans contribute in their religious-like fervor).

    Pittsburgh has 6 Lombardi Trophies, and a chance for a 7th. I would say if it was only about team pride that prompted the principal to set up a “special day” for Seahawk fans, I can most certainly find even less fault for a fan of the Steelers to stand up to all the hubris that the principal seemed to project for a less than stellar NFL franchise.

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