It’s a given that not everyone was thrilled with the 29-3 ass whupping the Seattle Seahawks dished out to the San Francisco 49ers this past Sunday;, I saw enough red jerseys walking around the stadium to indicate this. I remember a Monday Night Football contest against the Philadelphia Eagles in 2005 as the only comparable defensive effort I’ve personally seen. Colin Kaepernick, hailed as perhaps a quarterback with potential to be the greatest ever by Ron Jawaraski of ESPN (a very good quarterback in his heyday with the Eagles by his own right), was forced into as many interceptions by the Seahawks defense (3) as he’s thrown in his entire career up to that point. Almost every play a clearly rattled Kaepernick struggled to communicate with his offensive line, which just made the crowd even crazier. The weather delay gave me and fellow 12th men and women more time to consume additional alcohol and get pissed off about lightening taking our precious football game away.
All of this added up to an epic beatdown against a team many believe is the best in the league. A beatdown that 49er fans are understandably outraged over. I would be too, they played like shit, I mean thought for the first half the Seahawks played like shit too, 5-0? I don’t think I’ve ever seen that before at halftime.
Courtesy of Deadspin the 12th Man will be delighted (and for those old enough it will bring back memories), to hear several 49er fans were so dismayed by the record setting crowd noise they believe it should be considered just like a performance enhancing drug.
Yes, you read that last part correctly.
Here is one of the protests sent to the editor of the San Francisco Chronicle:
Was anyone else appalled by the unsportsmanlike conduct of the Seattle Seahawks and their fans, juiced on noise, which surely creates as big an advantage over an opponent as any performance enhancing drug and which, to their shame, NFL officials turn the same blind eye they have to concussions and drugs?
It would be simple to fix. Seahawks players and managers would ask their fans to cease and desist, and the NFL would implement a new rule: The visiting team may stop the game when fan noise is greater than a specified decibel level, and should this rule be violated in more than three games, no home games will be played at the offending field for the rest of the season, including playoff games. Things would quiet down.
At a time when the world seems sour, sports give us a place of joy, community and hope, and to have it spoiled is a bigger loss than it seems on the surface.
This lady questions the NFL’s commitment to enforcing their drug policies. However I am left to wonder if perhaps she is using some of the more illicit substances that may appear on the NFL’s ban list herself.
Yes, the crowd definitely helped win that game. Crowd noise should have a positive affect for the home team. A quality fanbase SHOULD create a positive atmosphere for their team to kick tail in. The term “home field advantage”, exists for a reason. It’s why clinching home field advantage throughout the postseason is historically crucial to a teams Super Bowl chances.
She must be sharing her drugs, because another fan echoed her response just a few moments ago.
I couldn’t agree more with “Unsportsmanlike conduct in Seattle” (Letters, Sept. 17).
It wasn’t a game of skill anymore; it was an exhibition of excessive stadium noise, posturing obscenities in your opponent’s face to draw a foul and street-punk behavior to fire up tensions to gain any advantage to get the win.
I hope the NFL will listen before the fans go deaf. Please stop the excessive stadium noise, and just play football.
Ellen Gust, Palo Alto
These fans seem to feel that excessive stadium noise is unfair. With the 49ers playing in a historical venue in their own right, I am confident these two will be telling fellow forty-whiner fans to pipe down when the defense takes the field. Because, you know, it would be really unfair for the home team to make any noise.
For those of you with enough tread on the tires you will recall that this outrageous load of bull is actually not a line of thought at all removed from reality. Back in the good ol’ Kingdome days Seattle Seahawks fans were responsible for the creation of a new rule back in 1989 that still technically exists today. A five yard penalty or loss of timeout may be assessed for excessive crowd noise preventing the opposing team from hearing signals. Although rarely enforced today that penalty was enforced upon Seattle’s fans many times in the past and the officials actually forced the crowd to quiet down. Which of course, for awhile, just made things louder.
Can you imagine if the genius who designed CenturyLink Field had put a retractable roof on it?
Actually there’s a reason that the then Seahawks Stadium was not built with a retractable or domed roof. Paul Allen, owner of the Seahawks, and architects Ellerbe Beckett and James Poulson, responsible for the CenturyLink Field design, feared backlash for potential cases involving hearing woes caused by loud crowd noise.
Percy Harvin, Chris Clemons, Brandon Browner, and Bruce Irvin are all out with injuries or suspension, and look at what the Seahawks are doing still. This is an awesome time to be a 12th Man (or woman). At this point I invoke the 1985 Chicago Bears defense; Seahawks is better, and the fanbase creates an unmatched home field advantage. Not just in American football, but in sports worldwide.
(note) Russell Okung is out with an injury as well now, he did start the first two games though.