Last week on The Daily Weekly we posted about the efforts of local sports fans to lobby the Seahawks into inviting Chris Hansen to raise the 12th Man flag at an upcoming Seahawks game. Judging by the response the post got, it seems like a pretty popular idea.
With the Seattle City Council set to formally approve a revised Memorandum of Understanding this coming Monday - a vote that seemingly paves the way for the arena Hansen and his supporters have worked and clamored so tirelessly for - sports fans in Seattle are in a congratulatory mood.
And, in a sign of the times, some of that backslapping and congratulating is coming via Facebook.
In the time since the tentative agreement on Hansen's arena deal was announced, some fans have started to lobby the Seahawks to invite Hansen to raise the 12th Man flag at a Century Link Field home game - resulting in the creation of at least two Chris Hansen/12th Man flag-related Facebook pages.
Last Friday 35-year-old John Merganz of Edmonds, who works at downtown Seattle museum and considers himself a major local sports fan, created a Facebook page aiming to rally support for Hansen raising the 12th Man flag - a page that garnered close to 400 "Likes" in five days of existence.
And there's another such page to hit the Interwebs - a group page under the name "Hansen 12 man flag raising at seahawks home game." It has racked up almost 500 members so far.
These are admittedly small endeavors, but they speak to the current adoration Seattle sports fans feel toward Hansen.
"The page has been crazy," says Merganz of his effort. "I really want to see it happen. I think it would be awesome. If [Hansen] does it, I can see the Clink being loud. It'll be exciting. The reaction would be thunderous."
One of many Sonics fans who appreciated the post, amahaney, was inspired to weigh in.
Commenter amahaney writes:
Thank you for giving this the attention it deserves. For Sonic fans, Chris is the ultimate hero. How do you say thank you to the man that saves your favorite sports team? If you are a true sports fan - you get it. You know how important this really is - how it makes you feel. The return of the Seattle Super Sonics -- just makes me feel like I can fly! How do you say thank you to someone that shows you if you really fight hard and band together within your community -- you can achieve big things? We would love to see the Seahawks show a little Sonic love by allowing Chris to raise the flag. Raise the flag, post a picture on www.thankyouchrishansen.com -- there will never really be enough ways for fans to show their thanks and respect. Chris is part of Sonics history now and we are just starting this next chapter....