So I’m at the Mariners game Monday before last, and they’re losing to the Astros, and it’s deathly quiet until a single syllable rings out: “SEA!” And then, across the grass of the Safeco outfield, the call is answered: “HAWKS!”
Message received, Seattle. Even at Mariner games, you’re thinking about the Seahawks. So after reviewing the 2014 schedule, released last week, I made a list of three important action items Seahawks fans can take right now to make the season run smoothly.
Take Friday, Sept. 5 off. The Seahawks host Green Bay in the NFL season opener Thursday, Sept. 4. Between the raising of the championship banner and the domination of the aging Packers, you’re going to be in a mood to celebrate. Then Friday morning you’ll probably be in a mood to lie in bed until noon with all the lights off. Don’t corner yourself into the old “aunt’s funeral” excuse. Take the day off now and celebrate with impunity (except for the attendant liver damage).
Offer to host your family’s Thanksgiving. The Seahawks and Niners don’t resume their rivalry until November 27—Thanksgiving night. Game time is 5:30, just when many families sit down to dinner. But not at your house! Mitigate against disaster now with what will seem like a thoughtful gesture, but is really insurance against being trapped listening to your uncle’s annual interminable grace while Percy Harvin is returning a kickoff.
Schedule romantic getaways for September 27–28 and November 1–2. The Hawks schedule provides two weekends when fans can ignore football and pay some attention to their significant others. The first is the Seahawks’ bye week, the second is the weekend they host whatever you want to call the team that used to be the Raiders.
If your employers, relatives, and significant others love the Seahawks as much or more than you do, I’m envious. The rest of us must plan ahead. As the Seahawks like to say: “The separation is in the preparation.”
The Seahawks 2014 Schedule, in Order of Importance
Thursday, Nov. 27 at San Francisco 49ers, 5:30 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 21 vs. Denver Broncos, 1:25 p.m.
Thursday, Sept. 4 vs. Green Bay Packers, 5:30 p.m.
Missable for funerals and childrens’ weddings only
Sunday, Oct. 12 vs. Dallas Cowboys, 1:25 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 26 at Carolina Panthers, 10 a.m.
Sunday, Dec. 14 vs. San Francisco 49ers, 1:25 p.m.
Missable for birthday parties (immediate family only) and baby showers
Sunday, Sept. 14 at San Diego Chargers, 1:05 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 16 at Kansas City Chiefs, 10 a.m.
Monday, Oct. 6 at Washington Redskins, 5:30 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 21 at Arizona Cardinals, 5:30 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 28 vs. St. Louis Rams, 1:25 p.m.
Missable for weddings, car shows
Sunday, Dec. 7 at Philadelphia Eagles, 10 a.m.
Sunday, Nov. 9 vs. New York Giants, 1:25 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 23 vs. Arizona Cardinals, 1:25 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 19 at St. Louis Rams, 10 a.m.
Sunday, Nov. 2 vs. Oakland Raiders, 1:25 p.m.