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Swartz: Seahawks Celebration A Teachable Moment

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“Dear Mr. Schmedlap,

Please excuse my son Billy Swartz from Wednesday’s 9th grade algebra class. He has a hoarse throat and is running a fever…Seahawks’ fever.

Signed,

Billy Swartz’s mom

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Maybe it will take a parental note like that one to warrant an excused absence this Wednesday as Seattle and the entire Pacific Northwest salutes the Super Bowl Champion Seahawks.  Despite coach Pete Carroll’s sentiments, Seattle area public schools will not be closing down for the day so students and faculty can attend the victory parade and ceremony at CenturyLink Field.

“Yeah, let’s shut down the darn schools, and shut down the businesses, and have a darn celebration peacefully, and rightfully, and in great fashion with a lot of music and a lot of fun and enjoyment, and create the memory that everybody deserves,  ” said Carroll at a Monday press conference.  “

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray also tweeted, “It is my hope the school district will excuse absences for students who want to join their family during the #Celebrate48 events.”

So far four local private schools announced they would close.  Forest Ridge School in Bellevue, Kennedy Catholic High in Burien, Seattle Prep, and Archbishop Murphy in Everett have canceled classes tomorrow.

I understand the public schools stand point with state required attendance days for students.  My own daughter teaches high school English and was disappointed last Friday when the entire student body was dismissed 10 minutes early to form a giant human ’12’ on the football field.  She had worked hard to put together a lesson plan for her kids.

The same daughter borrowed some of my Seahawks’ gear so she could be part of  the spirit of ‘ Blue Friday’ and the historic Super Bowl victory.  After Seattle trashed Denver she texted me, “It was exciting and unbelievable!”

After years of disappointing, losing baseball seasons, and soccer playoff defeats,  and a basketball team stolen away, we finally had reason to yell, laugh, and act silly.  It felt terrific to hug strangers and utter phrases like, “beast mode” and “all about the action, boss!”

With all the local television and radio stations, including 1090TheFan, covering the Seahawks’ parade and celebration,  make this grand day  part of the school lesson plans.

For sociology class, have students observe the multi-cultural and socio-economic backgrounds of the Hawks’ players, and write a paper on how the unique personalities all bonded together for a common goal.  How did Richard Sherman turn his regrettable tirade into a positive message for all his fans and inner city kids who see him as a role model?

In Psychology 101,  show teens the power of positive thinking coach Carroll and his staff have used to get the best out of the players.  Compare that technique  to the old school bullying and negativity used by other coaches in the NFL and college.   Discuss the unifying effects a winning team has in our community, and why we feel so darn good even if we don’t like football.

This week’s math lesson can include the Seahawks’ salary cap structure and how they will be able to keep some of their best players in coming years.  Find out how much each player makes for three playoff victories, and where to invest it wisely in a short playing career.  How much extra income and tax dollars were generated with ball caps, flags, and sweatshirt sales at local stores?

Most of all,  this is a history lesson.  Kids now attending kindergarten through college are witnessing something their parents and grandparents have  experienced on very rare occasions over the past four decades.  Hopefully it won’t take another 35 years for the next championship party.

I missed the Supersonics NBA title parade in 1979 because I was finishing up courses at WSU.  In 1982 I didn’t get back from Pennsylvania in time to help the Kirkland boys celebrate their Little League World Championship.  I do remember the glorious feelings of covering the Seattle Storm WNBA championship party at Westlake Park.

Parades down 4th avenue in Seattle are very cool.  I had the good fortune of riding on a float with the Washington Husky football co-captains in the Seafair Torchlight parade a few months after their 1992 Rose Bowl victory and share of the National Championship.  I know it will be a similar emotional rush for the “12’s” and  these Seahawks to cherish for many years to come.

Some believe the Seattle Seahawks are so good and so young they might return from Arizona with another Lombardi trophy next year.  Unfortunately in the NFL there are no longer dynasties, and multiple championships are rare.  It takes good health and good luck to achieve such lofty goals.

Savor the Seahawks’ first Super Bowl victory, and make it a teachable moment.

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For those of you going to just the parade…….

Seahawks Announce Additional Super Bowl Parade Information

Fans invited to participate in mobile celebration

 RENTON, Wash. – The Seahawks will celebrate their first Super Bowl championship with fans on Wednesday, February 5 with a parade through downtown Seattle. The parade will begin at 11 a.m.

 WHAT:          Mobile celebration and victory parade for Super Bowl XLVIII Champions

WHEN:          Wednesday, February 5, from 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

WHERE:       The parade will begin just south of Seattle Center at Denny Way and travel south down 4th Avenue past Westlake Park and finish at the north entrance of CenturyLink Field.

 WHO:            Seahawks Players, Head Coach Pete Carroll, Coaching Staff, Seahawks Executives, Sea Gals, Blitz and Blue Thunder drumline

TIMING:       The parade begins at 11 a.m.

TRAFFIC:     Seattle Police Department will close 4th Avenue at 10:30 a.m. and will reopen it as soon as possible.

PARKING:   There will be limited parking availability at CenturyLink Field.  Fans are encouraged to carpool and utilize public transportation.

DRESS:          Based on the projected forecast, fans are encouraged to dress appropriately for cold temperatures.

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Tomorrow’s Super Bowl XLVIII victory parade will culminate with a brief championship celebration within the friendly confines of CenturyLink Field with Seahawks players, coaches, and staff.

Seahawks season-ticket holders have been invited to attend Wednesday’s at-capacity event set to begin at roughly 1 p.m. PT. Fans will be able to watch the team’s victory parade beginning at 11 a.m. on the stadium’s video boards with soda, water, and hot dogs available for purchase at concessions stands throughout. Gates open at 10:30 a.m. with open stadium seating. Season-ticket holders can still print tickets to the event through this evening by visiting their Account Manager.

The adjacent Safeco Field will also open Wednesday to carry a live feed of the victory parade and CenturyLink Field’s on-field celebration on the ballpark’s large video boards. Tickets to Safeco Field are free and available to print on a first-come, first-serve basis right here. Seating at Safeco Field will be general admission with the field’s gates opening at 10:30 a.m.

 

 

-Bill Swartz- 1090TheFan

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