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posted Friday, November 22 2013 - Volume 41 Issue 47
Musings of a past football cheerleader
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Musings of a past football cheerleader

by Sugie Gemson - Special to the SGN

'Hooo-hooo, hooo-hooo, hooo-hooo!' is my battle cry when I sit back in my armchair quarterback chair. I am a Seattle Seahawks fan, although I do not paint my face in shades of Seahawk colors like those at Century Link field. I had to ask a good friend, Charlie 'Our Team Is Red Hot' Gefeltafish, what the name of the Seahawks' quarterback is! He replied, 'It's Russ Wilson!' 'Go Hawks, man!' was my 10-yard reply to him as I cherished that trinket of extra-point knowledge.

SUSAN CHEERS HER TEAM ON
My Seahawk fan beginnings can be found way back in eighth and ninth grade, when I was a cheerleader. We wore corduroy shifts and late bloomers in the color of the Vikings, our school sports team. We even got to wear the cheerleading uniforms while we attended classes at my junior high. At one point, the football coach called us in for an informational huddle. The coach groaned as he told us that we were saying, 'First and 10, do it again!' We yelled this when the rival team scored a 10-yard gain! I remember doing a cheer and seeing one young man in the grandstand pointing at me! 'Uh oh!' I feverishly thought, 'Was I doing something wrong, or did the pointer want a real 'car date' with me?

Did my cheerleading background prepare me for a lifetime devotion to the Seahawks? I think so, for every time I see them, I cheer loudly enough to be heard at the nearest petrol station! I mentally held the Seahawks' hand as they marched toward their first Super Bowl contention in 2006. Granted, they were the underdogs, yet that made no difference to me as I munched on my Seahawk nachos. I really had enough Seahawk mojo to conduct my own tailgate party!

EPILOGUE
The Little Prince once said, 'That which is essential, is invisible.' I ask you, Seahawk reader, how can my love for the Seahawks be any more essential for me when I am cheering for a most positive idea: the sweet scent of victory as the official raises both hands in a touchdown salute while you cheer those Seahawks on with, 'Go, Go, Go, you Seahawks!'

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