In 1981, my parents took me on a trip to Seattle, WA to visit my cousin who was studying dentistry at the University of Washington. I've referenced this trip before on my blog.
It's the same trip my parents bought my first baseball card set: 1981 Fleer.
It helped keep the "card collecting" ball rolling and is just one of the many reasons I'm still collecting thirty-three years later.
But the story doesn't end there. That trip to Seattle also turned me into a Seattle Seahawks fan. Actually the credit should actually go to my cousin Keith.
Living in the community filled with 49er Faithful, I've had to watch my friends and family celebrate five Super Bowl victories as their favorite franchise built a dynasty that lasted for close to two decades. During that time, I was fortunate enough to watch my other favorite team (the Green Bay Packers) win a pair of Super Bowls. However after thirty-plus years, I'm still waiting for the Hawks' first.
Hopefully... the wait will end today.
Thank goodness for great food and good company, because as soon as the game starts I know my stomach is going to be tied in knots as the NFL's best offense squares up against their best defense.
Let's just hope legendary coach Bear Bryant was right when he said "offense sells tickets, but defense wins championships".
Happy Sunday and sayonara!