The Super Bowl may be but a memory for many, but those of us in the Pacific Northwest are still reveling in victory and overflowing with pride.
In case you missed it, Seattle Seahawks dominated this year’s Super Bowl with a decisive 43 – 8 victory over the Denver Broncos. Earlier this month, at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey the Legion of Boom, the now infamous Seattle defense, held Payton Manning and the Broncos’ #1 offense at a near standstill in one of the most impressive Super Bowl victories in history. Some even wrote memes depicting Manning calling his mom to pick him up midgame (this geek chuckles). This woeful destruction of the Broncos unleashed a celebration never before seen in the typically easygoing Emerald City of Seattle, Washington.
Seahawks fans, called the 12th man, came out in full force to celebrate the players and coaching staff. Downtown Seattle was flooded with an estimated 700,000+ fans, in fact. The population of Seattle is 634,535, according to the latest U.S. Census Bureau data, so this was quite a squeeze. There was barely enough room on the parade route for the vehicles to traverse and wind around downtown before they arrived at the Seahawks’ home stadium, CenturyLink Field. Super Bowl XLVIII marked the very first Super Bowl triumph for the 37-year-old football franchise, and the second Super Bowl in which the team participated.
What was most impressive, however, relates to a high-profile aerospace and defense industry leader in Washington State: The Boeing Company. Has this military and aerospace (mil/aero) geek piqued your interest? Be sure to read the next installment.