Spokane Valley Seahawkers rally around team | Community Spirit
Saying the Spokane Valley Seahawkers are confident about their beloved NFL team's chances in this year's playoffs would be the ultimate understatement.
At the club's meeting before Sunday's matchup at the Georgia Dome against the Atlanta Falcons, members gushed about Seattle's recent strong play, and the Falcons' postseason struggles in recent years.
“They've lost their last three home playoff games,” Lynette Allen pointed out. “We'll keep that streak going.”
The fan club boasts about 80 members from Ephrata to Post Falls, who participate in a myriad of activities – including the famed bus trip to Seattle for a game every season as well as raising money for charities.
This year, the group raised more than $3,000 – as well as donating time – for Shriners Hospital for Children, the Make-a-Wish Foundation, the Ronald McDonald House, Camp Fun in the Sun, Blessings Under the Bridge and Second Harvest.
“We try to get together during the offseason and we have a really tight-knit group,” club president Penny Forney said.
But the thread that keeps the group together is a deep love for the Seahawks.
“We're very passionate,” member Bob Hatch said. “We're incredibly jacked up for the games. Watch out when the high fives start flying. People can get hurt.”
Members of the club are as young as 17, and as old as 87, and the group prides itself on being die-hard fans, in successful seasons and otherwise.
“You don't wanna be around the ones who only show up when the team is winning,” Hatch said.
Some members of the club are so passionate they'll put up with physical pain to display their love for the team. Jason Bradfish, of Post Falls, is notorious within the Seahawkers because he paints himself every year for the annual bus trip. One year he used latex paint that took “at least a week-and-a-half” to fully remove.
“He was peeling it off of him and he said it stung so bad,” Penny Forney said. “He had to use scissors in some places because it was stuck to his body hair.”
“And he's a hairy dude,” another member chimed in.
General meetings are held at Darcy's (10502 East Sprague, Spokane Valley), and game watches are held at Goodtimes Tavern (2828 West Seltice Way, Post Falls). And like true Hawk fans, Skittles are brought to every meeting just in case it becomes time to go into Beast Mode.
As for this year, the Seahawks are on such a hot streak that the super fans couldn't imagine an acceptable outcome that doesn't end with beloved rookie quarterback Russell Wilson hoisting the Lombardi Trophy.
“We have a feeling we'll continue to do well, well, well,” a member said.
“No. They're going to the Super Bowl,” another interrupted.