Sunday/ the 12th man

12th Man Flag Space Needle
The 12th Man Flag on top of the Space Needle shows support for the Seattle Seahawks football team. [Picture from website]

There was some football fan frenziness going on in Seattle on Sunday with a Seahawks play-off game against the Washington Redskins.  The Seahawks rallied to a 24-14 win, after being down at 0-14.   The picture shows the ’12th Man’ flag on the newly painted Space Needle dome (those are pine trees). And what does 12th man mean?  It’s a term for the fans in the stadium during a game.  Several American football used it at one point, then Texas A&M registered it as a trademark, and in 2006 filed a trademark lawsuit against the Seahawks.  The lawsuit was settled out of court, and the Seahawks continue to use it.  (For the life of me, I don’t quite understand why — were we not creative enough to come up with something different?)


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