This off season has been completely different from any other Seahawks off season.
It didn’t end in disappointment.
There was no “Maybe next year…”
No defending our team from the media…
Instead, we took it all the way… we won the Superbowl… Our Hawks are the champs!
This off season has left us wondering what kind of moves the Seahawks are going to make to address the salary cap as well as resigning or releasing players.
With Sid and Big Red released, there are still a lot of decisions to be made. We want to know what you’d do. Say you’re John Schneider… what do you do about this guy?
Angry Doug Baldwin is a pretty good guy to have on our team!
A heck of a sideline guy, clutch, good returner, excellent vertical leap!
Golden Tate has mastered his routes. He’s got hands that grip like a an all terrain tire in the rain. Solid returner.
Not the best receiving tight end on the planet.
Solid Blocker, big body, big salary….
So what would you do with these guys? Enquiring minds want to know!
Volume 12 staff member, Justin Biza was lucky enough to be on board the Russell Wilson 12th Fan Airlift! This is his account of Super Bowl weekend!
The weekend started off about 5:30 am Saturday morning, full of energy and excitement, chants of “SEA-HAWKS” and “LET’S GO HAWKS” filling the C Gates of SeaTac. Everyone was clad in Seahawks and 12th man gear from head to toe, ready for the biggest game in Seahawks history. Fans kicked off the trip to The Big Apple emphatically tapping the “I’M IN” sign as they boarded the Alaska Airlines Russell Wilson themed airplane.
Fans entered the contest through the Alaska Airlines Facebook page by January 26th and the 56 winners were selected and notified the following day. Fans traveled in to SeaTac from all over the Northwest and Alaska, each one as excited as the next. Each winner received two round trip tickets, a two night stay in a downtown Manhattan hotel, and the opportunity to attend an exclusive Super Bowl viewing party at the Royalton Hotel, less than half a mile from Times Square and Super Bowl Blvd.
Once aboard the plane, the 12s continued the chants. You could feel the excitement of everyone aboard soaking in this once in a lifetime opportunity. After take-off everyone was encouraged to connect to the complimentary in-flight WiFi and document their trip using the #12thfanairlift tag on their various social media outlets. About one hour into this flight the excitement was continuing to build, and it was now time for the Tailgate Trivia. Six questions were asked about Seahawks history for some great prizes. This was followed by the random drawing for Super Bowl tickets! Everyone was ecstatic about the opportunity to watch their favorite team live at Metlife Stadium. The rest of the flight the energy level grew even higher among the fans and staff from Alaska Airlines. We arrived with a loud cheer of “SEA-HAWKS” from everyone on board! After a roughly 45 minute bus ride and check in at the hotel, everyone was free to explore the sights and sounds of The Big Apple and Super Bowl Boulevard.
Super Bowl Boulevard was set up right in the heart of Times Square, spanning at least six blocks. Every major sports news network had a large setup for their pre-game broadcasts, as well as an area for fans to participate in competitions throughout the week. During my time on Super Bowl Blvd I heard numerous battles between groups of Seahawks and Broncos fans to see who was louder. Of course, the 12s won all of the noise battles! Great work, 12s on traveling across the country and bringing the Volume 12 with you!
By 5:00pm Sunday, you could feel energy at the Alaska Airlines 12th Fan Airlift Viewing Party. It was special seeing all the 12s come together, talking like they were best friends, even though they had only met the day before. That’s one of the best things about sports; it brings together people who wouldn’t normally meet. Before kickoff and during commercial breaks Alaska Airlines raffled off jerseys, hats, shirts and numerous other prizes to those attending the party. By the time kickoff came around you could feel all the pent up energy, waiting to explode on one big play. That play happened to be the first play of the game, when the Seahawks defense, known as the Legion of Boom, caused a safety! The rest of the game was pretty much along the same lines. The defense dominated, Russell did his thing, Marshawn did what he does best, Percy made that trade completely worth it, and the number 1 offense of all time was held to just eight points!
Following the game everyone at the viewing party at The Royalton Hotel was absolute ecstatic. Some had waited decades to see a championship come back to the Emerald City, and others hadn’t been born yet when the Seahawks went to the Super Bowl in 2005. Strangers were hugging and high fiving complete strangers, and at one point, everyone sang We Are the Champions! Here is a video of that moment! Shortly after, most people cleared out of the party and headed to the numerous Seahawks parties around the city! All in all, for Hawks fans and the Alaska Airlines 12th Fan Airlift, this trip was a great success!
It was just a dream last year.
We tweeted using the hashtag #championshipoffseason…
We watched the draft anticipating the talent John Schneider would find in late rounds…
We celebrated the trade for Percy Harvin as the speed we were looking for…
We clamored to get into the Richard Sherman Charity Softball game, delighted with the less formal glimpse of our Hawks!
We sold out training camp before it even started because we couldn’t wait to see our guys!
We set our first world record for loudest crowd cheer on September 15, 2013 against the San Francisco 49ers!
We traveled to away games at a record setting rate and thanks to the Seahawks Road Crew, Saturday night rallies on the road became the norm.
We set our second world record for loudest crowd cheer on Monday Night Football, December 2, 2013 against the New Orleans Saints!
We matched our record for number of wins in the season at 13 and 3, assuring that the road to the Super Bowl came through Seattle.
We enjoyed a bye week before playing two decisive games against the New Orleans Saints and the San Francisco 49ers, ironically the two teams we’d played when we set our world records!
We then went to NYC and endured two weeks of announcers and critics picking against us because we were playing the number one offense.
And then we won the Super Bowl in such a decisive manner that it created discussions regarding whether we were one of the best defenses of all times!
The common denominator in all this is the word “We.”
In all the NFL, there is no other organization in which the fans are so closely intertwined with their team…. where the team wears the symbol of their fans on their uniform… where the fans actually impact the game (and often the post game show)… where the fan’s jersey has been retired… where there’s actually a flag symbolizing the commitment of the fans to the team and that flag shows up around the world as fans display it with pride.
As much as this season has been about the team, it has also been about you, the fans… your world records, your travel, your cheering!
Volume 12 has been proud to support the fans this year through multiple rallies, world record successes, our official Volume 12, Lady 12s and Legion of Boom clothing, our fan caves here and in New York City, our Facebook and Blog… it’s been an incredible honor for us to make this journey with you!
Let’s do it again next year, yes?
Volume 12 is geared up and ready to go for Superbowl 48 today!
But we want to know what you’re doing!
Where are you watching the game?
Who are you with?
What are your superbowl rituals? Game day food? Pre-game worm ups?
Tell us all about it! We want to know!
Leave a comment on this post! We’ll draw a random number after the game to pick one of the comments to win a little something from Volume 12!
Whether you’re on the best coast or the east coast, Volume 12 has you covered for the Superbowl!
Here in Seattle we’ve organized an epic Superbowl party… On February 2nd at The ShowBox SODO Volume 12 with support of Mercedes-Benz of Seattle and our sponsors will be throwing the largest Super Bowl party in the state hosted by Jordan Babineaux and his friends!
The Volume 12 Super Bowl party will feature musical performance Xola Malik (also known as Kid Sensation), guest DJ/MC Druha from H206 events and food by Wolfgang Puck Catering. Mercedes-Benz of Seattle will be sponsoring the VIP Lounge – where guests can enjoy complimentary food and cocktails.
Doors open for ticketed guests at 1:30 with the game starting at 3:30pm. Tickets will not be sold and the only way into the party is by winning your tickets through Volume 12 or by visiting our sponsors! 21+ only! Here’s the link to the event page!
Meanwhile, in New York, we have taken over the Copacabana all week for the Super Bowl in New York and Created a “Legion of Boom Fan Cave” The Official 12s Hang Out & Headquarters for Super Bowl Week!
Located in middle of Times Square NY 1 block from Super Bowl Boulevard off Broadway we’ve decked this fan cave out in Seahawks banners, Legion of Boom posters, football/Super Bowl swag & Skittles…. Now you have a place to call your home on the road!
There will be special appearance and performances throughout the week including:
Blue Thunder our Seahawks Drum Line
Blitz our Mascot
Seahawks Road Crew
Musical Performances & Guest DJs
There will be a Kick Off Party, Saturday Night Rally, Tailgating & a Super Bowl viewing party, we will even be raffling off custom banners & Seahawks swag every day throughout the week.
The Fan Cave is all ages so tiny 12s are welcome and are only $6 at the door.
Here’s the link to the event page, and yes, if you decide at the spur of the moment that you want to hang out in the Fan Cave, you can purchase tickets at the door!
Join Volume 12 at the Renton Landing as we celebrate the Seahawks bid to Super Bowl XLVIII!! Action packed Seahawks entertainment…Family friendly and free to attend! Come on down and show your spirit!
2:00 -Blue Thunder Drum line
2;15 – MC Druha Seattle
2:30 – Former players Speech led by NW Legend Manu Tuiasosopo
3:00 – by Eric Keith and VelVett perform their smash Seahawks Anthem #Better
3:20 – Volume 12 Raffle items
3:30 – Midstokke Music performance
Our boys are leaving the morning of the 26th, so it’s only right we celebrate their departure by 12ing together! Join us in sending them off in style!
Are you a Lady 12? Do you know tons of Seahawks trivia, cheer louder than the guys and have a better 12ing wardrobe? You might be a Lady 12 and you won’t want to miss our Lady 12 Fan Appreciation Night at Volume 12 Game Gear at Redmond Town Center!
We Lady 12s have played a bigger role than ever in supporting our Hawks this season and January 25th is your night to be honored!
We have an amazing evening planned for you and it’s 100% Free! Event is Invite Only!!! Make sure to add yourself to the invite via Facebook so we can put you on the guest list!!!
(21 yrs of age and older please:)
We will also be holding the final round of the Lady 12 of the Season Contest! The top 12 contestants from our contest will compete in a Seahawks trivia contest to prove that they really should be the Lady 12 of the Season!
Winner will be crowned Lady 12 of the Season and receive:
Lady 12 gift pack with the newest Lady 12 Gear
Make over and make up from Gabriel Cosmetics
Special Lady 12 Chocolates
Modeling opportunities from Gabriel’s Boutique
Interview with LB Dutchess on Socially Savvy
Photo Shoot with Studio 7 Photography
Runner ups will receive swag bags, modeling opportunities with Gabriels Boutique and a photo shoot with Studio 7.
Anyone traveling from out of town: We have a special rate at the Redmond Town Center Marriott. Message us on Facebook for details on this promo.
See you there!
You won’t want to miss the Volume 12 Fan Rally at Redmond Town Center! Saturday, January 18th from 3-6!
7311 164th Ave NE, Redmond, Washington 98052
Join your fellow 12s as we celebrate this amazing season of football and get ready for the NFC Championship game! Rally with us in the center of the mall known as the “Winners Circle” with musical performances and special appearances by former Seahawks. Brought to you by Dania & Magnolia AV! Covered by JACK FM Seattle & 1090 The FAN
We’re also holding a special ceremony dedicating the Guinness World Record for loudest crowd cheer dedication to the 12th Man!
Our special guest MC – Druha Seattle from H206events
Free to Attend!
Make sure you’re one of the first to see the latest art piece by Featured Artist, Christopher Keywood! (above) It’s amazing!
Like Russell Wilson, who loves being the Seahawks Quarterback, I sometimes think I have things pretty good too, writing for Volume 12. Especially when I get to spend time talking with someone like Christopher Keywood.
Over the last few weeks, Volume 12 has been holding an artistic contest. We love seeing what people create and we’re endlessly fascinated by the art the Seahawks seem to inspire. We love the art that’s been emailed and posted to our Facebook page. But when we saw Christopher’s work, we were completely intrigued by the imagery and texture in his work. So I called him and asked all the usual questions… and got some inspired answers!
So this is Chris. Chris has been drawing since he was about three. Growing up in Kent, his first portrait was a 3D Mickey Mouse that his mom laminated for him. Chris wasn’t just a Disney guy though. He moved on to He-Man and She-Ra! In grade school, he started drawing Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and trading the drawings to his classmates for their best snacks!
And then he became fascinated by Junior. Ken Griffey Jr. While his twin brother was all about the Seahawks, Chris became a baseball guy… and the art kept growing.
Chris says it’s just what he sees, all the angles and straight lines. His eyes see the straight lines and he draws and trims them perfectly without a ruler or a straight edge. He says it’s always been the way. Being a perfectionist is also part of his charm!
Chris’ art kept pouring out of him. Moving from Jr High straight into honors art in high school, Chris focused on logos and murals throughout the school… and less on the classwork. Although he was serious about his art, following graduation, he didn’t go to art college like everyone thought he would. Instead, our happy-go-lucky artist went to Mississippi and started an art gallery…
… and developed a fascination with Seahawks! The 2005 season caught his attention. The 11 false starts against the Giants turned him from a spectator to a diehard fan. The Seahawks played their 2006 Superbowl game on February 5th, the birthday he and his brother share. From then on, Chris baffled residents around the delta with his never-before-seen Seahawks shirts and hats.
Reppin’ his Seattle hoodie in Archie Manning land didn’t keep Chris from selling his art. He even began doing a quite a bit of work around Ole Miss and eventually doings pieces for Eli Manning and creating an NFL series for Terrance Metcalf, former Chicago Bears Guard.
When family circumstances brought him back to Washington State, he fell back in love the with area. The cloudy skies, the water, the trips to Seattle. He went back to Mississppi and closed his gallery and moved to Port Angeles.
He continued working on his football pieces. He felt like his shapes and pieces were creating football players that started looking more like machines and he explored that using the current Seahawks players. From Russell to Sherm. From Earl to Marshawn… Chris began working the same magic with his shapes and shades.
And then the Volume 12 art contest happened. Chris’ friends and family urged him to enter and eventually, he sent us some shots.
And we loved them and wanted to see more!
So Chris brought some of his work in and we’re happy to say that we’re featuring it at our Game Gear location in Redmond Town Center.
We love what Chris sees when he looks at the Seahawks. I asked him what he sees when he looks at his art.
“I just love the ability to see the beauty in art, the movement, the shapes… It’s like I’m not even working. It melts me to look at what I’m creating and see people’s reaction to it.”
“But I’ve always known I can make people happy through art. I’m like a jack of all trades. I feel like I can create anything. I’m fierce on a hedge. Give me a trimmer and man, I can see the lines. I may take up sand castles!”
Whatever Chris does, we’re pretty sure he’s going to be good at it!
Where can you get your hands on Chris’ art? You can find Chris on Facebook and of course, you can see his art and buy it at the Redmond Town Center Game Gear store! Come see us Saturday during our NFC Championship open house! We’ll be greeting guests from 3-6 pm, Saturday the 18th. Chris will be there along with a lot of other great folks! Drop on by!
Wow! What a year 2013 was!
Thanks to you, the 12s, we accomplished so much!
Your World Records:
Not one, but TWO world records, thank to all our 12s! The first record was set on the Seahawks opening home game September 15th against the San Fransisco 49ers… and the second record was set during Monday Night Football against the New Orleans Saints on December 2nd.
When the challenge was presented, it wasn’t the team on the field, it was the fans in the stands that rose to the occasion and battled for the record. In many ways, you put yourselves on the map as well as your team and your stadium!
In November, Volume 12 organized The Battle in the Bowl at Redhook Brewery to benefit Baby Ellie, who was fighting cancer, and her family. Thanks to the sponsors, including the Redhook Brewery, all the 12s that signed up to play flag football on the 8 teams competing for bragging rights, the fans that showed up to cheer everyone on, and the former Seahawks players that volunteered their time to coach the teams, much needed funds were raised to help Ellie’s family offset the cost of her medical care!
No matter whether you were at the stadium or at home, on a mountain top or at the beach, flying to a game or tailgating at a pub, you all, as 12s, gathered together and made yourselves heard and seen! Your passion as fans made headlines and sometimes were the headlines in post game interviews at away games. You flew the flags, made the noise, wore the jerseys and let the team know you were there for them!
And what was the outcome of all that passion?
You’ve been so amazing and so unique… you’ve created a movement that has the team and the players turning around to gaze at the fans in amazement! While you’re excited by what they’re doing on the field, they’re the ones blown away by how awesome you are in the stands!
You’ve created a fellowship of 12s that is so huge and so passionate… we have 12s checking in from around the world on game day. And trust us, we’re just as amazed as you are. When training camp started, we had a few thousand fans on our Facebook page. This week, we exceeded 100,000!
As we’ve made this journey with you, we’ve worked hard to connect you (Connecting the 12s), meet your need for Volume 12 and LOB fan items (Volume 12 Game Gear in Redmond Town Center) and make sure you get the recognition you deserve (World Record Cheer)!
If you’ve liked us on Facebook, hung out with us at Game Gear, yelled with us during world record attempts, checked in online during game days, sent us photos, jokes and suggestions… thank you! You’re part of a powerful movement! If you haven’t yet, here’s where you can find us…
Legion of Boom
Thanks for all your passion, heart and enthusiasm! 2014 is going to be another awesome year to be a 12!