Starting Lineups: How To Silence A Rowdy Crowd

A Sports Scribe, Football — By on December 3, 2013 at 9:32 am

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Last night, ESPN played up the 12th Man to insane levels. After all, the Seattle Seahawks faithful at CenturyLink Field reached said levels thanks to reclaiming the Guinness World Record for crowd noise. On top of a blowout of a presumptive Super Bowl favorite in the New Orleans Saints, ‘Hawks fans had themselves a grand ol’ time.

Yet, if you are a Saints fan or even someone who absolutely loathes Pete Carroll, you just wished that they would shut up. And not just shut up, but be hushed in the most damning, meme-inspiring, take-your-Beast-Quake-and-shove-it way possible.

Sort of like this:

For this Scribe’s money, this may have been the best Air Jordan or even Nike ad ever conceived. As much as athletes dream of being part of a championship team of their hometown, they might dream of hushing a rowdy crowd on the road even more. Athletes want to be heroes at home, but undeniable villains on the road.

Villains bring incredible emotion to sports when they perform away from home. Some have carved Hall of Fame careers bringing those crowds to deafening silence and tears, from John Elway to Reggie Miller to the sneaker’s namesake. Others are known by expletives such as Bucky _______ Dent, Aaron ______ Boone and Robert _____ Horry.

Don’t lie, as the decibel meter crept up towards 137.6, you were hoping that somehow Jimmy Graham hit the open field for a breakaway 60-yard score to steal victory and over 68,000 souls from the Puget Sound. Alas, we have to wait until the divisional round of the playoffs for a team to brazenly wear the black hat in Seattle.

Links on links on links:

The Founding Fathers of Fantasy – Sports on Earth

(Fred) Wilpon’s Brick and Mortar Failure – Mets Merized

Auburn Says Someone Dumped Cremation Ashes on the Field After Iron Bowl Win – Dr. Saturday

The Dunk of Death – The Classical

Even If Feds Let Them Fly, Amazon’s Delivery Drones Are Still Nonsense – Wired

The End of Time – The Dissolve

Despite Outlaw Image, Hells Angels Sue Often – New York Times

Fly, Eagle, Fly: Nick Foles Is for Real – Grantland

Josh Harding, NHL Star Goalie, Battles Multiple Sclerosis - People

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    2 Comments

  • Awesome commercial. And that Vince article is just beautiful.

    • The first time I ever saw that ad, I stood up and applauded to no one in particular. It stunned me in its brillance. I actually wanted to buy the sneaker because it was such an incredible ad.

      Fredrick Weis, Knicks legend.

      You know what made The Dunk even better was KG’s reaction. It was so beautifully ignorant, ridiculous and exctly what I would have done.

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