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The 12th man explodes

New argot for the Puget: The criticality of”the 12th man” in the game, as the Seattle Seahawks prepare for today’s championship game.

It’s been a local concept for a while, but the push on it lately has been remarkable. The Seawhawks’ web site even notes, “The Seattle Seahawks 12th Man Flag, a fixture at Qwest Field’s south endzone, will be raised atop Seattle’s Space Needle to salute Seahawks fans and the team during the NFL playoffs. The flag will be raised Tuesday, January 10 at noon and will be displayed throughout the Seahawks postseason.”

The Tacoma News Tribune enthuses, “We’re a closer community right now. And it’s great to be a part of that.”

But attention should be paid to another commentary in the TNT, that being today’s Peter Callaghan column about the “13th man” – the taxpayers who made possible the stadium in which the Seahawks play.

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