Thursday, December 5, 2013

Day 249: Seattle Seahawk's Seismic Activity

I've been to a couple of NFL stadiums and I'll agree... shit can get real loud, real fast. I've also been to NFL stadiums where the crowd was so rowdy that the concrete beneath my feet was literally shaking. Neither of those stadiums was Gillette. Sometimes I just don't think the New England Patriots' fans get quite rowdy enough.

The Seattle Seahawks fans might be the most lively bunch I've ever seen. In this past Monday night's game against the New Orleans Saints, the Seahawks crowd was so loud and raucous that they actually caused an earthquake. The event occurred after the 'Hawks recovered a Saints fumble early in the game and ran it back for a touchdown. A nearby seismometer used by the Northwest Seismic Network picked up the activity reporting that is measured between a magnitude 1 and 2.

This isn't the first time the Seahawks have caused the earth to shake. The last time was also against the Saints and happened in the playoffs back in 2011 when Marshawn Lynch scored a 67-yard touchdown to clinch a playoff victory.

In addition to moving the ground around them, the Seahawks fans have also set a new noise record for the loudest outdoor sports stadium. An official from the Guinness World Records recorded the crowd noise at 137.6 decibels on Monday night. They had initially set the record back in September but lost it to the Kansas City Chiefs fans in October. Now the Seahawks fans own the record once again.

No wonder Drew Brees couldn't pull anything together that night. He probably couldn't even hear himself think. I'm still having a hard time believing Seattle is 11-1.

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