- The Washington Times - Saturday, January 5, 2008

Fresh from the “You’ll See Everything If You Travel Enough” file: About 2.5 hours before game time, police were stationed on and below a 40-foot pedestrian bridge that connects second and fourth streets. Police told The Washington Times they had been trying to talk a fan down for nearly six hours.

As expected, Seahawks fans enjoyed riding Mike Sellers before the game for his tongue-in-cheek comments to the Times and SportsTalk 980 that the Seahawks pipe in crowd noise to Qwest Field. “Pipe this!” yelled a nice fan. (That’s original). Coming off the field Sellers put his right hand to his ear and mouthed, “What? I can’t hear you.”

• In the few moments the sun peeked through the clouds and the rain stopped, the atmosphere on the west side of the stadium about three hours before game was actually pretty electric. One street closed down, and it became a street carnival with mom-and-pop food stands with polish sausages, roasted peanuts and, bless these people, corn dogs. A downtown stadium atmosphere what a novel ideal.

• A cool feature about the stadium is a scoreboard dedicated strictly to defensive stats sacks, tackles for lost yardage, three-and-outs and takeaways. The offensive board is first downs, passing yards, rushing yards and total yards. At FedEx Field, a fan is lucky to know how much time is left in the game.

• On sale throughout the stadium was Jones Pure Cane Soda with Matt Hasselbeck on the label. Quipped one observer: “It’s the 12th Can.”

• Interesting fact No. 1: Since 2005, seven quarterbacks have made their first postseason start. Their record is 0-7 with a 53.7 percent completion percentage, two touchdowns, eight interceptions and 17 sacks.

• Interesting fact No. 2: Washington is only the fourth team in the Super Bowl era to reach the postseason after starting 5-7 and the first since Jacksonville in 1996.

Ryan O’Halloran

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