When I got the email last week that I was the winner of the Ultimate Divisional Game experience I was in complete disbelief, I can't remember when I've ever won anything so exciting. I opened the email at work and quickly called my co-workers over asking them if they thought this could possibly be real. I was quickly reassured after responding to the email and receiving my hotel confirmation and flight itinerary, and needless to say no more work got done that day. I don't think there are words to fully express how I felt that day and the entire weekend.
The excitement just continued with a flight from Chicago filled with Seahawks fans traveling to the game, meeting up with 12's from all over on Saturday night at a bar filled to the brim with fans and finding out there that a huge tailgate hosted by the Carolina Seahawkers would take place right next to our hotel in the morning. I woke up Sunday to "Sweet Caroline" blaring outside my window followed closely by chants of SEAHAWK...SEAHAWKS!!! Our hotel was within easy walking distance and we got to the stadium early enough to walk down to the first row and watch the team warm up and man oh man what a second half!!
As a Seahawks fan living in central Illinois I get a lot of questions as to how my love of the Seahawks came about and I always trace it back to a trip to Seattle in 1980 when I fell in love with the Pacific Northwest, Seattle, and Steve Largent. I've been a fan ever since, through thick and thin. Winning this trip to the Divisional Game and getting to meet up with other 12's and cheer for a team I have loved for 30+ years was truly the trip of a lifetime form me and I can't thank you enough for the trip, the season, and the excitement that is already building for next year.