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Not everyone's gung-ho over the Seahawks
Seattle Times staff reporter
Drowned out by the incessant yammering about the Seahawks in the Super Bowl are those who opposed building Qwest Field with taxpayer subsidy, and others who are outraged by a region going gaga over a bunch of big boys in pads.
"I'm disgusted," said Marietta Alexander of Everett, who wrote a letter to The Seattle Times that was published Saturday before the NFC Championship. In it, she wrote: "I hope the team loses and loses big! I hope all the sports teams decide to move to Outer Mongolia and people get serious!"
The Seahawks' victory failed to convert her.
"I don't worship people; I worship the Lord," said Alexander, a substitute teacher. "It's gone beyond reason. People are outfitting themselves like freaks and spending thousands of dollars that they probably don't have to go to Detroit. All that money could have been given to the homeless and the poor.
"They aren't thinking about the fact that one day they are going to have to stand before God and account to Him what they did with their time and money."
She plans to nap during the Super Bowl — assuming her family, which will be watching the game, doesn't wake her.
Armen Yousoufian of Maury Island is in a protracted lawsuit with King County over the withholding of documents that relate to the economic impact of sports teams, such as the Seahawks. Yousoufian believes those impacts to be way overstated.
"I have nothing against sports," said Yousoufian, who grew up in New York when it boasted three baseball teams — the Yankees, Giants and Dodgers. "I'm happy for the Seahawks and the town. My issue is with cities and politicians that cave in to sports interests. If they all held the line, I believe stadiums like Qwest Field would be built anyway with private funds, just like the stadiums of my youth."
While watching Seahawks owner Paul Allen raise the NFC Championship trophy last Sunday, Yousoufian admits to having mixed feelings.
"Look, I've been involved in this thing so much, for so long, that I have learned to ratchet back my emotions," he said. "I basically thought, 'Oh well, what's for dinner?' "
"I just think it's absolutely fantastic," Van Dyk said about the team's on-field success. "The only comment I would have beyond 'Go Seahawks' is, 'I bet you fans wish you were sitting in the warm, sub-tropical Kingdome instead of in the cold.'
"But really, more power to 'em. If we're going to have a publicly funded stadium, then let's damn well have a winning team. The Seahawks won the election. I hope they win the Super Bowl, too."
Stuart Eskenazi: 206-464-2293
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