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Friday, January 20, 2006 - Page updated at 12:00 AM

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Hawks Fun Notes: 12th Man takes over Seattle

The Seahawks are encouraging fans to make today "Blue Friday." The team is asking fans to wear their Seahawks clothing or any blue attire to work or out and about in support of the team.

The team distributed Seahawks regalia to local television and radio stations, and replicas of the 12th Man flag will be raised throughout the city. Also, number 12 buttons have been given to downtown merchants, hotels, taxi drivers and others.

"The spirit of the 12th Man has played a central role in our success," CEO Tod Leiweke said in a statement. "We share the same passion and the fans should wear blue just like us."

Downtown Seattle buildings will be adorned in Seahawks colors today. That includes the Wells Fargo Center, where lights in the windows of the 46th floor will read "Go Hawks."

Fans can pick up a 12th Man button at the Westlake Center from noon to 1 p.m., and again from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. in Pioneer Square near Qwest Field.

Mayors' bet

With his chili dog winnings from a bet with Washington, D.C.'s mayor safely secured after Saturday's Seahawks victory over the Redskins, Mayor Greg Nickels upped the ante on this Sunday's NFC Championship Game against the Carolina Panthers. Food, drink and a little public humiliation are on the line with Charlotte Mayor Patrick McCrory.

Nickels and McCrory agreed the loser will wear the winning team's jersey for at least an hour at the U.S. Conference of Mayors meeting next week in Washington, D.C. And if the Seahawks win, McCrory will provide a southern-style "chicken and biscuits tailgate pack" from Charlotte-based Bojangles' Restaurants and a gallon of sweet tea. If the Panthers win, Nickels will provide a full meal from Seattle's own Ezell's Famous Chicken restaurant and 5 pounds of Tully's Coffee.

The two mayors are used to working with each other from opposite sides of the field. Mayor McCrory is chair of the Republican Mayor's Conference, and Nickels is vice chair of the Democratic Mayor's Conference.

Thanks to Saturday's win, Nickels won his bet with Mayor Anthony A. Williams. Nickels hopes to collect his winnings — four chili dogs from Ben's Chili Bowl — when he is in Washington, D.C.

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