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Originally published March 27, 2011 at 5:57 PM | Page modified March 27, 2011 at 6:40 PM

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Small group of Seahawks fans voice displeasure about lockout

March Madness took on a different meaning on Sunday afternoon for the dozen or so fans who gathered outside the Seahawks Pro Shop at Qwest Stadium.

Seattle Times staff reporter

March Madness took on a different meaning on Sunday afternoon for the dozen or so fans who gathered outside the Seahawks Pro Shop at Qwest Stadium.

It wasn't quite a protest, more like a rally that included a brief chant of "We want football" and plenty of frustration with the lockout that is currently under way in the NFL, the sport's first work stoppage since 1987.

"It frustrates me because we paid for our tickets," said Ashley Adams, a season-ticket holder for five years. "We spend a lot of money during the season to watch these guys, and our say doesn't even get taken into any consideration."

The impasse between owners and players has gone from a negotiation to litigation. The next step is a court hearing set for April 6 in which the players have sought an injunction for the lockout.

In most years, free agency would now be under way and fans would be increasingly focused on the upcoming draft. The lockout casts a shadow over everything.

Jared Gamble, 27, arrived in a lab coat with Seahawks colors, sunglasses and a chemist's safety goggles. He has been nicknamed Dr. Seahawk, called "The Mad Professor," but on Sunday, you could just call him mad.

"They're squabbling over our money," he said. "And it's kind of ridiculous that their biggest problem right now is how to divide $9 billion. That's the gist of it."

Gamble bought a season ticket for the first time last year, and he has already paid for his 2011 tickets. The team has said it will refund the money for any exhibition or regular-season games that are not played.

A straw poll of the dozen protesters found more blaming the owners as opposed to the players, but mostly, it was a sense of frustration with both sides.

"I don't really know if I blame either side," Adams said. "They're both to blame."

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