The Seahawks brought their 12 Tour to Vancouver, Washington (commonly referred to as the ‘Couve by the locals) this weekend. The highlight of the event was at Big Al’s on Saturday night. If you went, I hope you arrived early because it was standing room only by the time the party kicked off at 6 p.m. The sports bar was jam-packed and crawling with 12’s both young and old. A line for autographs went through the entire building and out the front door. I estimated there were 600 to 1,000 12’s in attendance.
As I entered the building, I knew there were would be some true die-hards inside. It was evident by some of the vehicles in the parking lot. There was a Seahawks truck pulling a Seahawks boat. That was a first for me, I have never seen a Seahawks boat.
There was a Mustang convertible that had a custom paint job for ReppinThe12.
The only thing missing on the vehicles were personalized license plates for a 12. Those vehicles will be part of the story later on, so stick around.
I showed up at 4:15 PM and was lucky enough to find a seat at the center of the bar. The excitement level in the building was high. Big Al’s was running a beer special on Bud Light and for every pint of beer you ordered, you received a raffle ticket for a drawing of various prizes of Seahawks swag. The Seahawks also had their own raffle ticket drawing for Seahawk swag. Tickets were $1 and proceeds went to a charity for supporting athletics in school. I bought an Andrew Jackson worth of tickets.
The 12’s were rabid. A lot of them were looking forward to having their jersey, helmet, photo, football, or even custom-made jewelry box autographed by Brandon Browner or Richard Sherman.
Hydro Graphics Incorporated (HGI) of Newberg, Oregon was on-hand and had a display of various football helmets that they supply for various teams. HGI applies the finish to the helmets.
The show started off with a highlight film of the Hawks 2012 season. It was the same piece that was shown at the Seahawks Town Meeting with Pete Carroll earlier this spring. Once again the fan favorite plays for the crowd were the game winning touchdown by Golden Tate in the Monday Night Football game; along with Vernon Davis having his bell rung by Kam Chancellor.
Brandon Browner came out first and did a Q&A session with Tony Ventrella and then was followed by the man who stole the show, Richard Sherman. The crowd came alive as Sherman ran through the bar high five’ng ever 12 he could touch
After Sherman’s Q&A was was over, Browner and him started the daunting task of signing autographs for as many 12’s as they could. To include autographing the Mustang and Seahawks boat.
I was even able to meet Sherman and get an autographed photo for the 12th ManCave. It was personalized in honor of the December 23rd nationally televised ass-kicking of the 49ers 42-13, which was coincidentally Coach Jim Harbuagh’s birthday. During a post-game interview, Sherman wished his former college coach a happy birthday.
The event ended with the raffle prize drawing. The grand prize for the Seahawks raffle was a replica Steve Largent #80 jersey. And who was the lucky winner? That’s right, me!
I got to meet some great die-hard 12’s from the Vancouver area. Portland is the borderland when it comes to 49ers territory. Something tells me that in the coming years that line will be drawn much further south of here, as in Medford. There was a lot of excitement and hunger in the 12’s for the upcoming season(s). Something good is about to happen, I can feel it.