12 on 12
Thomas Edward Patrick Brady, Jr., (can you imagine filling that in on your SAT’s), will finally get to feel the power of 12.
He has worn the number for since joining the Patriots as a 6th round draft choice in 2000.
Twelve seasons, seven Pro Bowls, five AFC Championships, three Super Bowl Championships, and two Super Bowl MVPs later he has yet to throw a single pass in Seattle.
In fact, Thomas has played in every NFL City except against the Seattle Seahawks and in San Francisco. That will all change when he walks onto the field turf at CenturyLink Field to take on the Seattle Seahawks and the 12th man.
In Brady’s one-hundred and sixty-seventh start, he will finally feel the stomach churning power of the 12th man.
For many years I have sat in the crowd cheering on the Seahawks, I still do. I was screaming while standing in front of the seat I still have now during Beast-quake.
I’ll even admit I have taken a few moments, where I stopped yelling, just to take in the atmosphere. Nothing prepared me for the feeling of being down on the field.
Last year, when the Rams came to Seattle for the Monday Night Game, I finally got to experience what it was like to be on the field while the 12th man was screaming.
First, it is loud, you cannot even hear yourself think. That is the easy part to deal with, although, I am sure it is much more difficult while trying to talk to someone.
The part that I found extremely amazing was the pressure from the sound waves. As the crowd gets loud it is like a weight that starts pressing on your shoulders, and through your body.
It is not a constant pressure like someone putting their hand on you, it comes in waves like the ripples in the water if you drop a rock into Lake Washington.
Now, instead of picturing one rock, imagine 70,000 rocks being dropped. Instead of the Lake, picture those rocks being dropped into a bathtub. When all those waves meet in the middle, yeah, thats what it feels like to be standing on the field.
You can feel the fluids in your body crashing around. Your stomach starts churning like waves of a January storm at Ocean Shores.
If that is not enough to deal with, Tommy has to face the NFL’s number one defense in those conditions. Sure, Junior has experienced loud, nevertheless he has never experienced anything like what he will on Sunday.
He thinks that just because he wears the number 12, he will be able to silence the 12th man, maybe even turn us against the Seahawks. Brady thinks he can do in Seattle, “Like in Buffalo”.
When you are at the game Sunday, I want you to remember one thing. Welcome Thomas Edward Patrick Brady, Jr., to Seattle.
Brady thinks that he has the power to dictate what we do. Brothers and Sisters, fellow 12th man, I urge you to stand loud and proud for the entire 60 minutes.
I don’t care what the scoreboard says, let us show Tom that he is in our house.
By the end of the game, I want him to have nightmares about playing in CenturyLink Field.