The 12th man or 12th player is a term for the fans within a stadium during American football and association football games. As most football leagues allow a maximum of eleven players per team on the playing field at a time, referring to a team's fans as the 12th man implies that they have a potentially helpful role in the game. Infrequently, the term has referred to individuals having a notable connection to their football team.
The presence of fans can have a profound impact on how the teams perform, an element in the home advantage. Namely, the home team fans would like to see their team win the game. Thus these fans will often create loud sounds or chant in hopes of distracting, demoralizing and confusing the opposing team while they have possession of the ball; or to persuade a referee to make a favorable decision. Noises are made by shouting, whistling, stomping and various other techniques.
Just a little bit of education for you. The 12th man is loud and proud in Seattle. I can't even being to count the number of flags around the city. It's a pretty cool sight. Another braggin' right..... Seattle's 12th man has been know to break records at the stadium. We are loudest in the NFL. Fan here take this shiz seriously, and I LOVE IT! Being from Alaska, we never had a team to cheer for or to call our own. So moving to a city that did was exciting. I am not the hugest sport fan/attic, but my blood does getting pumping when I see a great play. Or the game is too close to call and we are down to the last final play with 12 seconds on the clock. A lot can happen in those last few seconds I've come to find out.
Opening day was last Thursday and I wanted to take my camera out and try and capture some of the action. This was more difficult than I had imagined. First, there were about 100,000 fans outside my door, and with a small toddler, it made moving around difficult. And once I did become mobile I was stopped by security because my camera bag was too big. I hadn't realized they could patrol outside the stadium like that. They weren't messing around.
But the fans did not disappoint. They came out all deck out in Green and Blue and even a donkey or pony or something made the trek. I taught Max to scream "SEA-Hawks", and it made me proud overtime he did.
Now if we can only get daddy on board.
|How cute is he!|
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