The Knit vs. Crochet Big Game Challenge

The Cubley kids with one of the WSU players. Probably taken about 1971 or 1972. Go Cougs!

The big game is on Sunday, and I can't wait. I'll be rooting mightily for my Seattle Seahawks (the reigning champs, btw), and the incomparable Legion of Boom!

My buddy and Crochet Me editor, Toni Rexroat is going to root for the Patriots—horrors! (Full disclosure, I do like me some Gronk. Did you see the interview where he said he liked to cuddle?!) She challenged me to a knit/crochet project, but more about that later.

I've been a football fan since I was a child; my dad was a college coach, and some of my earliest memories include the game of football. Check out the photo at right—my brother, sister, and I (I'm on the left) loved getting our picture taken with the players at Washington State University, where my dad coached and, later, I got my degree. These guys were our playmates, babysitters, and role models. Such great memories.

If you're not usually a Seahawks fan, I think you should become one on Sunday—you'll need a team to root for between snack courses. Here's some info about the Seahawks that'll get you on board!

Seahawks Top 5 Countdown

5. The 12th Man. This is the moniker for the legions of Seahawks Fans. The 12th Man is the loudest group of fans in the entire world. Really. They set a Guinness World Record for crowd noise. When at games, the 12s also dress up like crazy people. We're the best.

4. Pete Carroll. At 63 years old, head coach Pete Carroll is the second oldest NFL coach, but he acts like one of the youngest. I’ve been watching Pete Carroll coach for years, and he’s always had the enthusiasm of a kid. I love to watch him jump up and down on the sideline and hug his players. Very inspiring. (Fun fact: Pete Carroll used to be the head coach of the New England Patriots, the Seahawks opponent in the Super Bowl, obvs.)

3. Russell Wilson. The Seahawks quarterback was selected in the third round of the NFL draft. He’s now considered one of the best quarterbacks currently playing the game, plus he’s an all-around great guy. Every Tuesday when he’s in Seattle, Russell heads to the Seattle Children’s Hospital and visits with patients. One of my good friends is a nurse there, and he says Russell is one of the most authentic, kind people he’s ever met. Sniff.

2. Legion of Boom. A Twitter fan named the LOB, as we call the fabulous defensive secondary unit that includes Kam Chancellor, Byron Maxwell, Jeremy Lane, Earl Thomas III, and the outspoken Richard Sherman. Richard uses his celebrity to speak out on many things, including his foundation, which donates school supplies to needy kids. He really has a lot to say about a lot of stuff. He has a communications degree from Stanford, after all. I love him.

1. Beast Mode. Running back Marshawn Lynch gets into Beast Mode when he’s breaking tackles, giving stiff arms, and generally being a beast while churning up yards running the football down the field. He is awesome in the true sense of the word. One of his amazing runs fired up Seahawks fans so much that they caused what’s now called a Beast Quake. After a Marshawn Lynch touchdown run, actual seismic activity was recorded in the area surrounding the stadium. As Marshawn likes to say, “Yeah.”

The Knit-Crochet Challenge

If the Seahawks win the game, Toni will crochet me a hat in the Seahawks colors (blue, green, and white). If the Patriots win, I'll knit Toni a had in the Patriots colors (red, white, and blue). Challenge accepted, Toni!

Below are three hats that I think Toni might like, and they lend themselves to two or more colors. (Of course, it's Toni who'll be crocheting me a hat, but . . .)

Clockwise from upper right: Transistor Hat, Bezold Hat, and Brim Braid Hat.

Pretty fun! We'd love it if you challenge a friend, too, and tell us about it in the comments.

Go Hawks!

P.S. Who are you rooting for in this year's Big Game? Leave a comment below and root for your team! (If you're a Patriots fan, I'll still love you.)

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