All through South Kitsap, signs of Seahawks’ fever are showing up everywhere.
And now it’s reaching epidemic proportions as Sunday’s Super Bowl approaches. From signs and banners at homes and businesses to flags and stickers on automobiles, Seahawk fever is epidemic.
The Seattle Seahawks and the Denver Broncos square off in Super Bowl VLVIII. Depending on the weather, game time is 3:30 p.m. at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.
Anytime of the day, you can find someone wearing a Seahawk jersey (old or new), T-shirt or sweater.
Since the season began many businesses — especially restaurants and bars — are showing support for Seattle, allowing employees to wear Seahawk colors on Fridays and Sundays.
Port Orchard city employees have worn the Seahawks’ colors each Friday or on game day.
Even on the South Kitsap School District’s Facebook page, photos of elementary students showing their support are posted.
The same goes for many of the restaurants, bars and taverns in South Kitsap. Many businesses have sign displays showing their support for the state’s only professional football team.
Some restaurants, bars and taverns should be packed as patrons gather to watch the game. Some will provide drink and food specials, along with giveaways and door prizes.
Everybody’s American Cookhouse and Sport Theater, 4215 Mile Hill Dr., will show the Super Bowl on its 14 by 24-foot television screen.
“Super Bowl is not a big day for us, but hopefully this year it is since the Seahawks are playing,” said owner Barbara Meyers.
Meyers said she is planning food specials and giveaways of Seahawks’ merchandise.
There will also be Super Bowl parties at the Fred Needham VFW Post 2669 and Port Orchard Eagles Hall.
The Eagles are hosting a potluck dinner. Televisions will be set up in the bar and dance hall areas.
“We should have our biggest crowd of the season,” said Eagle Darby Davies.
The VFW’s party is by reservation only. Call 360-876-2669.
Churches planning Super Bowl events
Even some South Kitsap churches are planning events around Super Bowl Sunday.
Harper Church is hosting two Super Bowl parties — one for youth and another for the men. The junior and senior high school groups will meet at 3 p.m. and food will be provided, but those attending can bring snacks. The men will gather in the church’s Man Cave and those attending are asked to bring a snack.
Area United Methodist churches are participating in a food drive challenge between Seattle and Denver area congregations to see who can raise the most money and collect the most cans of non-perishable food items for needy families.
Cans of food will be collected until Super Bowl kickoff Feb. 2. Donated food will go to local food banks in the area.
Services at Colby United Methodist Church, 2881 Harvey St. SE, start at 10:30 a.m., while Port Orchard United Methodist Church, 725 Kitsap St., will begin at 9:30 a.m.
For more information, visit online at www.unitedinblue.worpress.com.
To help area fans celebrate, we've published a 12th Man poster in this week's edition of the Independent. Place the poster in your window to show your support for the Seahawks.
Locals predict Seahawks’ win
Here are some predictions by people living or working in South Kitsap:
• Michelle Reid, SKSD Superintendent; Seattle 31, Denver 23.
• Tim Matthes, Port Orchard mayor: Seatle 24, Denver 21.
• Jan Angel, 26th District senator: Seattle 24, Denver 21.
• Rebecca Diehl, SKSD school board member: Seattle 20, Denver 17.
• Denise Hoyt, executive director at Stafford Suites: Seattle 24, Denver 21.
• Eric Canton, SKHS head football coach: Seattle 34, Denver 23
• Dave Colombini, assistant superintendent of Educational Services for SKSD: Seattle 21, Denver 17.
• Amy Miller, SKSD communication director: Seattle 26, Denver 21.
• Mark Dorsey, Port Orchard public works director: Seattle 24, Denver 17.
• David Rill, Rill Chapel: Seattle 24, Denver 17.
• Alan Martin, Port Orchard city treasurer: Seattle 24, Denver 21.
• Guy Dalrymple, SKFR deputy chief: Seattle 20, Denver 17.
• Pam Heinrich, Sidney Art Gallery volunteer: Seattle 13, Denver 10
• Rhiannon Fernandez, Port Orchard deputy city clerk: Seattle 21, Denver 17.
• Jennifer Bayeur, Washington Energy Savers: Seattle 34, Denver 30
• Tiffany Walker, Independent advertising sales consultant; Seattle 20, Denver 10.
• D.J. Sigurdson, former SKHS football coach: Seattle 24, Denver 17.
• Chris Chancellor, Independent sports editor: Seattle 23, Denver 20.
• Sean McDonald, Independent publisher; Seattle 20, Denver 18.
• Lorraine May, Independent associate publisher: Seattle 17, Denver 10.