ICYMI: the unbelievably-expensive-but-totally-not-worth-it-headphone-maker 'Beats By Dre' unleashed their newest commercial this Sunday during the Seahawks/Niners game. The commercial features Niners QB Colin Kapernick arriving to the stadium in the team bus while an angry mob of fans (who probably would be arrested if this happened in real life) threw bottles & coolers at him while acting like a group of un-fed gorillas outside of a slaughterhouse.
Now, to be fair to Beats - nothing said "Seattle" or "Seahawks" in the entire commercial, but it was raining, grey, and had an suspiciously-similar Seattle skyline in the background. Everybody knew it was Seattle. Moreover, the tagline for the commercial was "Hear What You Want," which is an obvious play toward Seattle being the loudest place in the world with the Guinness World Record to prove it. It was obviously Seattle.
Ask yourself this question: would this commercial even make SENSE if it was the other way around? Can you imagine Russell Wilson walking up to the SF stadium with a bunch of mouth-breathing fans holding their notes explaining how to cheer for their team? Of course not.
But it wouldn't be Seattle without somebody being offended, right? Some upstanding Hawks fans are calling for a BOYCOTT of the headphones (this is, assuming you're willing to shell out $200+ for bass-heavy cans with the word "Dre" on them in the first place, but whatever) because they're not representing Seahawks fans fairly or "ethically."
Waaaa waaaa waaaa. Personally, I think it's AWESOME that this rivalry has gotten to the point where there are commercials being made about it and especially that they're depicting Seattle as the most vicious place to play in the NFL. Sure it was nasty & violent, but this wasn't security camera footage - this was a doctored/exaggerated/scripted Hollywood commercial which used actors - not fans; and it worked.
I'm proud that we - the 12th man - is the nightmare the Colin Kapernick has to deal with all season long, and I'm proud that we haunt him even in cheesy commercials about expensive headphones.
This isn't golf. It's the NFL.