Super Bowl Boulevard at Times Square in New York City

Seattle Seahawks fans admire the Vince Lombardi trophy in Times Square NYC

Lucky Duck visits the Vince Lombardi Trophy on Super Bowl Boulevard.

Super Bowl XLVIII (48) kicks off in three days, but New York City is already buzzing with Seattle Seahawks/Denver Broncos excitement. Super Bowl Boulevard has shut Broadway down, from 34th Street to 47th, and today, through February 1st, you can join in the Times Square festivities.

Walk Super Bowl Boulevard

Visit the Vince Lombardi Trophy

Create a video with Snickers

Bobsledding in Times Square

Let’s go Seahawks!

Over the course of the week, I’ve been finding cool ways to celebrate my former home team. For example, I bought cupcakes with little football rings on top.

Super Bowl cupcakes

Seahawks and football rings

When I got out of the train the other night, I took a long walk to get a great shot of The Empire State Building, lit up in Seattle Seahawks blue and green.

Empire State Building lit up to celebrate Seattle Seahawks

Visit Super Bowl Boulevard in New York City

If you can make it down to Super Bowl Boulevard, you should.

Super Bowl Boulevard signage in Times Square

Katrina and I vogued on the green carpet.

Super Bowl Boulevard Step and Repeat

Shannon Truax at Super Bowl Boulevard

Debbie Macomber brings the Seattle Seahawks and the 12th man to South Kitsap

Debbie Macomber brings the Seahawks and the 12th man to South Kitsap

Lucky Duck attended the 12th Man event, hosted by Debbie Macomber and The Seattle Seahawks at South Kitsap High School.

Debbie Macomber is a New York Times best selling author who has more than 150 million copies of her books in print, and she is one of the most influential voices in fiction today. And in her spare time, Debbie is changing the world.

Debbie Macomber and the Seahawks inspire

If you live in Port Orchard, you’re definitely dialed in to the fact that Debbie Macomber cares very much about her community and is constantly giving back. It may have been 18 years ago, but I still remember the day when Debbie came in to my 9th grade English class at Cedar Heights Jr. High to inspire us kids and give us all autographed books.

Last night, I joined several hundred fans to watch Debbie Macomber and the Seattle Seahawks speak at South Kitsap High School.

Debbie Macomber brings the Seahawks and the 12th man to South Kitsap

It was such an inspiration and a lot of fun! As I walked in past the signage, I actually recognized my friend’s two cute kids and their grandma, who I hadn’t seen in YEARS. Theron was decked out in his new Seahawks jersey.

Debbie Macomber brings the Seahawks and the 12th man to South Kitsap

The message is spot on

Debbie’s keynote may have been one of the most interesting ones I’ve heard. She shared that she didn’t learn to read until she was 10 years old; however, her first best seller came about when she was in the 8th grade. Her brother and two of her cousins made copies of her diary and sold it to her class!

But the point is that Debbie was a treasure; she just needed someone to help her find the key to unlock it. And this is where the power of the 12th Man comes in. It’s where we all come in. We all need to be each other’s 12th Man and encourage one another to unlock our treasures.

If you couldn’t attend the event, here’s a video of Debbie’s keynote:

Joe Tafoya, Seahawk alum, speaks about his 12th man

Following Debbie’s keynote, we heard from Seahawk Alum Joe Tafoya, who played on the Seattle team that went to the Super Bowl back in 2005. He let me wear his Super Bowl ring and grab a quick photo with him before the event.

Shannon Harms and Joe Tafoya

And afterwards, he had us in hysterics over his Superman socks with the cape flying off the back!

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Joe shared an interesting statistic. .08% of high school athletes make it into the NFL. Ugh, not great odds… but he did it. If you think about it, someone has to be in that .08% – so why shouldn’t it be you? Joe’s inspiration to watch football clips, practice, work hard, and persevere came from his grandfather and dad. His grandfather and his dad are his 12th Man.

Here is a video of Joe’s fabulous words:

Kerry Carter, Seahawk alum, has a lot of great things to say

Kerry told us that he was born on the little island of Trinidad, and then moved out to Toronto, Canada as a teen. His little brother wanted to play football, and his mom made him take his brother to practice and play too! Kerry’s mom was a full time working single mom, and she is his 12th man.

Here’s a video of Kerry telling his story:

Autographs for everyone

I was particularly touched to see Joe, Kerry, Debbie, and her daughter Adele, who helped organize the event, stick around to meet everybody, take pictures, and sign autographs.

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If you missed this one, don’t worry!

From what I understand, this program will extend into next school year and serve as an inspiring theme and message in 2013.

Personally, I think this is outstanding. I was just blogging on Father’s Day about the life changing lessons that my dad gave me. As I was listening to Debbie, Joe, and Kerry, I thought to myself, “Hey! My dad is my 12th Man!” Well, he’s one of them. I’ve been very blessed to have a lot of love, support, and encouragement over the last 33 years.

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Lucky Duck finally brings luck to the Seattle Seahawks

Lucky Duck hangs out at the game tonight with friends and watches the Seahawks win!

For the first time ever, my main image isn’t an image – it’s a video. This kid in front of me at the game cracked me up. You can see him starting to go bonkers in the beginning of the video, then there’s a short lull, followed by a full on “stand up and shake the sign as hard as I can!” God bless him. What a sweetheart.

The game was great! Just awesome. The Seahawks looked real good out there tonight, and the weather was perfect.

Plus, we were able to pick up some free stuff:

  • The defense scored a TD, so anyone with a ticket stub gets a free haircut at Great Clips.
  • Marshawn Lynch, “Beast Mode,” rushed for over 100 yards, so ticket holders get a free 12 oz. coffee from Top Pot Donuts.
  • Because the team scored 21 points, we get a free short stack of pancakes at IHOP.

Seahawks vs. Eagles

Seahawks vs. Eagles

Seahawks vs. Eagles

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Lucky Duck’s first Seahawks game

Seahawks vs. Ravens

Lucky Duck attends his first Seahawks game.

This season, I’m very lucky to have a 4 game pack for Club Level at CenturyLink Stadium. Lucky Duck and I get to see the Eagles, the Ravens, the Redskins, and we just went to the Seahawks vs. the Falcons this past Sunday. (Kind of funny that there are a ton of birds in that list!)

CenturyLink Stadium

CenturyLink Stadium

I  love the NFL. LOVE it. I really get into my games and dress the part. To celebrate my 4 game pack up in Club, Mike bought me a Seahawks Fashion Jersey for my attendance this year. It has a blue tie in front, studs on the #12, and it’s lime green like Lucky Duck!

Go Seahawks!

Believe it or not, Fashion Week in New York City came to mind as I entered the game. When I went backstage at Badgley Mischka, the wife of the owner of The Jets was getting photos with Mark and James, while wearing Swarovski Jets jerseys with her friends.

Jets owner's wife Suzanne Johnson with Badgley Mischka

And the Sea Gals danced to once of the songs that Betsey Johnson played at her fashion showBass Down Low, by The Cataracts.

Ok ok, the Sea Gals, in pink boots and pom poms (in honor of Breast Cancer awareness) are only so exciting. I think the main thing to watch here is the last 15 seconds of the game.

The Seahawks are down by 2. The team is trying to drive the ball down to the end zone, but they take a penalty, and their last chance to win is to make a 60 yard field goal. Here’s the final moment!

End. Scene! Well, we didn’t win, but it sure was fun! Can’t wait to attend my next game in November. Like Lucky Duck on Facebook so that you don’t miss any of the game highlights.