Posted on: December 3rd, 2013 by Jen Mueller

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Did you see the game last night?

Did you hear how loud it was at CenturyLink?

Do you realize what the win Monday night does for the Seahawks?

I expected the Seahawks to win, but I didn’t expect a 34-7 drubbing of the New Orleans Saints.

The Seahawks became the first team to clinch a playoff berth this year and the 12th Man set another World Record for being the loudest crowd at an open-air stadium.

The news of the new world record takes a backseat to the playoff berth and the opportunity Seattle has to gain home field advantage throughout the playoffs, but it was still a point of conversation in locker room after the game.

Players like Cliff Avril, Michael Bennett and KJ Wright told me about how the crowd and the environment played into the win.  (It should come as no surprise that those three players in particular made key plays during the game.)

But here’s the other thing I’ve noticed after being around this team for quite a few years – no other team I’ve covered is as inclusive of their fans as this Seahawks team. 

I’ve covered teams that give the standard, “we have the best fans in the world” comments, but none that consider the fans to be a game-influencing factor on game day.  No team I’ve covered has ever showered as much praise on a fan base after a game, without prompting by the media, as this Seahawks team.

People not familiar with the game-day environment at CenturyLink might roll their eyes at the talk of the 12th Man, but it’s truly incredible, unique and, I can honestly say, it’s the loudest stadium I’ve been in.

So what’s the point?  The Seahawks work environment impacts their results.

 

Business Application:

The same could be said for you.  Your work environment impacts your results.

If you want to find more ways to talk about the Seahawks most recent win, use Monday night as an example of what a positive work environment can do in your office.

Your workplace probably doesn’t include 77,000 fans screaming at the top of their lungs for 3 hours, but it does include the people around you.

What are you doing to acknowledge your supporting cast?  The Seahawks publically praise the 12th Man, but there might be more subtle ways to encourage the people around you and let them know how important they are.

This is just one idea to get the conversation rolling.  If this is something you’ve been meaning to talk about, or something you didn’t know how to talk about, use the Seahawks as your starting point and put your fandom to work for you!

 

Jen and Pete Pre Jax 2Jen Mueller is the radio sideline reporter for the Seattle Seahawks, as well as, a reporter for ROOT Sports NW out of Seattle.  She is also a professional speaker and the author of Game Time: Learn to Talk Sports in 5 Minutes a Day, the go-to resource for new and novice sports fans.  The book is available on Amazon.