Which city is so Seahawks-obsessed it renamed itself?

by: Henry Rosoff Updated:


ISSAQUAH, Wash. - Only one western Washington city is so Seahawks-obsessed it renamed itself.

Issaquah Mayor Fred Butler declared the city be called 12saquah on Super Bowl Sunday, after the popular name for the Hawk’s fan base, the12th Man

But even before he made the one day only declaration, the city was already buzzing with Seahawks spirit.

Michelle Schneider led the charge from her espresso drive-through Your Espresso.

The stand is painted blue and decorated with all manner of Seahawks flags and flyers.  Schneider herself was clad in a Seahawks shirt as she took special drink orders named after players and doled out green and blue M&M cookies.

At the nearby Eastside Fire Department house, a 12th Man flag was on display as well, raised atop a fire engine ladder.  Chief Lee Soptich refused to put a jacket on when he spoke with KIRO 7 outside about the flag.  He said it would cover up his Seahawks T-shirt and shorts.

“Everybody needs to do what they can to make sure the Seahawks win this game,” Soptich said as he stood out in a light rain.

Almost every business in downtown “12saquah” had something Seahawks-related in their windows.