Rooting for the home team

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Patrick Shelby

On Saturday night, I made it over to the Sunnyside Eagles Aerie Lodge #2927 and attended the benefit for Diego Mendoza. I had never been there before.

The Seahawks were playing the Dallas Cowboys in their wild card playoff game, and I thought it would be cool to go over there and check out the game as well.

Before Seattle had their expansion team, I grew up a Cowboys fan. Once the Seahawks landed at the Kingdome and fielded a team, most of the players were castoffs from the Cowboys. I became an automatic fan, and my family had season tickets for years.

I thought it was the perfect time to mosey on over to the lodge as I wore my Seahawks ball cap to show my support and cheer on the home team.

As I entered the building, the playoff game was on, and people were watching the game. They were having a great time watching and enjoying the hard-hitting action that was on the big screen.

What I did not expect to see was a large contingency of people that out-numbered Seahawks’ fans — a cowboy community cheering on one of their own. There was only one team that mattered, and it was not one playing football.

In fact, I was allowed to join in and became a team member of the wrangling community. I felt like I was on the winning side.



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