August 9, 2009

November 11, 1990

That's how most of the NFL-viewing public remembers Veteran's Day 1990 (if they remember it at all). The great Derrick Thomas sacked Seattle QB Dave Krieg SEVEN times. It was an amazing individual performance, and with NFLN replaying that game in recent days, it's reminded all of us why Thomas is now in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Of course, we remember that day a little differently in Seahawks Nation:

Thomas couldn't QUITE wrap up Mudbone for that 8th sack, could he? That loss would ultimately cost KC the AFC West title, a home game in the playoffs and a first-round bye. Heh.

At the time I was a snot-nosed 15 year old poppin' my pimples in Richland, WA. My mom let me turn our basement TV room into a "Seahawks Cave" during football season, with posters, banners, newspaper clippings, and so on blanketing the walls.

We were getting ready to move to Kennewick, and that day the realtor was having an open house (yes, my little punk-ass insisted on staying put to watch the Hawks that day rather than, you know, watching the game elsewhere). The whole tribe was packed into the "Seahawks Cave", and when Krieg hit Skansi for the winning TD we all went completely luggage-throwin'-ape-shit. I jumped so high I hit my head on the roof of the basement, and the realtor came running downstairs thinking that we were murdering each other or something... All we could do was scream incoherently and point at the TV. We didn't get any offers on the house that day, obviously.

What are your memories of November 11, 1990? A great day in Chiefs history, but a better one in Seahawks history.


Kelly Pugh said...

That was the only time Skansi spiked the ball after a touchdown catch... RIP Mr. Thomas.....

David Keatting said...

That play made me a Seahawks fan. Up to that day, I could have cared less about football, or any sports for that matter. I did not even watch the Superbowl. I was channel surfing and decided to watch the 2nd half because there was nothing better on. That one play changed the way I spend Sunday afternoons. I've been a diehard Seahwks fan ever since. And that was 1990. I had to wait 10 years for a playoff berth, 15 years for a playoff victory. That's why this current run is so sweet. Superbowl heartbreak be damned! This is the high water mark, and I'm enjoying it while it lasts. Go Hawks!