Fighting The 12th ManOctober 29th, 2013
How loud is the 12th Man for the Seahawks? Loud enough that on a weekly basis it messes up opponents. Visiting teams average 2.3 false starts a game. Naturally, the Seahawks brag it is because of their raucous 12th man.
How loud is the 12th Man for the Seahawks? Well, decibel meters suggest it is akin to an active flight deck of an aircraft carrier, at times the noise from the 12th Man reaches some 136 decibels, 14 short of rupturing eardrums.
Bucs linebacker Mason Foster knows all about the 12th Man. He played college ball at the University of Washington.While in college, the San Francisco native went to a few Seahawks games and came away impressed.
“It’s tough,” Foster said. “I went to one of the games probably my sophomore or junior year and it was crazy. Those fans are crazy up there so I know firsthand, but it’s going to be a great game. I’m excited to be up there; great environment to play in.”
Here’s the thing: Teams don’t play against noise. If teams prepare appropriately, then noise doesn’t matter one bit. It’s a fallacy, to be honest.
Just do your job, focus on the task at hand and all will be well. Besides, the Seahawks are coming off a nailbiter of a win over St. Louis. The Bucs will have their hands full with a whole lot more than just crowd noise.