What Would Buddy Do?
BountyBowl on the road: your Pacific Northwest travel guide (Part 1)
Posted on October 28th, 2008 at 4:57 pm by Cheesesteak Hoagie

End of Days in Seattle 038

Many moons ago (actually, about seven months ago), yours truly was a proud resident of the Pacific Northwest. I was marooned in the NFL hinterlands, in a strange place where I typically had to be at a bar by 9:30 am if I wanted to get a seat for Birds games on Sundays. In a lot of ways, being so far away from Philly was what got me motivated to start doing BountyBowl, but hey, that’s for another time when we’re sharing lengthy stories about our needs and/ or feelings.

The important thing right now is preparing my fellow Eagles fans for a potential trip to Seattle. Given Birds’ fans’ propensity for field trips, I can only assume that more than a few of you will be in the 2-0-6 this weekend. Thanks to some good people on the ground in Seattle, I can look forward to seeing you there! Or at least hearing your rowdy exploits from afar!

See below for a quick guide to making the most of your upcoming trip to C@L; feel free to ping me with any questions you may have at hoagie at bountybowl.com — I’m more than happy to spread the good word about the Pacific Northwest!

Bring a coat. Misery season is just kicking off in Seattle. And by misery season I mean the “nine and a half months when it’s 50 degrees and raining.” Yes yes, you’ve heard the jokes about the weather in Seattle. Unfortunately, most of them are true. The upside of it all is that it never actually gets that cold and it doesn’t actually rain that hard — it just kind of mists and drizzles ALL THE TIME. For this the locals recommend “performance fleece” — now available in black, drab blue, AND drab green! For those of us accustomed to the change of seasons that we have in the Northeast, certain months — like May, when it’s still 50 degrees and raining — can be a bit disconcerting. That said, the period from July 15 through the end of September is off the charts.

Don’t bring an umbrella. Nothing makes you look like a newb in the Northwest like an umbrella. Ironically, for a place where it rains all the time, no one uses an umbrella. It actually isn’t worth it. I’d recommend a hat or a hood. Or both.

How to make friends, or at least exchange semi-friendly grunts with the locals. So perhaps due to the nine-and-a-half months of darkness, the locals can be a bit chilly w/r/t strangers. They tend to be pretty mellow, though, and if you pick your spots, you can make friends fast. A quick smattering of topics that tend to go over well: (a) “Clay Bennett is a mendacious hick” — will work especially well with young men in town; (b) “They really need to do something about that 520 bridge” — will work well with corporate types; (c) “I hate paying taxes, but support a broad array of foofy left-wing causes and think that anything corporate or related to improving vital infrastructure that’s sure to fail in the next earthquake is BAD” — what with it being election time and all.

The coffee thing, also real. Yup, we all know that Starbucks is from Seattle. And we’ve heard that they like their espresso in the Northwest. You might assume that this was just marketing blather and didn’t reflect the lifestyle of the average Seattle resident. Nope. The coffee thing is legit. They sell espresso at gas stations. And it’s good. I’m sure some of you will bristle at the throught of ordering “fancy” coffee; if you just want a plain ole cup of coffee, tell them you want a “drip.”

Left-coast cheesesteaks. If you’re one of those people that craves hometown comfort food on even the briefest of trips, you’re actually in luck: Tat’s Delicatessen does a respectable job with the cheesesteaks, and they’re in Pioneer Square, a short walk from Qwest Field.

Top Pot 7

All that said, you should eat local. Things you should make sure you eat while in town include: (a) salmon, either on the fancy side or the fast-food side; (b) local doughnut chain Top Pot (now supplying Starbucks nationwide, and above); and (c) Dick’s burgers — low-end but delightfully awesome (below, and soon to be in my belly).

Dick's Burger

So how’s the tailgate scene? This is actually a trick question as there actually isn’t much of a tailgate scene at the stadium (due to some annoying stadium rules). But, Qwest field is conveniently located across the street from a number of bustling bars and restaurants in the Pioneer Square area. Essentially, the bars are packed for the early games ahead of the Nerdbird kickoff. You shouldn’t struggle to find a place to have breakfast and a Bloody Mary or four.

Wait, what’s a Nerdbird? Why, it’s my ceremonial name for the Seattle football franchise! See here for details!

Hawks Nest

The basics of Qwest field. While not as fancy along the concourses as the Linc, Qwest Field is a proud NFL stadium. What you need to know…: (a) It’s loud. Like really really loud. You’ll be shocked how loud, actually. Loud. (b) They don’t serve Coke or Pepsi — you can only get locally made Jones Soda products, available in silly Nerdbird-themed colors! (c) They do this really cool thing with the Hawk’s eye on the scoreboard (below).

The Cool Seahawk Eye Thing on the Scoreboard

You’re not wrong, Walter. I’m going to try to say this as politely as possible. I know that we folks from the Illadelph like to roll into opposing towns and beat our chests a bit, accompanied by standard refrains that summarize how we “own” this or that town and “ruled” the stadium. I hear that. And I want everyone to have a good time. The thing you need to understand about the folks in the Northwest is that they’re not a feisty bunch. They’re good fans, mind you, and they’ll make a ton of noise in the stadium, but they’re just not, how do I say this, angry. They don’t really take it as personally as we do. Pending the result of the baseball thing, I’d hope that we aren’t angry either. But do not mistake the calm on their faces for peace in their hearts — folks up in the Northwest will be more than happy to pull some nasty sh*t, they’ll just do it in a sneaky way. But so long as we’re all polite, there shouldn’t be problems. We have no long-standing beef with this franchise — no reason we can’t all have a good time.

All that said, we all know WEST COAST IS SOFT AND THE NERDBIRDS ARE GOING DOWN (!!!!!).

(Again, feel free to hit me up with questions if you’re making the trip. I’d invite you to hang out, but, well, you know.)

Comments so far:

Link Here | October 30, 2008,

Really? “Drip”? I’ve never heard anyone order it like that in Portland.

Comment by Justin

Link Here | October 31, 2008,

Don’t know what to tell you. I’m sitting in Seattle drinking a “drip” right now. Also, “drip” is posted on the menu.

But, of course, Portland is an entirely different story, altogether.

Comment by The Bounty

Link Here | October 31, 2008,

E-A-G-L-E-S EAGLES! I can’t believe I get to see my beloved Eagles live for the first time this weekend (I live in Victoria, B.C. so they dont seem to have games around here very often :) )…WOO HOO…been a fan for about 15 years, I am so PUMPED…50 yard line, about 7 rows back from the Eagles bench…so never having gone to a game, is there a way to get Dawk to sign a ball for me? Or am I ridiculous in even trying?

Comment by Aaron

Link Here | November 1, 2008,

Hey Aaron,
Good for you - those of us that live in Philly (or in my case two hours away) may not realize how lucky we are in our access to our favorite team.

Sounds like you got some good tickets. I don’t think it is unreasonable to seek a Dawk signature tomorrow… especially given your excellent seats. Show up early, I mean real early… and, in being very ambitious, either look to get him on his way into the stadium… or more likely get there when the teams are still taking practice, and make your way to the front to seek a signature. I bet, especially if you chat with an Eagles representative (or even a low level coach) they’ll appreciate your effort and help you out.

That’s my guess.

Comment by Joe

Link Here | November 1, 2008,

Oh and Aaron - consider bringing a nifty handmade sign in order to get the attention of Eagles personnel in the pregame… that could help. And throw the sign away when done–no one likes impeded view, no matter how clever the wording.

Comment by Joe

Link Here | November 1, 2008,

Thanks for the tips, Joe…if I ever make it to Philly for a game I buy the beer…

Comment by Aaron

Link Here | November 3, 2008,

Sounds good Aaron - you ever get that Dawk autograph?

Comment by Joe

Link Here | November 6, 2008,

No, didn’t get the Wolverine’s autograph, but I gotta say, with seats behind the bench, I think I had more fun just watching him on the sidelines throughout the game than the game itself…he is just juiced every minute…really cool to watch…but I did get Jeff Lurie to sign my Reggie White jersey, and caught Dan Klecko’s warm up tuque when he threw it into the stands…fortunately (?) I have a big head too so it fits well…all in all, probably one of the best days of my life (caveat in case my wife reads this…behind marriage and my child :) ) Man, I have GOT TO get to Philly for a game!

Comment by Aaron

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