The Seattle Seahawks saw a remarkable turnout for their first pre-season game – a contest that doesn’t count – with a sellout crowd and over fifty percent of all televisions in the market tuned in.
Art Thiel, KPLU sports commentator, said it's the storybook elements this team has that keeps fans from being able to turn away.
The team, he said, has an ideal narrative arc: Massive, first-time success in a Superbowl against the Broncos, followed by the abject, last-second collapse against the Patriots. Those kinds of highs and lows, Thiel said, makes for a compelling Seahawks' storyline.
"Marshawn Lynch is a walking, running cartoon," Thiel said. "He's got all sorts of endorsements. He's got movie and TV appearances. Yet he doesn't talk to the media."
The narratives and the characters make for a great literary drama, he said. And head coach Carroll allows the offbeat to shine through -- unlike many command-and-control NFL bosses.
"He lets them be themselves," Thiel said. "Most coaches don't want to give up that control."