Rog writes: Seattle. What a city you are. What a football culture. This was my first trip to your city, and having come of age marveling at Detlef Schrempf, Ken Griffey Jr. and Curt Warner, it was everything I imagined it to be and then some. Thanks to our friends at MLS and the World Champion Seattle Sounders. To spend a night celebrating the breadth and depth of Seattle's rich football history and tradition with a Robert Altman-esque cast that included Megan Rapinoe, Clint Dempsey (to whom we presented a Camo Blazer of Glory,) Jordan Morris and his dog Minnie, and our long time hero, Sir Mix-a-Lot (he's a real knight you know...) was an honor we do not take lightly: To sit on stage with 74-year old Alan Hinton , an English football hero of the 1970's turned Seattle-area soccer legend, and have him describe how he feels having kept Seattle's team alive on life support after the North American Soccer League (NASL) collapse in 1984, when he goes to CenturyLink Field, and hears his name chanted by 43,000 delirious fans, was a moment I will not soon forget.
Producer Lexi, JW and I charged around and tried to live out all of your suggestions: we plowed through a small mountain of Ezell's Famous Chicken and Beecher's Handmade Cheese, went book shopping at the magical Elliott Bay Book Company, and ended up the night with shakes and burgers at Dick's Drive In. The sun even came out, we Crap you not. More than anything, to spend the night with hundreds of GFOPs from across the Pacific Northwest who came to be with us at Kells Irish Restaurant & Pub, was the greatest feeling. Shout out to the couple who drove 8 hours from Idaho, and the gang who flew in from Dallas, just to watch our Crap. The mind boggles.Our first visit to Seattle. But we will be back. Oh yes, we will be back.