Congrats, Seattle Seahawks fans: You are officially loud.
As in, record-setting loud.
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In their Sunday night 29-3 throttling of the 49ers, the Seahawks achieved immortality in the Guinness Book of World Records when their fans reached a decibel level of 131.9, besting the old sporting-event mark of 131.76 for a soccer match in Istanbul.
The record-breaking moment: A Michael Bennett sack of Colin Kaepernick in the second quarter. But the 'Hawks fans were not done yet. In a defensive series (of course) in the third quarter, they actually bested their own mark by reaching a piercing 136.6. Ear plugs, please.
For context, the threshold of pain is 130. If you've never been to a game at CenturyLink Field, or any of its various naming-rights iterations over the past decade, it's incredibly loud. Please allow Guinness judge Phil Robertson to describe just how loud:
"It's a far louder, tribal kind of passion," Robertson said. "There's passionate people in soccer, but here you see veins bulging out of necks."
You hear that? Although the Twelfth Man tradition belongs to Texas A&M and is actually trademarked as such ...
— Darren Heitner (@DarrenHeitner) September 16, 2013
... there should be some special acknowledgement of what the Seahawks' fans did this weekend (especially after the Seahawks' victory and the Aggies' loss to Alabama, we suppose).
Taking the point further, who is going to beat these guys in Seattle? Certainly not the Jaguars next week. The Seahawks are talented — and brash — and could be 8-0 there this regular season. Russell Wilson hasn't lost at home in nine career starts.
Until further notice, the Seahawks are the favorite for the NFC's No. 1 seed, as ridiculous as saying such things in September can be. And with that comes the obvious advantage: a bye, sure, but also home field. As we now have verified with verified sound technicians, that also means pain.