Yet while we know how Seattle fans make so much noise, why remains the subject of much speculation. Gaudelli, like a lot of people, blames coffee. But I'm going with a theory advanced Sunday night by announcer Al Michaels, who suggested the locals roar non-stop because showcase games gives them a rare chance to remind the rest of the country they’re there.
‘‘For media people on the East Coast,’’ he said half in jest, ‘‘Seattle might as well be Bulgaria.’’
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