Renton enjoyed a different kind of casual Friday.
Blue and green dominated offices, schools and coffee shops around the region. Fans arrived as early as 7 a.m. at Top Pot Doughnuts at The Landing in Renton for an 8 a.m. rally with Blitz and the SeaGals.
By “go” time, they’d sold out of this weekend’s special: 99-cent Hawk Doughnuts, a cake confection with white icing and blue and green sprinkles.
“We do this at the Seattle store, but people really get into it here in Renton. This just pales in comparison,” said Top Pot co-founder Mark Klebeck. “It’s like Mardi Gras to New Orleans.”
Despite selling out of 300 Hawk Doughnuts by, an additional 200 arrived just before 9 a.m.
The 12th Man continued with Seahawks Spirit Day with a loud and lively sendoff along the interstate overpasses between the Virginia Mason Center and SeaTac Airport. About 20 fans gathered on Benson Ridge Road near City Hall.
The most passionate duo may have been Karen Payne and her Habanese pooch, “Pico,” who sported a custom #25 Sherman jersey. Payne delayed her workday by two hours in order to make the sendoff and donned team earrings and blue, green and silver fingernails by Fancy Nails in addition to the normal Seahawks gear.
“Sports brings the community together like nothing else,” she said of her love for the game.
Other groups rallied at the Lind Avenue overpass and along South 188th Street in Seatac.
The enthusiam didn’t go unnoticed.
“Awesome sendoff by the #12s on our way to SeaTac! Unbelievable display of Seattle spirit. Players and coaches loved it!” Tweeted Head Coach Pete Carroll.