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Spencer and Tony's Super Sunday

by Max Rappaport, Sixers.com
Posted: February 2, 2014

During the course of a long and densely packed NBA season, there is rarely time for players to kick back and enjoy the things they care about off the court. But for Sixer teammates and Seattle natives Spencer Hawes and Tony Wroten, the stars – and the schedule – aligned.

The Seattle Seahawks will make their second-ever Super Bowl appearance Sunday in North Jersey against the Denver Broncos, and with the Sixers enjoying a rare off-day in New York City one day before facing the Nets in Brooklyn, Hawes and Wroten are making the trip across the Hudson River to cheer on their hometown team at MetLife Stadium.

“I’m very fired up,” said Hawes, an outspoken Seattle sports fan. “I’m taking an extra bag of Super Bowl wardrobe options (with me to New York) – a big coat, my big Ugg boots, some long underwear, gloves, a Russian-style hat…”

Wroten was just 12 years old the last time the Seahawks were in the Super Bowl, when they suffered a 21-10 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2006, but he remembers well the anguish of watching his team’s #1 ranked offense held to a season-low 10 points in the biggest game in the history of the franchise.

“We have a great fan base in Seattle, and there aren’t too many people from that city who don’t root for their hometown teams, so growing up I was always a big fan,” said Wroten. “We feel like we got cheated against the Steelers a few years back, but we knew we were going to get our chance again.”

Hawes, a junior in high school the last time the Seahawks were in the Super Bowl, is hoping karma will be on Seattle’s side.

“Seattle hasn’t been the easiest city to be a sports fan, but I think we’re due,” he said.