Growing up in Seattle meant my dad watched the Seahawks every Sunday, but growing up in a house full of sisters didn’t always mean I paid attention to it. In fact, my interest in football didn’t happen until I met my husband. He would watch all the NFL games he could on Sunday and Monday, and then Thursday!! During the games, I would usually sneak away to shop or run errands, but after a while, I got sucked into watch the games with him. I realized after a while that it wasn’t that I didn’t like football, but I didn’t know the rules well enough to enjoy it. Thinking back, even as a cheerleader in high school, I didn’t know the rules well enough to know what was going on from the sidelines. I’m glad things have changed since then.

As I started watching more and more football and Seahawks with my husband, I would ask him a million questions, “what did that flag mean? What was that call for? Why did they kick instead of pass? Why do they run down the middle and not just pass the ball? What is a play option? What is a Sluggo? What is an onside kick?” I had so many questions, but my poor husband had so little patience for a newbie. So I took my research to the internet, and thank you internet, I leaned so much from you! Like Sluggo, the slant and go run, when the receiver fakes a slant route but then runs vertically up the field, at the same time the quarterback pumps towards the slant route, to get the cornerbacks to react and throws it over the top towards the receiver’s new route. It all makes so much more sense now! I learned a lot from my husband as well, but if I wanted to know more technical terms or explanations, the internet was a great resource.

Learning the basics about football helped me appreciate and enjoy Seahawk games on whole new level. I now understand why people would get annoyed when other people talked during key plays of a game. This is probably where the little patience from my husband came from, because let’s face it, who wants to stop to explain things after an amazing play? You just want cheer and high five people!!! I better understand the roles of our defensive players, like how Saftey, Kam Chancellor’s hard hits affect the other team’s offense. Richard Sherman said, “Kam Chancellor damages souls,” which if you go back to see some of hits, I believe! Just Google, “2012 49ers Kam Chancellor hit”, you’ll know what I mean. I can also appreciate how our Special Team could turn a game around, like Jon Ryan’s fake field goal pass during the recent NFC game, and thank you Jon Ryan for your hilarious tweet “Dear Self: next time you do something awesome, make less terrible face. Thank you.” Learning more about player’s personalities is also something I love about the game. The Seahawks seem to always have fun and really have some personality. I don’t need to say anything more than Beastmode.

I also love how the Seattle fans have such crazy personalities as well. Bandwagon, lifelong or fair weather, a fan is a fan and the Seahawks have them all! Twelfies will be rooting for them at the Super Bowl and whether you know the rules or not, I’m sure you will celebrate just the same! But just in case you want to learn some basic rules. I added some links below.

Go Hawks!

Rithy Yip

Hi! My name is Rithy (pronounced “Raw-Tee”). I am the Lending Product and System Specialist for Verity Credit Union. Although I am new to Verity Credit Union, I have worked for Not for Profit Credit Unions for over eight years (and counting). My previous roles included everything from Teller, Loan Processor, Shared Branch Administrator, Accounting to Credit Analyst. In 2011, I completed my Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Washington in Communications and Social Sciences. I love my current role at Verity Credit Union. I am responsible for research and development of new loan products and assist in managing our loan operating systems. I am learning new things every day and that excites me!

I live in Seattle and enjoy eating and running, but preferably not at the same time (trust me, gets too messy). I’m lucky enough to say I got to marry my best friend, who also happens to enjoy eating and running. In my free time, I also love to cook and spend time with family and friends. My family loves to get together and celebrate, and we celebrate in the best way possible, with lots and lots of food! Even when I’m not celebrating with family, I often find myself cooking meals for at least 6 people, even though it’s just for my husband and me. My love for food is also the main reason in why I enjoy to run!

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