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Ultimate fans get the ultimate ticket

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By Dennis Box

The Courier-Herald

A cannonball is about to fall at Ford Field in Detroit.

The Pittsburgh Steelers had better look out, because the ultimate fans are preparing to descend on Super Bowl XL Feb. 5.

Cannonball, Bonney Lake's Brad Carter in everyday life, received a call from the Seahawks and picked up his ticket Jan. 25.

“I picked up two tickets,” Carter said. “One for me and one for Painted Hawk. They are two of the most beautiful tickets I've ever seen.”

Carter is a member of the ultimate fan club that will be heading to Detroit's Ford Field to cheer on the Seattle Seahawks as they battle the Pittsburgh Steelers for the Vince Lombardi trophy in Super Bowl XL.

Painted Hawk (Bruce McMillan of Fife) and Cannonball will be joined by Mr. and Mrs. Seahawk (Jeff and De De Schumaier of Auburn) and Kilt Man (Neil Hart of Everett).

The group will meet in the Detroit area Friday as they prepare to cheer the Seahawks to victory. Carter said they all have tickets together and that the Seahawks' 12th-man will be primed and boisterous for Super Bowl Sunday.

The game-day plan is for the fans to meet in the Seahawk Express recreational vehicle. The Seahawk Express is owned by Jerry Martinez of Sequim. The RV is a 38-foot, silver and blue dedication to the Seahawks. Martinez drives to all Seahawk games, home or away, and the Super Bowl is no exception.

Carter said the RV will be parked one block from the stadium to give them a place to catch their breath and gather strength for the game.

“It hasn't all set in yet,” Carter said. “But it's going to be great and I feel very confident the Seahawks can do this.”

Carter said the tickets are hottest commodity in the region and the minute he picked up his tickets he was approached.

“Three guys with a big wad of cash offered me $5,000,” Carter said. “I told them ‘no way' and they got very insistent. There were two cops, but they were about 100 yards away. I told them, ‘you guys need to get out of here' and they took off. It was a little scary.”

The Seahawks need not worry; Cannonball and the ultimate fans will be raising the roof at Ford Field.

Dennis Box can be reached at dbox@courierherald.com.

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