The San Francisco 49ers and Seattle Seahawks are two of the best teams in the NFL playoffs. Both have high Super Bowl aspirations and expectations. Both also have intense and energetic fanbases — albeit the Seahawks fans are much more well-known for their revelry. The rivalry between the two groups has taken on some extra tension in recent months, with the 12th man buying a brick at Levi’s Stadium and flying a banner over Candlestick Park. 49ers fans, as was documented earlier on this and other sites, decided to counter this buy purchasing ad time on a billboard in Seattle.
Seattle fans, as expected, did not take this very lightly. A group decided to photobomb the billboard. The purchasing 49ers fans, however, had heard about their mischievous plans, changing the digital billboard, 27 miles from CenturyLink Field (in the middle of nowhere) to read “Superbowl Fail, TD Fail, Photobomb Fail.” in alternating messages. Said organizer Aasheesh Shravah: “One big reason we used a digital board, you can change images at any time from a computer. We told the programmer to put in the new images at exactly 2:15 p.m., I think their event started at two. Before anyone got to take any ‘photobombing’ pics, we changed it up on them . . . They messed with the wrong fans”
Needless to say, this is awesome! Not only does it show how creative and humorous this rivalry between fan bases can be, but it also shows that good comes out of competition. For anyone who criticizes sport, this billboard raised about $4,000 for Seattle Children’s Hospital. The extra money raised for the billboard all along was designated for this cause. Now, the two fan bases are raising money together for UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital and Seattle Children’s Hospital.
I am proud of Shravah and 49ers fans everywhere. And, for once, I must add I am proud of Seahawks fans too. May this rivalry, as intense as it may get, continue to produce great things.