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Seahawks aim for another new noise record

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In addition to securing the top seed in the NFC playoff field, the Seahawks have another objective on Monday night.

The Guinness World Record for the loudest crowd roar at an open-air stadium.

The Seahawks fans set the record on September 15, with 136.6 decibels of eardrum-bursting noise.  But the Chiefs broke the record the following month, pushing the number to 137.57.

(The next Saturday, the crowd at Clemson tried — key word, tried — to set a new mark.)

According to Nick Eaton of seattlepi.com, the 12th Man will aim for another new record on Monday night against the Saints.  The effort continues to be led by former Seahawk Joe Tafoya.  On Wednesday, Tafoya and audio engineers went to the stadium to determine the best spot for the sound equipment.

“The energy and excitement in the stands is what I really hope to see coming out and being projected down to the field,” Tafoya said. “What I’m envisioning is a situation where Drew Brees has to cover his ear holes or huddle closer or make adjustments because he can’t hear. When that happens, we’re affecting the game.”

The noise will be coming not just from the stadium, but from beyond it.  Tafoya said he expects fans who don’t have tickets to the game to be screaming from the parking lot.

Hopefully, the cops dressed as Saints fans will join in the effort, too.

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  1. maxl49 says: Nov 28, 2013 7:20 AM

    “When that happens, we’re affecting the game” a.k.a cheating …

  2. RedRuffensor says: Nov 28, 2013 7:25 AM

    Although they’re not my favorite team, I like the Seahawks. However, I don’t care for the NFL’s policy of allowing loud fans to interfere with what happens on the field. I know why the NFL does it — to foster more parity — but, it’s completely unsportsmanlike. (What’s next? Allowing fans to shine powerful lights in the eyes of opposing QBs, WRs and DBs to blind them?) So, IMHO, the NFL should allow the non-home team to use microphones and headphones in their helmets until the ball is snapped.

  3. nolahxc says: Nov 28, 2013 7:25 AM

    Looking forward to Monday night. Not a better road test for the Saints than the Seahawks!

  4. countyk66ers says: Nov 28, 2013 7:32 AM

    That noise record will be for the quietest stadium at the end of a playoff game.

  5. codycaillet says: Nov 28, 2013 7:41 AM

    When you have to manufacture “noise records”, it just doesn’t mean the same. I guess when you are playing the best road team (with Sean as coach) in the last few years (go look it up), you have to do these sort of things.

    I was at LSU vs Auburn when the crowd noise registered on the richter scale after a late score. That means more than some gimmick.

  6. goldrush36 says: Nov 28, 2013 7:54 AM

    Funny they try to set these records anytime a contender plays em there. of course last time the excuse was that they chose it simply because it was the home opener… So now let me guess… first game of December?

  7. jda129 says: Nov 28, 2013 8:06 AM

    As a Seahawks fan I appreciate the passion, but I’m kind of on the fence and kind of hoped this world record stuff would go away when KC got the record. I’m not gonna lie but a part of me thinks it’s a little lame to puff our chest and proclaim we’re the world’s best at screaming.

  8. FinFan68 says: Nov 28, 2013 8:08 AM

    Does it really count when the stadium itself is designed to enhance the crowd noise?

  9. thekingdave says: Nov 28, 2013 8:10 AM

    This is the same franchise that tried to become the Los Angeles Seachickens in 1996, right? We get it. You built a stadium to enhance acoustics and now you are the “loudest and best” fans in the NFL. Until you suck again.

  10. saintsly says: Nov 28, 2013 8:21 AM

    This might be the only way Seattle wins and I would be ashamed if that’s was the only way to survive my Saints

  11. joetoronto says: Nov 28, 2013 8:22 AM

    Whoo hoo, more amps and speakers!

  12. larrydavid7000 says: Nov 28, 2013 8:35 AM

    This is just Sad that this is the only thing this Sorry franchise has going for them selfs. Wow what an accomplishment.!!!

  13. charger383 says: Nov 28, 2013 8:43 AM

    Another reason to stay home

  14. ketch20too says: Nov 28, 2013 8:49 AM

    I’m a Hawk fan, but this is just silly.

  15. kathleenturnersoverdrive says: Nov 28, 2013 8:49 AM

    When the Saints start blowing them out in the first quarter they will be quiet as church mice.

  16. kathleenturnersoverdrive says: Nov 28, 2013 9:31 AM

    The legion of dumb

  17. fwbrodie says: Nov 28, 2013 9:45 AM

    This is a distraction. Who cares about the record? It’s not about decibels, it’s about timing, intensity, and relentlessness. Let’s quit screwing around and focus on what is important, getting W’s.

  18. assuredmutualdestruction says: Nov 28, 2013 10:06 AM

    If Harvin houses one on the opening kick it will happen.

  19. JSpicoli says: Nov 28, 2013 10:11 AM

    Wow – how proud you all must be. This really thrills the peripheral fan to no end. Moms and nerds around the world must be just giddy.

    What is next? Are you all going to fit in a phone booth or a Volkswagen?

  20. phillyphannnn83 says: Nov 28, 2013 10:14 AM

    Until they put microphones next to the speakers, I’ll never believe one of these “records”. There are soccer stadiums around the world that hold 100,000+ and those people are CRAZYYY!! Sorry Seattle, Kansas City, et al. I’m not buying your pumped in crowd noise.

  21. beastmode5150 says: Nov 28, 2013 10:16 AM

    Season ticket holder since 2005 who HATES this noise record crap…

  22. phillyphannnn83 says: Nov 28, 2013 10:17 AM

    ” On Wednesday, Tafoya and audio engineers went to the stadium to determine the best spot for the sound equipment.”

    In other words, where do the speakers sound best.

  23. rayguyreturns says: Nov 28, 2013 10:19 AM

    Contrived noise records…whohoo.
    How about just cheering for on field success?
    Very lame Seattle, very lame.

  24. wtfpft says: Nov 28, 2013 10:22 AM

    “In the fourth quarter, as the Chiefs fans were celebrating their victory, all of the sudden it peaked at 137.5 decibels,” Guinness World Record adjudicator Philip Robertson said. “They screamed for an incredibly long time, probably longer than what I heard in Seattle.”

    This is such a joke, if the chiefs really broke the record they did it when most of the crowd had already left. I highly doubt that’s the truth. As lame as this record is it’s also very sketchy.

  25. assuredmutualdestruction says: Nov 28, 2013 10:22 AM

    Looking at my fantasy line up before today’s games I noticed an interesting thing. Seattle’s D is ranked 3rd this week vs the mighty Brees. And that “vaunted” Saints D, you ask? A distant 16th.

    Kinda makes you go hmmmm…

  26. explosionsauce says: Nov 28, 2013 10:23 AM

    They are really allowed to set up extra audio equipment to make it louder? WTF is that all about?

  27. rmsthunder says: Nov 28, 2013 10:42 AM

    Every one outside of Seattle is very excited for this. A franchise that has never won anything with fans screaming the loudest for players that can’t keep pee clean. I’m pumped.

  28. assuredmutualdestruction says: Nov 28, 2013 10:47 AM

    Russell Wilson is going to have a HUGE game. He loves facing elite competition on the other side of the field…thrives on it. Undefeated at home in his entire career and by the end of the year will have the most wins of any QB in his first two seasons in the history of the game.

    Overcome THAT obstacle Aints fans.

  29. patsfan says: Nov 28, 2013 10:53 AM

    Seahawks PLAYERS say noise is a DRUG. while the saints are on OFFENSE, the crowd can INJECT a little PERFORMANCE ENHANCING energy into our TEAM.

  30. tobis81 says: Nov 28, 2013 11:07 AM

    The Chiefs had to try to set the record against a horrible Raiders team. A rival they knew they would be blowing out. HMMM

  31. blackfootkiller says: Nov 28, 2013 11:13 AM

    Wow! even when it’s just a story about some corny record for noise, all the usual suspects have to come running in to tell Seattle fans they’ve never won anything, and make drug references!

    Ya’ll are starting to look a little obsessed.

  32. seahawkfan4evr says: Nov 28, 2013 11:29 AM

    I love it when people say it’s cheating to yell. Well if you teams had better fans who actually gave a crap or new when to yell it might matter.

  33. slick50ks says: Nov 28, 2013 11:35 AM

    There’s only one, and we don’t have half a roof on our stadium. Truly open air.

    Go Chiefs!

  34. pacificnw7722 says: Nov 28, 2013 11:38 AM

    Make it happen, bust that record!

    GO HAWKS!!!

  35. tttoooooolll says: Nov 28, 2013 11:49 AM

    Specifically aiming for the record creates artificial passion……Saints fans may never actually “possess” this record, but our passion is 100% unbreakable. Not saying other fans aren’t…..

  36. joetoronto says: Nov 28, 2013 11:55 AM

    assuredmutualdestruction says:
    Nov 28, 2013 10:47 AM
    Russell Wilson is going to have a HUGE game. He loves facing elite competition on the other side of the field…thrives on it. Undefeated at home in his entire career and by the end of the year will have the most wins of any QB in his first two seasons in the history of the game.

    Overcome THAT obstacle Aints fans.
    *********************************************
    You mean the same Russell Wilson that’s averaging just under 215 yards a game passing, THAT Russell Wilson?

    SMH.

  37. dirtydrew says: Nov 28, 2013 12:05 PM

    Lame.

  38. dacktle49 says: Nov 28, 2013 1:04 PM

    The only championship that Junkietown will ever win! #Lombardilessforeternity! Good luck go get that record Hag fans!

  39. hawkstalkers says: Nov 28, 2013 1:58 PM

    All you Seattle haters are pathetic… I find it interesting that you expend so much energy hating on another franchise. Don’t be upset with is because your fan base is weak and listless. :)

  40. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Nov 28, 2013 3:35 PM

    The whole noise think seems to psych opponents out. But the Seahawks are 10-1 for a reason. They are a very good football team.

  41. rjkilla says: Nov 28, 2013 3:45 PM

    i’ve said it before, this is just something fans focus on when there aren’t any banners in the rafters

  42. 5to46hawkfan says: Nov 28, 2013 3:51 PM

    Who cares about loudest – I just love this game, love great players.
    I have been a Seahawks fan since age 5, win, lose, tie – doesn’t matter.
    They want to scream loud, awesome. Drew Brees is a great competitor, even Wilson said so. Why hate on Wilson, he’s a competitor as well.
    I hope Seattle wins this game but it’s football….
    Great game with lots of twists and turns.
    Go Hawks!!!!

  43. chawk12thman says: Nov 28, 2013 4:17 PM

    Loud Crowd, Good Competition, Great Game……Hoping for it all.

    Go Hawks!

  44. allidoiswin55 says: Nov 28, 2013 4:53 PM

    Not that I don’t like brees but guess who is second in points scored?? My friends that’s the seahawks… So all this vaunted Saints offense remarks are silly..
    The seahawks were the missing nearly 4 of 5 offensive linemen. And are still second and they and Percy just returned last game…

    Seahawks are an extremely balanced team but don’t throw the whole game is and have pulled starters early in games and. Now I healthy they are about to explode on offense. Get your popcorn ready, your in for a treat!!!

  45. allidoiswin55 says: Nov 28, 2013 4:57 PM

    *also that terrible seahawks offense leads the NFL in explosive plays. Yes more than Manning, brees, Brady ..

  46. 5to46hawkfan says: Nov 28, 2013 6:15 PM

    Numbers and stats do not lie my Seahawks peeps!!!! They are doing well and are respected amongst this whole league.
    I’ve been watching them struggle for a long time. It would be awesome to see them get to the bowl again and take it this time!!!! Go hawks!

  47. ashonnold says: Nov 29, 2013 9:07 AM

    Seattle Seahawks have had the loudest fans in NFL since their inception dating back to 1976. Does anyone remember the fabled Kingdome? No franchise is better deserving of championship than the Emeralds city Seahawks.

  48. apehangers says: Nov 29, 2013 1:35 PM

    Back in the 70′s, the refs penalized the hawks in a game against Denver for excessive crowd noise. They did it 3 times in a row, fans still didn’t quiet down so the refs gave up and and told Denver to play. Crowd noise has been part of the Seahawks games from the beginning.

  49. Jeff Versoi says: Nov 29, 2013 5:58 PM

    How is a home field advantage cheating? There’s nothing in the rule book that deters a structurally superior stadium from being built. We just have the right idea, and the rest of you guys are scared and confused of our nationally spotlit success/of coming to this house. So cry foul, no ones going to hear you. Bow down to the number one seed, plebeians

  50. cruiseon says: Nov 29, 2013 8:35 PM

    Although I think the fans should be able to yell all they want, yelling just to break a decibal record is bogus. That said, several commenters here, and I’ve also seen it on other blogs, are making claims that the Seahawks are piping in artificial crowd noise through the speaker system.

    That’s Bunk! The NFL does have a policy against that. Those rumors are just another of many attempts by haters to discredit success.

  51. capn0bvious says: Nov 29, 2013 11:57 PM

    As a Seahawks fan, this loudest stadium stuff is getting ridiculous. Getting the WIN is far, far more important.

  52. 5to46hawkfan says: Nov 30, 2013 3:30 AM

    I hear that!!! Let’s get the next win hawks!!!
    What’s funny is, I’m sure the ayers could care less.
    I wrote this quote down from The great Dirk Newinski:
    ” scoring a lot of points are meaningless if you don’t win”
    So, break the loud record, let’s just hope there’s a W at the end of the game!

  53. ratsfoiledagain says: Nov 30, 2013 10:42 AM

    codycaillet says:
    Nov 28, 2013 7:41 AM
    When you have to manufacture “noise records”, it just doesn’t mean the same. I guess when you are playing the best road team (with Sean as coach) in the last few years (go look it up), you have to do these sort of things.

    I was at LSU vs Auburn when the crowd noise registered on the richter scale after a late score. That means more than some gimmick.
    ************
    Good for you. BTW, look up The Beast Quake. That was not a gimmick either.

  54. genericuser8888 says: Nov 30, 2013 4:29 PM

    Seattle has a stadium designed to amplify crowd noise.

    Seattle has had more PED problems than any team in the league since Pete Carroll took over.

    That’s why people call them cheaters.

    Crowd noise is one thing, but your stadium shouldn’t be designed with amplifying noise in mind.

    PEDs are a problem, so why didn’t Pete Carroll put a stop to them years ago?

    All Pete Carroll cares about is winning, and he doesn’t care how loose of a ship he’s running. That attitude burned USC after he left, and it’s only a matter of time (I hope) before it catches up to him in Seattle.

    I’m hoping the Saints beat those guys down – crowd noise, PEDs, and all.

    All things aside, Russell Wilson is a good guy and I hope he plays for a decent coach one day.

  55. 87hollywoodhorn says: Nov 30, 2013 6:39 PM

    The loudest football stadium in the country is Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge, FACT.

  56. ratsfoiledagain says: Nov 30, 2013 7:53 PM

    87hollywoodhorn says:
    Nov 30, 2013 6:39 PM
    The loudest football stadium in the country is Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge, FACT.
    **********
    If you’re going to make statement, and declare it a fact, you need to substantiate it with data. Otherwise, is hearsay. FACT.

  57. sharseattle says: Dec 2, 2013 5:12 AM

    I thought the record was cool at first, I don’t really care anymore though I will be screaming tmrw night for our Hawks. We are loud and proud of this team and can’t wait to cheer them on. GO HAWKS!!

  58. saintsly says: Dec 2, 2013 7:25 AM

    Bring on the noise boys…..I have seen and been a part of a noisy stadium when the offence could not get a play off in time and the refs called a time out till it got quiet. As soon as the offence broke the huddle it started again. This went on for 15-20 minutes until the refs threatened a 15 yard Unsportsmanlike penalty and that was all it took. It went quiet after that so let her rip Sea Chickens.

  59. nowillrepeat says: Dec 2, 2013 2:47 PM

    Just sounds like a bunch of hype to me. Too much talk about this crap. Saints have played in many loud stadium’s before (including their own) and done just fine. It is the weather that should be more of an issue.

    On a side note, the Superdome is closed in, where the noise has no where to go. It is ridiculously loud and intense. We are SEC fans from the South and know/care more about football than anyone (regional stats will back that up). I don’t believe Seattle is the loudest, as they would rather be drinking coffee and hugging a tree.

  60. 5to46hawkfan says: Dec 3, 2013 1:23 AM

    Great win by Seattle :) great work Hawks!!!!
    I hope they keep it rolling!!!!!!!

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