Mountain taken just till Monday

Staff writerFebruary 1, 2014 

O Tacoma! The City of Destiny at the head of Commencement Bay, where on a clear day you can see the majestic, glacier-flanked peak of … Mount Seattle Seahawks?

The state Senate passed a resolution by voice vote Friday afternoon authorizing the temporary name change for Mount Rainier.

The resolution mimics a proclamation by Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, who on Wednesday temporarily renamed 53 of the state’s highest peaks after the 53 members of the Broncos squad who will face the Seahawks in the Super Bowl on Sunday.

Sen. Jim Hargrove’s resolution claims the Washington state Senate is “VERY confident the Seattle Seahawks will defeat the Denver Broncos on Sunday.”

Did the Hoquiam Democrat just jinx the Hawks? Nah. Colorado’s “Hick” did it first by proclaiming his state “confident” of a victory.

Hargrove goes on to laud the Hawks’ prowess, the fans’ seismic celebration and the crowd’s sonic roar. The resolution’s bravado lightly mocks the Colorado governor’s choices, for while Hickenlooper chose a peak for each player “because the Broncos are a team of individuals,” the Seattle Seahawks need but “one magnificent mountain” to represent its team.

In seeking to celebrate the Seahawks’ success, Hargrove risks reopening old wounds. Tacomans historically have not taken kindly to efforts to appropriate their mountain.

Seattle and Tacoma long fought over the name of “The Mountain,” with Tacomans launching several campaigns in the late 19th and early 20th centuries to reclaim the peak. Tacoma interests got so far as winning U.S. Senate approval of a name change to Mount Tacoma in 1924 but were eventually defeated by Seattle opponents.

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