The New England Patriots beat the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday, which meant that a combination Super Bowl party and birthday bash didn’t go quite as planned for one Lacey teen.
“As soon as they lost, he threw his Seahawks hat,” said Tanya Chambers about her son Andrew.
Oh, well. At least the game and party got off to a fun start.
In fact, the party erupted after a Seattle Seahawks interception in the first half.
That was followed by a question: Who was that?
“Jeremy Lane!” screamed about 10 boys, ages 14, 15 and 16, dressed head to toe in a mix of Seattle Seahawks caps, T-shirts, jerseys and socks.
And when they weren’t rooting on their team, they were stampeding a table of nearby food, a rush as fearsome as that on display in Sunday’s game.
They also played football outside before the game and marched right outdoors again during halftime.
So much for watching Katy Perry.
That was the scene Sunday at the Chambers household in Lacey, the fourth consecutive year that the family has had a combination Super Bowl party and birthday bash for Andrew, who officially turns 15 on Feb. 9.
But his birthday is so close to Super Bowl Sunday they have decided to mix the two, his mother said.
This year was especially good because for his birthday gift, they took him to CenturyLink Field to see the Seahawks play the Carolina Panthers.
But what did he really want for his birthday? A Seahawks victory, he said.
Tanya Chambers began the party preparations immediately after last year’s Super Bowl, ordering party invitations that look exactly like Super Bowl tickets.
The Chambers’ living room was decorated for the game with balloons and a 12th Man flag, plus several folding chairs were set in front of the big-screen TV for Andrew and his buddies.
Before the game started, they made predictions about the score. One of them was nearly spot on: Seattle 28, New England 24.
Reverse the score and that’s exactly how it ended.
Better luck next year, Seattle.
And Andrew? Forget about the Super Bowl: Happy birthday, buddy.