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Seattle Super Bowl win buoys a city used to losing

Seattle Super Bowl win buoys a city used to losing

The Lombardi Trophy is raised during celebrations after the NFL Super Bowl XLVIII football game Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014, in East Rutherford, N.J. The Seahawks won 43-8. Photo: Associated Press, KPUG/AP Photo/Paul Sancya

SEATTLE (AP) — For a city accustomed to losing not just games, but teams, the Seattle Seahawks’ dominant Super Bowl win has provided a long overdue catharsis.

Fans poured into the Seahawks team store on Monday at CenturyLink Field to buy championship T-shirts and hats, and parents made plans to pull their kids out of school for Wednesday’s celebration parade.

The Seahawks’ 43-8 manhandling of the Denver Broncos on Sunday gave the city its first major men’s sports championship since the SuperSonics won the NBA title in 1979,

It also helped erase some of the lingering bitterness over the Sonics’ 2008 departure for Oklahoma City.

Julie Keim (KIME’) runs a maritime training school north of Seattle. She called the win priceless, and said she’s renting a 56-passenger bus to take all of her staff and students to the parade.

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