Driving through their Battle Ground neighborhood, there’s no missing the Conditts’ home.
The blue and green lights that adorn the house illuminate the cul-de-sac, and no doubt the lit-up “12” on the roof is visible from space. An imposing 12th Man flag flies from the garage, and smaller versions rise from the cars parked in the driveway.
Oh, and it’s been this way all season.
Woodland teacher Shari Conditt took home Regional Teacher of the Year honors in 2014, but clearly her family ought to be in the running for Fans of the Year.
“We love our team,” she said. “In kind of an obsessive-compulsive way. And we’re OK with that!”
Conditt and her husband, Dave, also a teacher, live in blue and green.
“This is actually what I wore to school today, without the hat,” he said in a No. 12 jersey and Seahawks baseball cap.
Shari, clad in wild green leggings and bright shoes below a Russell Wilson jersey, likewise brings the Boom to the classroom.
“If the Seahawks lose I wear black the following Monday,” she said. “I only use blue and green markers on the board, and on the podium it says ‘I’m In!’ ” through a laminated copy of the Daily News poster.
“It’s just part of the culture in my classroom.”
They won’t be making the trek to Arizona — they didn’t win the season ticket holder lottery — but they have plans for Sunday. Very specific plans.
The Conditts are applying a level of superstition to this year’s big game worthy of the phrase “it’s only weird if it doesn’t work.”
They’ll be watching the game at home with the same people in the same way they did last year.
“In 2006 we had a big party, and we worried maybe that was one of the factors in (the loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers),” Shari, 37, said about the Hawks’ first Super Bowl appearance. “Last year we kept it really low-key.”
A small group of friends will converge on the Conditts’ nest for what they hope is a total repeat of last year’s get-together.
“We won last year with this arrangement, so we’ve got to do it again this year,” said Dave, 39.
The origin of this Seahawks way of life started simply. Boy meets girl, girl abandons Detroit Lions, Seahawks begin slow climb to fame.
“If we were going to spend time together on Sundays that meant I was going to have to watch the Seahawks,” said Shari, a Michigan native. “I quickly — after Barry Sanders retired — transitioned to the Seahawks.”
Dave’s dedication to the Hawks started in the ’80s growing up in Moscow, Idaho.
“Getting to meet a player (Hall of Fame receiver Steve Largent) is probably what started it,” he said.
After the two met they lived in Illinois for a time — watching the Hawks at Soldier Field a number of times — but their favorite football franchise had a strong pull.
“When we decided we wanted to leave Illinois it was sort of a natural calling to come to the Pacific Northwest to be closer to our Seahawks,” Shari said, and they’ve been season ticket holders going on 10 years since.
The move was timed pretty well, at least on the part of the Seahawks.
“My generous wife let me go to their first NFC championship game in 2006 three days after having our daughter — she was still in the hospital,” Dave said.
When the Hawks advanced to that Super Bowl, the Conditts’ fanhood advanced through blood and name down to their daughter Kara, whose middle name Alexander is drawn from former Seahawk running back Shaun Alexander.
“We had to keep the tradition going, so our son’s middle name is Matthew,” Dave said, referring to former Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselback. (His first name, Cameron, was chosen before safety Kameron Chancellor started making hits for the team.)
Today, 6-year-old Cameron inhabits a room ringed with a green-and-white-painted football field with a blue sky above it. And there’s the Seahawks logo smiling down on him as well.
Details like the distance between the logo and the field and the space between yard lines were all chosen to represent different players’ numbers and other stats.
It’s just another piece of the fanhood known throughout their neighborhood.
There are some 49ers fans in the cul-de-sac, but the Conditts say the rivalry is friendly. That’s coming from the fans of the reigning champions, though, so the friendliness may change when the Seahawks’ streak ends — if it ends.