Microsoft Co-Founder Going To The Super Bowl

    January 23, 2006

Most football fans know that the Seattle Seahawks, winners of a 34-14 thrashing of the Carolina Panthers, are headed to the Super Bowl to face the Pittsburgh Steelers.

What many may not realize is that the owner of the Seahawks is none other than Microsoft co-founder and mega-billionaire Paul Allen.

Allen, who also owns the Portland Trailblazers in the NBA, gets a lot of the credit from fans, not just for keeping the team in Seattle, but for signing major players like Grant Wistrom, Walter Jones and, of course, quarterback Matt Hasselbeck.

While many cite “The 12th Man”, the fans, as the reason for the team’s success, the Tacoma News Tribune says it is actually the 13th Man, the taxpayers, who are paying off almost $600 million in public funding through 2021 to keep the team in Seattle and profitable.

Either way, it has taken Allen almost a decade to bring this team to the Super Bowl, and even though I’ll be rooting for the Steelers, I wouldn’t mind seeing Allen, a major player in the tech revolution of the last three decades, holding the Lombardi trophy in two weeks.

Todd Bishop has a few links related to Allen and the team.

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