Rival fans face off before kickoff



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Posted on January 10, 2014 at 11:47 PM

Updated Saturday, Jan 11 at 12:04 AM

SEATTLE - The conflict can be seen even before you step foot inside one Pioneer Square establishment. The sign on the door tells customers it is a New Orleans Creole Restaurant, but the neon lights in the window shine for the Seahawks.

"We are a Seahawks hangout, and we are a Saints hangout," said owner Dean Haugen, who added that he is rooting for one team. "It has got to be the Seahawks."

Inside Haugen's bar you find a battle. In one corner Earnie Berton, the Louisiana native who now calls Seattle home, said she has no love for the Saints or Quarterback Drew Brees.

"That's why the wind is blowing here in Seattle because we are going to blow Brees right on out," said Berton.

However, Saints Super Fan Tommy Hebert is not intimidated.

"We are the Saints and guess what we do, Who Dat," shouted Hebert.

After he led some bar patrons in the chant, Berton belted out a tune. 

"Oh, when the Saints... oh, when the Saints... oh, when the Saints go marching OUT," she sang.

While the bar is divided, rival fans still offered some compliments.

"Russell Wilson is a tough one to beat," admitted Saints fan Ronda Flower of New Orleans.

"The Saints have good fans. I will give them that for sure, but there is nothing like the 12th man," said Grant Johnston, a Seahawks fan from Canada.

Some Seahawks fans bragged about the last time the Saints visited and lost 34-7. Saints fans mentioned the same defeat, but said it will motivate their team to prove something on Saturday.