San Francisco, California – Following the disappointing loss by the San Francisco 49ers to the Seattle Seahawks, Mayor Ed Lee signed an executive order declaring Tuesday, January 21 as a “Day of Silence” in San Francisco.
Lee said that this will give 49er fans the much-needed time to process their team’s failure to earn a spot in this year’s Superbowl and to recuperate from all the shouting, cheering and screaming that marked Sunday’s NFC championship game.
All city and county offices will be closed on Tuesday, making it a four-day weekend for most San Franciscans. Monday is also a holiday, being Martin Luther King Day.
San Francisco’s City Hall which in the past week has been illuminated with the red and gold colors, will go completely dark starting at midnight Sunday until midnight Tuesday.
Seattle, Washington – CenturyLink Field, the Seattle Seahawks’ home stadium, seats 67,000 people, but Sunday’s game between the Seahawks and the San Francisco 49ers will play to just half capacity, thanks to the Seahawks’ brilliant idea not to sell tickets to anyone whose billing address has any zip code in California.
Seahawks fans are notoriously the noisiest football fans in all of th US of A. They seemed threatened by the equally passionate 49er fans, so they were hoping to shut out the latter from watching the game live in Seattle. The winner of this game moves on to the Superbowl.
CenturyLink Field is poised to lose millions of dollars from the expected half capacity, not to mention lost revenue from beer and hotdog sales. A brilliant plan that backfired.
Meanwhile, sports bars and other venues in California that will show the game on their large screen TVs are in for brisk business on a Sunday preceding a holiday (Martin Luther King) .
Sochi, Russia – When contingents from participating nations march in for the opening ceremonies of the 2014 Winter Olympics on February 7 in Sochi, Russia, spectators will not see the athletes from Scotland, Fiji and American Samoa.
The reason? Vladimir Putin’s government has banned male athletes from wearing skirts in public. The ban is consistent with Russia’s controversial law prohibiting any public display of homosexuality.
The Scottish olympians were supposed to wear kilts, traditional attire for men and boys in Scotland, while the Fijians and Samoans were to wear the traditional lava lava, a male version of the female sarong. Fiji and American Samoa are among the few tropical nations that send a delegation to the quadrennial winter competitions.
“These attires closely resemble women’s skirts, and for men to be wearing women’s clothing in public is inconsistent with Russian law,” Putin said in a press conference yesterday at The Kremlin.