The mighty roar

Crank it to 11: Two points to ponder for folks who scored tickets to Sunday’s NFC championship game:

  • Only dorks call CenturyLink Field “the Clink.”
  • You may soon be saying “How’s that again?” frequently. The noise made by Seahawks fans is so intensely loud that fans really should use hearing protection, experts say (above).
But if you forget the plugs at home and your ears are ringing at the two-minute warning, Dr. Buzz recommends you restrict yourself to the listless quiet of a Mariners game in mid-September.

This scenic loop trail brought to you by Carl’s Jr.: Several bills pending in the Legislature would drop the ban on advertising in Washington’s cash-strapped state parks. Officials say we won’t be seeing billboards or neon signs in parks anytime soon, but were silent on the possibility of auctioning off the naming rights for the group camp cookhouse at Deception Pass State Park.

Don’t know much about history: On this day in 1949, swindler Charles Ponzi died destitute at age 66. In Ponzi’s memory, a moment of silence was observed by Bernie Madoff as he lay on his bunk in his cell at a federal prison in North Carolina.

— Mark Carlson, Herald staff