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Posted on: Monday, February 6, 2006

For fans at D&B, the score was 150 to 4

By Loren Moreno
Advertiser Staff Writer

The Seattle Seahawks gave Bronson Akuna something to stand up and cheer about during the first quarter of yesterday's Super Bowl. But in the end, Pittsburgh Steelers fans like Dave Ingram, left, were the ones at Dave & Buster's celebrating a victory.

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Bronson Akuna, dressed in a white and blue Seahawks jersey, was one of the few Seattle fans cheering on his team in Super Bowl XL at Dave & Buster's yesterday. He didn't care that he was surrounded by more than 150 Pittsburgh Steelers fans.

"(The Seahawks) are going to have these guys wiping their tears with their napkins," Akuna said, holding up a white cloth napkin from his place setting. "They have their Terrible Towels, now they have their crying towel," added Akuna, who has a Seahawk emblem tattooed on his right leg. Even his wedding ring was engraved with the Seahawks symbol.

Unfortunately for Akuna, the Steelers defeated the Seahawks 21-10.

The crowd gathered at the Dave & Buster's showroom yesterday for a $50 a person Super Bowl game viewing party that had all the necessities a movie theater-size television screen, food, beer and, of course, crazed fans.

Most of the folks at the Super Bowl party have been regulars at Dave & Buster's all season long Dave & Buster's was the home of the Pittsburgh Steelers' Hawai'i Fan Club viewing parties.

Cathy Reed of Waipi'o is a member of the Steelers' fan club and came with her family to cheer her team on to victory. She wasn't thrilled, however, with the few about four Seahawks fans who crashed the party.

"It's going to get a little ugly," said Reed, 46.

Stan Maebori, a diehard Seahawks fan, said he wanted to join the party to even out the cheering sections. He even attempted to round up like-minded fans to join him. He had hopes of starting a local Seahawks fan club to rival the expansive Steelers club.

"There's a lot of people here with Seattle ties, we just need someone to get things going," he said. But only about four showed up to the party.

"We're desperately outnumbered," said Maebori with a laugh. He still has hopes of starting a club.

Things were looking up for the Seahawks fans during the first quarter and part of the second quarter of the game. Countless times Maebori was the only one out of his chair twirling a white and blue towel in the air.

But when the Steelers scored their first touchdown, his towel was overpowered by a sea of yellow Terrible Towels.

Maebori was confident in his team. "We'll have them crying into their beer," he said.

Like thousands of other Seattle fans, his high hopes were dashed.

Reach Loren Moreno at lmoreno@honoluluadvertiser.com.