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Evergreen Blues

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This has been a particularly wretched year for fans of major sports teams in the State of Washington. A look at the list shows us:

  • University of Washington Football: 0-6
  • Washington State University Football: 1-7
  • Seattle Seahawks: 1-5
  • Seattle Mariners: Reached historic depths of awfulness
  • Seattle Supersonics: Stolen and destroyed; fans left brokenhearted.

There remains a glimmer of hope for Gonzaga men’s basketball, and Cougar men’s hoops might yet surprise. But wow, this has been a disappointing year (though UW and WSU were expected to be pretty wretched, though maybe not quite this bad.)

Losing the Sonics was the biggest blow, though. We have loved that team and stuck with them through the years. We spent millions in tax dollars to bring Key Arena up to the NBA’s supposedly necessary specs, and then were told that this was not good enough. Unless the taxpayers could fork out a couple hundred more million to build a state-of-the-art arena for the team, then there was no way that they could be profitable and would be forced to relocate.

I applaud the state for not bowing to the will of the NBA and ownership — I hope that they set the example for other states who will face this in the future. There are a limited number of cities in this country to which major sports franchises can reasonably relocate, there is no reason at all why they should be held hostage to the ridiculous demands of professional sports teams.

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Written by Butch

October 20, 2008 at 11:44 am

Posted in rants, sports

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