Big deals were being made all over the place. Felix got signed to a seven year deal worth $175M, the Kings are making trades to dump salary, and Gonzaga is making themselves a big deal in college basketball. The guys get down on more randomness and plant the seed for an event for all you listeners to get down on a prize. Find out what it is, as well as enjoying the randomness that is No Fair Weather Fans.
Best Sports Moment of 2012 – I am an unabashed Mariners fan. If you go back and look at my posts, most of them are baseball related. Usually, they are in a negative tone, only because I want these guys to do something to support the biggest moment in 2012 for Seattle sports, and arguably one of the greatest individual performances by a Seattle sports athlete.
It really seems to me that it was only a matter of time before Felix strung a game together where he would no-hit someone. He has come close several times, and when he is on – you just get this feeling that he could literally get every hitter to ground out to the shortstop. That would be a good strategy too, as Brendan Ryan really is only good at one thing.
Finally, Felix would get his game. To put the icing on the cake, he also didn’t walk anyone.
I caught wind of the perfect around the 6th inning. I am not one of those superstitious guys, so I didn’t put any stock that Dave Sims for the most part mentions no-no’s after the top of the first inning. I fired up the live stream and had it going on my second monitor at work.
If anything, I hope this isn’t the only time we see him #Felixing in a Seattle uniform. I want the moment in 2013 to be him pitching game 7 of the World Series, but one can only dream.
Worst Sports Moment in 2012 – For me, this isn’t any one moment during the course of the NFL season, but the absolute neutering of the game with regards to hits as a collection of just dumb, game-changing calls. Insane emphasis of inadvertent hits to QB’s heads, “defenseless players”, crackdowns on crack-back blocks are leaving defenses no choice but to either let offensive players go for additional yards, or make equally as dangerous hits on hips & knees.
We all know what this is really about, and while it is an attempt to make the game safer for the brains that sit between the Seahawk and 49ers logos, it really is a CYA operation by the NFL to attempt to avert more law suits. Refs err on the side of guilt when it comes to bang-bang plays that happen in a fraction of a second. Even if you do it right, you get the flag. The only way the NFL validates that they may not have agreed with the call on the field is that they don’t send the check to the players locker on Tuesday. It’s a huge problem that needs to be addressed, but as long as Goodell is in charge, I don’t expect any change.
Biggest Surprise in 2012 – This one is easy for me, and that is how amazing the 2012 draft was for the Seahawks. Sure, Russell Wilson would be the biggest surprise in the draft in general I would think, but let’s look at the rest of these picks.
- Bruce Irvin at 15 – I will admit, this pick set me off in a fit of rage at the time. Only Seattle would pick a guy that nobody really had graded in the first round and then take him at 15. Of course, you hear later that other teams were going to take him late in the first, but it seemed like a reach. However, Irvin has had a fairly successful rookie campaign with 8 sacks in pretty limited use and playing time. He develops a few more moves and this guy is going to be lethal.
- Bobby Wagner at 47 – Lofa who? New rookie middle linebacker for Seattle should anchor this defense for years to come.
- Russell Wilson at 75 – This one is easy. When it is all said and done, he may be one of the most successful QB’s of this draft class which included RG3 and Andrew Luck.
- Robert Turbin at 106 – Legitimate backup to Beast – this guy is going to be good learning behind one of the best. He is also capable of catching the ball (kinda) and his versatility is nice.
- Jaye Howard 114 – Not sure what his story is. Never heard his name called.
- Kory Toomer at 154 – I think he got some PT in special teams. His name looks familiar, but that might be because he played for Idaho.
- Jeremy Lane at 172 – Lose a few CB’s from PED’s, injury, and don’t really lose a step. Contributed more than anyone could have imagined for a 6th rounder taken this year on an elite defense.
- JR Sweezy at 225 – Draft a DL, move him to OG, start on the line and for the most part beat out a second rounder from the year before. Only Carroll and Schneider can do this and not lose their jobs it seems like.
- Greg Scruggs at 232 – Got 2 sacks this year, played a little bit at DE. Not bad at all for Seattle’s Mr. Irrelevant.
6 guys from this draft made real contributions this year, as well as developing the core of this team for the foreseeable future. What a crazy good draft.
Best Sports Moment – I am not a guy who follows politics at all. Hell, I haven’t voted since ‘Nam, minus school levies. The Sonics’ arena brought me out for multiple town hall meetings and brought me to the point where I would actually vote. Granted, I would have just voted for whoever voted against passing the arena. Luckily for them, I didn’t have to vote for some random person and luckily for all of us, they passed the arena. With the Sonics gone, like lot of people, I lost a lot of the interest I once had in the NBA.
Chris Hansen and his crew of rich dudes put up the money and backed up the plan for the arena with hella facts. Every time those a-holes down at the port came up with some cockamamie bull honky excuse why we shouldn’t bring back Seattle’s most successful franchise, Hansen dropped fact bombs all over them. These fact bombs proved to be enough to get the politicians to pass the arena plan. Now, we have real hope of being back not only the Sonics, but an NHL teams. This brings me back to the worst of 2012.
Worst Sports Moment – The NHL lockout has comeback again! I don’t get why the owners and players can’t figure out a way to both be rich. The pettiness, over what seems to be a relatively small gap in differences, is killing the sport. I have grown to be a huge hockey fan. There is no other sport’s playoffs that are more exciting. Every shift, every trip down the ice and every shot taken can be the turning point in a game. These already loaded players and owners are blowing it for all hockey fans. Thanks a lot douches, you ruined my Monday through Fridays this fall.
Most Surprising Moment – Matt Flynn not starting was a complete shock to me. This is a guy who has averaged 450 yards and more than four TDs a game. How can Pete Carroll not march him out and get easy wins against the Cardinals and Rams instead of taking losses over crap squads? The Seahawks gave $26 million to Flynn (who is a fan of LTD in Ballard). Everyone knows money talks, just ask Chris Tucker and Charlie Sheen. They guy making bank needs to starting. Well, it turns that isn’t how you com-PETE for the Seahawks.
In other words, I am completely surprise how well Russell Wilson played when his number was called. He wasn’t asked to put the team on his back, but he was asked to produce and he has done so more than I would have ever expected. Considering, in the first half of the season I said he was basically Tarvaris Jackson. At that point his stats said he was. Wilson turned it on in the second half of the season. He got a defense and run heavy team, that needed a decent contributed at QB, what they needed and more.
Ryan’s Best Sports Moment: Two words – APPLE CUP. There’s nothing better than a comeback win against a rival. The way the Cougs tore up the 4th quarter on that fateful Saturday is just a preview of next year. Not many teams can put up 18 points in ten minutes, but that’s exactly what Mike Leach’s offense is built for.
Putting all pride aside, I’d also like to thank Keith Price for his ”head bob” that cost UW a false start, and Travis Coons for his wide-right chip shot as time expired.
Also, it’s about time Mike Leach and his team got a win in a meaningful game…which brings me to my next point…
Ryan’s Worst Sports Moment: EVERY OTHER COUG GAME. It seems every week of last season was a different kind of heart-break, but heart-break, nonetheless.
As the season started against BYU, hopes were high. The Cougs got handled in a no-contest type of game. After a few garbage wins against lesser teams, the Cougs gave up a 17 point lead in the 4th quarter to the Colorado Bufs. That heart-break was a nauseating one. A few weeks later (after a few more losses), the Cougs were rolled 49-6 by a mediocre (at best) Utah team. That heart-break was an embarrassing one. In fact, if you look at photos of Brad’s wedding (which took place on the same day), you’ll see how red my face was…maybe that was the beer - I’m not positive. Then, finally the UCLA game. At halftime, the score was 37-7 in favor of the Bruins. It was looking eerily similar to the Utah game. But the Cougs came all the way back, falling just short thanks to Halliday throwing a pick in the end zone. That heart-break invoked tears.
However, as this was going on with my Cougars, a completely different feeling filled my body on Sundays…
Ryan’s Most Surprising Sports Moment: No, I’m not talking about the spirit of GOD, mostly because I usually don’t go to church during the football season (conflicting schedules). This other feeling was elation, as the improbable rookie, Russell Wilson, lead the Seahawks to a playoff berth and an 11-win season. As he was picked in the 3rd round, no one in the country thought Russell Wilson would start for Seattle this year, especially as the Seahawks signed Matt Flynn to a big-ish contract in the off-season. It seems as though Flynn has found himself in yet another solid backup role. The way Russell Wilson started the year, I figured Matt Flynn would be in by week 5. But Pete Carroll stuck by Wilson, and it looks like it paid off.
Wilson did have his struggles against Miami and San Francisco (the 1st time around), but he led the team to five wins in a row (and 7 of the last 8) at the end of the season. He’s certainly been a pleasant surprise as he now fights for the honors of Rookie of the Year against RGIII. Regardless of the Rookie of the Year outcome, Russell Wilson has cemented his QB spot with the Seahawks, and a place in the hearts of The 12th Man.
All signs are pointing to the return of the Supersonics to Seattle. Chris Hansen worked to get one of the best public/private arena deals done with the City of Seattle and King County. It just comes down to the two councils not changing their mind before voting yes at the formal vote within the next two weeks. This tentative agreement is a huge step toward bringing back the Sonics.
The deal that was already better than almost any other public/private arena deal in America was negotiated to being an even better deal for the city and county. This just shows how great of an owner Hansen has the potential to be. He has shown he is dedicated to Seattle and is willing to do whatever needs to be done to get this arena built and have a successful franchise. Council members have said that Hansen was fair in the negotiations and a pleasure to work with. This is a guy that has the passion of Mark Cuban, but without the drama that comes along with Cuban. No knock on Cuban, he is the best owner in basketball a fan can have. However, we are getting a better version of Mark Cuban. You couldn’t ask for more as a fan.
Now, let’s start the dreaming. Which team do we want? A recent Forbes article gives a breakdown of the possible teams that could be purchased and brought to Seattle. Don’t let your dreams stop at these teams. Let your dreams take you farther. Imagine a team like the Miami Heat or L.A. Lakers as your team. A team that has stars like LeBron, Derrick Rose or even Kevin Durant coming back to his rightful city.
Hansen is a fan running a basketball team. The things you dream, he dreams. The future is such a big fan, he is throwing a celebration down at F.X. McRory’s from 5-7 pm. A celebration where he will be buying everyone’s first beer! Have you ever heard of an owner doing something like that? That is a dream come true in itself.
NBA Championships, MVP’s, running the Lakers into the ground, Kevin Calabro making you laugh and go wild at the same time are all dreams we have. The pieces are falling into place for these dreams to come to come true.
So, Sonics fans start dreaming, because all your dreams are about to start coming true.
After weeks of announcements, town hall meetings, the Seattle Times having a clear bias when a newspaper should be completely objective, the King County Council voting yes and the Seattle City Council getting its negotiating on with Chris Hansen about the new Seattle Arena that will feature the NBA and NHL, I have decided to start thinking ahead. I am confident that the Seattle City Council won’t blow this. Chris Hansen has been very fair and he will do what it takes to help out with the council’s hangups. This can be chalked up to a win for Sonics fans.
With this confidence, I have decided to start thinking about who would be the perfect coach for whichever team we end up bring to Seattle. I will let it be known, I am rooting for the Minnesota Timberwolves. Who would be the best fit for any team as a coach? The answer is simple, Stan Van Gundy.
Van Gundy is a straight shooter with upper management written all over him (this is an analysis that comes from the Bob’s, who are consultants in the movie Office Space). Find any interview that Stan “The Man” has done and you will see exactly what I am talking about. He answers questions with truth and a forwardness that you don’t get from a lot of other coaches. I am personally sick of the cliché answers that most coaches give. You know what I am talking about. In a typical coach interview, the back and forth goes something like this:
Interviewer: Coach, what happened in that third quarter?
Coach: We need to play better defense and offense.
Interviewer: What are you going to do to get (insert start player here) going?
Coach: Set more screens and get him the ball in the open floor.
These type of in-game, post-game or pre-game interviews are the biggest waste of time for any viewer. Even if you are just a casual sports fan, you know that these are the most bland and cliché answers ever. Some of this is on the interviewer. Enough with the softball questions, but that is a topic for another day. Everyone wants a coach to tell it how it really is. Let us know that Player A is sucking it up out there and that Player B is playing lazy.
Van Gundy is the kind of coach a passionate group of fans, like Supersonic fans, need. After being lied to by countless people in the last organization’s management group, we need someone to keep it real. Stan Van Gundy only knows how to keep it real. Go back and look at how the Dwight Howard situation went. Howard lied and put on a show, Van Gundy told it how it was. I have included an awesome interview that shows how awesome Van Gundy was and how Dwight was lame and childish.
Here are a few videos of Stan “The Man” Van Gundy.
The only way that our elected officials know how you feel is to reach out. Take the time to put together your thoughts and send an email. Head to sonicsarena.com for how you can show your support.
Dear Mr. Larry Phillips & Seattle City Council,
I wanted to reach out to each of you as members of the Seattle City Council and also Mr. Larry Philips, my county council representative to voice my support of the arena proposal that has been put forth my Mr. Chris Hansen and his group supported by Mr. Steve Ballmer, Mr. Erik Nordstrom and Mr. Peter Nordstrom.
I will not hide my bias, I am a huge Seattle sports fan and also a supporter of bringing back the Sonics and the opportunity for the NHL to come to the Pacific Northwest.
However, I find that this is a bigger opportunity than just an arena & some professional sports teams. This is an opportunity for unparalleled private investment into our beautiful city that will not only be a source of civic pride, but opportunities for small business to be created and thrive year round.
My main point of reference for this is Pizza Professional, a small, independently owned pizzeria in Pioneer Square.
It’s a place now that I have been going for the last two years, before Seattle Sounders soccer games and before Seattle Seahawks home games. It started off as a small, unassuming storefront near Occidental Park, providing pizza slices and drinks to those making their way to sporting events at Century Link Field. Not much to look at, it was a few tables, a big pizza oven and an owner that never forgets a face.
As the Sounders became an instant success, more home dates for a new team along with the Seahawks & Mariners started to create built-in business of patrons that have allowed him to modernize and expand his business, serve more people and become a staple in the community for those who make their way to sports events throughout the year. Now brimming with customers, “Pizza Pro” continually has a line out of the door, and in empty storefronts across the street, construction has begun on other potential success stories.
Small businesses like this can create jobs for people of all skill levels & ages, and also give those willing to take the calculated risk of starting their own business a great platform & increased chance of success with a virtually year-round traffic flow.
While the arena would be the centerpiece of this deal, the ripples will be felt by all as an area of our city is rejuvenated with new purpose.
This also doesn’t mean that existing industry has to suffer at the expense of this plan.
I am not here to debate the merits of traffic in the SoDo area as it relates to the Port and this arena plan. I leave the detailed analysis to professionals that have been contracted to study how this proposed arena district can coincide with another catalyst for jobs, the Port of Seattle. This should not be an either/or proposition – if anything, this is another opportunity to inject dollars, either public or private to infrastructure improvements so that both can take advantage of what our city has to offer – world-class entertainment & quality of life along with a deep-water sea port to drive the import & export industry.
Seattle should continue to strive to expand key assets such as the Sounder train, light rail and KC Metro bus service to efficiently and safely move patrons from all areas of the county to events, and make these viable alternatives for all county residents to take to events. Seattle should also strive to give the port what it needs to keep high paying jobs that support families throughout the region and keep Seattle as a viable location for container ships & other sea transport.
All options should be on the table for both the port and the arena district, and the promise of improved infrastructure for both industries which only will continue to make Seattle and the surrounding region a more desirable place to live.
This is a moment for King County & the City of Seattle to make an investment in itself for the future, backed by an unprecedented private investment. As a resident of the city of Seattle and King County, I urge you all to work with Mr. Hansen to make this proposal a reality.
If you are from Seattle, like I am, then you may be torn on who you want to win the NBA Finals. Let me say it the way most of you are probably thinking about it. Which team do you want to lose more? A lot of people in the Northwest do not want the Oklahoma City Thunder, formally known as the Seattle Supersonics, to win a championship that should be theirs. On the other side, a lot of people can’t stand LeBron James and the way the Miami Heat were put together and want them to never get a championship.
I am here to give you some, as Pete Carroll would say, “stuff” to help you view the Finals with more of a positive perspective.
The NBA playoff have a way of making your emotions swing from complete jubilation to being completely dejected. The emotional swings can go from game to game, quarter to quarter and even minute to minute. Which is what makes sports the greatest entertainment on the planet. Look at both conference finals. The Spurs won the first two games to extend their winning streak to 20 games. No one gave OKC a chance to win that series. Turns out, everyone and their mom were wrong. The Heat jumped out to a 2-0 lead against Boston, as well. Everyone had chalked up the series to being over. The old men in Boston had something to say about that. Winning the next three games, including a win on Miami’s home floor. Miami jumped on LeBron James’ back and rode him to a matchup against a much younger and almost as talented Thunder team.
I will be the first to tell you, I was rooting hard for the Spurs, which is the first time that has ever happened in my life. Staying on the positive, the Thunder’s youth and athleticism proved to be too much. The Thunder’s core of players are children, all four are 23 or younger. Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook are two of the most electrifying stars in basketball. The best beard in the league, James Harden, comes off the bench and contributes more than the starters. Even being from Seattle, its hard to not like this team. If they weren’t the Sonics previously and they came from another city, I would be all about them. Durant was the league’s leading scorer and is a class act. I think Sonics fans hate not being in the position to win a title, you can’t hate these guys on a personal level.
As for the Miami Heat, they have the best player since Michael Jordan with LeBron James. Some would even say he is better than Jordan (That might just be me). The Heat also have Chris Bosh and Dwayne Wade. These three have combined for one of the most talented teams of all time. It is rare to see this amount of skill on a basketball floor, playing together, at one time. Back to LeBron, he complete basketball game is incredible. He will guard the Heat’s opponent’s best player for a majority of the game, no matter what their position is. Against the Celtics, he shut down Paul Pierce. Last year, it was Derrick Rose getting shut down. LeBron is the most versatile player in today’s NBA.
This series will feature five players that are some of the biggest stars in the NBA. LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Dwayne Wade, Russell Westbrook, and Chris Bosh will all bring great performances on the court and will also bring fashion to another level in the post game interviews and pregame tunnel walks. There is no telling who will win this series and that is what makes a great series. You can expect close games with the stars of the teams battling it out down the stretch. Overtime is definitely a possibility and outside of the NHL overtime, there might not be anything more exciting in sports. This series won’t be short, which brings on the chances of a Game 7. Game 7′s bring the most pressure and bring the most determination and skill to the forefront.
Even if you have completely tuned the NBA out, this is a series you must watch. Put your hatred for either of these teams aside and enjoy the best of what the NBA has to offer.
After what seems like yesterday, the discussions are back. Land is being purchased. SoDo is the target for potentially a new multi-purpose (NHL & NBA) arena in Seattle. With these discussions, this means a team for each is on the way.
Now don’t get me wrong, I am excited at the prospects of not just one, but two sports putting roots down here in the Northwest. One, a sport returning since stolen only a few short years ago, and another which hasn’t been around since the 1920′s. However, our collective Seattleite memories are pretty short considering the agony that NBA fans in this region went through as Clay Bennett up and bought the team from the clutches of an apathetic local owner.
Except this time, it is a Seattleite turned San Franciscan that is looking to uproot another NBA franchise from a community in which it has been a part of since 1985.
Granted, the history of the Kings has been quite a nomadic one. Moving from Rochester to Cincy, Kansas City and now Sacramento, the Kings were living the current NBA business model before it was cool. Their history is nothing like the one of the Sonics, granted as an expansion team in 1967 to Seattle, winning a championship in 1979 as the Seattle Supersonics and being unceremoniously moved to the heart of America to blossom into one of the leagues best young teams.
When the Kings moved to Sacramento, I would have tipped the age scales at 3 years old. I don’t remember them as the Kansas City Kings, but as the Sacramento Kings, in which there is an entire generation of fans which grew up with them as only that.
Now they are on the way out if every rumor is to be believed. A new stadium deal must be reached by March 1st or the relocation buzzards can officially circle around the Power Balance Arena. David Stern is working with mayor Kevin Johnson (yes, the Kevin Johnson that was a thorn in the Sonics side as a member of the Phoenix Suns) in an attempt to “keep” the Kings in Sacramento. An all too familiar story, as Stern supportively was behind that too here in Seattle before the Sonics moved.
Now the shoe is on the other foot and the excitement of the local NBA fanbase, at least the one that voices into sports radio locally is nothing but excited. But isn’t the way Seattle is acquiring the team the same way that Oklahoma City did the same? There is an air of hypocrisy that I can’t get my head around. I want the NBA back now as much as the next guy, but at the expense of another community losing their team?
This hasn’t been said much, but I think our tactic should be different. Expansion. Start from scratch. Authentically build another Seattle Supersonics. No history coming in but the one that has been paused as the other team left. No robbing a team from another community. Let us not forget how we felt when the Sonics left, and doing the same thing to a community in which the Kings are the only act in town.