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Ole! Ole! Ole!

March 22, 2009

Last Thursday was the opening game of the new Major League Soccer team in Seattle – Sounders FC; they won the opening game 3-0 over the New York/New Jersey Red Bulls. While a few of my high school friends were mocking me (on Facebook) for being excited for the game (especially as the game was on the first day of March Madness), the entire team is energizing Seattle sports – they’ve sold over 22000 season tickets, and this opening game was televised live on ESPN2, with 35000 fans in the audience. Even our friend Rudy was very excited! I think a lof ot the excitement is that a new team (combined with the year the Washington Huskies basketball team had), started to turn the fate of Seattle sports back from the dismal year of 2008 – as ESPN put it, that was the worst year for a city in the history of sports.

This game surely provided that excitement for the rest of the year – we looked much better than the Red Bulls (last year’s championship runner up) across the board, dominating the offensive end, and clearly being faster and more physical. The weather was a crisp 45 degrees, and the fans were fully enjoying themselves. A great start for the franchise! Right as the game ended, I remembered I had my portable video camera on me, so here’s a sense of the ambiance.

(you’ll need to visit the actual post to see the video).

Birthday Present(s)

December 31, 2008

Happy Birthday to Me!The comparison between birthday presents is quite striking this year. One present, which a friend of mine graciously got for me, was to have the Seahawks wish me happy birthday on the big screen during the Seahawks-Jets game on December 21st, which unfortunately, as it turns out, we were not able to attend (then again, neither was he, so I don’t feel as bad!) – as with much of the city, we were snowed in, and going to see a 3-10 team (at the time) did not seem quite worth the schlep across town. If we would have known this surprise was happening, we definitely would have done everything we could to have made it.







ShovelAmazonOne present I wish I had received was a shovel; having one would have made our snow easier to deal with, especially, as I pointed out in previous blog posts, the city did nothing to deal with it. Friday of last week, I drove around to quite a few stores, looking for a snow shovel, so that I would have one for the future, if not this storm. Being unsuccessful (everyone was out, at least for a week), I decided to place an order on Amazon, especially since I have free 2-night shipping due to Amazon Prime. This way, we will have one for the next storm (3-4 more years?), and I won’t be caught shovel-less again. I figured if I waited for the stores to get stock back, I would forget about it, so ordering online it was. The box finally came today – and the FedEx guy said to me: “Wow, that’s a weird sized box – and strangely light – what is it?” Informing him that it was a shovel, he just laughed – and mentioned it was a great idea – he’s going to order one now too! He’s right – the box is strange – and very, very tall – look at how much it dwarfs Molly. At least I am prepared now for the next snowstorm!

Worst Year in History of Sports? Seattle

December 24, 2008

Seattle SportsESPN’s current homepage says it all (Sporting News also recently had a front page article on this topic as well).

Let’s count the ways:

  • Football – Seahawks (4-11, after being favored to win the division, and of course, us having season tickets), Huskies Football (0-12 – first BCS team to lose all of its games), Cougars Football (2-11)
  • Basketball – Sonics are now in Oklahama City, so no NBA team left – and even they are 2-24
  • Baseball – Mariners were a woeful 61-101, firing their general manager and coach
  • Hockey – No NHL team here, unfortunately
  • The senseless loss of Ed, the Tuba Man😦

Not a good one – on the upside, there’s a new soccer team coming to town – Sounders FC!

To add on to the pain for us, I am primarily a Detroit Lions fan, and they’ve hit 0-15, the worst record in NFL history… not a lot of good times watching football this year.

Quoting the article:

“Has any city ever endured a year in sports like the one the Emerald City is just completing? A 101-loss, last-place baseball season, despite a payroll of $117 million; a 62-loss, last-place NBA season; a 12-loss, last-place college football season (the first 0-12 season in the history of the Pac-10); an 11-loss (and counting) NFL season; four coaching/managerial changes; one general manager dismissal; and, of course, the hijacking of its basketball team to Oklahoma @$&%ing City. Sure, other cities have lost their teams or endured epic losing seasons, but for it all to happen in one calendar year? To end December without a single head coach or manager who was employed in January returning for the next year?”


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