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Tag: Sonics

Feb.
3rd

SPORTS: Media ignore Northwest champions

What a great win for the Seahawks, and the Northwest. How wonderful for the Seahawks to receive the well- deserved and long overdue recognition that has been denied them all year. It would be nice if another very successful local pro team got the recognition they deserve as well, especially since they have won two national titles.

I would be referring to the Seattle Storm. Yet repeatedly the national coverage acknowledged the Sonics as the one and only other championship team in Seattle history. To make things worse, a local network made the same statement.

A bit of an apology

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June
17th

SPORTS: Time to bring the NHL to Seattle

Re: “NHL fans, buckle up: Talk of Seattle team gaining speed” (John McGrath column, 6-17).

The Northwest is a professional sports area. We have the Seahawks, the Mariners and the Sounders. We had the Sonics since 1967 until Clay Bennett and the NBA maneuvered a move to Oklahoma City. They won and we lost.
The latest attempt to relocate a failing NBA team back to Seattle fell on deaf ears. Chris Hansen and his investment group put together an extremely solid financial package for the Sacramento Kings and a privately financed arena with no taxpayer money. What a

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Jan.
24th

SONICS: Callaghan should stick to politics

I was amazed reading Peter Callaghan’s column on the possible return of the Sonics (TNT, 1-24). Why all the negative comments? True, it would heart-breaking for the diehard Sacramento Kings fan, but sadly and unfortunately this is how the big business of sports has operated for decades. (Anyone remember the Philadelphia Athletics?)

My main issue with his comments is that he makes Clay Bennett the villain. The true villain in the death of the Sonics was Howard Schultz. He had to know he was selling the team to a carpetbagger who had no intention of keeping the team here.

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Jan.
24th

SONICS: No hard feelings, Sacramento

Less than five years ago, Seattle and Tacoma basketball fans, politicians, sports writers and TV sports announcers were in an uproar, with much wailing and strong feelings about being cheated by that horrible Oklahoma City crowd for stealing our beloved SuperSonics away from us.

Now a great hubbub has arisen in our area as fans, politicians, sports writers and announcers excitedly celebrate the almost certain feat of “stealing” the Sacramento Kings away from their fans.

Hey, no hard feelings, Sacramento, OK? We’ll take good care of your team.

Perhaps the whole affair can be summed up in a strange twist

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Jan.
22nd

SPORTS: Region already has pro basketball team

Sports writers cheer Seattle getting back a professional basketball team. Yet we have had a professional team in the Puget Sound area ever since the Sonics left, thanks to the courage of the four women who bought the Seattle Storm WNBA team.

The Storm has brought home two championship trophies, made the finals in eight of their 11 years and are role models for their community. So let’s give the Storm some of the recognition and credit they are due and stop acting like we didn’t have a professional basketball team the last several years.

Go, Storm!

Dec.
9th

SEATTLE NBA: Basketball economics must change

There’s much speculation about a possible relocation of Charlotte’s troubled NBA franchise to Seattle.

Current economics have ravaged every aspect of society and a number of NBA franchises are now bleeding financially on many fronts. The economic model screams for change; basketball must adapt or it will continue to erode its own foundation, the fans. The economic equation must include making it affordable again to the fan base so they can support NBA basketball.

Before we can even think about jumping back into bed with David Stern and the NBA helping him bail out his sinking ship, we must first

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