Wow… January 2013 started with a bang! It’s been a crazy couple of days for Seattle’s Pro Sports. Here’s a summary of all that is happening:
Sounders loaned striker Freddy Montero to Colombia’s Millonarios Club for 6 months with option for 1 year. Suuuupa Fred sent his goodbye thank you tweet to Seattle fans for 4 great years. His tweeter profile (@Goleador17) already reads: ExDeportivo Cali , ExAtletico Huila , Ex Seattle Sounders FC. This move frees up salary cap and a designated player spot. Thankfully for us Alonso (midfielder) was not chosen by West Ham. Opening game will be March 2, 2013 agains t Montreal at 7pm (C-link stadium).
On the Football front, our Seahawks moved on to the divisional round of the playoffs after winning 24-14 against the WA DC Redskins. In a game in which RGIII left injured. Next Sunday Jan 13 the Seahawks will face the Atlanta Falcons at 4pm PST. Unfortunately, Clemons is out for the season with an ACL injury. The good thing, Russell, Lynch, Sherman, Miller, Wagner, and the rest of the gang are playing extremely well and have the momentum on their side.
The biggest news of the year, NBA’s Sacramento Kings rumored to be bought by Seattle’s Chris Hansen investing group. Talks are ~$500M, this after the Virginia Beach Arena went down. News have been flying all over the web and they claim the deal will be completed by the end of January pending approval of the NBA in March. If all goes along what is being reported, the Sonics will be back in Seattle for the 2013-2014 season! I would have preferred an expansion team rather than moving a franchise up here. I feel for Sacramento and their 28 year long ownership.
Along with NBA potential return to Seattle goes the possibility of a professional NHL team and the Phoenix Coyotes have been struggling to finance their operations. NHL’s lockout have left their energy in trying to get a season going rather than paying attention to what is happening or not in Seattle.
Our beloved Edgar Martínez, will have to keep his fingers crossed for another year… Sports writers did not select any player to MLB’s Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY. Gar obtained 35.9% of the needed 75%. He got 36.2% in 2010 and 32.9% in 2011. Still, he has enough votes to remain elegible for next year. As long as he reaches over 5% of the votes he can remain on the ballots for a period of 15 years. Four years have already passed… he has 12 more years and I’ll keep hoping and praying! I will not lose faith that one say, Edgar will make it to Cooperstown as the 4th Boricua and join Roberto Clemente, Orlando ‘Peruchín’ Cepeda & Roberto Alomar.
In women’s sports, our new soccer professional team, Seattle Reign FC, awaits the college draft next Jan. 18th. There is plenty of speculation about which international players will land in Seattle. Most likely candidates: Hope Solo, Sydney Leroux, Alex Morgan, Verónica Pérez (Mexico). Teams will get an allocation of 3 US international players, 2 from Mexico and 2 from Canada. One team will get 2 US players. Check this article for more details.
Seattle Storm and gold olympian point guard, Sue Bird stepped into the court for a game on Jan 6th. First game since her hip surgery last October. She played +23 min. She joined WNBA’s Diana Taurasi, Candace Parker and Ewelina Kolbryn in Russia all of whom play for UMMC Ekaterinbur.