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Ray Allen

Seven Seconds in Heaven: Ray Allen’s tying 3-pointer revealed everything that’s great about sports (and a few things that are terrible about sports commentary).

Excellent article!!!

Jan 9

Seattle Pro Sports… what a month so far!

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.

Seattle Hasn’t Forgotten

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I wonder what that “something else” could possibly be…

The WNBA’s strict age/education policy therefore invokes substantial debate about both its legality and ethicality, not only from a traditional antitrust perspective, but also based on issues related to gender equity. Indeed, that male basketball players are allowed to enter the NBA only one year after graduating from high school, whereas female basketball players have to wait four years before entering the WNBA, highlights the extreme differences in bargaining power between American male and female athletes.

This article discusses the WNBA age/education policy from a legal, cultural, and ethical perspective. Part One of this article discusses the women’s basketball landscape in terms of sociology, race, and gender. Part Two discusses the history of women’s basketball in America, as well as the history of the WNBA and its age/education policy. Part Three explains the legal issues that underlie an antitrust challenge to the WNBA age/education policy under Section 1 of the Sherman Act. Part Four discusses the likely effect on society if the courts were to overturn the WNBA age/education policy.

- Analyzing the WNBA’s Mandatory Age/Education Policy from a Legal, Cultural, and Ethical Perspective: Women, Men, and the Professional Sports Landscape (pdf) (via Swish Appeal: How a Soccer Court Case Changed the WNBA Forever)

SSSBDA: Patience Pays for Hansen, Sonics Fans

sssbda:

In 1992, the Seattle-area publisher Positively for Kids released a book co-authored by Mariners star Edgar Martinez about his journey entitled Patience Pays. Long-time Seattle sports fans will know the title was appropriate for two reasons. Not only was Martinez known for his patient approach…

Thank you Chris!

Thank you Chris!

Hansen, Seattle Council reach deal on financing new sports arena

One step closer for the return of NBA to Seattle and possibly the start of an NHL franchise!

Thanks to the die hard Sonics fans that kept the issues on the forefront for so long. Folks like the Sonicsgate crew, Bring Back Our Sonics and others.

rmerialesphoto:

BRING ‘EM BACK

View the rest of the photos under “Around Seattle

I, like many Washingtonians, want our Sonics back. We DO NOT want the Thunder but a new team whom we will love and rename Seattle Sonics… because our 41 year history is to be continued…

krisross:

Seattle Super Sonics NBA “BIG” commercial

Correcting Seattle Times misconceptions regarding the proposed arena

It appears the mayor newspaper in tow is not providing accurate information regarding the Seattle Arena proposal.  Mayor McGinn’s office had to release a statement clarifying misconceptions generated by local media.

Thousands rally for Seattle arena

Those in attendance got to see the stars from Seattle’s teams of the 1990s in Payton and Kemp, along with Seattle hip-hop artists Common Market, Macklemore and Blue Scholars and rock group President of the United States of America.

Hansen, who wore a Sonics jacket with “Payton,” stitched across the back and mingled backstage with former stars plus current NBA playersNate Robinson,Aaron BrooksandSpencer Hawes, said part of the rally’s goal was to give fans an outlet after most of their efforts have been put into contacting local politicians to push for supporting the proposal.

"I think people wanted an outlet too," Hansen said. "There is so much pent up energy and this was definitely a way to express it in a positive way especially with Oklahoma (City) in the Finals."

There is still much work to do and many more opportunities to show your support. Please tweet to @KCCouncil & @SeattleCouncil and voice your opinion OR attend the next public hearing on July 19 regarding the proposal for a new multi-purpose arena in SODO. Members of the public are invited to attend and give in-person testimony to City and County council members. Both Councils accept written public comments at any time.

What: Public hearing on proposed SODO arena legislation
When: Thursday, July 19, 5:30 p.m.
Sign-up begins at 5 p.m.
Where: Bertha Knight Landes Room, Seattle City Hall
(600 Fourth Ave, First Floor)

Gary Payton to Seattle fans: Let's move on

"Well I know who the whole state of Washington will be rooting for," he said. "But it’s one of those things. I said last night, it’s not our team anymore, let’s move on and get our own team, get our own team and then we don’t even have to worry about that team anymore and can go on about our business and make it what it’s supposed to be which is to have our own team. And that’s what we’re going to go out and do on Thursday."

stringsandlines:

How the NBA Finals should look…

Go Seattle Supersonics!

As Thunder enter Finals, Seattle sulks over team's bitter departure

"I think the Oklahoma people get very frustrated with Sonics fans," Reid said. "They think we’re attacking them. We’re not. We think they did everything they needed to do to deserve an NBA franchise. We just wish it wasn’t our team. And as long as they have a shared history with Seattle and act like it’s the same franchise, we’re going to keep raising our voices. We’re going to stay at it until we have a team back here."

Read more: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2012/writers/jerry_brewer/06/11/seattle.thunder/index.html#ixzz1xhy23f2P

Detlef Schrempf on the former Seattle SuperSonics: ‘We gave [the team] away. We screwed up.’

"I don’t think they stole our team. It’s a business. The NBA is making money. It’s not a charitable organization. Somebody saw an opportunity to buy a team and bring something to their city. I don’t see them (stealing) our team. We gave it away. Our leadership gave it away. Our politicians gave it away. We screwed up (by not agreeing to build a facility to replace outmoded Key Arena)."

Schrempf, like a goodly chunk of the American viewing public, will be rooting for the Thunder in these Finals, but not just for their uneasy history with the city he calls home. From Tomasson’s piece:

"I like the way they play as a team and the passion they have," Schrempf said. "I know a couple (of players) on the team and a couple of guys who are still sitting behind the bench (the equipment manager and strength coach being holdovers from Seattle) working hard. So I’ll definitely pull for them.

"It’s not the same team," Schrempf said. "There’s nothing left from the Sonics, really. There’s no tradition. It’s a totally new organization, a different city."