I went tailgaiting at a Huskies game this past Saturday for the first time in about 8 years... In my defense, I had been at school in Connecticut and then living abraod in China during that time. But I had always remained a (fairly) stalwart Seattle sports fan.
What I witnessed there saddened me. Sure, the 35-28 loss to the Cardinal (singular) stung. But I never went to the UW so I don't have those deep ties to the programme that a lot of the Husky faithful possess. What I do bemoan, however, is the fall from Rose Bowl grace over the past ten years. Never has this programme been laid so low.
There could, for that matter, be no worse time in the past 30 odd years to come back to Seattle in terms of its sports culture. The Sonics are gone. The Huskies are a shell of the programme they were pre-Hobert boosters. The Mariners just posted a 100+ loss season. The lone bright spot are the Seahawks, who boast a 1-2 record, including a loss to San Franscisco (with JT O'Sullivan at the helm).
So I am wondering to myself (and now out loud) exactly what has happened in the past 10 years that has led to this sorry state of affairs. Over the next few weeks, I am going to be looking at three out of our four major athletic associations here in the greater Seattle area (sorry to the Sounders FC, not "major" yet) in detail to try to determine where exactly everything went so wrong. Terribly wrong, might I add.
So please look forward to that. In the mean time, I will be writing posts for Rainout on the regular. My name is Jeff Jorve... choose to read at your discretion.
In our second installment...Lebron James. Can you imagine all the 5 foot 9, 160 pound HS cornerbacks that had to chase him around?
In the first installment of my new Glory Days segment on Rainout, let's examine Allen Iverson playing high school football. Two impressions:
- AI had a cannon.
- Iverson could be an NFL cornerback tomorrow if he wanted to.
Pretty funny site that was just launched and very timely with the upcoming fantasy season. Looks very authentic but i did some research from the WHOIS database and found that Azar McMaster owns the domain. He's a recent Wharton MBA from Utah and apparently has a decent sense of humor. Site gets by on selling t-shirts.
A "fantasy widow" writes on the site:
So a little background…I am a 35 year-old mother of two girls and have been married 12 years to a Fantasy Football Junkie. Now, it didn’t always used to be like this. We had many, many years of good football times. Even though my husband and I came from different cities we still appreciated the other’s love of their teams. Hell, I even became a true EAGLES fan! I love them! Except when they are playing the 49ers…then all bets are off.
So here’s where things started to turn. It was about 4 years ago when my husband started to play Fantasy Football. At first I encouraged him (I mean heck go do SOMETHING!)… Had I known where this would lead I may have not been so eager for him to take up this new “hobby”. So the first year I think it was maybe one league that he joined…okay fine…a little irritating but it was new and he wasn’t that good at it yet...
...So that brings us here. There are so many of us “Fantasy Widows” out there. It may be baseball, basketball, or even hockey, but we can all understand feel the pain… You are not alone…
Lost in all our SOS BS is the damning reality that Seattle is losing its WHL hockey team to Kent. Apparently, they might be in for a name change a la the Angels. That's right hockey fans, get ready for your "Seattle Thunderbirds of Kent".
In my mind this is a way bigger travesty than losing the sonics to OKC. Loyal Rainout readers, have you been to KENT recently? Well I have and let me tell you ALL the rumors are true. Lets just say this Kent is so backwards it makes OKC look like NYC. It makes Billy Bob look like George Clooney. This means that the Key will be regulated to hosting Elton John Concerts and Folk Life, not necessarily a booming economy for lower Queen Anne. Look, the T-birds are awesome. Where else, besides a UW flip cup tourney, can you go somewhere and be guaranteed to see a fight.
SOT, because remember Kent is a slice of Oklahoma city right here in the NW.
There will be a SOT rally outside the Kent Courthouse, on July 4th with numerous T-bird legends, including Cool Bird, will be there.
Here's what might go down as the last hockey fight in Seattle. Cheers to you Benn Olson.
For those of you Seattle sports fans who have been looking for a way to quantify just how sorry the state of affairs is up in the Emerald City, have I got the solution for you. Today, Rainout launches the first ever Seattle Sports Index, published here as a google spreadsheet.
The index is simple and devastatingly effective. I went back to the 1976/1977 season, when both the Mariners and Seahawks entered our lives and calculated the winning percentages of all "major" seattle sports teams, namely our three major pro outfits and the two dominant men's sports at the UW (basketball and football). These five percentages are averaged out, giving equal weight to each, and...voila, the Seattle Sports Index.
I encourage all of you to study this carefully and gain valuable insights into your past. Ever wonder why you had a little extra hop in your step back in '97-'98? I've got a hint, it had less to do with Al from Step by Step suddenly becoming hot and more to do with the Sonics, Husky B-Ballers and Husky Footballers each winning over 2/3 of their games.
As for now, we are currently at the lowest level since 1976, when the Seahawks went 2-12 and the Mariners lost 98 games.
NOTE: I couldn't find husky basketball data pre-1997 so they are excluded from those years.
For those of you who don't watch Costas Now on HBO with Bob Costas (ie: all of you), this video is fairly eye-opening. The topic was sports blogs and the internet, seemingly harmless subject matter. It was harmless for the first 5 seconds or so and then we all become acquainted with how much of a sad, old, salty shell of a man Buzz Bissinger is. Buzz is most well known for Friday night Lights, the behind the scenes look at big-time high school football in Texas that ultimately became both a movie and an under-appreciated TV series. A dog-eared copy sits somewhere in my parents basement (where I live and write this blog of course).
Thanks to his appearance on Costas Now, he's taking his rightful place alongside Senator Ted Stevens from Alaska in the Hall of Curmudgeonly Old White Men Who Can't Adapt or Understand New Technology So Instead Ramble On Incessantly and Become Further Out of Touch With Reality and the Inevitable Fact That They Are Becoming Less Relevant (HOCOWMWCAOUNTSIROIABFOOTWRATIFTTABLR). I've already bought that domain name so don't even think about it.
A couple of thoughts about Buzz's appearance that are particularly unsettling:
After doing a bit of investigative bloggerism, I found the real evidence as to why Buzz is so determined to plant his head in the sand. He is getting owned by Deadspin. Let's check the stats:
That's right, more people view Deadspin each month than read Friday Night Lights in its first 15 years of publication. Taste, Buzz Bissinger.