Whatever happened to hometown bias? Is the Seattle PI, like the Oklahoman, owned by Clay Bennett's wife? Loyal readers, do two things for me. First read this article from Dan Raley who, believe it or not, writes for a Seattle newspaper. Raley chooses to carry out some sort of bizarre personal grudge with Dave Mahler and downplay the interest of Seattle fans.
A public-address system was set up on an adjoining sidewalk and dominated by KJR-AM radio talk show host Dave Mahler, who fancies himself as some sort of activist if not superfan...Jim and Caroline Everts, a retired couple from Snohomish and both 71, had their own agenda. They wore T-shirts sporting a huge mugshot of Ken Griffey Jr. He held a sign that read "Bring Griffey home," but supplied Sonics allegiance when asked.
Now, read this article by ESPN writer Eric Neel, covering the exact same event.
They came from all over the city. They came more than 2,000 strong. They came by bus, by car and by bicycle. They came because a trial had begun on the 14th floor of the courthouse to determine whether their team would remain in Seattle for the next two seasons. They came to catch a glimpse of Sonics legends Xavier McDaniel and Gary Payton. They came to catch the attention of media outlets in Seattle and across the country. They came to be in the company of like-minded compatriots. And most of all, they came because they love their Seattle SuperSonics.
Why does Dan Raley have a job? If you'd like to email him and ask why, he's at firstname.lastname@example.org.