BY Seth Kolloen 10:48AM 01/25/2011

State of the Seattle Sports Union

An address from on high about the state of Seattle sports

With news today limited to Seattle U getting housed at Fresno St., Isaiah Thomas winning another Pac-10 P.O.W. Award, and Jake Locker being his usual tantalizing self at the Senior Bowl, I’m devoting today’s space to a State of Seattle Sports address. The fact that President Obama is giving a State of the Union address tonight is completely coincidental.

(Polite applause as I ascend podium.)

Team owners, executives, coaches, players, and, especially, my fellow Seattle sports fans: It’s an honor to speak to you tonight at this critical juncture in our sports teams’ history. The past 12 months have seen us accomplish much: The Seahawks won a playoff game (pause for ovation). The Husky basketball team won the Pac-10 Tournament (pause for ovation). Felix Hernandez won a Cy Young award, the first of many I’m sure (pause for ovation). The Seattle Storm won a WNBA title (slightly shorter pause for ovation). And the Husky football team made it back to, and won, a bowl game! (long pause for ovation).

Please, please, take your seats. We have much to be proud of in SeattleSportsNation. But we have many challenges as well. Our Mariners — well-funded by owners and well-supported by fans — floundered to another 101-loss season. And we still don’t have a NBA team. I know this affects thousands of Seattle sports families every day. And I am committed to change.

Let’s start with the Mariners. Today I am calling on our city’s sports leaders to impose conditional term limits on team executives. If you preside in an executive role over a team, and that team does not make the postseason for 10 consecutive years, you are fired. Every local sports team is safe from this provision except the Mariners, who completed their ninth consecutive non-playoff year in 2010. Only two top executives have been in place for the entire nine-year run: CEO Howard Lincoln and President Chuck Armstrong. Under the terms of my new legislation, they would need a Mariners’ playoff appearance in 2011 to extend their term limits clock up to 2021.

Further, team executives and coaches would have 25 years to bring a championship to Seattle. If you can’t get it done in a quarter of a century, you are out. This would mean curtains for Armstrong, but Pete Carroll still has until 2035.

I think we can all agree that a playoff appearance per decade, and a championship per quarter century, is the absolute bare minimum for performance. I hope our city’s sports leaders will agree to enact this common sense legislation.

Now, to the NBA. As I stand here, I cannot honestly say that we are any closer to bringing an NBA team back to Seattle than we were the day the Sonics left. When possible cities for relocation are mentioned nationally, I hear Anaheim, Las Vegas and Kansas City, but never Seattle. Therefore I would like to call on every member of SeattleSportsNation to write a quick email to Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn, Washington Governor Chris Gregoire, and the NBA league office.

Tell them what we all know — that the departure of NBA hoops has left a big hole in the city’s sports calendar, and in the hearts of die-hard Sonics fans. And I don’t even want to get into what Durant and Westbrook are up to right now. Good God.

My fellow fans, we have many challenges ahead. But let us keep in mind a great insight by once and future Mariners broadcaster Ron Fairly: “In order to win, you must score more runs than your opponent.” Words to live by.


  • Typholosion EXPLOSION

    You’re all idiots

  • Asdfas

    I always regret reading the comment sections…

  • Cruddly

    Carrol looked upset at his press conference and during the game — especially in the 4th quarter, where at one point you could see him tying to scold and console Browner at the same time.  A lot of  people are pining for a coach like Holgren, who had no problem chewing out players.   But others point out that at the same point in their careers with the Seahawks, Holmgren and Carrol share the same win loss records.  It’s the penalties, the argument goes, that indicate Carrol’s mellow approach is causing this careless, undisciplined approach to the game by his players that ultimately result in penalties.    
    Most of the people who believe this still cling to the hope that their big daddy figure, Holmgren will dissolve his relationship with Cleveland,  comeback and save the Seahawks from themselves.  They long for his  emphasis on the offense.  They want to return to the soft, bend but don’t break defenses of the Holmgren era.  For these guys,10 years of Holmgren was not enough.  They want him back before he succumbs to diabetes or stroke or one of the other disabling conditions that men of his girth and age often fall prey to. 
    While I wouldn’t mind having him come back and raise the 12th man banner one day, I would really like to give Carrol and his guys a chance before checking out other coaching philosophies.  Besides, they got a tough guy on the sidelines — Cable.  Check him out sometime during a game.  Has his attitude stopped the linemen from committing less infractions?

  • 3 Lions

    They are immature, just like there coach. Obviously, making alot of money doesn’t equate to having any brains. They seemed to be more concerned w swagger than winning.

  • Steve56

    The bottom line issue is coaching or the lack thereof.  Yes, a young and relatively inexperienced roster including an injured/marginal quarterback are issues, but the lack of discipline, the repeated mistakes made game after game all point to a bigger problem.

  • Bayviewherb

    We see it in college ball and even in the pros. Get a lead into the 4th quarter, then play defense on offense. From that point on, Washington played not to lose, not playing as they got there with agressive offense. That strategy of runnng the clock only served to give the ball back to the other team so they had a chance to make a big play. They did, and so did Washington. It was a coaching loss, not players.