The Truth is….I Miss You
On July 18, 2006, Oklahoma City businessman Clay Bennett purchased the Seattle Super Sonics (along with the Seattle WNBA team) for 350 million dollars. Unable to work out a compromise on the renovation of Key Arena, the Sonics were purchased by Bennett with one goal in mind: getting the hell out of Seattle. If you have ever visited Seattle, this is not an uncommon desire, especially with the knowledge that the Rose City is just a few hours south. But all joking aside, a Super Sonic-less Pacific Northwest is not a future we at the BlazersOG would like to see.
Over the years the I-5 rivalry has had its highs and lows, but Blazer and Super Sonic fans alike could always count on a good contest. Many fond Blazer memories include the likes of the Reign Man Shawn Kemp, Gary Payton and Detlef Schrempf battling the Blazers for Western Conference wins and, more importantly, Pacific Northwest bragging rights. It is hard to put a finger on why the Sonics should not leave other than that they have always been part of the NBA for many Blazer fans. The Sonics have always been our friends to the North that we love to beat but also, just like Portland, Seattle is representing the PNW.
There seems to be little protest among the Blazer faithful over the potential loss of the Sonics. Maybe it’s that Oregonians know the people of Seattle still have the Mariners and Seahawks to root for. Maybe because we can feel for the citizens of King County who are being told, “pay for a new stadium or we bolt.” Or maybe, down deep inside, Oregonians kind of jump at the idea of the Blazers being the only NBA show in the Pacific Northwest. Whatever the reason, the NBA is a much better place with the Super Sonics in Seattle and not in that hell hole Oklahoma.
You can be assured that if for some unforeseen reason the Blazers were on the moving block, the Blazer faithful would welcome any help they could get in keeping the team in Portland. If you’re interested in more information on helping keep the Sonics in Seattle, please visit www.sonicscentral.com and http://www.saveoursonics.org/
Moreover, please post your comments on whether as a Blazer fan you will be happy or sad to see the Sonics leave Seattle.