The question has arrived far sooner than expected this year – is there enough life in this season to salvage a playoff spot for the Seattle Mariners? It’s not even June and a combination of injuries and early under-performance has … Continue reading Mariners trying to survive road trip: dead men tell no tales
The Chicago Cubs recent championship run highlighted a near-perfect rebuilding effort by President Theo Epstein. Although the fanbase had to endure several losing seasons a combination of well-crafted drafts, trades and free agent signings led to a winning team. Complete … Continue reading Felix, Cano & Cruz: As good as ever or closing windows?
If the line is “it was the best of times, it was the worst of times”, then Seattle is truly a tale of two cities. Whereas the glow from the Seahawks’ Superbowl win still envelops the city, the Mariners have … Continue reading Are the Mariners’ days of future already past?
Ken Griffey Jr. entered the Mariners Hall of Fame Saturday and now awaits his place in the Baseball Hall of Fame. 46,027 fans filled Safeco Field in a season where fans have rarely filled Safeco Field. The city’s longstanding love … Continue reading Ken Griffey Junior was Seattle’s biggest star, still is.
Does it seem strange to anyone that Seattle is being touted as the #1 landing spot for the Phoenix Coyotes? There is an arena plan, but no actual arena or plan to build it. There is a potential NBA co-tenant, but likely no plans for further basketball relocation/expansion discussion until David Stern retires. The question doesn’t really center on whether Seattle can support an NHL team or not, but rather, why now? As we speak, Quebec City is building a hockey arena. You can literally watch them pour every ounce of concrete on one of the city’s three arena construction … Continue reading Why NHL relocation is looking to Seattle
The Yankees are having a mediocre year. The Yankees are lacking star power. Derek Jeter, Curtis Granderson and Alex Rodriguez all missing. Still, they had more than enough to eclipse the Seattle Mariners both on and off the field Saturday … Continue reading Yankees still loom large over Mariners
This weekend, geeks of all shapes and sizes gathered at the Boston Convention Center for the Sloan Sports Analytics Conference. The definition of what exactly analytics is remains a bit fuzzy, but the crowd was a mixture of analysts from … Continue reading Sports analytics: Nate Silver, Jeff Ma and Daryl Morey discuss all things data
Summer is coming. As the Seattle Mariners open their 36th MLB season, hopes are rising in the Emerald City. For the first time in a decade, the mantle of team leader passes from Ichiro Suzuki to 26 year old Felix … Continue reading King Felix plays a Game of Thrones.
Last week, the City of Seattle and King County announced that Seattle native Christopher Hansen has submitted a proposal to build a new arena to host future NBA and NHL teams. Hansen will raise $290 million privately to pair with … Continue reading The NHL in Seattle: Can Key Arena provide a temporary home?
OK, I’ve lived in Seattle five years now. Moving down from Canada, I was excited to have regular access to professional sports entertainment. Sorry, watching CFL playoffs in -30C weather just doesn’t cut it for me. Little did I know, however, that I was stepping into a perfect storm of bad sports karma in the Emerald city. This was not just one lovable losing team like the Cubs or a couple of down seasons from teams that have tasted greatness (e.g., Philly, Cleveland, San francisco). No, it was simultaneously bad performances from multiple teams against a tapestry of losing weaved … Continue reading The sad state of the Seattle sports scene