The Way I See It

This is the time of year when people are supposed to be full of cheer and goodwill toward men. That is, unless you’re a pro sports fan in Seattle or involved in Florida politics.

The Seahawks were supposed to be new and improved, and the Supersonics were going to be a force in the West. Nothing close to either has happened.

The Sonics fired their coach on Monday, and the Seahawks coach was probably looking to set some players on fire.

Paul Westphal, the now former coach of the Sonics, was only 15 games into his third season of trying to get an underachieving group into the playoffs. Mike Holmgren of the Seahawks is only in his second.

It was unfortunate for Holmgren and the Seahawks on Sunday that Dan Rather didn’t interrupt the game earlier with the anything-but-final election update.

They had a 24-17 lead over the Broncos at the beginning of the fourth quarter, and it looked like the Seahawks were going to be a bright spot in a gray Sunday.

But they are the Seahawks.

A ridiculous interception and a lack of defense allowed Denver to score 21 in the final quarter and head back mile high with a 38-31 win, leaving Seattle at 4-8 this season.

Jon Kitna has proven he is not the quarterback of the future, and we’ve found out that Brock Huard is more fragile than crepe paper.

The good news is that there should be some solid quarterbacks available in this year’s draft, and the football season only lasts four more weeks.

Too bad we have to put up with the Sonics until June.

Gary Payton has managed to run Westphal out and show that he is in charge of the team — not a team leader, but the coddled superstar.

The suspension/nonsuspension of Payton last week proved how out of control the situation has become. He needs to be the next one to go, and he can take his out-of-shape and ineffective buddy Vin Baker with him.

Things may just be getting worse.

The Mariners, fresh off their great season, are being held hostage by Alex Rodriguez and his extortionist agent, Scott Boras.

Seattle needs to resolve this issue soon before they miss their shot at signing other quality free agents.

The loss of Rodriguez would be detrimental to the team, but we survived losing Randy Johnson and Griffey, and it won’t be a disaster if he takes his attitude elsewhere.

We could sign two or three solid players for the money A-Rod wants, and the stipulations he wants in his contract are ludicrous. He has been treated as a demagogue here in Seattle, and he, like Griffey before him, will realize this after he’s gone.

You may disagree, but that’s the way I see it.

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Title: The Way I See It | Author: John Fure | Section: Sports | Published Date: 2000-11-29 | Internal ID: 1694