Friday, August 3

Nickels Bites Back

Is Da Mayor a fan of the Seattle Supersonics?Greg Nickels, with finger planted firmly in the air to sense the direction of public opinion, has responded to Clay Bennett's response to his .... oh, who can keep track of it all, anyway?

Don't get me wrong, I'm solidly with Nickels in his position, but I'm not naïve enough to think that Nickels wouldn't be taking this position if it weren't for the efforts of Brian and the A Deal is a Deal organization. As a politician, Nickels is canny enough to know that one of the best positions to take in an argument is against someone the public despises. Government officials love this tactic: Politicians will always beat the drum against tobacco companies or sex offenders, even if there is no immediate danger, simply because they know they'll score points in the court of public opinion.

It helps, of course, when you have someone like Clay Bennett, who - like Michael Heisley in Vancouver a few years back - has been playing his new-found home like a piano in the Tulsa production of "A Music Man."

Unlike Harold Hill, though, Clay Bennett isn't selling us a pile of musical instruments and uniforms, he's trying to take away something that's been a part of Seattle for more than 40 years. Let's hope, like Hill, he sees the error of his ways soon enough.

10 comments:

  1. Forget the NBA.

    I'm watching the UBBL from now on. Lebron can't be wrong.

    http://www.theultimatebubble.com/

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  2. This is a bit OT, but it's a nice read:

    http://www.nba.com/rookies/durant_070803.html

    -Joe

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  3. This has to be one of the best articles I've seen on the whole Sonics matter so far.

    http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/stevekelley/2003822302_kelley05.html

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  4. Yes--great article (thanks for that link!). Augh. Why the HELL did Schultz sell the team to somebody out of town. That idiot should be run out of Seattle. And screw his Starbucks too!

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  5. Sorry to take up space at this site with this question but had no where to ask this question. Is sonicscentral.com permanently offline or is this a temporary thing? Does anyone know?

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  6. to Nebby: word. so damn frustrated. I haven't spent a cent in Starbucks since the deal went down, and I used to really like the company (they gave me free coffee when I was doing a report on them a few years back in high school...). This whole situation is just depressing. I just hope the Auburn thing can be made real, I think that could work.

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  7. "I just hope the Auburn thing can be made real, I think that could work. "

    I hope so too but in reality with this Donaghy dumbass, bettin' on games I'm not sure that the NBA wants a bldg owned by Casino owners. Sucks but I think that dumbass ref ruined it for everyone.

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  8. you know what, I didnt even think of that. Wow. that is relaly terrible. I officially hate my life right now. why? WHY???? just put off the scandal another few months until we can get that scene figured outtttttttt. ok, enough whining for now. I apologize, it just had to come out

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  9. "I just hope the Auburn thing can be made real, I think that could work. "

    I hope so too but in reality with this Donaghy dumbass, bettin' on games I'm not sure that the NBA wants a bldg owned by Casino owners. Sucks but I think that dumbass ref ruined it for everyone."

    The WNBA's Conneticut Sun are located in a Casino. It really doesn't matter as long as there is no betting on NBA games. I don't think betting on sports is legal in WA.

    - Balloholic

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