It’s Freaky Friday for the Seattle dailies, a day in which every single front page story in the dead-tree editions of both the Times and P-I feature staff bylines. (Score one for localism!) It’s kinda like living in a real big city like New York or Washington DC, except without the transit, the excitement and, um, you know… the real big city.
That said, sports leads todays news with the top story in both papers featuring the Sonic’s season opener… or maybe it was open season on the Sonics. Same difference. The P-I reports that it was a bad night for scalpers as the team recorded a 106-99 loss to Phoenix in what could be its last home opener in Seattle — but wait… the Times reports a local group headed by venture capitalist Dennis Daugs is offering to buy the team and keep it at Key Arena:
Daugs characterized his new group’s interest in buying the team as driven more by civic pride and love of basketball than a desire for financial gain.
“It can be a great investment, it can be a poor investment or something in between, but it is the most fun a lot of people I know have ever had,” said Daugs, who grew up in Burien and used to take the bus to Sonics games at Seattle Center as a kid. His group wants to maintain that tradition.
“Civic pride”…? “Love of basketball”…? “Fun” and “tradition”…? What is this guy, some sort of commie? There’s absolutely no way that NBA commissioner David Stern would fall for a bunch of new-age hooey that runs 180 degrees counter to the true spirit of basketball: extorting sports palaces out of local taxpayers. If the Sonics could make a go of it at Key Arena, the league’s whole carefully constructed house of trading cards might collapse in on itself, forcing owners to finally address their own greed and mismanagement. Goodbye Seattle, hello Oklahoma City.
And speaking of greed and mismanagement, WaMu makes local and national headlines today, with the lovable local mortgage giant being accused by New York state Attorney General Andrew Cuomo of pushing appraisers to inflate home values. Really? I think just about anybody who has refinanced a home in the past few years would respond, “duh-uh.” How else to explain the magical ability of most homes to appraise just high enough to meet loan approval standards? And with home values continuing to appreciate at double-digit annual rates, where’s the harm? Oh.
One house that sure appreciated last night was Benaroya Hall, where former President Bill Clinton appeared live and Nobel Laureate Al Gore spoke via satellite at the US Conference of Mayors climate summit. Of course whenever policy makers or scientists meet to discuss the threat of climate change, the event always attracts those global warming denier wackos:
The mayors were met at Benaroya Hall by a small gathering of demonstrators urging people to vote against the regional road and transit tax increase on the ballot, arguing it could exacerbate climate change by increasing traffic. The demonstrators included small children dressed in polar-bear outfits, a reference to polar bears threatened by the loss of ice to warming in the Arctic.
Oops. I mean global warming believer wackos. Because the best way to save polar bears is to kill any reasonable political chance the region has of expanding light rail sometime during the next decade or so, because the plan, you know…isn’t perfect. What a bunch of maroons.