Sonics win ‘changes nothing’ in record-breaking goal

The Sonics’ record-breaking loss skein came to an end at 14 games last night, but the team is far from daunted in its pursuit of a season to forget.

“One successful night against the reigning world champion Spurs does not a season make,” said Sonics coach P.J. Carlossesmore. “I told the guys afterward that this is a wakeup call. We still have more than a third of our remaining games to become the worst team in franchise history.”

Leading rookie forward Kevin Durcant, who sank the winning shot in an 88-85 victory over the San Antonio Spurs, said the team “understands that last night is just one game. It doesn’t overshadow all that we’ve been unable to accomplish so far. We can still hang our heads low.”

Owner Clay Biteit said the win “is just a bump on the road” toward a record-losing season and hopes the team “will revert to form” in upcoming games. He said the Sonics “can look to the Miami Dolphins for inspiration. They didn’t let the one win against the Ravens keep them from losing all the rest.”

“I’ve told everyone from top management on down that this team has two goals for the 2007-8 season,” Biteit said. “The first is to get the No. 1 draft pick so Oklahoma City will welcome us with open arms. The second is to play so badly that Seattle can’t get rid of the team quick enough.

“One night’s lack of losing effort isn’t going to deter us from chasing our dreams.”

Carlossesmore pointed toward the remaining season schedule as “reason to believe we can pull this off. We’re playing mostly division winners and have three brutal road trips the final two months of the season. With a little luck, we won’t win a single game.”

The Sonics win ironically coincided with a federal judge’s setting June 16 as the trial date for the city’s suit to stop the Sonics from leaving Seattle.

“It was a case of unfortunate timing that we had to win a game on the same day as the announcement,” Biteit conceded. “But by June we should stink so bad the city will drop its legal efforts and say good riddance.”

Seattle Mayor Plug Nickels said the city “will continue to vigorously pursue its case” to force the Sonics to stay.

“The worse the Sonics play, the harder we will fight to keep them,” the mayor said. “After all, we have a lot of pride here in Seattle.”

Comments

  1. 2

    spews:

    @1…RR…

    The Sonics since they’re used to backing a pathetic loser.

    Keep it relevent to the topic, Rabbit, or it’s back to Fricassee Farms for you!

    RABBIT FRICASSEE
    Source: Adapted from American Heritage Cookbook (1964)
    Recipe By: Chef James
    Serving Size: 4

    1 Whole Rabbit — quartered
    As Needed Flour
    1/4 Cup Butter
    to taste Salt and Pepper

    1 Medium Yellow Onion — chopped fine
    1 1/2 Cups Red Wine
    1/4 Whole Lemon, Zest From
    2 Sprigs Parsley
    2 Stalks Celery
    1 Each Bay Leaf

    1 Tablespoon Butter
    1 Tablespoon Flour

    Chopped Parsley — garnish

    Directions:
    Cut the rabbit into serving pieces and dust with flour.

    Heat butter in a skillet with a tight-fitting lid, add rabbit pieces, and sprinkle with salt and pepper.

    Fry until nicely browned on all sides.

    Now stir in onion and cook for a few minutes.

    Next, pour in the wine.

    Tie Lemon rind, parsley, celery, and bay leaf in a little cheesecloth and drop into the skillet.

    Cover and simmer gently until meat is tender – takes about 1 hour.

    Lift rabbit onto a hot serving platter.

    Discard seasoning bag.

    Work flour and butter together until well blended, then add to liquid, and cook, stirring constantly, until sauce bubbles.

    Pour over rabbit and sprinkle top with chopped parsley.

    Per serving: 300 Calories (kcal); 18g Total Fat; (65% calories from fat); 13g Protein; 8g Carbohydrate; 71mg Cholesterol; 262mg Sodium

    Maybe this should be a post-game meal for the Sonics? A loser fed to losers now supported by losers who supported a loser. Why break the string?

    The Piper

  2. 5

    correctnotright spews:

    Clay Biteit? don’t get that one, but the Carlossesmore is cute as is the plug Nickel.

    the rest is pretty funny though.

    How to lose a sports franchise in three easy lessons:

    1. name them the pilots

    2. sign a contract to keep them in seattle – then decide Oklahoma city is a better place.

    3. Decide you like major league soccer more than basketball

    Oucchh! I may actually prefer the MLS soccer to Clay Bennett’s team – and this is coming from a former basketball player and junkie.

  3. 6

    I-Burn spews:

    Probably heretical in this city, but I’ll shed no tears. Since one of the previous Sonics owners made sure that the Key Arena renovation would not work for major league hockey, and subsequently kept Seattle from getting an NHL team, I have been hoping they’d crash and burn.

  4. 8

    spews:

    @4…RR…

    Safeway? No, their Rancher’s Select (or whatever) meat brand doesn’t do wild game.

    I think I’ll find it wherever my birdshot-loaded .22 points, starting, I believe, in the Greenlake area. Lest you think I’ll run afoul of any city ordinance or state game law, I have special NSA dispensation to hunt for deranged animal-terrorists. Good sport, eh what?

    So…eat hearty, Rabbit, and plump your ass up; the skillet is wide and will accomade the whole of you.

    The Piper

  5. 12

    spews:

    @9 & 10…Jim…

    Sorry…that should be “accommodate.” My skillet will ACCOMMODATE Rabbit with room for you too!

    As to your other question? I guess you ain’t been hangin’ round all that long.

    The Piper

  6. 14

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    @11 Scott St. Clair is an ex-lawyer who allegedly can play the bagpipes. This is, of course, a totally unfounded assertion. About the bagpipes, I mean. No one yet born has ever been able to actually play the bagpipes. Many have tried, but no one has accomplished it yet.

  7. 15

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    P.S., you’re gonna bring .22 birdshot to a rabbit fight?

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    You’re as stupid as you look, piper! I’ll be waiting for you with my AK-47.

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  8. 16

    My Goldy Itches spews:

    I’m certainly no fan of Clay Bennett, but the fault for losing the Sonics lays squarely at the feet of the City of Seattle and Washington State. He’s merely a business man, going where the best deal is. The politicians made it clear they don’t give a shit about NBA basketball and Clay Bennett is just acting on their slap in his face.

  9. 17

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    @16 Bullshit. Bennett is a greedy freeloading welfare bum with his hand stretched out for $500 million that doesn’t belong to him and that he didn’t work for. Fuck him! Seattle and Washington state were way too generous to him — he should be doing 10 years in Monroe for attempted extortion.

  10. 18

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    This community owes absolutely nothing to Clay Bennett. If he doesn’t like it, he can pack up his team and catch the first Greyhound out of town! But he still owes Seattle the payments on his lease through 2010, and by God, the city should collect it even if they have to carve it out of his hide.

  11. 19

    My Goldy Itches spews:

    Well then you can enjoy watching the NBA on TV because Seattle won’t ever have the NBA again. If that’s the choice Seattle and the state makes, that’s what they will have to live with. Other cities manage to arenas, why not Seattle?

  12. 20

    rhp6033 spews:

    Seattle only has itself to blame? Get real. It’s high time we ended the “corporate welfare” for the mega-rich sports team owners. Our cities have a lot higher priorities than subsidizing an losing business model.

    For a long time the sports franchises (NFL, NBA, and even NASCAR) argued that they brought more money into the city, so it was worth the hundreds of millions they sought from the city to subsidize their business. But last week the Sonic’s lawyers, in defending against the city’s attempt to bar them from moving stated (presumably supported by sworn affidavits) that the city suffers no adverse economic loss if the Sonics move to Oklahoma.

    So if the city recieves no economic benefit from the team, then why in the hell should we pay to keep them here?

    That makes Bennett’s previous proposals (“I don’t feel the love yet, keep giving me more…”) all the more preposterous. His proposals were essentially this: The city (Seattle or Renton or wherever) buys the land, builds the stadium, pays for the repairs and upkeep, pays the operating costs, and Bennett gets the exclusive use of the arena year-round, keeping all the revenue for himself. Oh, and Bennett has control over the building of the arena – he controls the plans and the essentials of construction, but doesn’t pay anythign for cost overruns.

    Only a fool would take that deal. If that’s the deal he gets in Oklahoma, then I guess the politicians there are world-class fools.