From gridiron greatness to baseball flops to hot hoops, it has been a surprising — and crazy — year on the Seattle sports scene.
Early this year, the Seahawks lost a playoff game. No surprise there; they haven’t won one in 21 years. But as 2005 comes to an end — can this be right? — they look like a Super Bowl team.
And that’s not even the craziest thing going on around here.
Remember when the University of Washington was a football school, and the only reason anyone went to basketball or volleyball games was to get out of the rain?
Remember — oh, about seven months ago — when the Sonics were one of the best teams in the NBA?
Dan Wilson retired, Bret Boone forgot how to hit, and the Mariners lost more than 90 games. Again. Injured shortstop Pokey Reese was paid $900,000 and didn’t play a game, then was given another $300,000 to go away.
The Mariners’ new designated hitter/paleontologist, Carl Everett, doesn’t believe in dinosaurs, moon landings, gay marriage or, in recent years, a decent on-base percentage.
Seattle has become a hotbed for high-school hoops. One of the better players in the city this season is O’Dea junior Jamelle McMillan. His dad, the guy they call Mr. Sonic, coaches the Portland Trail Blazers. One of Nate McMillan’s players is Martell Webster, who was playing for Seattle Prep last spring.
Bellevue High didn’t win a football state title for a change, although it did knock off another California superpower at Qwest Field.
Dick Bennett, Washington State’s 62-year-old basketball coach, flipped off UW students at Hec Ed.
And Rick Neuheisel gave up his job as quarterbacks coach at Rainier Beach High School after settling up with UW and the NCAA.