Growing up a sports fan in the state of Washington was tough. Following an AFC Championship berth in 1983, the Seahawks descended into mediocrity and outright awfulness up until 2005. Then their first and only Super Bowl berth, a game filled with bad officiating and worse play. They are 2-4 in this foul year of our Lord, 2009. They are starting a fourth string left tackle. The Mariners beat the Yankees in 1995. "The Double" saved baseball in a city that had been on wrong end of .500 for years. Despite losing Ken Griffey Jr., Randy Johnson and Alex Rodriguez in consecutive years, the Mariners tied a major league record for most wins in the regular season. They then followed that up with a colossal choke job in the playoffs, losing to the Yankees 4-1. Despite winning 93 games in '02 and '03, they failed to make the playoffs. They then began a catastrophic slide that saw them lose over 100 games with a $100 million dollar payroll. The Mariners have slowly begun to dig their way out of the cellar. The Sonics reached the NBA Finals in the 1995-96 season, a couple of years after famously being bounced out as the #1 seed against the 8th seeded Denver Nuggets. After being beaten by the Bulls and some guy named Jordan, the Sonics played well, up until the retirement of Nate McMillan and George Karl's resignation. Since the start of the 1998-99 season, the Sonics were a laughingstock up until the 2004-05 season, which saw them take a division title. This being Seattle sports, Nate McMillan left to take over the Trailblazers and the Sonics fell back under .500. Then they hired Sam Presti, a protege of the Spurs front office. After drafting a core of Kevin Durant, Jeff Green, and Russell Westbrook, the Sonics were moved to Oklahoma City. Sold to a man that demanded a $500 million arena to stay. Since then, the Thunder have been the model of efficiency. They've been drafting well, signing role-players for next to nothing, and letting their young team simply get better with time. I won't even go into college football. So why have I posted this longwinded pile of shit? Quite frankly, following Seattle sports is like being a battered spouse. I'm at the point where I'm seriously contemplating the ifs of stabbing that motherfucker while he sleeps. Focus: You're all sitting at the bar watching the game and having a few pints. Go. ..