To say it's been a dreadful sports year in Seattle is a big understatement.
The NBA Sonics are no longer in town, having relocated to Oklahoma City, and oh—the Sonics didn't exactly have a banner final season in the Emerald City, going a woeful 20-62, the worst record in the Western Conference.
Okay. The Sonics are gone, so there is no point in writing about them. But what about the Mariners? After all, this was a team expected to challenge the L.A. Angels for supremacy in the AL West.
However, things haven't worked out.
The Mariners, who are the worst team in the American League this season by far, are still on pace to become the first team ever to lose 100 games despite having an $100-million-plus payroll, and getting swept in Anaheim in a four-game series over the weekend certainly didn't help Seattle (57-91) in their attempt to avoid the century-mark.
Well, at least there's still the Seahawks, right? After all, the 'Hawks have won four straight NFC West titles and given the mediocrity of the division, look to make it five in a row.
Okay, a week one rout in Buffalo was a write-off. In week two, the Seahawks would be playing the San Francisco 49ers at Quest Field, where Seattle has gone a remarkable 18-4 in divisional games.
The 'Hawks, however, turned the ball over three times and blew two leads to ultimately lose in overtime to the 'Niners in their home opener.
Ouch. 0-2 for the 'Hawks.
Thankfully, Seattle gets to play the pathetic St. Louis Rams, a team that has yet to enter the red zone in eight quarters this season, at Quest Field this coming Sunday.
So, Kevin Cacabelos, Mosang Miles, and other Seattle fans on Bleacher, what should the Mariners do this off-season to at least get back to respectability in 2009? Is it too early to panic about the Seahawks after just two games? What should the 'Hawks do to get on the winning track?
Would love to hear you guys' two cents on these...