Heartbreak City

As the MLB All-Star Game approaches the Seattle Mariners seemingly out of contention once again. It feels like this has been the case for the last decade.

Every year Forbes Magazine ranks the most miserable sports cities in America. Seattle has been in the top five for the last several years, even topping the list back in 2011.

Due to the Mariners’ plight and Seattle’s lack of championships (one, Sonics, 1979) I thought it was appropriate to countdown the top five most disappointing moments in Seattle sports history.

Please write in and let me know what your most painful moments are.

By the way, an honorable mention that didn’t make the list is every September when the NFL season starts. Why? Because my wife’s heart breaks a little every year knowing we won’t have a meaningful conversation again until February.

5. May 7, 1994 – #8 Defeats #1

I was 13 years old when the Nuggets knocked out the Supersonics in the first round of the NBA playoffs. I cried too. A lot. Dikembe Mutombo wagged his finger in the face of the entire city of Seattle that day. It was the first time in NBA playoff history that a number eight seed defeated the number one. At least we made history…

4. February 10, 2000 – The Trade

Seattle’s first legitimate superstar asked for and received a one way ticket out of town. He left behind a brand new ballpark and adoring fan base. Some people never forgave him for it. Others, like myself were quick to embrace him again when he returned in 2009. However the hurt and heartbreak of this moment stung quite a bit. It was a bitter pill to swallow especially when you consider Seattle’s inability to keep its stars.

3. October 2000 & 2001 – ALCS

116 wins… So what?! In 2001 the Mariners thought they had done enough to make their way to the World Series for the first time in team history. Unfortunately for them and the city of Seattle in felt like, “Deja vu all over again.” The Mariners were overtaken by two home runs in successive innings in game four. The first from Bernie Williams (off A. Rhodes) the second by Alfonso Soriano (K. Sasaki). This came a year after David Justice all but ended Seattle’s World Series bid off Arthur Rhodes in game six of the ALCS. Sorry to bring all this up…

2. February 6, 2006 – Steeling the Super Bowl

Should this be number one? Maybe, I went back and forth on this one for a long time. This was the first and only time a sporting event has caused me to lose sleep at night. Only one team has lost a Super Bowl despite gaining more yards and committing fewer turnovers than its opponent. The officiating was so bad in Pittsburgh’s 21-10 win that the controversy has its own Wikipedia page, titled “Reaction to officiating in Super Bowl XL.”

1. July 2, 2008 & May 15, 2013 – Goodbye & Good Luck

Losing a team after over 40 years of fan support was so tough. To make matters worse when it seemed we were about to welcome the NBA back our hopes were dashed once again. Who do you blame? Schultz? Bennett? Stern? Nickels? It doesn’t really matter because no matter what we still are without an NBA team in Seattle.

My question as I wrap up this rather depressing post is who’s going to mend our broken sports hearts in this city?

Your turn…

What did I miss?

Who will be the one to make our city a champion again?

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