Just once, it would be sweet to have something in Seattle to be proud of besides the Microsoft Empire. Because, when it comes to sports teams, this city is a metropolis of "almosts".
We almost won the Super Bowl last year...almost. And the Seattle Supersonics almost made it to the final two in their 2004 season (I think). And don't forget our almost Mariners baseball team...of course, based on the performance THIS season, we'd almost like to forget them!
We don't have much here that brings the entire city together, except standing in the shadow of a Starbucks Coffee shop on nearly every corner...IF one drinks coffee, that is. Most of the time, we're a city of diversity, a city of varying opinions, and a city of controversial issues...those are actually the very reasons most people choose to call Seattle home.
We're a little snobbish if you ask us about our weather...that's a given...and yes, it DOES rain here (We know you're a tourist if you're carrying an umbrella!). But if you ask us about our Seattle Seahawks NFL football team this year, you're liable to get a warm response...that is, if you say something "nice" about them.
So why am I (of all people) writing about football in an MS blog today? Well...thank goodness you've asked (and there is a "loose" connection here)! Because my MS buddy, Suzy, in Chicago (pronounced Chee Kag Oh) has accepted my Sunday Night Football challenge: The Chicago Bears vs. the Seattle Seahawks!!!
Yep...they're going head to head tomorrow on NBC. My Hawks, her Bears. So just to keep things "interesting", I challenged her to a Loser Sends All competition. That means, if my Hawks lose, I will be sending a humble pie package of Pacific Northwest goodies to Chicago...maybe a bit of smoked salmon, some Starbucks coffee, a bit of See's candies, and of course the token souvenir shot glass with the Space Needle printed on it!
But since I am sooooo incredibly confident the Hawks will win tomorrow night's match up, I'm hoping for a few trinkets from Oprah...she's in Chicago, right?!? Maybe one of those new cars she's been giving away...