Some business happened to take me to Seattle on the day the Sonics were down 3-zip to the Bulls, so naturally I hoped to cheer everybody up while I was in town. As soon as I got off the plane, it became obvious that I had my work cut out for me. The headline of the Post-Intelligencer was HOME GROAN. The Seattle Times headline was READY TO CRUMBLE?

The people standing around the airport, which had been festooned with GO SONICS! signs, looked gloomy. It's true, of course, that people in Seattle can look gloomy even in the off season, despite...

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