Sonic Bust

I’ve never really been a fan of the NBA. It’s just a bunch of white guys in semi-organized groups of thugs well organized to make them money. The golden era of basketball has been over for decades.

Now there is little more than players who can barley manage the language, while increasing the birth rate in every city they play. Calvin Murphy - 14 illegitimate kids by 9 women. Travis Henry is the biological father of 9 kids by 9 different women - and he's only 28! He's been in the news lately complaining that paying support for these nine children is making him broke. One player, speaking anonymously, said “I would say that close to 50 or 60 percent of all players have had children out of wedlock”

Another reason to not like the league of criminal conduct is because of all the brawls, some that include the fans.

The Seattle Sonics are moving to Oklahoma after 41 years of support from the city of Seattle, breaking their lease on a publically funded stadium (KeyAreana). A ‘95 renovation cost taxpayers of Seattle $74.5 million. The well supported team was purchased by Oklahoma City businessman Clay Bennett, whose goal was to move the team before he even purchased it. Bennett is well connected to David Stern, and Stern allowed the new owner to move in a sweetheart NBA deal.

City of Seattle sold out the people of Seattle. The city took Bennett to court on June 16 to determine if the Sonics can move to Oklahoma for the 08-09 season. Seattle planned to make the new owner bleed money in the courts while Microsoft’s Steve Ballmer was to try to buy the team. The plan was to drag the case from local to Federal court if needed, to make the Sonics honor the lease with KeyArea.

Hours before the judge ruling, and city settled, allowing the team to move, in exchange for $45 million immediately and the possibility of an additional $30 million in 2013 if a new team has not been found. Leaving behind the team's name, colors, and history for any new team they find.

The season ticket holders, vendors, bars & restaurants were not compensated. The city screwed taxpaying citizens who earn income from the games, so they could cover the lease for 2 years.

The NBA doesn’t seem to be showing any concern for the fans of the market. Owners approved the sale in a 28-2 owners vote. Dallas and Portland voted against Bennett. Mark Cuban said, “Its bad business to relocate from a vibrant, larger market like Seattle to a smaller one.”

Seattle’s metropolitan economy is “larger than the entire state of Oklahoma,” according to Sonics former owner, Starbucks Chairman Howard Schultz. Schultz is seeking to void Bennett’s purchase, accusing him of failing to act in good faith to find a Seattle arena, a condition agreed to during the sale.

I detest public financing for any professional sports teams. I hate even more teams leaving because they want more corporate welfare. Taxpayers rarely get a say in the matter. Elected representatives explain, it’s only a few cents sales tax on each $20 spent.

My solution: harass the new owner until he sells the team. Have Seattle fans set up and donate to a fund to torment the owner in Oklahoma.

Hire a private detective to dig dirt on him, and then publicize it. If this guy can buy an NBA team, he has plenty of money. With plenty of money are plenty of people left in his path that are upset he made all that money. Dig dirt and let everyone know what a douchbag he really is.

Beyond digging dirt and publicizing it, torment the owner to new realms. Find every one of his telephone numbers, personal numbers and team numbers. Have people call like mad. Fill up important voicemail boxes with jibber-jabber and call his house at all hours. Organize an event to have everyone dump their used Christmas trees off at the stadium just prior to a big game.

Hire a gypsy to place a curse on the team and those that attend games. As damn silly as it sounds plenty of people will stay away fearing a curse. Look at the curses on the Cubs & RedSox. The Red Sox curse lasted the better half of a century, and the Cubs are going over a century without a championship now. Many of the fans believe the curse has held them back.

Major events that have occurred since the Chicago Cubs last laid claim to a World Series championship:

  • Radio was invented; Cubs fans got to hear their team lose.
  • TV was invented; Cubs fans got to see their team lose.
  • Baseball added 14 teams; Cubs fans get to see and hear their team lose to more clubs.
  • George Burns celebrated his 10th, 20th, 30th, 40th, 50th, 60th, 70th, 80th, 90th and 100th birthdays.
  • Haley's comet passed Earth twice.
  • Harry Caray was born....and died; Incredible, but true.
  • The NBA, NHL and NFL were formed, and Chicago teams won championships in each league.
  • There were 11 amendments added to the Constitution, prohibition was created and repealed.
  • The Titanic was built, set sail, sank, was discovered and became the subject of major motion pictures, the latest giving Cubs fans hope that something that finishes on the bottom can come out on top. Wrigley Field was built and becomes the oldest park in the National League.
  • Flag poles were erected on the Wrigley Field roof to hold all of the team's future World Series pennants. Those flag poles have since rusted and been taken down.
  • The Cubs played 14,153 regular-season games; they lost the majority of them.
  • Alaska, Arizona, Hawaii, Oklahoma and New Mexico were added to the Union.