Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Wednesday Wanderings: Five Christmas Wishes of a Seattle Sports Fan

By Marshall Cherrington

Wednesday Wanderings is a weekly column written by Editor-in-Chief and creator of the Sports Soup Network, Marshall Cherrington. He brings you all of his weekly thoughts pertaining to Seattle sports, and anything else for that matter.

You already know it's that time of the year again. Christmas right? Uh, no. It's the time you've all been waiting for though. The time to unveil the five wishes a Seattle sports fan desires. I came up with this idea a little over a year ago today. I'd always dream about reading and article like this, but I never saw one out there. So I said to myself, "You know what Marshall, write one yourself. Stop whining because nobody else is going to do it for you." So begrudgingly, sort of, I sat down to do so.

Now I can talk sports all night and day, and trust me, I've done just that in the year 2013. I've compiled this list of five wishes that a Seattle sports fan would desire according to what I have heard. Be a critique while reading it though. I love the feedback. It's what makes me and us better. I didn't want to put "winning a championship" as every wish though. How boring is that to read? Every fan desires that. You can't call yourself a fan if you don't wish for your team to win the championship of its respective sport. I also tried to make these wishes realistic. Realistic as possible at least. I may have gotten carried away on a few, but hey, what's the fun if you don't. Without further ado, here are the five wishes of a Seattle sports fan (in no particular order).

1. Russell Wilson is named Super Bowl MVP
Every fan wants to see this happen. Not only would this mean that the Seahawks made it all the way to the Super Bowl, but it would also mean they most likely won it, as the MVP award usually goes to a player on the winning team. This would change the course of Seattle sports forever. It would be a historic and monumental event. There's no other way to put it. The beloved team of Seattle would have finally won a championship. And Russell Wilson could become even more famous than he already is, though that's unlikely. I wanted an XBOX One from him for Christmas... Seattle sports have already started the trend upward and this would just solidify the job the general managers of Seattle area sports teams are doing. Seahawks fans will finally be able to forgive Bill Levy and the officiating crew that they thought stole the Super Bowl XL trophy right out their teams hands. Listen to Mike Holmgren on KJR and it's clear he still hasn't forgiven those referees. But all will be forgiven and forgotten if Russell Wilson and his crew can bring the most coveted trophy in sports home to Seattle. I'm not sure the city of Seattle would be safe to walk around on that Super Bowl Sunday if the 'Hawks can pull it off. Seattle fans are deprived, and when they get what they want, they go nuts.

Russell Wilson may have to scramble for his life to win the Super Bowl.

2. Mariners sign Masahiro Tanaka
Many fans might not know who this incredible baseball player is, but he could be the key to getting the Mariners back to the playoffs. If signed, which will take over $100 million to do, he would give the Mariners the best starting rotation in Major League Baseball. The rotation would be Felix, Tanaka, Iwakuma, Walker and Paxton. Not one hitter who plays the game of baseball would say that they aren't scared to face that rotation. What a diverse rotation that would be too. A Hispanic, two Japanese pitchers, an African-American and a Caucasian. That would be awesome to see and would show how much the game of baseball has evolved. If the Mariners were to sign Tanaka, they would be completely done with big free agent signings for this offseason. Tanaka is only 25 and was undefeated in every start last year in Japan. You could say he demands a steep price and won't be missing any meals for the rest of his life.

3. Mariners trade for Giancarlo Stanton
This would put the Mariners over the hump. With Tanaka or not, Stanton would make the Mariners instant postseason contenders. No doubt about it. He's an above average outfielder when healthy and has a very strong arm. That's not even the best part of his game either. Some consider Stanton to be a top five hitter in the National League, maybe even in all of baseball. All credit to Jackson for this idea, however, I don't agree that Kyle Seager and Taijuan Walker get the deal done, which Jackson is suggesting. I think that the Mariners would need to include a few more prospects in the deal and possibly even Nick Franklin. The Marlins are cheap, but not cheap enough to accept a package from the Mariners that only includes two players. Check out our podcast for more talk on this subject.

4. Chris Petersen leads the Huskies to a ten win season
To the joy of many Husky fans around the nation, Sark is finally gone. Personally, I think Sark was a good coach and great recruiter, but it always seemed like there was something more to him. Almost like he was hiding something, but he wasn't at the same time. It was a weird concept, and I might just be being weird myself for thinking this. Anyways, that's in the past. As I have alluded to before, I think Petersen was a great hire and I think he'll do great things at Washington. However, some people have their doubts. Previous Boise State head coaches haven't fared so well when they've moved on, but none of them had two coach of the year awards under their belt, nor as many wins as Petersen recorded. With all of these doubts, I think it'll be very important for Petersen to get out to a hot start. Not only will it help with the fans, but it will also help immensely with recruiting. Petersen has gone after the lower rated guys so far, but these players are the "OKG's" for Petersen (our kinda guys). If Petersen desires to go after the higher rated guys, as I'm sure he will, he'll be able to that at Washington now. He couldn't do that at Boise State. There wasn't as much appeal. Petersen and staff won't have the highest ranked recruiting class this year, but once you give the man some time to form relationships with players and their families, the rest of the Pac-12 better watch out. Ten wins in his inaugural season won't hurt one bit.

5. Ground is broken on the new Seattle Arena
This idea has probably moved to the back of people's minds with all of the recent Seattle sports success, especially coming from the Seahawks, but the dream is still there for many fans. They want their Sonics back. They want an NHL team. And they want a beautiful brand new arena. There's no reason to not break ground to build a beautiful new arena. Chris Hansen has said that all obstacles have pretty much been cleared and that they are really all set to go, barring a few more bills that have to get passed. A new arena would definitely attract an NHL expansion team, would obviously attract an NBA team, and would give the city of Seattle yet another iconic building to brag about. Build it, and they will come.

Merry Christmas to you all and thank you so much for reading our blog over the past year. It means a lot to Jackson and I. We find motivation in all of your guys' support and love. It's what makes our writing better. So this Christmas, just mention the blog to a couple of your friends and maybe, just maybe when I'm writing the third edition of this piece in a year, we'll have more readers than we could have ever wished for.

Happy Holidays, and again, thanks for reading.


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