Partly cloudy

51°F

Shelton, WA

Partly cloudy
Humidity: 86%
  • MGH Olympic Physicians Welcomes Two New Providers

    MGH New ProvidersMGH Olympic Physicians recently added two new health care providers to its clinical staff, enhancing its mission to provide quality, cost-effective primary health care to the residents of our community. Jennifer Nelson, A.R.N.P., is a board-certified family nurse practitioner licensed by the state of Washington, and also board-certified with the American… Read More +

  • 1
  • Bill Registers Displeasure With State High Court

    gavel1A group of lawmakers peeved at the Washington Supreme Court has filed a bill that would turn races for the state's high court into partisan contests. The Seattle Times reports that the measure is meant as a rebuke over what the 19 representatives see as the court's overreach in ordering the state to… Read More +

  • 1
  • Oregon State Rolls Past Depaul

    sports3Victor Robbins scored a career-high 27 points as Oregon State dominated DePaul 90-59 on Thursday night. Olaf Schaftenaar added a career-high 21 points and Gary Payton II had 15 points and five steals for the Beavers (8-2). Jamee Crockett had 14 points for the Blue Demons (6-4). Schaftenaar scored 11 of the Beavers' first 13 points to give Oregon State a 13-6 lead at the 15:47 mark. A Robbins 3-pointer stretched the margin to 42-21 with 3:23 remaining in the half.

    Read More
  • 1

Hometown Heroes or Yesterday’s News?

ichiroseanIchiro Suzuki and Shaun Alexander. Both of them should be considered Seattle sports legends for their contribution on their respective athletic fields. However, both of their names are often missing when discussions arise concerning the great athletes to play for the Emerald City. The obvious question is why.

A local radio station recently took an on-air poll asking fans to vote on whom they would put on a Seahawks themed Mount Rushmore. Fans brought up some obvious names (Steve Largent, Cortez Kennedy) but Shaun Alexander’s name was hardly even mentioned. Alexander’s numbers speak for themselves – during his career, he broke the single season TD record, won the only MVP award in Seahawks’ history, and was an integral part of the only Super Bowl appearance the Seahawks have ever known. He never caused any trouble off the field, gave back to the community (often through his church), and played all but the final year of his career with the same team. So why the animosity? Before answering that question, let’s take a look at Ichiro Suzuki.

Ichiro recently returned to Safeco Field as a member of the Yankees – but it wasn’t to the same hoopla someone like Griffey had when he returned to Safeco late in his career for another team. What’s the difference between the two? Why, when talking about the most beloved Mariners of all time, are names like Edgar, Buhner, and Dan Wilson thrown around, but Ichiro’s name is largely forgotten? Ichiro’s career with the Mariners was also record breaking. He was part of the team in 2001 that tied the Major League record for regular season wins. That same year he won the Major League Baseball MVP and Rookie of the Year awards. He broke one of the oldest records in the book when he claimed the single season hits record from George Sisler in 2004. He never caused any off the field issues and mostly stayed to himself while playing with the Mariners. So, again, why the cold shoulder?

The reason, I believe, is found in the expectations we have for our athletes in the Pacific Northwest. We want them to be everymen – to be symbolic of how we think we would play the game if given the opportunity. We want them to show heart, passion, and a love for the game they are fortunate to have the talent to play on a professional level. We’d like to think we have the grit to play the game like Buhner or the joy to play the game like Griffey. We want our heroes to be emotionally involved – like Matt Hasselbeck – in what happens on a daily basis.

Ichiro and Shaun Alexander both were lacking these traits. Shaun Alexander was smiling whether losing or winning. We never got to see him get angry at losing or show emotion really in any way. Ichiro was the same. His even-tempered approach to the game alienated a lot the fans in Seattle. That, along with his lack of desire to talk to the American media or really speak any English on camera at all, led to fans thinking of him as an outsider, not truly part of our community.

Mostly, I think we want to cheer for people who have the same love for the game and the city that we have. We want to see them live and die with how the team does, right alongside of us, and then know that they’re going out to the same restaurants and events in the city that we are also frequenting. We want to feel like we could sit down with them, have a couple beers, and commiserate together the fortunes of Seattle sports. In short, we want them to have a connection to the fans that have supported and pulled for them on a daily basis. That’s what they were lacking, and that’s why they will never be thought of as true Seattle sports heroes.

Shane Rivers/KMAS

Follow Shane on twitter @Rainshivers

  1. Environment
  2. Recreation

Tweets

PUD3
PUD3 - Making progress on N Shore Rd outage, Focusing on downed power lines in 3800 to 6000 block area. Several more hours of work.

47 minutes ago

PUD3
PUD3 - Working on an outage affecting customers along the N Shore Rd. First report was about 10:40 PM. Stimpson Creek to the Shore Hill Road area.

2 hours ago

OlySportsBlog
OlySportsBlog - Thank you to @ChronBrandon for these... pic.twitter.com/kjmVOH5mZF

2 hours ago

OlySportsBlog
OlySportsBlog - Great night in Bellingham despite loss for @OlyTownFC. This town is what I wish for Olympia. Not that much different. Why so much better?

3 hours ago

Public Notices