If you are not a sports fan, I still think you should keep reading. In 1995, I attended college in Kirkland, Washington--just across the 520 bridge from Seattle. In that basketball season, the Sonics made a run at the NBA Championship.
Now, tragedy is about to happen, and very few outside of Seattle know it or care. Not me. I love my New England teams--the Sox and the Celts. I regularly bashed Seattle fans for not caring like we do in New England.
But, this Bill Simmons story, might have swayed my opinion. It is a collection of e-mails sent to him by Sonics fans full of vitriol over the potential loss of their team to Oklahoma City.
I got a little teary eyed. And I especially like the Youtube clips of Shawn Kemp dunking--underated dunker in my book.
If you want to take a dive into passion, skim the article.