VANCOUVER, B.C. -- My ears were ringing.This struck me as odd, but only in retrospect.After all, I wasn't at Rogers Arena, where more than 18,000 fans screamed themselves hoarse during Game 1 of the NHL Stanley Cup Final between the Vancouver Canucks and the Boston Bruins.
Seattle is getting close to a shot at the Stanley Cup, but that proximity has nothing to do with any attempt to bring a team to the area.
By close, we mean three hours of driving and one border crossing as the Vancouver Canucks are in the Stanley Cup Final for the third time, playing the Boston Bruins in a best-of-seven series that begins Wednesday in Vancouver.
Don Tremblay had moved past all the anger, he really had.
He's a co-owner of T.S. McHugh's in Lower Queen Anne, the largest bar in the neighborhood that was the biggest victim of the Sonics' departure to Oklahoma City. Tremblay -- like his business -- had gotten past the franchise's exodus. Call it closure or even acceptance, but he was over the gnashing of teeth and wringing of hands.
SEATTLE -- The lights went down at 6:55 on Saturday night, the eight-sided cage in the middle of KeyArena bathed in blue lights as the televised portion of the Ultimate Fighting Championship's fight card was about to start.
"Ladies and gentleman, we are live!" shouted ring announcer Bruce Buffer.
Start with the jacket, which was gray, fabric so smooth it glistened.
The shirt was black, the tie polka-dot. A vest offered a final, formal touch to complete the ensemble Aaron Curry wore to last year's draft in New York.