i loved sonics death watch, just flat out great writing, mos def worthy of a bigger space, but it was great, reading it makes me want to key Howard Schultz's car. it speaks to the need of keeping a sports section in the Stranger.
vin aker was such a waste of space, but I kind of liked him after I found out he was a manic depressive and a fellow drunk.
sonics death watch is the first thing i read when i pick up the paper
and of course eat and tell...=)
Me too -- and I don't care about basketball at all.
Vin Baker, a professional athlete who needs to stay in top shape, having ordered a pizza in the first place should have been a warning sign ;P
That said, great work by Alexie, even if I'm not fond of how pieces like his fuels the false hope of diehards who will hold out hope the team will stay until the moving trucks finally wheel out of Seattle Center.
Is that before or after the "rad dyke plumber"?
i see no reason why SDW should stop when the season ends. there's plenty of dying left to write about.
Sherman Alexie has done more for the Sonics than Howard Shultz has done for coffee.
I would gladly vote for the city to build houses for both him and Dan Savage.
Oh yeah, Alexie wrote that stupid book about the hulking Indian serial killer, innit? His Sonics stuff is even worse.
@10: Bastone, you clearly didn't read the book, because the hulking Indian was not the killer.
I assume your literary criticism is on par with your basketball knowledge.
Oh and by the way, it's 'enit'.
Congrats...you went 3 for 3 from the line (hint: that's basketball talk).
i don't give a shit about the sonics but i love that column.
This reminds me of my favorite quote. John Cleese in the movie Clockwise:
"It's not the despair, Laura. I can take the despair. It's the hope I can't stand."
I feel like Alexie is setting us up for just this type of payoff.
The Sonics Death Watch column is great. My favorite is Alexie's post about watching highlights of Shawn Kemp with his wife. However, I only found the column by accident because it is buried in the back with all the smut ads. I recommend that it be prominently displayed in the first few pages, perhaps in that little corner on the Last Days page. It is a limited column, so we can do without the random "guest columns" for a bit.
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