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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.

Posted by SeMe | April 14, 2008 11:36 AM

vin baker.

Posted by SeMe | April 14, 2008 11:37 AM

sonics death watch is the first thing i read when i pick up the paper

Posted by angela garbes | April 14, 2008 11:47 AM

and of course eat and tell...=)

Posted by SeMe | April 14, 2008 11:51 AM

Me too -- and I don't care about basketball at all.

Posted by Fnarf | April 14, 2008 11:51 AM

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.

Posted by Gomez | April 14, 2008 12:08 PM

Is that before or after the "rad dyke plumber"?

Posted by K | April 14, 2008 12:15 PM

i see no reason why SDW should stop when the season ends. there's plenty of dying left to write about.

Posted by max solomon | April 14, 2008 12:21 PM

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.

Posted by six shooter | April 14, 2008 12:26 PM

Oh yeah, Alexie wrote that stupid book about the hulking Indian serial killer, innit? His Sonics stuff is even worse.

Posted by Bastone | April 14, 2008 12:44 PM


Posted by michael strangeways | April 14, 2008 12:49 PM

@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'. went 3 for 3 from the line (hint: that's basketball talk).

Posted by cw | April 14, 2008 3:02 PM

i don't give a shit about the sonics but i love that column.

Posted by carney | April 14, 2008 4:46 PM

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.

Posted by Ryan | April 14, 2008 5:40 PM

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.

Posted by Bub | April 14, 2008 8:24 PM

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