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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Morning News: Helicopter Crash Victims Remembered, More

Posted by on Wed, Mar 19, 2014 at 9:09 AM

Seattle Center Helicopter Crash: KOMO remembers the lives of news photographer Bill Strothman and pilot Gary Pfitzner. On Strothman: "We all know him as one of the best storytellers to have ever graced the halls of KOMO." Fellow pilots said Pfitzner was "exceptionally skilled, dedicated to safety, and passionate about his craft." Survivor Richard Newman remains in the ICU at Harborview awaiting surgery for severe burns; Fisher Plaza security guard Brian Post heroically helped him away from the wreckage after he escaped his car and was he, himself, on fire. Witnesses report a terrifying scene and that they heard "an unusual noise" before the crash. The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating.

Malaysia Airlines Flight 370: Investigators are trying to recover data that was deleted on February 3 from the flight simulator found at one of the pilot's homes. The search for the missing plane—a search in an area "covering millions of nautical square miles"—continues.

Pro-Russian Forces Seize Ukrainian Naval Headquarters: Biden's calling the situation a "land grab" and says the US may deploy troops to the Baltic states on new military exercises. Ukraine has authorized use of weapons in self-defense; however, "a large number of Ukrainian soldiers have defected or deserted." Chris Collison, in Kyiv, however, says people in Ukraine are ready to fight. The Russian parliament will probably vote on the absorption of Crimea today... after Putin's big speech yesterday—an "exhibition of naked power"—there's not much doubt how that vote'll go.

Seahawks "Lose a Ton": The Legion of Boom takes a hit, while Golden Tate calls the Hawks' offer "laughable" and is mad at the 12th Man, saying they'd totally bail on Seattle for a bunch more money, too, given the chance:

“But let’s be real, people,” Tate added. “I don’t care who you are, if you have an opportunity to earn way more money in another state or another business, I 100 percent think every last person will leave in a quick second and move on for the opportunity. Especially if it means they’ll set up their family for the rest of their lives and everybody will live comfortable and be happy. I think every single person in the world was gonna do the same thing I also did.”

Mars Hill's Mark Driscoll Is Supposedly Sorry: But Megan Seling's not buying it.

We're All Going to Die: Um, hello? Is this thing on? It's another report like this.

2014 James Beard Awards Finalists Announced: For those who care, here's the massive list. And the nominees for Best Chef Northwest are: Renee Erickson, The Whale Wins; Jason Franey, Canlis; Ethan Stowell, Staple & Fancy; Naomi Pomeroy of Beast in Portland; and Cathy Whims of Portland's Nostrana. Seattle also got nominations for outstanding restaurant design for Westward (it is pretty great) and for Craig Welch's Seattle Times piece "Sea Change: The Pacific's Perilous Turn." Otherwise, nada. UPDATE: I meant to include that Blaine Wetzel of the stellar Willows Inn on Lummi Island was nominated for Rising Star Chef of the Year—he should totally win.


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fletc3her 1
It simply isn't true that most people choose where they live based on how much money they can make. The biggest joke about the 12th man is that we are rooting for "our team". It's all hired guns.
Posted by fletc3her on March 19, 2014 at 9:38 AM · Report this
There are some places I can imagine relocating to in the PNW, but it would take a LOT of money to make me move to the midwest.

On the other hand, I don't fault his choice at all. His choice and why he made it are why I think it's laughable to think of a sports team being tied in any way to a particular area. If the players don't leave for a better offer, the owner move the team because they can't screw the city over.
Posted by LMcGuff on March 19, 2014 at 9:50 AM · Report this
Phoebe in Wallingford 3
That Dan Lewis at KOMO is quite a guy. As many of us know, he was at SeaTac to board a plane to go interview President Obama, but turned around and went back to the station. I hope the White House gives him another opportunity.
That poor burn victim. 20% of his body is burned. Your palm is roughly 1% of you body. It was touching to note that the media said his partner was able to be by his side along with his family at Harborview.
Posted by Phoebe in Wallingford on March 19, 2014 at 9:50 AM · Report this
Fnarf 4
Tate is right, of course. People move all the time, and change team loyalties all the time. The diehard lifetime follower is a tiny, tiny percentage of total fans.
Posted by Fnarf on March 19, 2014 at 9:55 AM · Report this
I'm about to move from Seattle to San Francisco. I'm not going to call myself a 49ers fan just because they're what's on the news.
Posted by originalcinner on March 19, 2014 at 10:15 AM · Report this
Hernandez 6
Pro football is a career with a high risk of catastrophic injury and lifelong disability. A lot of these guys simply don't know if having a "regular" career after football will even be possible. So yes, they take the best deal they can get, with an eye on their long-term financial security. Anyone bashing him on Twitter for taking that deal is a fucking idiot.

That said, two things:
1. Detroit overpaid for him, and I'm glad we didn't. It's too much money to commit to a #2 receiver when we have big contract extensions for our most valuable players coming up.
2. Being rich must make it more manageable to live in just about any city. I would not relocate to Detroit for a pay raise, but I'm also not a multi-millionaire.
Posted by Hernandez on March 19, 2014 at 10:16 AM · Report this
The Hawks are fat with talent and can afford to lose a ton (as long as it's not named Thomas, Sherman or Wilson).
Posted by DOUG. on March 19, 2014 at 10:36 AM · Report this
treacle 8
Golden Tainte.
Posted by treacle on March 19, 2014 at 10:53 AM · Report this
Theodore Gorath 9
Welcome to the NFL, new fans.

Tate was right to leave, Detroit is paying him double what Seattle offered according to the reports. As #6 notes, the typical NFL career is about two years and players typically leave the league with no money. Every player has to get while it is good.

Just wait until Sherman and Wilson both want 15+ million a year, and Thomas is demanding 11+.

This legion of boom vanishes at the end of 2014, so enjoy it while you can. This is why the Super Bowl window is so small.
Posted by Theodore Gorath on March 19, 2014 at 10:55 AM · Report this
Supreme Ruler Of The Universe 10

Tate had his moment with the famous four handed catch, but that didn't get us a Superbowl.

Seattle has a Team System, much like the Patriots, or Green Bay. We take the average and get superstar team play.

Superstars hate that.

Because the good is the enemy of the great.
Posted by Supreme Ruler Of The Universe on March 19, 2014 at 12:12 PM · Report this

Fantastic. I love the bitter irony.
Posted by Hanoumatoi on March 19, 2014 at 12:44 PM · Report this
DOUG. 12
@9: The Patroits' Super Bowl window has lasted for more than a decade. Built correctly, a team can restock and keep winning.

For the 2013 Seahawks, when Brouwner and Thurmond went down, Lane and Maxwell stepped up. I expect this trend to continue under the Carroll/Schneider regime.
Posted by DOUG. on March 19, 2014 at 1:23 PM · Report this
SchmuckyTheCat 13
Fair weather fans for fair weather players.
Posted by SchmuckyTheCat on March 19, 2014 at 3:05 PM · Report this

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