What Goes, and What Stays

March 5, 2015

When you drive over the hill toward 405 and see the VMAC, do you still feel blue blue about the Seahawks? Fear not.

There was another “Boom” in Seattle before the “Legion of.” It was the “Sonic Boom,” and I signed up for for a decade of fanaticism. I’d moved to Seattle in ’72 from small-town Illinois, where basketball was king, where winters were so harsh and bleak that the best option for entertainment was to be packed into frigid cinder-block gyms in the dead of January to watch sons of farmers play the game. I transferred my basketball fan punchcard to Seattle and started listening to Bob Blackburn on the radio, and daily scanned the sports pages for stories about the SuperSonics in all three newspapers. Yes. Three.

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I was ecstatic when they began to win and make the playoffs, and I committed myself completely to the journey. In my saved box of Sonic history are newspaper clippings, a poem of mine that had been published (“Goodbye, Marvin; No Hard Feelings!”) and a front-page picture of myself and friends holding up a banner during the Denver playoff series (“We Got ‘em by the Nuggets!”). Read more

Former Newcastle resident has ducks, and Seahawks, in a row

February 4, 2014

NEW — 4:10 p.m. Feb. 4, 2014

Contributed Mikie Coffman, formerly of Newcastle, general manager of Ride the Ducks, stands near one of the business’ 17 duck tour vehicles.

Contributed Mikie Coffman, formerly of Newcastle, general manager of Ride the Ducks, stands near one of the business’ 17 duck tour vehicles.

An estimated 300,000 people are expected to line the Seattle streets to watch the Super Bowl champion Seahawks parade through the city Feb. 5. Read more