Seattle is one of my favorite cities. I’m not a world traveller or anything, but there’s a lot to enjoy in Seattle.
A couple of media people have hinted that the struggling arena deal may mean the Oilers bring another city (Seattle!) into the mix as a possibility.
Also, in an article called “Not a Card That Needs to be Played” Robin Brownlee writes the following:
- Put me in the camp of people who’d rather see city council and Katz put pen to paper on an agreement that will get shovels in the ground before costs rise more than they already have in the months of back-and-forth we’ve had up until now – a deal that will include a location agreement that will keep the team here for the next 35 years.
I don’t think there’s much wiggle room here, folks. Mr. Katz is an empire builder and he wants what he wants. His hockey team is in a city that adores the copper and blue but does not have the riches to hand over more money every time the two sides meet.
I’m not going to say “to hell with him!” or “give him the money” but will say at this point council must step away and allow Mr. Katz to make his decision. Edmonton council bent over backwards–far beyond reasonable–and it isn’t enough.
That’s okay, things don’t always work out. The money that was going to the arena can now go to education, road improvement, inner city shelters, things that matter.
I’m not saying this won’t hurt; I am saying it isn’t the end of the world. Sons and daughters are more important than sticks and pucks and copper and blue.
Maybe that’s the lesson here.