What will I do if the Sonics leave town? Some compassionate folks have suggested that I buy Huskies season tickets, or adopt Seattle U, or go rabid for Garfield High. Those options are inadequate because I want to watch the best basketball players in the world.

Oh, you'll hear some fans opine that college basketball is better because "they play for the name on the front of the jersey, not the back."


The Sonics, one of the worst teams in the NBA, would beat the UW Huskies by 50 points. The Sonics would beat Duke or North Carolina by 30 points. A great NBA team like the Celtics or Spurs could score 200 points on a great college team.

Don't get me wrong. I'll turn on the TV at three in the morning to watch the Eastern Iowa Agricultural Mortals take on Missouri Valley Technical Ordinary People. I'll sit on the sidelines during my weekly game and provide color commentary on the great plays made by my fragile friends.

But, in the end, I am a spiritual man and I want to worship the basketball gods. If the Sonics leave, I will feel like somebody burned down my church. recommended