NFR Woeful Mariners

bennysbuddy

the sultan of swing
#91
from the Seattle Times comment section.

For those wondering where the STATE lottery monies that were to go for education are going:


Washington Opportunity Pathways (education)......128.7 million dollars

Transfers to the General Funds....................................... 31.9 million dollars

Transfers to Economic Development........................... 2.8 million dollars

Contributions to Problems Gambling........................... .34 million dollars

Transfers to Seattle Stadiums.............................................11.7 million dollars


All monies for 2016. Safeco Field was paid off in 2011, so the 11.7 million dollars is for the stadium that Paul Allen owns.
well well, makes me proud I don't play the lottery !
 
#93
from the Seattle Times comment section.

For those wondering where the STATE lottery monies that were to go for education are going:


Washington Opportunity Pathways (education)......128.7 million dollars

Transfers to the General Funds....................................... 31.9 million dollars

Transfers to Economic Development........................... 2.8 million dollars

Contributions to Problems Gambling........................... .34 million dollars

Transfers to Seattle Stadiums.............................................11.7 million dollars


All monies for 2016. Safeco Field was paid off in 2011, so the 11.7 million dollars is for the stadium that Paul Allen owns.
Nobody forces people to purchase lottery tickets.
 

Vladimir Steblina

Retired Forester...now fishing instead of working
#94
Nobody forces people to purchase lottery tickets.
This is true, but when lottery ticket sales fall short of projections the regular taxpayers make up for the difference as revenues are shifted from education to the stadiums.

Does Paul Allen really need government help to build a stadium for his teams?
 

Peyton00

Active Member
#95
30 seasons in Seattle. 19 embarrassing seasons. 9 seasons barely making it above .500 . 2 good seasons of quality baseball, with nothing to show for it, and after all these years the only thing they can produce is being a farm team and having Bobble head nites.
Soccer has done more for seattle than baseball.
 
#96
30 seasons in Seattle. 19 embarrassing seasons. 9 seasons barely making it above .500 . 2 good seasons of quality baseball, with nothing to show for it, and after all these years the only thing they can produce is being a farm team and having Bobble head nites.
Soccer has done more for seattle than baseball.
Soccer is not a sport. It's people in shorts running around after a ball and faking injuries. Very little scoring, and lots of ties. BORING! And for God's sake, a 0-0 tie is not NIL NIL, it's ZERO TO ZERO!
 

IveofIone

Active Member
#99
I think we have had this conversation before. No-baseball definitely doesn't stink or suck or whatever other negative connotation you might attach to it. As simple as it looks it is an incredibly complex game requiring split second decisions, huge amounts of strategy and incredible skill on the part of the players. Hitting a baseball consistently is one of the more difficult physical skills on the planet, if you can be successful 3 out of 10 times you will be paid millions and practically assured a place in the Hall of Fame.

Apparently a lot of people agree because over 73 million of them attended major league games last year-about 4x the number that the NFL attracted and 3.5x as many as the NBA. The game is played at a deliberate pace which is just the way most fans like it. The recent push to speed the game up is primarily fueled by TV companies that paid too much for broadcasting rights in the first place and are now trying to hedge their bets. A family that drives over a hundred miles and pays big bucks for seats isn't too crazy about the game being over in an hour and forty five minutes.

If you don't understand the nuances of the game and can't appreciate what it requires to play at that level why knock it? It is easy to avoid I would think. Where else are you going to see girls in short shorts and halter tops for months on end, see dazzling double plays pulled off in the infield in a high speed ballet? Or see guys like Bob Feller, Sandy Koufax, Randy Johnson or Clayton Kershaw hypnotize batters?

Baseball is alive and well and us fans care little about what others think of it. Not having the attention span of a housefly we can watch for all those hours and appreciate the way the game unfolds with all it's twists and turns and not be bored at all. Unless, of course, we are watching the Mariners. After following baseball for over 70 years I can see the mistakes that the front office makes playing out down on the field. It is infuriating that they don't learn from their mistakes or observe best practices employed by winning teams. They just muddle along year after year doing the same thing and expecting different results. And it is particularly annoying this time of year when guys that came up through the Mariner farm system are starting in the All Star game or are at least All Star worthy. For other teams.
 

Gyrfalcon2015

Wild Trout forever
30 seasons in Seattle. 19 embarrassing seasons. 9 seasons barely making it above .500 . 2 good seasons of quality baseball, with nothing to show for it, and after all these years the only thing they can produce is being a farm team and having Bobble head nites.
Soccer has done more for seattle than baseball.
40 years in Seattle, but who is counting.
Maybe Griffey IV, or V will get the ring, not in my lifetime.
 

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