Talking Points: Sonics still have a voice



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As the NBA playoffs tip off, one city is again reminded of what could have been.

That would be Seattle.

Keeping alive the Sonics battle cry is a documentary that has already been seen by a million viewers on YouTube since its online release in October 2009.

Friday night, a one-hour version (the YouTube video is nearly two hours) debuted on CNBC. “Sonicsgate: Requiem for a Team,” follows the rise, fall and departure of the Sonics from Seattle.

It’s sure to get any fan outraged (unless you live in Oklahoma City).

“With technology the way it is, now we can actually fight back and say, ‘Listen, we didn’t lose the team because of a lack of fan support. We lost the team because politicians and businessmen decided to turn their back on 41 years of sports fans in the city of Seattle,’ ” director and co-producer Jason Reid told the Seattle Times.

The documentary re-airs at 7 p.m. Sunday, April 29 on CNBC (cable Channel 46). Or click here to check it out on YouTube anytime.


Chris Polk and Darron Thomas could have returned for one more season of college football. But both decided to enter the 2012 NFL Draft.

Neither the Huskies’ running back nor the Ducks’ quarterback was selected in the seven-round draft that concluded on Saturday.

It is tempting to say Polk and Thomas goofed.

But we don’t think so.

Especially for Polk, who signed a free agent deal with the Eagles late Saturday, it was time to get paid. Most running backs don’t last long, what with the pounding their bodies endure. So one more year of college football was likely to do Polk more harm than good.

As for Thomas, he didn’t have much more to accomplish at Oregon, so he too deserves to be paid — even if it is for holding a clipboard in the pros, or in Canada.

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