Fans need to take a chill pill as Seattle seeks NBA, NHL teams

Fans need to take a chill pill as Seattle seeks NBA, NHL teams

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It has been a week since Chris Hansen's arena proposal went public, and there are no shovels in the ground, no moving trucks from the NBA and NHL rumbling into town and no plans from sports fans to keep Mayor Mike McGinn and King County Executive Dow Constantine in office in perpetuity.

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by Jerry Brewer / The Seattle Times

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Posted on February 23, 2012 at 8:20 AM

Updated Thursday, Feb 23 at 8:19 AM

It has been a week since Chris Hansen's arena proposal went public, and there are no shovels in the ground, no moving trucks from the NBA and NHL rumbling into town and no plans from sports fans to keep Mayor Mike McGinn and King County Executive Dow Constantine in office in perpetuity.

If the initial excitement overtook you, if you're hoping some big news was delayed only because Presidents Day made this a short week, if you've been holding your breath the past seven days, advice — exhale. Do it. Now. Otherwise, you risk turning bluer than a Smurf.

I'm kidding, of course, but for all the emotion this arena talk has stirred this month, the understated yet inevitable reality is that Hansen has merely initiated a process that, if successful (and it's still an "if"), could take a couple of years. There's no easy way in. Hansen could get lucky, but he's prepared to wait a little while. If you recall the messy two-year fiasco that resulted in Clay Bennett escorting the Sonics to Oklahoma City, then imagine the intricacies of trying to lure two teams, from different leagues, while also solving an arena issue that has hovered over the city for nearly a decade.

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