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Tom Glasgow: Boston has rings but at least Seattle has hope

Tom Glasgow: Boston has rings but at least Seattle has hope
Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) throws a pass during the first half of an NFL football game against the St. Louis Rams, Monday, Oct. 28, 2013, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
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SEATTLE -- It's simply a habit now in Boston.

A championship habit.

With the Red Sox World Series win, "Beantown" teams in the four major professional sports (NFL, NBA, MLB and Ultimate Frisbee) have now won eight titles since 2001 -- or seven more than have been celebrated in Seattle since the "Big Bang!"

Mind you, that's not since the debut of CBS's hit comedy "The Big Bang Theory." (Boston teams, by the way, have won four titles since the show's premiere in 2007.) Which begs the question: "When in Jack Sikma is our championship drought going to end?" Or maybe better put: "Will it ever end?" While there's no better place on this or any other planet to call home, when it comes to winning it all, we make Death Valley look like the Buchart Gardens.

But are we about to shake the label of being one of history's worst sports cities? Are we close to having a night when the May Day anarchists can crawl out of their basements to smash windows, burn garbage and overturn cars all in the name of civic pride and celebration? There's always hope.

OK, not always, but there is now thanks to an undersized quarterback whose separation is in his preparation. A QB who was deemed the second best at his position during his career at North Carolina State.

Wolfpack coaches decided that the 6 foot, 7 inch Mike Glennon gave their team a better chance of winning than 5 foot 10 (and 3/8ths!) inch Russell Wilson. So the too-short quarterback made his way to Wisconsin, where he led his team to a Rose Bowl and free cheese for life.

The Glennon-over-Wilson decision comes full circle on Sunday at CenturyLink Field. Wilson, a star in the making, leads his 7-1 Seahawks against winless Tampa Bay and the Buccaneers' far-from-proven-rookie quarterback Mike Glennon. Without the Hawks catching lightning in a bottle by nabbing Wilson in the third round of the 2012 draft, there's no way we'd be talking about a title drought possibly ending in the Emerald City.

But they did and here we are, with hope... hope of at least shaking the label of loser for a brief time.

So enjoy your latest championship Boston. We're sure you can't possibly appreciate it and embrace it the way we would -- the way we did back in 1979 with the Sonics.

For now, we'll have to be satisfied by continuing to live in awe of Mount Rainier and Puget Sound, enjoy our time at Pike Place Market, and admire the tech wizards who forever changed the way we live.

Make no mistake, we still want that elusive second title, but if it doesn't work, if we remain who we've been told we are, Seattle sports fans can still take pride in knowing that when it comes to our pro sports history teams, we have proven we really are the best of the best when it comes to being one of the worst.
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