A friend of mine and I rekindled a years-long tradition of meeting as early as possible in a bar we wouldn't normally inhabit to drink and watch election returns. So last night, we and some friends hit the Elephant & Castle at the bottom of the downtown Red Lion Hotel on Fifth Avenue. People were cheering wildly as it became apparent, very early in the evening, that the Democrats would retake Congress. It was as though a local sports team were beating the defending world champs or something.
Turns out, at the very same time those East Coast returns were coming in, a local sports team was beating the defending champs -- although, among the half dozen TV's within my sightline at the bar, not a one was tuned to sports. The Sonics were that team, losing a hard-fought battle on defending champ Miami's home court, 90-87. The fact that politics trumped the city's only major professional titleholder proved fitting: Initiative 91, aka the "anti-Sonic" initiative," sailed to victory by a wide margin. Per the Seattle Times: [new Sonic owner Clay] Bennett said the team will honor its lease at KeyArena, which expires in 2010, "and then hopes to relocate to a new facility outside of Seattle but within King County."
I'm not sure what the name of the county Oklahoma City is located in is down south, but the odds just got a whole lot better that its name will change to King.