The state legislature couldn't or wouldn't save our Sonics. Might they save our Vikings?
Both the House and the Senate introduced bills this week to create a task force to reinstate Western Washington University's football program, which was cut by the school's new president, Bruce Shepard, because of a budget deficit.
It's an unusual sports-in-the-legislature story because, unlike with the Sonics or Huskies, no one's getting rich off of this team. And no one's asking for public funding either.
Sen. Ken Jacobsen--whose aide, Soren Paulson, played one year for the team--introduced the Senate bill.
"What really wowed me is they got half a million in
pledges. And another guy is gonna match that half-million."
"It's like the wisteria plant. You chop the roots off around the
wisteria plant, and all of a sudden it blooms. There's nothing like
present danger to galvanize supporters."
On the bill's chances of passage, Jacobsen says, "I'm not sure. I think
the whole idea's gonna get a second look. With over a hundred-year
tradition, it'd be a shame to dump it. But in the end, they have to
deliver. Either they can put their money where their mouth is or the
president was right."