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A-Rod was a D-Bag, but at least he could hit.
There has obviously been a lot of talk lately about things that have left Seattle.

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PHOTOS: Top Six Things That Have Left (or Are Soon to Leave) Seattle

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A-Rod was a D-Bag, but at least he could hit.
There has obviously been a lot of talk lately about things that have left Seattle. That's what happens when your former team is in the NBA Finals and we're all forced to suffer through it, constant reminders before us at every turn. Well, it's one of the things that happens ... in addition to foul moods and increased alcohol consumption.

But the Sonics are far from the only thing to have left Seattle over the years. Many formerly awesome things have ditched out on us. It's kind of like that, "If you love something, set it free," saying, except it totally sucks and nothing ever comes back.

Here's a brief rundown of the top six things that have left (or are soon to leave) the city of Seattle:

The Kingdome

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As a stadium, the Kingdome sucked. As a part of Seattle's skyline, the Kingdome was downright icky. Basically, as a piece of modern architecture, the Kingdome left much to be desired. Still, when the Kingdome was blown to smithereens in March 2000 I climbed atop a building with so many other Seattlelites at the time and watched it come down - bidding a dusty farewell to a piece of our history. Why? Because it was the freakin' Kingdome.

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Seattle Post-Intelligencer

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Sure, the P-I still exists in electronic form. But Seattle hasn't been home to two daily print papers since March, 2009. And any way you read it, that kind of sucks. While it's nice they've found a way to preserve the P-I's trademark 13.5-ton, 30-foot Globe - donating it to the Museum of History and Industry - we do miss getting the P-I's ink on our hands in the morning. But we're also the kind of weirdos that think typewriters are cool.

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Mariners with Talent

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While my boy Kyle Seager doesn't want to hear this, there was a time - however brief it was - when Mariners' lineups actually struck fear in opposing pitchers. Sure, the personalities were somewhat questionable - the always-mercurial Junior, and the always-D-Bag-ish A Rod rank high on this list - but you can't deny the team had talent back then. And we haven't even mentioned Randy Johnson and his mullet yet. Or the Brett Boone-Bat-Flip-Era Year. These days, as talk of bringing in the Safeco fences and another losing season fill the sports-talk airwaves, let us recall that there was a time - however brief it was, mind you - when the Mariners didn't totally suck-ass. Ahh, memories.

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Boeing Corporate Headquarters

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Obviously Boeing still has an undeniable presence in the Northwest. They're still building planes in Everett. But Boeing did move its corporate headquarters to Chicago back in 2001. Strangely, the Sonicsgate guys never made a movie about it.

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The Metro Transit Ride Free Area

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Better soak up Metro Transit's Ride Free Area while it lasts. It's scheduled for elimination in September, meaning an end to the free bus riding and good times. We're told this change will help Metro Transit save money and maintain existing service - but the loss is still sure to sting. No Ride Free Area. Jesus, man. These are dark times we live in.

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The SuperSonics

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You knew this was coming. The Sonics had to top our list. There was Slick Watts. The team brought home an NBA Championship in 1979. There was Gus Williams and Dennis Johnson. There was Jack Sikma. Later there was the X-Man, Dale Ellis, Nate McMillan, Gary Payton and Shawn Kemp. All the dudes we all grew up on. There was the song "Not In Our House." There were a ton of good times and memories. Then some asshole from Oklahoma, the prick from Starbucks and a gaggle of inept local officials ruined everything. But you know that story ...

So, what obvious-as-all-hell thing did I miss?

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