The purpose of sports in Seattle is to trap fans into a cycle of anger, recrimination, rationalization, and hope. Though the Storm and the Sounders have had long runs of championship-level success, Seattle is not regarded as a town of winners, and the histories of the Mariners and Seahawks, the two most popular local teams, are littered with failures and embarrassments. The award-winning SB Nation documentary The History of the Seattle Mariners is about how weird and bad the baseball team has been.
This is all for the best. Cheering for winners is gauche, and victories are cheapened by repetition. The most precious moment in sports isn’t when a team wins its 12th championship, but when it breaks through. And when those moments happen you want to be surrounded by the smells of beer and fried food, screaming at the top of your lungs, and hugging total strangers. Here are some terrific places in Seattle to do that.
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