2013 Seahawks: Some past Seattle teams with great expectations
Here is a look at a few other Seattle teams that entered seasons with exceedingly high expectations.
UW had the bulk of the key players returning from a team that had finished 10-2 and won the Rose Bowl the previous season, including all-American defensive tackle Steve Emtman. The Huskies didn’t disappoint, going 12-0 and rarely being threatened while capturing what is considered the second national title in UW history.
After advancing to the Western Conference finals in 1993, the Sonics added Kendall Gill and Detlef Schrempf to a roster that included an in-their-prime Gary Payton and Shawn Kemp to send the hype into overdrive. The Sonics were great in the regular season (63-19, then a team record). But then came the eighth-seeded Denver Nuggets in the first round of the playoffs, and Dikembe Mutombo holding the ball under the basket after a win in Game 5 — maybe the Sonics’ biggest heartbreak ever.
Not that anyone expected the M’s to again win 116 games, as they had in 2001. But with the team essentially returning intact, plus the addition of third baseman Jeff Cirillo — who had hit .313 or better the previous four seasons — hopes were high that the Mariners this time could get to the World Series. Alas, Cirillo hit just .249, and the Mariners — who led the division as late as Aug. 18 — began to show their age in collapsing down the stretch.