It was a crazy, busy year in Seattle sports. The NBA and NHL still haven’t arrived, but Robinson Cano, Clint Dempsey and Chris Petersen have. Managers and coaches have come and gone. We lost two Husky coaching icons, Don James and Marv Harshman, who passed away.
The Huskies, playing in renovated Husky Stadium, and Cougars each had their best football season in years.
The Seahawks clinched a playoff spot early in a season the 12th Man hopes will end with a Super Bowl victory.
Here are 13 stories that stood out this year. Go to seattletimes.com to vote for the story of the year.
• Felix Hernandez signed a seven-year, $175 million deal with the Mariners.
• Chris Hansen failed in his bid to buy the Sacramento Kings, so Seattle waits for the NBA and the NHL.
• The Sounders signed superstar Clint Dempsey, captain of the U.S. team.
• Renovated Husky Stadium opened to rave reviews as the Huskies routed Boise State, 38-6.
• The Storm, playing without stars Sue Bird and Lauren Jackson all season, lost in the first round of the playoffs.
• Manager Eric Wedge walked away from the Mariners, then called the front office dysfunctional after another losing season.
• UW coaching legends Don James and Marv Harshman passed away this year.
• Huskies football coach Steve Sarkisian left for USC and UW replaced him with Boise State coach Chris Petersen.
• The Mariners signed Robinson Cano to a 10-year, $240 million contract.
• Bellevue High School, which has won a state-record 54 straight games, cruised to its sixth straight Class 3A state football title.
• After a disappointing conclusion to the season, the Sounders overhauled their roster, getting rid of Eddie Johnson, Mauro Rosales, Michael Gspurning and Steve Zakuani.
• Player of the year Krista Vansant led the Washington volleyball team to the Final Four, which was played in Seattle.
• Russell Wilson has led the Seahawks to the best record in the NFC.