We find that the best way to truly appreciate how much fun and liberating being a sports fan can be is to remember the truly awful days, the days where everything goes wrong and falls apart, the times when you wonder why, exactly, you put yourself through all this. We used to call this "Days When Jason Marquis Starts."

Anyway, yesterday was definitely one of those days for Seattle sports fans. The Sonics probably aren't coming back, they were blown away in their final game and, oh yeah, Felix Hernandez left his start with tightness in his elbow. It's enough to make a guy want to find a empty greenhouse somewhere, a fistload of heroin and write an illegible note to your child and batshit bonkers wife.


But, alas, through the despair is hope! Look at the Bay Area yesterday, for example. It is only when we remember when matters were hopeless that we can appreciate true glory. At least, that's what we're telling ourselves, with the Cardinals two games under .500. That's the plan, and we are sticking to it.

I Give Up [Sportszilla]
What A Day For Bay Area Sports [The Big Picture]