Crushed Optimists

We are twin brothers who grew up in Central Washington. This blog is devoted to the life of Seattle sports fans, as well as various other topics that we will espouse for your enjoyment. We could be called another OFFICIAL SEATTLE SEAHAWKS site, but we'll take our uneducated crack at the Mariners, Sonics, and Huskies as well. A Seattle Sports Blog? Must be the land... of crushed optimism!

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Crushed Optimists: Crushed.....

Wow. It's been a ridiculous amount of time since anyone but Nate posted on this blog, which basically means that no one of importance has posted on this blog for awhile.

You might be wondering why that is (was), and you deserve an explanation. However, to get to that explanation, I have to go back to the beginning of this blog.

Two years ago, a few weeks before the Seahawks lost yet another close playoff game to the Rams on account of yet another dropped ball in the end zone, we had a tragedy in our family, when a family member was hit by a car and killed.

Obviously that event was a tremendous blow for our family, one that was at the same time surreal and crushingly realistic. We all walked about in a daze for several months. Some might say that I still walk around in a daze, but those people are jerks, like Nate.

Suffice it to say, we needed a distraction from the grief and pain. Enter this blog, started in that February (or March?). Both Gavin and I poured ourselves into a positive outlet that had nothing whatsoever to do with anything life-threatening or incredibly serious. We could laugh at what each other had written. We could return to a happier style of writing, making fun of each other, various Petey's, and the Seattle sports scene. It was a welcome break from the difficult circumstances, and we relished the opportunity to write down our generally lame thoughts on the Seahawks, Mariners, and Sonics.

Now, two years later, much has changed. The pain has lessened with time, both Gavin and I are moving forward with our respective careers, and the pressing need to blog has faded. We are able to find laughter in all aspects of life now, and no longer need to flee to sports, though we still remain (and will for the rest of our lives) diehard Seattle sports fans.

That is probably what you have noticed over the past several months. Where once there were several posts a day, now there are only about five or six a week. Where once there were numerous posts on the Mariners, Sonics, and Huskies, now this blog basically examines the pitiful remains of the Seattle Seahawks. Where once we demanded more out of this blog and of ourselves, now we are comfortable with using this blog more as a mechanism for links than as an actual writing enterprise.

"Crushed Optimists" has served its purpose, and we thank all of you for taking the time to read us at some point during the last few years. This is the end of us being the type of blog that posts several times a week. Now, we still might post every now and then, when something strikes our fancy or Steve Kelley writes something particularly inane. This holds especially true if the Hawks make it to the Super Bowl (extremely unlikely).

We look forward to the new and fresh blogs that pop up every year, like "Field Gulls" this year for the Hawks, as they continue to write excellent material on the teams that we unfortunately love, even when they stupidly trade Chris Snelling for a Tootsie Roll and three copies of "She's All That" (Bill Bavasi REALLY like Freddie Prinze Jr.). To our best friend, Jimmy McWhiskers, shine on, you crazy diamond.

This is the staff of Crushed Optimists, signing off (for now)........

posted by colin_hesse @ 4:30 PM  3 comments


At 12:39 PM, Blogger Mariner Optimist said...

Thanks guys - I've enjoyed your work on this blog and you're writing will be missed.

See you in the comments of the next great blog :-)

At 1:31 PM, Anonymous Ryan said...

Wow, I think I have read every post up to this point, this blog has been a fantastic distraction from my boring life at work. I will really miss the regular posts. Nonetheless, it is a testament to the great writing ability that seems to run in the Hesse family. I guess I just want to say thanks a lot for all the time and effort, I enjoyed every bit of it.

At 11:49 AM, Blogger Gretchen Mortensen said...

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