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Brew Hoop Night Shift: December 27th, 2017

Welcome to the Brew Hoop Night Shift. Every evening at 9:00pm (central time), this all-purpose thread goes up, and the comments section is where it’s going down. What Bucks news did we not cover? What topics do you want to break down further? Or is there something non-Bucks that you want to bounce off of one another? Even something non-basketball? This is the place.

Today’s (on)topic: Seattle is Ready for Expansion

Seattle officials signed a redevelopment plan for the aging Key Arena with an eye at bring back the Sonics as well as an NHL franchise. The KeyArena opened in 1962 and is in need of a face lift. Oddly enough, the deal does not prohibit other private financiers from developing another arena within Seattle city limits (which is a possibility).

[Jenny] Durkan pledged that “this will not be a publicly financed arena,” and expressed optimism over the Sonics and an NHL team joining “anchor tenant” the Seattle Storm of the WNBA at KeyArena.

Non-publicly funded arenas/stadiums are fine by me and a $640 million redevelopment plan is a huge bill that Seattle, and Washington residents, won’t have to worry about footing. However, taking a look at the website of the other planned Seattle arena, they list that the redevelopment would end up costing $200 million in public subsidies. Seattle’s history this millennium has been a wild ride of skyrocketing real estate prices, losing a professional sports team, and a massive population influx. I’m sure it is only a matter of time until Seattle gets the Sonics back, but until then, the details are proving highly complex.

Today’s (off)topic: Holiday Meals

A co-worker shared how their family Christmas party went and in a very matter-of-fact manner said they made their usual Christmas lasagna. I was kind of stunned that the main dish for a holiday meal was a pasta and not a meat. Every holiday meal I have had has featured a meat. Why does meat have such a monopoly on the holiday meal game? I am all aboard the pasta train and will lobby for it to take over meats. Any one out there have unusual or non-meat holiday meals?

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