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Arena team sale a Shock in Spokane

Friday, January 17, 2014by  Jon Osterberg

Spokane Shock Arena Football gameBrady Olson, majority owner of the Spokane Shock Arena Football team since its inception, has sold the franchise to Bellevue resident Nader Naini.

The Shock won a league championship in its first year, 2006, and routinely packed 10,000 fans into Spokane Arena.

Naini, who also is a minority owner of the Tacoma Rainiers AAA baseball club, said he has no plans to relocate the Shock.

The team includes players from WSU (Pat Afif, Jeffrey Solomon), Oregon (Palauni Ma Sun), and Eastern Washington University (QB Erik Meyer).
Trucks kill elk: Seven elk died Jan. 13 when two pickups and an SUV struck a herd crossing U.S. 12 near Satsop. No people were injured.

The collisions occurred at 9 p.m. All of the dead elk were cows weighing around 500 pounds.

Fall is the time that deer are most active around highways, and reading our tips about avoiding deer collisions might help you avoid elk in the winter as well.

12th man flagSFO Forty-Whiners: KIRO Radio's Dori Monson heard complaints Jan. 14 from a San Francisco 49ers fan who said the Seahawks "cheat at home."

Judy Spelman told Monson that it's unsportsmanlike and unfriendly for the Seattle crowd to be so loud the Niners can't hear the signals.

She also didn't like California fans being denied playoff tickets at CenturyLink Field, asking if the 49ers are so powerful that they scare Seattle's delicate sensibilities.

Gee, Judy. What's your deal?

I was a bit dismayed in 2002 when the NFL transferred the Seahawks from the AFC West, their home since 1977, to the NFC West. I wondered how long it would take to establish rivalries with NFC West opponents like the 49ers and Cardinals.

I wonder no more.

Go Hawks PEMCO signHawk Time: PEMCO is so proud of the Seahawks, we observe Hawk Time on playoff weekends.

If you travel I-5 past our downtown Seattle headquarters and you rely on our landmark time and temperature sign, don't be confused when you see it display 12:12 and 12 degrees all day and night Friday through Sunday.

Go Hawks PEMCO signYou also might want to tip your hat as you pass our giant 12th Man flag that flies from our rooftop on playoff weekends.

Go Hawks!

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