Hello Seattleites... Today I am very happy. Ever since 1983 when I saw Steve Largent and the Seahawks play the Dolphins at the Orange Bowl in the playoffs they've been my favorite NFL team. Back in the days of old satellite dishes I would sneak into bars when they were 21+ to watch the games. Even when the team was going nowhere under Flores and Erickson I cheered like a madman. On December 6, 1995 when it was announced that Ken Behring was going to move the team to LA, I was hurt even though I had never been to Seattle at that point. I was truly in love with a city I never knew. For years, Seattle was like a long term pen-pal I adored, but never met. I did finally make it out there on Halloween 2004 to finally watch my boys beat the Carolina Panthers. And since they I have returned for two NFL Championships - The blowout vs Carolina and the Sherman tip vs the 49ers. Each time the experience topped the previous and each time I felt like I had come "home." Needless to say...I love Seattle. Everything about it and I always hoped it would get an NHL team. So today's news makes me so very happy. I am an Islanders fan (grew up about 15 minutes from them on Long Island), but immediately Seattle becomes my 2nd favorite team. I cannot wait to watch this franchise rise up from nothing and the city embrace them with such passion as they do the Seahawks (and all other teams in the city). The NHL playoffs in Seattle will be insane and I will be unabashedly be one of the insane ones rooting for them from afar... ...Just as long as they don't play the Islanders. Congrats to every single Seattleite who has been waiting on this day and all future hockey fans who don't even know how f'n great the sport is yet.