MICHAEL GREY

A year of giving for Seattle sports teams

Dec 24, 2014, 10:02 AM | Updated: Dec 25, 2014, 12:33 am

The Mariners treated fans to an exciting season then signed free-agent slugger Nelson Cruz. (AP)...

The Mariners treated fans to an exciting season then signed free-agent slugger Nelson Cruz. (AP)

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Christmas Eve is here, and what better time to take a peak at what gifts the teams here in Seattle have given to their fans this season?

The Sounders may have wrapped up the season a week or so sooner than the Rave Green faithful would have liked but still managed to put a shiny new Supporters’ Shield under the tree and brought back Obafemi Martins for another year of backflips and Obagoals. That doesn’t even mention all of the pitch black gear (easily one of the coolest uniform editions in recent Seattle sports history) that will be stuffed in stockings around town this year.

The Mariners wanted to spread some holiday cheer the old-fashioned way – with cash. They locked down their All-Star third baseman for the foreseeable future (and Kyle Seager’s prime) to get things started. They then proceeded to add Nelson Cruz to the batting order, J.A. Happy to the rotation and, as if all that wasn’t enough, Justin Upton Ruggiano to the mix. In all seriousness, though, the M’s were a regular-season win away from a playoff run in 2014 and have taken steps to be better in 2015. Most importantly, they didn’t have to re-gift any of the really good stuff from previous holidays (i.e. James Paxton or Taijuan Walker) in the process.

Then there are your Seahawks. Where do I begin? The defending Super Bowl champs have put themselves in a perfect position to win their way to the No. 1 seed and a couple of extra home games, which would be the ultimate gift to the 12th Man. In addition, Santa Hawk extended the contracts of two essential cogs to the league’s best defense in K.J. Wright and Cliff Avril. This may be unwelcome news in other parts of the NFC West but it certainly should bring smiles to Seattle.

Adding to the holiday haul, the Seahawks sent their fans off to their seasonal celebrations by not only holding the Cardinals without a touchdown but also managing to rack up a franchise-record 596 yards of offense. Just how much brighter will the holidays in Twelvesville be after witnessing that prime-time pasting of the Cards? If the win itself isn’t enough, the Seahawks also kicked in a second Beastquake (or whatever intestinal distress-based nickname you’d care to use) from Marshawn Lynch, an ankle-breaking touchdown juke from Russell Wilson and the greatest play I’ve ever seen from a Canadian tight end. Did I mention that they did all of this just a week after ending the Harbaugh Era in San Francisco?

All this holiday cheer to go with the promise of another postseason run and a chance to be the first team in a decade to successfully defend the Lombardi Trophy. Frankly, all this generosity could spoil us.

This holiday season the teams here in Seattle have all given their fans something to celebrate. Hopefully, these tidings find you well and with something of your own to cherish before the start of the new year.

As always, thanks for reading and feel free to join the conversation any time on Twitter @TheMichaelGrey.

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