Year in Review

The Seattle Sports Moments to Remember and Forget from 2022

What a time to be a Seattle fan.

By Seattle Met Staff December 29, 2022

Lumen Field shines bright like a diamond.

A blockbuster trade sent Russell Wilson to the Denver Broncos. We said goodbye to the GOAT. And the Mariners had us balancing Birkenstocks on our heads. Sounds about right for this wild sports town. Let's pull up the 2022 replay.


 

The Seahawks bid adieu to Russell Wilson 

Some say "adieu." Others say "good riddance." We'll let you decide. One thing's clear: Being dumped by Russ for the Broncos and the AFC wasn't as terrible for the Seahawks as many 12s feared. Geno Smith may not write his critics back, but his better-than-expected year has the Hawks hovering in second place in the NFC West. Time will tell if that success can last into 2023 and beyond. And the Broncos? Dead last in the AFC West. Smirking is permitted.

 

The Mariners made the freaking playoffs

In July we asked: Are the Mariners good enough to make the playoffs? Last year's heartbreaking end to the season had us crossing our fingers—and dancing with broccoli—until the very end. The M's eventual playoff appearance was every bit as sweet and stressful as we had dreamed. The Rally Shoe was born. We cheered for a guy nicknamed "Big Dumper." And Seattle baseball fans dared to hope once again.

 

The Storm gave Sue Bird one hell of a retirement party 

"One more year!" Storm fans chanted at the end of the team's 2021 season. Apparently, the GOAT abides. After announcing her return for a 19th season (and later her retirement), Sue Bird and company proceeded to propel the Storm into the playoffs. Record attendance ensued. Although a championship wasn't in this storybook, clearly Seattle recognizes greatness when we see it.

 

The Kraken were actually good

We promise that's not a knock on the team. Aside from the unbelievable start by the Las Vegas Knights, most NHL expansion teams are expected to flat-out suck for the first few years. So the Kraken's third-place standing in the Pacific Division is a pleasant surprise, especially considering this is only their second year in the league. Perhaps it was the introduction of rookie sensation Matty Beniers and veteran goalie Martin Jones. Maybe it was just those slick reverse retro jerseys. Or maybe that ghost Turbo sees is actually good luck.

 

The OL Reign made a triumphant return

The National Women's Soccer League is sporting a proverbial black eye as reports of systemic abuse and misconduct swirl. But the OL Reign didn't let all that noise stop them from making the most of their return to Seattle. In their new home pitch of Lumen Field, the Reign broke attendance records and earned the NWSL Shield.

 

The Sounders missed the playoffs

Did you know we compiled a list of bars and restaurants near Lumen Field? All the better to drown your sorrows when thinking back on the Sounders' disappointing season. If the 2016 MLS Cup win was a high, 2022 was a definite low. The team missed the playoffs for the first time, ending their impressive 13-year streak.

 

The Sonics still aren't back

A mysterious "NBA locker room" placard in Climate Pledge Arena had the city's basketball die-hards getting their hopes up (once again). So did comments from former mayor Jenny Durkan and National Basketball Association commissioner Adam Silver. Still, we are sans Sonics. The wait continues.

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