Seahawks and Trail Blazers owner Paul Allen is dead at 65

It’s always sad when someone loses their life, especially at a too-young age, and it’s not the moment that anybody wants to hear arguments about not-so-great things that the person may have done in their time on earth, so let’s just leave it right there.

10 comments on “Seahawks and Trail Blazers owner Paul Allen is dead at 65

  1. I don’t know, death is a normal part of human life, and if long winded hagiographies of a persons triumphs are appropriate at that time, so is a review of their faults/misdeeds.

    Never understood the idea of turning people into saints just because they died. Everyone dies, and most people aren’t saints.

    • So you’re saying I should have gone with my original headline of “Bad man is sent to the cornfield”?

  2. The Rose Garden/Moda Center has to be in the top 5 stadium deals that any city has received in the past 30 years, so that’s something.

  3. “The 1997 law seems clear on the face of it, requiring “the team affiliate to publicly disclose, on an annual basis, an audited profit-and-loss financial statement.” While the law defined “team affiliate” as “a professional football team that will use the stadium and exhibition center, and any affiliate of the team designated by the team,” Allen chose only to open the books of First & Goal, the shell corporation he created to manage the stadium, without revealing the finances of the Seahawks themselves. The state Public Stadium Authority backed Allen’s contention, arguing (and I quote, thanks to the Seattle Weekly): “The word and can mean either and or or, depending on the context within which it is used.” Apparently there’s one grammar for the rich and another for the poor, as well.”

    Funny, this exact “and” interpretation problem came up again with regard to if lexus lanes had to meet revenue targets and maintain traffic speeds. They didn’t maintain traffic speeds.

    It all boils down to the word: “and.”

    “The word ‘and’ is now being treated subjectively … (Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson) talks about ‘and’ meaning both or either,” Representative Mark Harmsworth told KIRO Radio’s Dori Monson. “Obviously, the intent of the legislation was to meet both of these (goals).”

  4. One less follower of your blog. Same day the man passed away… too soon. Was he perfect… no, not by any means. But, he did far more good for Seattle than bad. if you’re going to focus on the bad, at least mention some of the good as well. Thanks for some entertaining reads but I’m deleting the bookmark to your blog now. Bye.

    • Given that you’ve never posted a comment here before, I doubt you had this site bookmarked, but still, sorry to see you go. (Though I guess Voltaire wouldn’t be.)

  5. I live on Mercer Island now about a mile north of the Allen estate (he owned a dozen properties on the water and I own one with no water view) and I can tell you that most people here are sorry he’s gone. I think the general feeling is that if Microsoft had started in say, the Boston area, instead of Puget Sound, the area would be very different today. I don’t think he was entitled to a subsidized stadium, but on the whole I think he did a lot more for this area than the tech mavens have done in the bay area.

    I do feel sorry for anyone who had to live their entire adult life under the Damoclean sword–no matter how rich you are or whatever your achievements, that’s got to be tough.

  6. One thing I was wondering about. Since NFL teams so rarely change hands now, what will happen with the Seahawks. The NFL has always wanted individuals (not corporate conglomerates) to own their teams, but with the price of franchises so incredibly high, the list of candidates has to be exceedingly small. Which is probably why Jerry Jones is apparently trying to get Bezos to purchase the team (is he the type to be even remotely interested?).