So with that, here is my Top 10 most colorful personalities in modern Seattle sports history. We count 'em down to No. 1.
10. Slick Watts. The former Sonics star was an unknown, undrafted free agent when he arrived in Seattle in the early '70s. Slick was bald, bold and rocked his trademark tilted headband in the Seattle Center Coliseum and beyond.
9. Bret Boone. The best second baseman in Mariners history was loaded with confidence and just the right about of cockiness. And no one flipped the bat like "Boonie!"
8. Brian Bosworth. The former linebacker's alter ego was pure marketing genius, and while shoulder injuries more than anything led to him being labeled a bust, there's no denying that during his short stint with the Seahawks, no athlete generated more buzz than "The Boz."
7. Xavier McDaniel. The X-Man may be the most underappreciated player in Sonics history. A rebounding and scoring machine, McDaniel never backed down from another player, challenge or question. While some players like Sherman use the "choke" sign, McDaniel actually choked Laker Wes Matthews who was lucky the X-Man gave him a second chance at life.
6. George Karl. The former Sonics coach was the driving force that put the franchise back on the map. A junkyard dog who for everything he got in the game, Karl spoke his mind to the point that it eventually cost him his job.
5. Jay Buhner. The heart and soul of the Mariners during their only run of success. The tough, gritty, wall-banging, home run bashing Texan refused to lose in '95 as is Seattle's ultimate folk hero and a damn good flag raiser for the Seahawks.
4. Lou Piniella. "Sweet Lou's" epic on-field tirades are legendary. His banter with the press was priceless and his personality endless. And as we've witnessed, no succeeding M's manager has been able to fill his shoes.
3. Ken Griffey Jr. Off the field, Junior's personality ranged from moody to magical. On the field, his charisma was unmatched and his talent the best this city has ever seen, in any sport, at any time!
2. Richard Sherman. 'Nuff said.
1. Gary Payton. This spot may be Sherman's one day, but it's the "The Glove's" for now. In many respects Payton and Sherman have a lot in common. They grew up in tough California communities, played in the Pac-10/12, became stars early in their pro careers and love to talk trash. G.P. keeps the top spot by nod because he did it longer.
So, who did I miss? Who's overrated and underrated? The bottom line, be thankful for the athletes and coaches we've had, the ones we have and will have that make life a little more interesting.