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Sam on Sports: M's Literally Stinking Up Oakland

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It turns out the Mariners and the A's have something in common: they've both been stinking up the joint.

The two teams were forced to share showers when sewage overflowed into the bowels of the Oakland Coliseum.  Anyone who's ever been to the Coliseum knows this is pretty much par for the course.  When your stadium is used for baseball and football (and Raider fans, no less!), plumbing problems are inevitable.  Funny thing is, A's fans keep showing up to these games.  171,756 -- to be exact -- during a recent six-game homestand.  The total attendance for the Mariners in their last six home games?  144,789.  That includes three games against the New York Yankees.

So how on earth does a 47-year old stadium -- literally a dump -- draw more fans than Safeco Field, one of the gems of Major League Baseball?  The answer, of course, is simple.  It's not the stadium, it's the team that plays inside the stadium.

Fans have frankly lost interest in the Mariners.  They've fallen in love with the Sounders.  They're biding their time until football season.  Some are even hoping against hope that the Sonics will come back.  The M's used to be the crown jewel of the Emerald City.  Now they're a fourth-place team in their own town.

As much as the A's stadium may stink, things are smelling even worse for the Mariners right now.  At least a good plumber can fix things in Oakland.  The same can't be said for Seattle.

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