Placing the blame for the popped balloon

June 24, 2014

Imagine a balloon floating lazily through the air, as nonchalant and easy-going as can be. Now, imagine sticking a needle in that balloon before it can flutter away.

Pop!

Neil Pierson Press reporter

Neil Pierson
Press reporter

That’s what it felt like June 22 when the air was sucked from the lungs of thousands of stars-and-stripes-clad fans at Fuel sports bar in downtown Seattle.

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Local boy gets golden opportunity with McDonald’s trip to the World Cup

June 17, 2014

John Carroz took his 9-year-old son J.K. to get passport photos in early May.

“Are we going somewhere?” an inquisitive J.K. asked.

“Uh, no, it’s a Mother’s Day gift,” John responded, trying his best to hide a secret of epic proportions.

By Greg Farrar Sounders FC goalkeeper Marcus Hahnemann (left), Eastside FC player J.K. Carroz, 9, and Ronald McDonald pose for publicity and family photos at local owner Alan Finkelstein’s Gilman Boulevard McDonald’s restaurant after the unveiling of a banner with the surprise travel prize for Carroz.

By Greg Farrar
Sounders FC goalkeeper Marcus Hahnemann (left), Eastside FC player J.K. Carroz, 9, and Ronald McDonald pose for publicity and family photos at local owner Alan Finkelstein’s Gilman Boulevard McDonald’s restaurant after the unveiling of a banner with the surprise travel prize for Carroz.

The cat was finally let out of the bag June 11, when, in front of family, friends and Seattle Sounders FC goalkeeper Marcus Hahnemann, J.K. learned he won a trip to the World Cup in Brazil courtesy of McDonald’s.

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