This season, we're all suffering. At this point, it's probably going to be Cascadia or bust. Given we are in the lead and still have two home games left, I think everyone agrees that it's our best chance at making a positive out of 2012 (and I would greatly enjoy a Cascadia victory, potentially even more in light of how the rest of this season is going).
Just for fun, let's look ahead next season. Imagine you're grabbing a coffee at Stumptown this October and run into Merritt. You're feeling gutsy. You go up and tell him exactly what you think about this season and he's intrigued. You start talking about the team and he's so mesmerized by your passion and knowledge of the game that he hands you the GM job. Congratulations!
Now you have to go about fixing this messy situation. There are many holes on this squad, not the least of which at the manager position. What do you do this off-season to prepare for next year? Where do you start? Who goes on the trading block? Who stays? What do you bring in? I'll post mine in the first comment below.