Monday, February 28, 2005


Welcome to Monday. If the weather forecast holds up, welcome back to crappy weather. Man, there's going to be a mother of a drought up here this summer. Hopefully I get hired out of the region so I don't have to worry about it. In other words, I'll be rationing water here soon, I'm sure.

Today's random note...it's lingustic-related, I guess. The word in question: jaguar. Of course, some children hear it wrong and say something like "JAG-wire," though there's clearly no "i" sound anywhere in the word, but I can see how they'd get confused. There's of course the run-on-the-mill "JAG-warr," but then those great car commercials with the British guy doing the voice-over. He says "JAG-yoo-wer." Tune in for later semi-random lingustic notes when I talk about the way that some Canadians say words like "out" and "apart." That's what a week of baseball camp north of the border and years of too much CBC will do to you.

Normally I'm not bringing up Olympic sport-type articles unless the Kirks are involved, but I couldn't help but get a kick out of the tail end of Ron Judd's piece, the part about the luge track in Turin, which is under a bit of scrutiny one year ahead of the Olympics. Why? It appears to be a centripetal terminal velocity luge track, of sorts.

On TV tonight -- Northern Colorado at Gonzaga (6p, FSNNW Seattle, Q6 NBC Spokane)

Yes, it's the too-many-righty-hitters debate. The thought of Bret Boone hitting 6th is a bit weird, if you're planning to slot Raul Ibanez 5th, but unless you want to move Boone one of those bigger bats to the 2-hole to get some pitches in front of Beltre, then I guess you could do that too. I would think whoever's batting second for this team should be seeing some meaty pitches.

Ichiro got the hook-up from Hiroshi Yamauchi when the latter sold his stake in the Mariners. Ichiro got 5000 shares of Nintendo stock out of it.

Also in the P-I article is also the question of righties, but this time in the bullpen. Bryan Price argues that the added depth at AAA resulting from the final cuts could result in more "hungry" kids at Tacoma.

Also in the Times article, Pokey Reese won't be taking the trip to the White House and won't be at Ring Day when the Red Sox get their rings with the Yankees at Fenway.

Unsigned players now include only Julio Mateo and Miguel Olivo.

Among the fun stuff at camp yesterday were Ron Hassey getting serenaded in celebration of 52 years on the earth, and then there was Richie Sexson hijacking a golf cart, loading it with the Mariners' other starting infielders, and driving it through the clubhouse and up to the trainer's room.

I find it somewhat amusing that a bunch of people know about Tim Ruskell, but don't actually know him. Rich McKay definitely likes him, and he seems to have a tireless work ethic. Bonus points for having the same agent as Shaun Alexander.

Apparently, sources are saying that Koren Robinson just got out of rehab. Robinson's future as a Seahawk will be more defined after Holmgren and Ruskell get back from the combine and meet with him.

Also, the Seahawks will tender offers to Rocky Bernard, Terreal Bierria (why?), Marquand Manuel, Ryan Hannam, and Kris Richard, all restricted free agents. Jerry Rice may sign with the 49ers so he can retire with them, and new special teams coach Bob Casullo has pulled some strings and gotten punter Leo Araguz under the Seahawk banner. I'm not sure what to think of it, but if his aged leg does better than what we saw out of this team last year, then great.

The Marvin Williams Watch
In the Tar Heels' 85-83 squeaker of a win at Maryland, Marvin Williams didn't get off too many shots, and scored only 5 points and pulled down 5 boards in 19 minutes of play. As I alluded, Marvin was a mere 1-for-3 from the field and 3-for-4 from the line.

The Tar Heels host Florida State on Thursday (6p, local only) before the ACC regular season ends...at home against Duke on Sunday (1p, CBS)

Some leftover Husky articles, and they're both mainly centered on Will Conroy, the elder statesman of the team, and the one remaining that remembers the tail end of some lean years for the Huskies.

The Huskies travel to Berkeley to face the Cal Bears on Thursday (7p, FSNNW) and to Stanford on Saturday (1p, CBS)

The Zags host Northern Colorado tonight (6p, FSNNW Seattle, Q6 NBC Spokane) before starting WCC Tournament play, where they have a first-round bye. The tournament itself starts Friday.

For my take on yesterday's game, scroll down a post or click here if this post is the only one on the page.

How bad was it? I wasn't aware of it until I read the article, though I knew it was bad. That was the Sonics' worst single-game shooting performance in the history of the franchise. They didn't bury their shots early, Ray Allen hinted that they might have gotten discouraged, the defense was lazy, and it was all downhill from there.

They crap the bed in Milwaukee, and now they have to go to Indiana. Yikes. THe schedule is a fickle mistress, indeed.

I'm sitting here about two hours after midnight...did the P-I just not put out a non-wire Sonic article for yesterday's game? I had to do a double-take when I checked.

Tomorrow at Indiana (4p, FSNNW)
Wednesday at Cleveland (4p, FSNNW)
Friday vs. Detroit (7:30p, FSNNW)
Sunday vs. Phoenix (6p, FSNNW)

Seattle shut out Spokane 3-0. Mitch Fadden's goal early in the second period held up for Seattle until the third period. Then Spokane pulled their goalie as Seattle killed a double-minor inside the final five minutes, but Matt Hansen and Derek Couture put the icing on the cake with the open net against a 6-on-4 situation. Seattle outshot the Chiefs 30-22, and Bryan Bridges stopped all 22.

Tri-City and Everett skated to a 3-3 overtime tie. It started out fairly well for Everett. They pounced on the Americans for two first period goals (Mitch Love and Alex Leavitt). They added another one in the second period thanks to Kyle Annesley. Tri-City scored their first goal just 30 seconds after the Leavitt goal, but the 'Tips still took a 3-1 lead into the third. Then Carey Price dug in between the posts for the Americans and held strong while two of his defensemen ended up scoring from the point. Marcus Jonasen and Andy Thompson completed the erasure of Everett's three-goal lead, and nothing was settled in overtime. Everett was outshot 39-25, and Mike Wall stopped 36.

Wednesday: Vancouver at Seattle
Friday: Portland at Vancouver, Puget Sound at Tri-City (Cascade Cup semifinal -- Game 3 of best-of-5)
Saturday: Everett at Seattle, Tri-City at Portland, Kelowna at Vancouver, Rochester at Manitoba, Puget Sound at Tri-City (Cascade Cup semifinal -- Game 4 of best-of-5 if necessary)
Sunday: Seattle at Portland, Vancouver at Kamloops, Rochester at Manitoba, Puget Sound at Tri-City (Cascade Cup semifinal -- Game 5 of best-of-5 if necessary)

Have a great Monday and a great work week, everybody.

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