Sunday, February 13, 2005


Welcome to Sunday. Not too much going on, though I did get to see the Puget Sound Tomahawks last night win their division on the last day of the regular season. I hadn't been that happy since...the Canucks won their division in their final regular season game last April.

Random note. I was a fan of Kiwi Strawberry-flavored Snapple from the moment I tasted it, and since have developed an appreciation for all things of the flavor. Last summer I got a hold of a couple packets of the same flavor of Kool-Aid, and it didn't disappoint. The stuff is just awesome, but even better on a hot day. Unfortunately, I didn't try pouring the stuff into an ice tray and then getting the chance to later munch on some delectable kiwi strawberry Kool-Aid cubes. I've made myself hungry once again.

Back to sports, it turns out that Tara and Dana Kirk were swimming this weekend. On Friday at the FINA World Cup, Tara won the 100m breaststroke with a time of 1:06.52. Yesterday, she won both the 50m breast (30.85) and the 200m breast (2:25.45) events, finishing strong in the former. Dana won the 100- and 200-yard butterfly in respective times of 55.11 and 1:59.43 and held the butterfly leg on the winning medley relay team to help Stanford to a 172-128 win over the Cal Bears to cap an undefeated Pac-10 season.

It's Finnigan's pre-spring training article, but it's pretty much nothing you haven't heard before either from Finnigan or in this space. I think we all knew Finnigan couldn't resist putting that Mike Cameron nugget in the piece. I guess my only question is...did Cha Seung Baek really impress that many people with his Major League time last year? I was only impressed with the one really good start, but maybe that's just me.

Is anyone really going to be watching One Last Meaningless Last Game?

From NFL.com's front page...

The AFC, featuring some of the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots will look to avenge a 55-52 defeat against the NFC in the 2004 thriller.

Yes, there's so much riding on the game. I can hardly hold back my suspense.

The Marvin Williams Watch
The Tar Heels go to Hartford and face Connecticut this morning (10a, CBS), then go back home Wednesday for Virginia (4p, ESPN)

Boy, did Will Conroy come through in that game at Oregon. He was clutch and clutch is everything in life.

The Huskies face Oregon State today (1p, FSNNW) before going to Wazzu Saturday (4p, FSNNW)

Gonzaga escaped with a 61-58 road win against Loyola Marymount. Ronny Turiaf had another big night with 20 points, 11 boards, and 6 blocks. JP Batista had limited minutes, but his only three points were the game-winning three-point play. Adam Morrison put in another 16 and had 12 boards for a double-double. However, there were some very productive minutes off the bench for the redhead David Pendergraft (8 pts/9 reb) and Sean Mallon (1 pt/6 reb). This helped make up for Derek Raivio's awful 1-for-9 game. It happens. The Zags also pulverized Loyola Marymount on the boards, 47-29 by the boxscore, and 50-30 by the article.

The Zags host San Diego on Thursday (6p, KONG 6/16 Seattle, Q6 NBC Spokane) and San Francisco on Saturday (3p, ABC)

The Sonics' plane in Phoenix had some mechanical problems. Thankfully, they happened after the game rather than before it.

Tomorrow vs. Dallas (5p, FSNNW)
Wednesday vs. Golden State (6p, FSNNW)

Seattle and Everett skated to a 1-1 overtime tie. The tie ends the Thunderbirds' four-game skid. The goals came within 1:43 of each other around the halfway point of the third period. Denis Tolpeko gave the Thunderbirds a short-lived lead, and Ivan Baranka tied it up. Seattle outshot Everett 31-26. Mike Wall stopped 30 for Everett, and Bryan Bridges stopped 26 for Seattle.

Portland beat Tri-City 4-2. The Winter Hawks scored twice in the third period to break the tie and get their 7th win in 8 games. Nick Hotson's first WHL marker was the game-winner, and the win was the 50th in the WHL for goalie Blake Grenier. Kyle Bailey put the game away later in the third period, and Frazer McLaren and Cody McLeod scored the first two Portland goals. Portland was outshot 35-25, and Grenier stopped 33.

Spokane beat Vancouver 4-3 in overtime. The Giants scored twice in the third period to rally back from down 3-1 and force overtime, where Joe Logan's winner got the Chiefs the extra point. Conlan Seder scored on the power play to beat the buzzer in the first period, and Tim Kraus and Paul Albers scored the two vital goals in the third period. Adam Courchaine had two assists. Shots were 37 apiece, and Marek Schwarz stopped 33 for the Giants.

Saint John's beat Manitoba 6-1. Josh Green scored early in the third period to get the Moose within one goal before things got way out of hand. The Baby Leafs scored four times in the third period to more than put away the game. The Leafs outshot the Moose 40-30, and Alex Auld stopped 34 for the Moose.

Puget Sound beat Portland 2-1. Before a packed house at the Bremerton Ice Arena, the Tomahawks used two third-period goals to take the division title away from the Pioneers in the final game of the regular season. The Pioneers got their goal in the second period and at one point were basically playing keep-away with the puck in their own end. Skater behind the net passes to skater on the side boards, who passes to skater behind net; rinse and repeat. Of course, they didn't do that after they lost the lead. The Tomahawks didn't hold their lead the easy way in the final minutes, having to kill off penalties in the process. Of course, the final half-minute of 6-on-3 hockey (Portland pulled the goalie) was a cliffhanger as well. The Tomahawks will get next weekend off before more than likely getting Portland in a five-game series the following week after the Pioneers more than likely lay waste to the Tri-City Titans.

Tonight: Spokane at Everett
Tuesday: Red Deer at Portland
Wednesday: Seattle at Kelowna, Red Deer at Vancouver
Friday: Red Deer at Seattle, Prince George at Everett, Spokane at Portland, Kamloops at Vancouver, Edmonton at Manitoba
Saturday: Seattle at Portland, Red Deer at Everett, Vancouver at Kamloops, Edmonton at Manitoba

Have a great Sunday, everyone, and enjoy those last shreds of weekend.

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