Thursday, February 03, 2005


I'm late.

For my random note, no, I didn't feel the 3-point earthquake centered near Whidbey Island this morning. Those ones are usually only felt if you're within a few miles of them. We had a cheap 3-pointer that was really close to us here in Bremerton once, but it felt pretty huge, and felt bigger than the 5.0 that was centered in Duvall a few years ago. Of course, nothing will compare to the Nisqually quake, during which I was on the other side of the mountains. Trying to shave your face isn't the most opportune thing to be doing during an earthquake in a brick building, but at least I had an electric razor, or else it could have been worse.

On TV tonight -- NC State at North Carolina (4p, ESPN), Saint Mary's at Gonzaga (5:30p, FSNNW Seattle)

On to business...

Zumsteg tackles the non-roster invitees. He says that Jeff Nelson is more than likely declining and that it'd be a stretch to see him return to vintage form. He says that starting the service clock on Felix Hernandez probably isn't a good thing. But the diamond in the rough might be ground ball specialist Dan Reichert, who in all likelihood would succeed with the infield that the Mariners have managed to assemble. Unlike Derek Lowe, he'd be dirt-cheap too.

I think it's probably a challenge for CEO Tod Leiweke to keep saying that nobody should panic about the fact that the Seahawks still don't have a president as well as other vacancies. The free agency period will be coming soon, and worse yet, the college scouting guy just left with the combine workouts three weeks away.

The Marvin Williams Watch
The Tar Heels host NC State this afternoon (4p, ESPN) and travel to Tallahassee to face Florida State on Sunday (11a, FSNNW)

Jamaal Williams is a scorer, and a great wildcard coming off the bench. He's finally found a home with the Huskies after some less-than-desirable times at New Mexico and Oregon State.

The Huskies host USC tonight (7p, NOT televised) and UCLA on Saturday (2p, FSNNW)

The Zags host Saint Mary's tonight (5:30p, Seattle FSNNW, Q6 NBC Spokane) and Santa Clara on Saturday (3p, KONG 6/16 Seattle, Q6 NBC Spokane)

Three off days between games is a long time. But Ray Allen and Nate McMillan need it, so it's all right. It gives the beat writers a tiny bit of rest too.

Saturday vs. Charlotte (7p, FSNNW)
Tuesday vs. New Orleans (7p, FSNNW)

Spokane beat Seattle 3-2. The T-Birds started slow and lacked energy en route ro the loss. The Chiefs scored two early goals and another early in the third to get a 3-1 lead, and the Thunderbirds couldn't come all the way back. Bud Holloway scored to bring the T-Birds within one in the final period. Matt Hansen scored the first Seattle goal. Seattle outshot Spokane 27-21. Gavin McHale stopped 18 for the Thunderbirds.

Red Deer beat Vancouver 4-3. The Giants scored a goal in each period and had a 2-1 lead going into the third period, but the Rebels scored three of the next four goals to get the win. Adam Courchaine scored with under eight minutes left to tie the game at 3-3, but Canadian junior national teamer Dion Phaneuf (called a "tank" by some) scored the game-winner 46 seconds later. Mitch Bartley scored the first two goals for the Giants. Vancouver was outshot 33-28. Marek Schwarz stopped 29 in net for the Giants.

Puget Sound beat Queen City 4-2. Chase Ambuter's 21st goal of the year held up as the game winner. Brett Dreher scored his first goal as a Tomahawk into the empty net to put the game away for the Tomahawks. Carl Horten scored first for the Tomahawks and Mike Truex scored to get the Tomahawks a 2-0 lead. Horten and Ambuter scored on the power play. Puget Sound outshot the Cutthroats 29-21, and Iggy Slepokourev stopped 19 shots for the win.

Friday: Portland at Seattle, Everett at Spokane, Vancouver at Swift Current, San Antonio at Manitoba, Puget Sound at Spokane
Saturday: Seattle at Everett, Vancouver at Lethbridge, San Antonio at Manitoba, Puget Sound at Spokane

Have a terrific Thursday, everybody.

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