Saturday, February 05, 2005


Welcome to Saturday.

You know what sucks? Being sick. (Right here, Mitch Hedberg would say, "dude, you did not give me time to guess!") I was sick really bad one day last year at Central, and I missed a day of class, but absolutely felt horrible. It was definitely not a "I kinda don't feel well. Aw, screw it, I'll take the day off" sick day. This was a pounding headache, total loss of will to live, please-just-let-me-sleep sort of sick day. Where am I at right now? I've got a congested throat. Back in baseball tryouts in 10th grade, I had some sort of phlegmy throat that week, and I wasn't spitting sunflower seeds, I'll tell you that much.

Okay, that was the random note.

Here's the usual...

We're about 11 days from pitchers and catchers reporting. That of course is followed by the short period where we're itching to have the full squad report. That, in turn, will be followed by endless cries of, "is the regular season here yet?"

It can't come soon enough.

Mike Reinfeldt is back and has immediately jumped into the fire. The Seahawks have a ton of work to do, and Reinfeldt has to help get the Seahawks get back on track concerning free agency and establishing contact to several player agents. The task at hand now is to establish priority among the free agents, and I guess divide and conquer. Or just conquer. Reinfeldt does put some stock in getting the ball rolling though, and signing the first guy may start a domino effect. Holmgren certainly likes having Reinfeldt back.

Also, Rob Brzezinski and Tom Lewand have apparently taken their names out of the hat to replace Bob Whitsitt as team president. Mike Holmgren is also apparently in the final stages of finding another special teams coach. Seriously, I still can't believe that the Seahawks' special teams somehow got worse this past year than it was in 2003. That's incredible.

The Marvin Williams Watch
The Tar Heels travel to Tallahassee to face Florida State tomorrow (11a, FSNNW) and then have that game at Duke on Wednesday (6p, ESPN)

The Huskies will try for the umpteenth time to beat UCLA. If they don't Cameron Dollar just may lose his mind. In that Raley column, much ink is spent on former Capital center and present Bruin Michael Fey. No, not that one.

Also, Oregon says that Gary Coleman will not be flown in for Thursday's game as rumored.

The Huskies host UCLA today (2p, FSNNW) and travel into the Pit on Thursday to face Oregon (7:30p, FSNNW)

The Zags host Santa Clara today (3p, KONG 6/16 Seattle, Q6 NBC Spokane) and travel to Malibu to face Pepperdine on Thursday (8p, ESPN2)

Ray Allen practiced yesterday morning. Consensus was that he looked in pretty good shape. My goodness, the Bobcats beat the Jazz in Utah without Emeka Okafor? Yikes.

Yeah, Rashard Lewis is going to get snubbed. Just a feeling.

Tonight vs. Charlotte (7p, FSNNW)
Tuesday vs. New Orleans (7p, FSNNW)
Thursday vs. Sacramento (7:30p, TNT)

Portland beat Seattle 7-4. A little more than a month ago, Braydon Coburn got a gold medal for Team Canada at the World Juniors. Last night, he got the golden sombrero for the Portland Winter Hawks. Coburn scored three times on the power play and another time on the empty net to beat the T-Birds for Portland's fifth straight win. The T-Birds actually had this game tied at 1-1 thanks to a Denis Tolpeko goal before Coburn, Brandon Dubinsky, and Darrell May scored for Portland on the power play in the second period. The T-Birds got to within one in the third period on goals by David Linsley and Aaron Gagnon before Brian Woolger and Coburn answered. Chris Durand's goal was also answered by the Coburn empty-netter. Portland peppered Bryan Bridges with 40 shots, and he stopped 34. Blake Grenier stopped 19 of the 23 Seattle shots. Amazingly, Coburn was a minus-1 in this game.

Everett beat Spokane 2-1. Tyler Dietrich scored in the first period, Jonathon Harty scored in the second period, and then the 'Tips had to hold on. The Chiefs got to within one, but no closer. Everett was outshot 23-22, and Mike Wall stopped 22.

Vancouver beat Swift Current 6-2. The Broncos actually had a 2-1 lead in this game in the second period. Paul Albers tied it for the Giants, who followed up by scoring four times in the third period to pull away. Mitch Bartley scored the first and last Vancouver goals, and Gilbert Brule, Adam Courchaine, and JD Watt scored the first three Giant goals in the third period. Vancouver outshot Swift Current 31-21, and Marek Schwarz stopped 19 for the Giants.

San Antonio beat Manitoba 3-2 in a shootout. The Moose lost another shootout. Of course, having Lee Goren score with 1.5 seconds left in regulation with an extra attacker on the ice to send it to overtime in the first place is nice. Jason King scored to get the Moose an early lead, which then changed hands. There were only four combined shots in the overtime, and the Moose didn't score once in four tries in the shootout. The Moose outshot the Rampage 28-27, and Alex Auld stopped 24 in net.

Puget Sound beat Spokane 3-1. Mike Truex's 32nd goal of the season came with 1:05 left in the third period, breaking a tie and holding up for the game-winner. Corey Coxon added an empty-netter to seal it. Zac Gosteli scored his first goal of the year in the first period. Puget Sound outshot Spokane 55-20, and Iggy Slepokourev stopped 19 for the Tomahawks.

Tonight: Seattle at Everett, Vancouver at Lethbridge, San Antonio at Manitoba, Puget Sound at Spokane
Tuesday: Kootenay at Portland, Vancouver at Medicine Hat
Wednesday: Spokane at Seattle, Kelowna at Everett, Vancouver at Calgary
Friday: Tri-City at Everett, Spokane at Portland, Manitoba at Saint John's, Portland at Puget Sound

Have a jolly Saturday, everyone.

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