Monday, February 14, 2005


Welcome to Monday.

It wasn't a good day for your local basketball teams.

Random note...when I get a can of soda for the first time, my first move is usually to tap the top of the can exactly three times with the furthest knuckles of the middle and ring fingers on my left (non-dominant) hand. I'm not sure if it actually does help in not having a pop explosion when opening the thing, but I do it anyway, and it's been a years-long habit. What does prevent soda explosion, though, is the way I open the cans, which is to do it as slowly as possible. Of course, sometimes you get a can that is just so charged there's nothing you can do.

Now, the usual.

Once again, it's a photo stashed away in the vault from last year...except slightly altered for this year.
Reuters photo -- Jeff Topping

Still no president. No, I don't care about the "game" that occurred yesterday.

The Marvin Williams Watch
In North Carolina's 77-70 win in Hartford over the Huskies of Connecticut, Marvin Williams had a line of 8 points, 6 boards (3 offensive), and an assist in 23 minutes of play off the bench. He shots 4-for-9 from the field.

The Tar Heels are back home Wednesday for Virginia (4p, ESPN) and Saturday for Clemson (10a, ABC).

Well, no repeat of last year's game in Corvallis, but that'll happen when the other team shoots 60 freakin' percent. Crazy. Almost as crazy as missing 23 of 27 shots from beyond the arc, which the Huskies did. Anyway, the Huskies obviously lost 90-73. That'll be a drop in the polls. They're 4-4 on the road. Yikes. Aaaaand the guys might be letting the officials on the road get to them. Not good.

The Huskies go to Wazzu Saturday (4p, FSNNW) and host Arizona State the following Thursday (7:30p, FSNNW)

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

For my take on the game last night, scroll down a post or click here if this post is the only one on the page you're reading.

I didn't like this loss one bit. Sure, it was the third game in four days, and they had great wins in the first two. But dammit, you don't just blow an 11-point lead in the fourth quarter, even with how crappy the offense was in the previous three quarters. As for the anatomy of the collapse, they missed their final 10 shots from the floor, and scored only 3 points in the final 5:02, all from the charity stripe, which they haven't shot well from in the last couple games to begin with.


Wednesday vs. Golden State (6p, FSNNW)

Well, there's obviously wasn't an NHL All-Star Game this year...but they're warming up for the AHL All-Star Game. It's basically AAA hockey, but it's different from the NHL due to the fact they have the designated goalies' puckhandling box behind the nets and then there's that whole thing with the shootouts, as in they've got 'em.

Everett beat Spokane 4-2. The Silvertips scored all their goals on the power play, and scored three times in the second period to win this one. The 'Tips scored three times in 3:18, with the winner going to Curtis Billsten. Torrie Wheat, Mitch Love, and Ivan Baranka also tallied. Shaun Heshka and Zach Hamill had a pair of assists each. Everett badly outshot Spokane 36-18, and Leland Irving stopped 16.

Tomorrow: 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 Monday, everyone.

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