Saturday, February 19, 2005


Welcome to Saturday. Hope your extended weekend is going along fine.

Random note...I'm a blinds over curtains guy. Blinds are just more versatile, I think. With blinds, you have the little wand thingy, and you can change the trajectory of the incoming light...great stuff. Curtains are curtains, and they need to be washed every once in a while. Not that blinds don't have to be cleaned every once in a blue moon, but you don't have to throw them in the washer. My favorite thing to do with blinds in the morning is to point them so that the sun doesn't come in and wake me up too quickly or burn my eyes while I try to read the morning paper. I'm also not a morning person, in case my post times are any indication. I'm a nightowl, through and through.

Now, to the post.

'Twas a day of rain at the ol' complex in Peoria...

I remember how the Mariner bullpen so badly needed a second late-inning lefty in 2002, and now it appears the Mariners have lefties oozing out their ears. Much like the free-agent spending this offseason, it would have been nice to have approximately 3 years ago. Also, Joel Pineiro will be showing Felix Hernandez the ins and outs of spring training. Don't show him how to hurt an arm, Joel.

Also, Bob Finnigan gives Kit Pellow quite a lot of ink, but most of it is because he was Jorge Campillo's teammate in winter ball. Pellow says "Campy" (that'll fit in well with the broadcast crew) has four good pitches and can change speeds well, even using the word "devastating."

Still no president.

The Marvin Williams Watch
The Tar Heels host Clemson this morning (10a, ABC) and travel to face NC State on Tuesday (5p, local only)

Make no mistake about it, Thomas Kelati and the soon-on-his-way-out Dick Bennett would just love to upset the Huskies in Pullman. It's not a stretch, either. The Huskies better hope they don't let the Cougars bite them. It could really hurt them when come tournament time. The Cougars did manage to beat Arizona in Tucson, so anything can happen.

The Huskies go to Washington State this afternoon (4p, FSNNW) and host Arizona State on Thursday (7:30p, FSNNW).

The Zags host San Francisco this afternoon (3p, ABC) and go to Portland on Thursday (8p, ESPN2)

Luke Ridnour didn't do too much in the Rookie Challenge. Only two players played less minutes than Ridnour, though Luke did score 12 on 5-for-6 shooting and dish out three assists. In the Percy Allen column, we learn that the Sophomore team conspired to get Carmelo Anthony the ball as much as possible. The setup to that in the article is mildly hilarious.

I heard the revelation on KJR that Vladimir Radmanovic hadn't been practicing for the three-point contest yesterday. When Dick Fain notified Ray Allen and Rashard Lewis about this, one of them said, "oh no." Dick Fain and Elise Woodward then discussed that getting the ball off a rack is way different from getting it via a pass from a teammate, and that Vladimir is a guy who likes to admire his shots.

Rashard Lewis is adjusting to all the attention at the All-Star Game, seeing as to how it's his first one. Also in that article is an anecdote about Sports Illustrated's Rick Reilly asking Luke Ridnour the "white guy" question. The phrase "your people" is involved.

Tuesday at Houston (5:30p, FSNNW)
Wednesday at New Orleans (5p, FSNNW)

Seattle beat Red Deer 4-1. The six-game winless streak is over for the Thunderbirds. Seattle scored twice in the first period (Scott Jackson from the point through traffic, Ladislav Scurko) and twice again in the third period (Clay Barthel, Chris Durand). The Rebels never got closer than 2-1 toward the end of the second period. Seattle outshot Red Deer 32-28, and Bryan Bridges stopped 27 in the Seattle net.

Everett beat Prince George 6-1. Alex Leavitt had a crazy six-point night, assisting on the first three Everett goals, then scoring the next three goals (twice in the second period, once shorthanded in the third) for the Silvertips. Torrie Wheat scored the first goal, and Shaun Heshka had the other two goals for the 'Tips. Everett outshot the Cougars 20-23, and Mike Wall stopped 22.

Spokane beat Portland 7-3. The Chiefs ripped this one away from Portland. After Mike Funk had tied the game 6:38 into the final period, the Chiefs waited about seven minutes, and then erupted for four goals in the final 6:37 of play (a span of 4:56). Braydon Coburn and Brandon Dubinsky accounted for the rest of Portland's goals. Portland outshot Spokane 34-30, and Blake Grenier stopped 23.

Vancouver beat Kamloops 6-2. He didn't have a six-point night like Alex Leavitt did for Everett, but Gilbert Brule did net the natural golden sombrero, scoring Vancouver's second through fifth goals to more than put away the Blazers. Triston Grant and Max Gordichuk had the bread goals to the Brule sandwich. Vancouver badly outshot Kamloops 32-18, and Marek Schwarz stopped 16.

Manitoba beat Edmonton 3-2 in overtime. The Road Runners got the equalizer early in the third period, but Jason King was able to break away, thread through a couple of defenders, and go five-hole on Tyler Moss to get the Moose the victory. Tim Smith and Josh Green (fed by a nifty Peter Sarno saucer pass) accounted for the other Manitoba goals. The Moose outshot Edmonton 29-20, and Alex Auld stopped 18.

Tonight: Seattle at Portland, Red Deer at Everett, Vancouver at Kamloops, Edmonton at Manitoba
Tomorrow: Prince George at Seattle
Tuesday: Everett at Kamloops, Kelowna at Portland
Wednesday: Seattle at Kelowna, Tri-City at Vancouver, Manitoba at Wilkes-Barre Scranton
Thursday: Manitoba at Syracuse
Friday: Seattle at Kamloops, Everett at Tri-City, Portland at Spokane, Kelowna at Vancouver, Tri-City/Portland at Puget Sound

Enjoy the beginnings of your weekend, everybody.

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