Sunday, February 27, 2005
For the random today...back when I was a second- or third-grader, the neighbors and the neighbor kid had this really small two-floor shack in their backyard, and there was a trash bag in there with the remnants of a mirror. Obviously, there's the bad-luck mirror-smashing myth thing, but we hadn't smashed the mirror with a hammer or anything. It was already done for, so we didn't have to be afraid of that. Why am I bringing this up? Of you have a broken mirror and it's sunny outside, it made for a mirror ball-like effect inside the shack or anywhere there was shade. Yes, it was good times for the ghetto mirror ball, which could have cut me pretty well if I wasn't careful. Seriously, you could lift up the whole thing in your hand like a piece of carpet, but it was a blanket of fragmented mirror instead. That was also the same shack where I saw for the first time how cool it looked when you put a lighter to some styrofoam or some loose pieces of trash bag. Pyromania for me nowadays has been heavily restricted to campfires. Fire can be fickle, so remember Smokey. They've got Smokey for forest fires, but they need someone for house fires. Any big Mitch Hedberg fan would tell you that in the UK, they don't have Smokey the Bear, but they do have Smackie the Frog.
Back to sports...
Dana Kirk of Bremerton is now a 6-time Pac-10 champion after winning the 200 butterfly final yesterday with a 1:54.89 (and a 0.1-second cushion). She finished second in the prelims in 1:56.35, a mere 0.03 seconds back of the lead, not that it mattered in the final. Dana's Stanford team won the meet after taking a commanding lead in the meet's earlier days. Dana Kirk and Stanford, Pac-10 champions in the pool once again.
So what's going on at Peoria? Well, Miguel Olivo and Richie Sexson can go yard off of Dan Rohn, so at least they can apparently hit. Pokey and Chris Snelling both took some live-arm, with a little ankle soreness from Pokey afterward. Snelling's MRI results will be known tomorrow. Mike Hargrove was highly satisfied with a fly ball drill, and cut it short.
Since there's no chance he'll make the big club out of spring training, you better learn about Michael Morse right now in the Times, because you won't during the season.
I think I would have made Paul Skansi the honorary Seahawk President of the Day, except the Seahawks managed to hire a president last week. He could catch balls in his prime, so let's just plug him in for Koren Robinson.
The Marvin Williams Watch
The Tar Heels travel to face Maryland today (2:30p, FSNNW) before hosting Florida State on Thursday (6p, local only)
The Huskies came through when they had to, and now they still have a shot at the Pac-10 title. Yes, they beat Arizona 93-85 on Senior Day in a game that some regions of the country didn't get to see since the Pac-10's TV deal is so incredibly illogical. Thus, entire regions of the country didn't get to see the Huskies drill a billion threes, and they didn't get to see the Salim Stoudamire, called the "best shooter in the country," go 5-for-15. The Huskies got 24 from Tre Simmons, 22 from Nate Robinson, 13 from Bobby Jones, and 10 from Brandon Roy to round out the double-digit scorers.
For what I usually put below, the Cal game was originally shown on the Huskies' online schedule as not being televised, and now it apparently will be aired. Who knew?
The Huskies travel to Berkeley to face the Cal Bears on Thursday (7p, FSNNW) and to Stanford on Saturday (1p, CBS)
The Zags host Northern Colorado on Monday (FSNNW Seattle, Q6 NBC Spokane) before starting WCC Tournament play, where they have a first-round bye. The tournament itself starts Friday.
Today at Milwaukee (12p, FSNNW)
Tuesday at Indiana (4p, FSNNW)
Wednesday at Cleveland (4p, FSNNW)
Friday vs. Detroit (7:30p, FSNNW)
Portland and Seattle skated to a 1-1 overtime tie. Tyler Metcalfe opened the scoring in the second period to stake Seattle to a lead, and then Braydon Coburn tied the game 6:10 later. That's how it ended. Shots were 26-24 to Seattle. Blake Grenier stopped 25 for Portland, and Bryan Bridges stopped 23 for Seattle.
Everett beat Vancouver 4-3 in overtime. Brady Calla got the Silvertips the extra point in overtime with 19 ticks to go. Jason Reese's second goal with under two minutes remaining in regulation tied the game for the Giants at 3-3 before Calla did his thing. Adam Courchaine had the non-Reese goal for Vancouver, while Torrie Wheat, Kyle Annesley, and Shaun Heshka were Everett's other scorers. Shots were 28-26 for Vancouver. Leland Irving stopped 25 for Everett, while Adam Jennings stopped 23 for Vancouver.
Hamilton beat Manitoba 4-2. The Moose have dropped three straight. Alex Auld allowed two goals in the first period, including one that beat the buzzer. He was pulled for Wade Flaherty to start the second period. The Moose were down 3-0 heading into the third period, where Jason Jaffray and Lee Goren brought the Moose to within one goal with half a period left to play. Unfortunately, Yann Danis was too hot in the net for Hamilton. Shots were 45-34 for the Moose. Alex Auld stopped 10 of 12, and Wade Flaherty stopped 20 of 21 the rest of the way for Manitoba.
Puget Sound shut out Tri-City 4-0. Iggy Slepokourev tossed a shutout for the Tomahawks, stopping all 26 shots he faced. The Tomahawks scored twice in the first period for an early 2-0 lead after 20 minutes, when they had a 3-0 lead after the same amount of time the night before. Jan Loboda scored the fourth goal of the night when a clearing attempt along the boards by Tri-City goalie Nick Boddy ended up on his stick at the left point. Loboda fired, Boddy wasn't back in the net in time, and the puck found the yawning cage. Mike Truex and former Titan Brett Dreher scored for Puget Sound as well. Game 3 of this series takes place next weekend in the Tri-Cities.
Tonight: Spokane at Seattle, Tri-City at Everett
Wednesday: Vancouver at Seattle
Friday: Portland at Vancouver, Puget Sound at Tri-City (Cascade Cup semifinal -- Game 3 of best-of-5)
Have a nice Sunday, all of you.