Sunday, March 27, 2005


Welcome to Sunday.

For the random...I'm usually good when it comes to this, but I walked out of Circuit City last night with a clean copy of the new Queens of the Stone Age album. Luckily I'm an obsessive type that likes to rip open new albums before I start the car. I looked at the sticker on the front of the album, which was nicely and sarcastically worded, saying it was the "clean and safe" version. I figured maybe the band was screwing with me or something, but then I looked at the sticker up top, and sure enough, it was an edited version. Luckily I hadn't busted open the plastic yet, though I was about to do so. I traded it straight across for a "dirty" copy after I went back inside. Kudos to Christina the cashier for letting it go so smoothly and trusting me when I said the album was marked as $9.99 after she'd rung it up originally for a full $13.99. Yay for good customer service. As for the album, I'm halfway through it, but if you're worried about bassist Nick Oliveri leaving the band, don't be. The first album was great, and he wasn't with the band then. Queens of the Stone Age will exist for as long as Josh Homme wants it to exist. Think of him as a Billy Corgan/Dave Mustaine/Dave Grohl when it comes to this band.

To the post!

Joel Pineiro looked fine on the mound yesterday, but to really feel good about this outing, we have to hope that Joel Pineiro's shoulder isn't killing him when he wakes up this morning. Bryan Price is saying that Pineiro's first start might be all the way back to April 15th. Yes, there's nothing like doing your taxes and watching Pineiro's first start of the year.

Unsurprisingly, Jose Lopez was optioned to Tacoma. He just needs more reps. He needs to brush up on the glove and hit more consistently. Then again, who doesn't? Still, I never thought Lopez breaking the big club was in the cards this spring. Meanwhile, Eddie Guardado will throw in game action today, and Ryan Rowland-Smith was returned by the Twins, who weren't going to Ugueto him.

'Tis a day of sleep in the Hawks' nest.

The Miah Davis Update
In the Roanoke Dazzle's 90-87 loss to the Huntsville Flight yesterday, Miah Davis had his first start coming off an ankle sprain and had limited minutes. He missed his only shot from the floor and hit both his free throws. He scored two points, grabbed a rebound, and had three assists in 19 minutes, possibly so short because of either his ankle or his four fouls.

Roanoke hosts Columbus on Wednesday and Asheville on Friday.

The Marvin Williams Watch
Marvin Williams got a couple of name-drops in today's Percy Allen article about the NBA Draft possibly shying away from high-school players. At least this year. Marvin's only one year departed from high school, so he's definitely still young if he decides to jump.

North Carolina will face Wisconsin today at 11:40a for a Final Four berth.

Fortson and McMillan are pretty mum about what's eating at them. A lot has gone on around Fortson since the great start of this year. There was the flying chair, his mother's death, the yelling at a practice referee (and subsequent suspension), the injured foot, etc. Now Nick Collison and Vitaly Potapenko have chopped into his minutes, though they're filling in quite admirably. Fortson also feels underutilized in terms of picks, though teams are defending the pick-and-roll better than at the beginning of the season. Running the pick-and-roll also becomes a lot easier when a healthy Vladimir Radmanovic is on the floor as another option on offense.

Tonight vs. Washington (5p, FSNNW)
Tuesday at Memphis (5p, FSNNW)
Wednesday at San Antonio (5:30p, FSNNW)
Friday vs. Portland (7:30p, FSNNW)

Seattle beat Tri-City 3-2 in double overtime. How's that for a Game 1? The goal which forced overtime was off a dump-in that took a convenient bounce off the KeyArena boards and beat Tri-City goalie Carey Price to the net, which he was behind waiting for the puck to come along the boards. Nope. Seattle had tied the game twice but never led until the final goal. Tri-City led 2-1 after 20 minutes of play, with Nate Thompson having scored the Seattle goal. The weird goal was sent in by Clayton Barthel, tying the game with 8:03 left in regulation. What followed was 34:15 of scoreless hockey. With 13:48 remaining in the second overtime, Derek Couture banged home a rebound to finally end the game. Kyle Fecho assisted on all three Seattle goals and was a plus-2. Shots were 70-49 for Seattle, and Bryan Bridges stopped 47 for the Thunderbirds. Perhaps more amazing was that Carey Price stopped 67 for the Americans. Of course, since there's no entry draft this year, Price and tons of other junior players will have to be kept waiting with baited breath in regards to their NHL futures. Seattle leads the series 1-0.

Kelowna beat Vancouver 4-3. The Giants head home with a split, though I'm sure they badly wanted a win after scoring twice in the third period to get this one to overtime. Vancouver would feel a lot better if this were a regular season since they'd come away with the single point. Alas, this is playoff hockey. The Giants held an early first-period lead on a power play goal by Adam Courchaine. The Rockets took it right back and more in the second period with three goals in a span of only 2:07. In the third, Vancouver drew within one thanks to a Mitch Bartley goal, and they tied it on a Mark Fistric shot that crossed up the Kelowna goalie before finding the back of the net. The Giants had considerable adversity, being on the road and having to kill off four straight power plays in the third period. Unfortunately for Vancouver, Brent Howarth ended the game with 2:25 left in the first and only overtime period. Shots were 38-28 for Kelowna, and Marek Schwarz stopped 35 for Vancouver. This series is tied at one game apiece.

Saint John's beat Manitoba 7-2. The Leafs scored four first-period goals. The Moose scored to make it 4-1 and 7-2 on goals by Tomas Mojzis and Nolan Baumgartner. Shots were 37-27 for Saint John's, and Alex Auld stopped 30 for Manitoba.

Today: Everett at Portland (Game 2)
Tomorrow: Tri-City at Seattle (Game 2)
Tuesday: Portland at Everett (Game 3), Kelowna at Vancouver (Game 3)
Wednesday: Seattle at Tri-City (Game 3), Portland at Everett (Game 4), Kelowna at Vancouver (Game 4), Manitoba at Hamilton
Friday: Seattle at Tri-City (Game 4), Everett at Portland (Game 5 if necessary), Vancouver at Kelowna (Game 5), Manitoba at Syracuse
Saturday: Tri-City at Seattle (Game 5 if necessary), Portland at Everett (Game 6 if necessary), Kelowna at Vancouver (Game 6 if necessary), Manitoba at Binghamton

Have a great Sunday.

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