Friday, March 18, 2005
Anyone in the Kitsap County area that either is hockey-starved or really hates college basketball (I hope it's more of the former this time of year) is highly encouraged to high-tail it to the ice rink in Bremerton tonight to watch Game 3 of the Cascade Cup series (i.e., Northern Pacific Hockey League finals) between the Queen City Cutthroats of Helena and the hometown Puget Sound Tomahawks. The series is tied at one game apiece, but the rest of the series will be played out in Bremerton this weekend, with another game tomorrow, and a Sunday game if necessary. Yes, fans are encouraged to wear white, because it is playoff hockey, after all.
For the record, my best bracket yesterday was 13-3, with my misses being Iowa, Creighton, and LSU. Creighton almost pulled off their game, and if they wouldn't have held the ball beyond the perimeter for about 25 seconds on each of their last three possessions (that's what it seemed like), they probably would have beat West Virginia. As for the other two games, those teams barely showed up.
Also, Dana Kirk of Bremerton swam twice for Stanford yesterday at the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships. She swam a butterfly leg of 53.29 seconds in the preliminary and 52.53 in the final of the 400 medley relay. Stanford finished third in both the prelim race and the final. The meet is in West Lafayette, Indiana (it's at Purdue), and will continue today and tomorrow.
For the random today...I'm dropping a link. I just think this ad is darkly hilarious, and I know when I first saw it, yellowcake uranium, eye-catching animated diagrams, and "Funkytown" were stuck in my head for days. Then I was asking myself about the weirdness of having a happy song like "Funkytown" attached to yellowcake, which if I'm not mistaken can be some vile stuff.
To the post!
Well, it was a day off yesterday, so that of course means that a meaningless baseball game did not occur. This seemed like a good time for Scott Miller to put out his Mariner preview article, and it was a time for Bob Finnigan to wonder what the roster going north might look like.
Heath Evans has officially bolted. Evans can attribute his time on the bench in Seattle to Mack Strong being so damned good. The Seahawks and some other teams are still awaiting a decision from Edgerton Hartwell, who would be quite a great addition to this team. Joe Jurevicius is also in town.
For Jeremy's game-by-game take on yesterday's NCAA tournament games, scroll down one post.
The Miah Davis Update
The Roanoke Dazzle hosts Fayetteville tomorrow and Sunday.
The Marvin Williams Watch
The Tar Heels face Oakland (Michigan) in the East 1/16 game, today at 11:50a. The winner gets the winner of the Minnesota/Iowa State 8/9 game. That second-round game will be Sunday at 11:30a.
Right before yesterday's game, it was announced that Lorenzo Romar would be locked up for the next eight years at Montlake. What a quick turnaround for the Huskies, and their coach has now been handsomely rewarded, and the school is committed toward him. He's definitely got some security.
As for yesterday's win, people have come away hardly impressed. Their defense wasn't too sharp, and Montana got their share of driving layups. It could have been worse, though -- Fairleigh Dickinson led at quite a few points in the first half against Illinois, which can't be said for this game, as the Huskies jumped out to a huge run. The main thing here was that the Grizzlies would get the lead into single digits (usually 9) and the Huskies would get the next basket or more.
The Huskies sold all their 550 tickets for the game, and once those were gone, it was fair game for the Pacific fans and anyone else in the building to root for Montana. Also, Missoula really isn't that far of a drive from Boise (369 miles). Okay, maybe it is. It's 497 miles from Seattle, which is only a couple hours longer.
Washington faces the West's 8th-seeded Tigers of Pacific tomorrow at 12:20p.
Gonzaga is still getting some Times ink, which is good to see. The Zags weren't very sharp in the first half themselves, as they weren't taking good care of the ball, none of their scorers had warmed up yet, and Winthrop was bombing threes and playing a 2-2-1 zone. I was wondering where Adam Morrison was for most of the first half, and wondering why he hadn't gotten hot yet, but he definitely was red hot in the second half.
Gonzaga will face the West's 6th-seeded Texas Tech team, coached by Robert Montgomery Knight, tomorrow at 10:10a.
Circling the wagons. That looks like the vibe out of Sonic headquarters the day after Ray Allen (and Rashard Lewis) said some stuff to the media after the game (view my post from yesterday to see my train of thought on the whole thing). McMillan repeated that Allen's minutes were off in the last game because he had gotten into foul trouble, and that McMillan was riding the torrid bench unit in the second quarter.
The Times article is worth it just for this Allen quote...
"I don't expect anybody to have a problem with (my shot selection). For what we do and who we are, there are going to be times when we take tough shots. I don't need to hear or want to hear somebody beefing. That's part of our nature. That's part of why we do what we do and get paid what we get paid. Same thing in Chicago. Do you think Will Perdue ever said anything to (Michael Jordan)? I'm not MJ. But there was a pecking order."
See, here I'm torn between typing out thoughts about the quote itself and raving about the name-dropping of Will Perdue. How about lobbing an alleyoop for Bill Wennington? A give-and-go with Luc Longley?
Tonight vs. Orlando (7:30p, FSNNW)
Sunday at Lakers (6:30p, FSNNW)
Tuesday vs. Milwaukee (7p, FSNNW)
Thursday at Portland (7p, FSNNW)
Manitoba beat Milwaukee 5-2. The Moose scored twice on the power play (Josh Green and Justin Morrison) in the first period, then scored another (Jesse Schultz) in the second. Manitoba had a 3-0 lead with the game half-over. Milwaukee scored just past the halfway point in the game, but Jimmy Roy built the lead back up to three. Alexandre Burrows capped the scoring in the final frame. Shots were 32-23 for Milwaukee, and Wade Flaherty stopped 30.
Tonight: Seattle at Portland, Tri-City at Everett, Vancouver at Kelowna, Queen City at Puget Sound (Game 3 of Cascade Cup finals)
Tomorrow: Portland at Seattle, Everett at Tri-City, Kelowna at Vancouver, Houston at Manitoba, Queen City at Puget Sound (Game 4 of Cascade Cup finals)
Sunday (end of WHL regular season): Everett at Seattle, Tri-City at Portland, Houston at Manitoba, Queen City at Puget Sound (Game 5 of Cascade Cup finals, if necessary)
Thursday: Saint John's at Manitoba
Have a great Friday.