Wednesday, March 02, 2005


Welcome to Wednesday. Yes, I'm late. I'd had every part of this post done about six hours ago except for the Sonic part of it. Then I zonked in front of the computer, and I woke up with it in hibernate mode.

For the random note...there's a couple varieties of Campbell's Chunky soup that do the job for me, and it's clam chowder and the potato ham chowder, with the chicken noodle soup not far behind. The soups really do eat like a meal, which makes it great as a college meal, and there shouldn't be too much cleanup, especially if you let the soup cool down and use a plastic fork (then just toss the fork). I know I talked about this before, but I was blown away when an OSU volcanology student told me about putting a tortilla under a serving of spaghetti. It's genius, really, unless you chop through the tortilla with your fork. If not, that's one less plate that has to be washed.

If you want to drastically decrease your productivity, then go here. However, I could swear the version of Sonic the Hedgehog that's on there is the Game Gear version.

To the post...with a late add (~11a) for the Miah Davis update.

The spring training player article carousel stops today on Rafael Soriano. Instead of throwing in the B game, Soriano is relegated to catch and long-toss with Bryan Price or Allen Wirtala ("Big 88," if you will).

Okay, the carousel keeps rolling with a guy named Willie, and he's not a redheaded groundskeeper at Springfield Elementary. It's definitely fluff, sure, but man, it's one long Finnigan piece. With the meat of that article, though, I really can't bash anything about it this time, even with all the prior merciless Bloomquist and South Kitsap bashing we've done here at Sports and B's. I have to hold back here, though I always remember that I'm from Bremerton, and that South Kitsap is South Kitsap. I'm not sure it's quite as evil as that ESPNU commercial with the old folks and the Auburn/Alabama feud though.

Larry Stone has a piece on Mike Cameron. Of course, we pretty much know what it's going to be about, with the whole Carlos Beltran addition and the move to right and everything, so no surprise there. But the first thing I saw was the picture of Beltran and Cameron. I'm glad the Mariners haven't really gone too nuts with their spring training tops, but the Mets are schizos when it comes to this. In recent years, they'd preferred to look like bright oranges with numerals on them, but perhaps now it's Willie Randolph's idea to go with dominant blue with black numbers. The whole dark-numbers-on-less-dark-background thing (non-white background) reminds me a bit too much of the Calgary Flames' red sweaters of last year.

In high school, I'm not sure if we would have had enough time for this drill, especially considering we weren't as sure-handed as pro ballplayers. It's just another "don't make errors" drill, but staying on the field until you get 27...that's some conditioning right there.

That last article also reveals that the entire 40-man roster is now under contract.

We suspected it at times during the season, and now it appears to be reality as the Seahawks and Tim Ruskell are finally cutting bait with Anthony Simmons. He's been just awesome at times, but when it's a given that you can count on him to miss a few games every year with an injury, that puts pressure on the team to be really deep at his position, and considering the many needs on a football team (especially this one), one can only put up with this so much. It sucks that he always gets hurt, but he gets hurt, and the Seahawks obviously don't want to risk that possibility again when Simmons would be counting $5.25M against the cap. Clare Farnsworth also says in the article that his college reputation as a productive blitzer was far from fulfilled on the NFL level.

As has been brought up in articles multiple times over the past week, the Seahawks have given one-year tenders to all five of their restricted free agents. The players involved are Rocky Bernard, Marquand Manuel, Terreal Bierria (once again, why?), Kris Richard, and Ryan Hannam.

The Miah Davis Update
The Roanoke Dazzle lost 92-89 last night, but 1999 Bremerton graduate Miah Davis played 36 minutes. He scored 19 points, pulled down 6 boards, and dished off 3 assists, along with a steal and a block for good measure. He shot 7-for-14, nailed the only three he took, and shot 4-for-6 from the line.

Roanoke plays at Florida tomorrow and Saturday.

The Marvin Williams Watch
The Tar Heels host Florida State tomorrow (6p, local only) before the ACC regular season ends...at home against Duke on Sunday (1p, CBS)

Brandon Roy's knee probably won't fully heal until after the season. Until then, it's grimacing and toughing it out, hoping the Huskies win the national title. He'd definitely be resting the knee more if the team was crap. After postseason knee rest, it might be the NBA draft for Roy. Who knows?

The Huskies travel to Berkeley to face the Cal Bears tomorrow (7p, FSNNW) and to Stanford on Saturday (1p, CBS)

The Zags are awaiting the semifinal round at the WCC tournament in Santa Clara, where they have a first-round bye. The tournament starts Friday.

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

They shot better, and they went inside more with greater success. They were also less reliant on the three-point shot for the first three quarters. Great stuff.

Antonio Daniels will more than likely void the final year of his contract with the Sonics to test the market next offseason. It's just another reason the Sonics need to win the title, because there's no way they're going to be able to keep all of these guys.

David Locke puts the Sonics' success in the most basic way -- hold onto the ball, nail your shots, and grab your misses. When they're not nailing their shots, the other two factors still give them a chance to win. Also, some people put Seattle in the running/jumpshooting category that Phoenix is in, but that's far from the case, as Locke points out. This team is a jumpshooting team, sure, but they optimally kill a bunch of time on the shot clock, and when they're nailing their shots and getting offensive boards on a consistent basis, the opposing team doesn't have the ball as much as they're used to over the course of an entire game.

Today at Cleveland (4p, FSNNW)
Friday vs. Detroit (7:30p, FSNNW)
Sunday vs. Phoenix (6p, FSNNW)
Tuesday vs. Houston (7p, FSNNW)

The Everett Silvertips are trying to secure home-ice advantage in the first round of the WHL playoffs. Coach Kevin Constantine knows, however, that if the Silvertips were to get anywhere meaningful in the playoffs, they'd have to learn how to win on the road. That'll be a necessity if/when they lose home-ice advantage.

Tonight: Vancouver at Seattle
Friday: Portland at Vancouver, Puget Sound at Tri-City (Cascade Cup semifinal -- Game 3 of best-of-5)
Saturday: Everett at Seattle, Tri-City at Portland, Kelowna at Vancouver, Rochester at Manitoba, Puget Sound at Tri-City (Cascade Cup semifinal -- Game 4 of best-of-5 if necessary)
Sunday: Seattle at Portland, Vancouver at Kamloops, Rochester at Manitoba, Puget Sound at Tri-City (Cascade Cup semifinal -- Game 5 of best-of-5 if necessary)

Have a great Wednesday, all of youse.

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