Monday, March 14, 2005


Welcome to Monday. Anyone have the Tennessee-Chattanooga Moccasins going to the Sweet 16?

For the random...when I eat neapolitan-flavored ice cream, I look forward to the chocolate stripes the least. I'm not sure why this is. I guess it's because boxes of vanilla or strawberries are never thought of as gifts. Therefore, I guess I think chocolate is a little too usual, and that I can get by with an ice cream that doesn't have chocolate.

To the post!

It's the three of Lopez, Strong, and Dobbs getting some ink. Of course, it's probably the last time all three are in the same article and still wearing uniforms that say "Mariners" on them. At least for this year.

Hey, it's rootin'-tootin' 'roid-testin' time for the minor-leaguers in camp as well as the minor-leaguers still in the major-league camp.

Also, Eddie Guardado played catch without leg pain, Pokey Reese has left the team for Charlotte for two days to tend to personal matters, and the Mariners beat the Rangers in the Cactus League game yesterday. Ryan Franklin gave up five runs in his first three innings, and gave up three homers, which of course means he's in midseason form.

Of course, none of this really matters because all of Jay Buhner's kids kick serious tail at baseball. Also discussed is the possibility of not having lazy days in August at the Safe where Rick Rizzs, Dave Valle, and Buhner are in the booth and all hell breaks loose. Remember when they broadcasted from the stands last year and ate that hot sauce, except it was called Man Sauce? Do they call it that on purpose, or do they call it that on purpose?

Yes, the Ruskell era has been slow so far. Of course, as Clare Farnsworth notes, the Seahawks evidently won't be overpaying. No Grant Wistrom contracts this year. Derrick Burgess visited the Seahawks, but they weren't going to pony up what the Raiders gave him. Next on the visit list appears to be Denver cornerback Kelly Herndon, and possibly Baltimore receiver Travis Taylor and Philly linebacker Keith Adams. Defensive end Bryce Fisher of the Rams apparently wasn't offered a contract during his visit to Seattle. Jeff Garcia was also off the table as of a day or two ago, signing with the Lions.

One of the signings that has actually happened for the Seahawks is that of Pork Chop Womack. He's played in a ton of positions on the offensive line the past few years, spotting up for injured players or, ahem, training camp holdouts. The Seahawks might prefer to move him to right guard.

The Miah Davis Update
The Roanoke Dazzle hosts Fayetteville next Saturday and Sunday.

The Marvin Williams Watch
The Tar Heels got the #1 seed in the East, and face the winner of the play-in game between Oakland of Michigan and Alabama A&M. The play-in game is tomorrow at 4p, and UNC's first-round game will be Friday at a time that I can't seem to dig up at the moment.

In this space yesterday, I said it would be a stretch for the Huskies to get a #1 seed. After yesterday, I am still surprised that this team got the props from the selection committee. I mean, we've been following this team throughout the season, and they've been good, but I'm just coming to grips at how good this team just might be and how far they could go. This program has come a long way, and in a blindingly quick span of time. Truly amazing. The whole subplot of Montana trying to duck the Huskies on the schedule is a weird wrinkle in itself as well.

Of course, the Huskies still have to prove the selection committee right. Their region definitely isn't easy, and if you believe Jim Nantz, it could be a "Cinderella bracket."

The Huskies face the Montana Grizzlies in the West 1/16 game, Thursday at 12:10p.

The Zags got some love too. They're a #3 seed, though in the same region with Washington. Their first-round matchup is against Winthrop, a matchup of the two schools in the nation with the longest current winning streaks. They'll also be facing a team that has Chris Paul's cousin as the only senior. These are also the last games for Ronny Turiaf in a Gonzaga uniform, and hopefully he doesn't get saddled with foul trouble this time around.

Gonzaga faces Winthrop in the West 3/14 game, Thursday at 5:25p.

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

"The review for Shark Sandwich was merely a two word review which simply read 'Sh%& Sandwich'." "Where'd they print that?! You can't print that!"

The Sonics had it cranked up to 11 for last night's game, though in the 2nd and 3rd quarters, the cranked-up knob was the one labeled "SUCK." The 1st and 4th quarters were quite good, though, as the Sonics had a couple of good runs in the opening quarter, and moved the ball extremely well and had the bench come alive in the fourth quarter. Turnovers and general 3-point shooting were still trouble, but the Sonics looked so great in that fourth quarter -- they haven't looked that good in probably a couple of weeks. Hopefully they can build on it.

Guess how the Ray Allen contract talks are going? If you guessed jack sh&% sandwich, crank the wave volume up to 11 on your computer, go to Control Panel >> Speech, then enter some profane words and have Microsoft Sam speak them. Loudly. Monotonously. Well, that's if you're on a WinXP machine, I guess.

Tomorrow at Chicago (5:30p, FSNNW)
Wednesday at Detroit (4:30p, FSNNW)
Friday vs. Orlando (7:30p, FSNNW)
Sunday at Lakers (6:30p, FSNNW)

Seattle shut out Spokane 6-0. Nate Thompson had a three-point night and Bryan Bridges was perfect in net for the Thunderbirds. Scott Jackson opened the scoring just 2:04 into the game. Seattle then followed with a three-goal second period. Denis Tolpeko scored 1:55 into the period, Tyler Metcalfe scored about halfway through, and Thompson scored about two minutes later. Thompson opened the third period with a goal just 31 seconds in, and Tom Hickey scored with 1:43 left. All in all, it was a thorough beat-down of the Chiefs. The Thunderbirds' scoresheet is littered with plus-3 skaters. Shots were 32-28 for Seattle, and Bryan Bridges stopped all 28.

Everett beat Portland 3-1. Everett scored one goal per period to give Portland payback for the night before. As a matter of fact, Everett scored their three goals before Portland had their first. Karel Hromas, Ryan Blatchford, and Cody Thoring scored for the Silvertips. Thorning scored on the power play 97 seconds into the third, and Cody McLeod scored 27 seconds after the third Everett goal. The Winter Hawks failed to tie the game up with the remaining 18:07 in the third period. Ivan Baranka had two assists for the Silvertips. Shots were 28-27 for Everett. Mike Wall stopped 26 for Everett, and Blake Grenier stopped 25 for Portland.

Chicago beat Manitoba 5-2. I'm not sure how transaction rules work in the AHL, but somehow Chicago got Jay Bouwmeester on loan from San Antonio (not sure what compensation is), and in this game he scored twice. The Moose were never closer than a 1-1 tie, which happened halfway through the 1st period before the Wolves scored three straight. Lee Goren scored on the power play in the first period, and Nolan Baumgartner scored the other Moose goal in the second period. In addition, tensions arose during the pregame warmup, as a confrontation occurred involving several players took place. Shots were 39-25 for the Wolves, and Alex Auld stopped 34.

Puget Sound beat Queen City 7-4. The series is tied at one game apiece. The winner gets a slot in the Junior B nationals in Blaine, Minnesota.

Tomorrow: Prince George at Vancouver, Manitoba at Milwaukee
Wednesday: Seattle at Everett, Portland at Spokane
Thursday: Manitoba at Milwaukee
Friday: Seattle at Portland, Tri-City at Everett, Vancouver at Kelowna, Queen City at Puget Sound (Game 3 of Cascade Cup finals)
Saturday: Portland at Seattle, Everett at Tri-City, Kelowna at Vancouver, Queen City at Puget Sound (Game 4 of Cascade Cup finals)
Sunday: Everett at Seattle, Tri-City at Portland, Queen City at Puget Sound (Game 5 of Cascade Cup finals, if necessary)

Have a great Monday and a great start to the work week.

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