Saturday, March 05, 2005


Welcome to Saturday. I hope your weekend has started off on a good note.

For today's random...I kinda miss the steam heating back at the campus in Ellensburg. It was bad if you got into the wrong building and the heater/radiator would make knocking and pinging noises (big Lind Hall lecture room during a test), but if you had a small room, it would heat up pretty quickly. The steam heat also made for really cool steaming holes around campus, namely the one by the tennis courts, and the one by the greenhouse on the west side of the campus. But the one thing you learn quickly is not to touch the heater, and also not to leave anything meltable (or flammable, for that matter) on the good ol' hot-metal heaters. The weird thing about the heater back in my last place was that you had to crank it pretty high for it to even work, so I'd keep having to race back to it and turn it down when I discovered it was sweltering in the room. Then I'd open the window and let some 20-degree air inside to quickly neutralize the temperature.

Oh yeah, big congrats to the hometown Puget Sound Tomahawks, who swept their series with the Tri-City Titans last night and are going to the Cascade Cup Finals to determine the champion of the Northern Pacific Hockey League. The series will start on Friday.

To the post...

Joel Pineiro threw yesterday and said, "I got your flexor bundle right here." Okay, maybe he didn't say that, but everything seems to be checking out, as he threw and eventually cut loose. Likewise with Jeff Nelson. In the field, Shin-Soo Choo had a hell of a day, but don't we all? At least his only came in spring training. Rett Johnson also threw in the game.

Following in the long line of articles about recently-departed Mariners with other teams, here's a piece on Pat Borders. Basically we're told that the Mariners will roll out the red carpet for Pat to be a coach in the system when he retires. The article also shows the names of Pat's children, but not the reason why all their names start with L. Surely that's not for anything to do with losses or losing.

Also, some people at the box offices at the ballpark will be able to see the formal on-site dedication of Edgar Martinez Way. Should be fun.

The Seahawks officially cut Anthony Simmons loose, and that makes getting a linebacker an even higher priority. Unfortunately, the cupboard is getting progressively bare, as Jeremiah Trotter re-signed with the Eagles yesterday, therefore cancelling his trip to Seattle. Names that Clare Farnsworth gives to the public as possible linebacker targets are Edgerton Hartwell of the Ravens (you can call him Ed) and Kendrell Bell of the Steelers.

The team apparently has thought about Patrick Surtain to fill the void left by Ken Lucas. The Dolphins might be seeking a high pick in return, and Farnsworth said they were seeking a second-rounder.

As for travel tidbits, Chike Okeafor met with the Broncos and will be meeting with Arizona. Even restricted free agent Rocky Bernard is joining the parade, meeting with the Houston Texans.

The Miah Davis Update
The Roanoke Dazzle plays at Florida tonight and they host Florida the following Saturday.

The Marvin Williams Watch
The Tar Heels host some team calling themselves Duke tomorrow (1p, CBS), the only game remaining before the ACC tournament.

Yes, the Huskies have a chance today to get themselves a share of the Pac-10 regular season title. Sure, the Huskies haven't won at Stanford in 12 years, but this Stanford team isn't exactly stellar, and they've since replaced the floor.

The Huskies are at Stanford today (1p, CBS) before they open Pac-10 tournament play on Thursday, with the games being televised by FSNNW.

In the West Coast Conference tournament, the Zags get the winner of today's San Diego/Pepperdine game. The Zags play tomorrow (6p, ESPN2).

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.

Man, what a win that was. We've seen this team win in so many ways this season against so many teams, and it seems to me that the only way you can beat this team is if you match up small with them (Boston, notably). They beat Dallas and San Antonio back to back on the road (they're one of only two teams to beat the Spurs at San Antonio), and those teams have two very different styles. They beat Houston on the road in a tough, knock-down, drag-out game, similar to the one they had last night against Detroit. We've also seen the crazy comeback against Memphis at the Key. It's weird because it seems like I can't point out many games where they were hard-fought games and the Sonics just got edged out in the end. If they get beat, it's because they shoot like crap and they get whipped, or because Earl Boykins breaks a record in overtime. Even more scary is that I'm stil beside myself that the Sonics lost those two games before the break. I thought they should have beat both Dallas and Golden State. Anyway, if you would chalk those up as wins, the Sonics would have had a 10-1 February and they'd have won 13 of 14.

...but 11 of 14 isn't bad.

Tomorrow vs. Phoenix (6p, FSNNW)
Tuesday vs. Houston (7p, FSNNW)
Friday vs. Chicago (7:30p, not televised)

Portland beat Vancouver 4-2. Dan Da Silva opened the scoring for Portland in the first period, and scored the winner in the second period. Kyle Bailey scored to get the Winter Hawks a 2-0 lead after one. Matt Robinson scored for Vancouver in the second period to get the Giants within one before Da Silva scored his second. Likewise, Andrej Meszaros' third-period goal was negated by Brian Woolger, who was plus-3 on the night. Shots were 32-26 for Vancouver. Dustin Butler stopped 30 for Portland, and Marek Schwarz stopped 22 for Vancouver. Butler had his first start since the 8th of February, resting up from he started 18 straight games when Blake Grenier was injured.

Puget Sound beat Tri-City 2-1. The Titans opened the scoring in the first period, but Carl Horten scored the equalizer later in the first period, and netted the winner just past the halfway point in the third period. Both of Horten's goals came on the power play, and Mike Truex assisted on both goals. Iggy Slepokourev was busy in net. Shots were 39-31 for Tri-City, and Iggy stopped 38, as he was peppered with pucks. The Tomahawks are now in the Cascade Cup Finals, and will square off against the Queen City Cutthroats from Helena, Montana. The series will start Friday, though the rink hasn't been determined.

Saturday: Everett at Seattle, Tri-City at Portland, Kelowna at Vancouver, Rochester at Manitoba
Sunday: Seattle at Portland, Vancouver at Kamloops, Rochester at Manitoba
Wednesday: Tri-City at Seattle, Everett at Spokane, Manitoba at Grand Rapids
Friday: Seattle at Everett, Spokane at Portland, Vancouver at Prince George, Manitoba at Grand Rapids

Have a great Saturday.

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