Sunday, March 06, 2005


Welcome to Sunday.

Today's random...I'm pretty sure I hate the smell of freshly-cut grass. I just thought it was an overrated scent. Also, if you like it, and then soak it up too much, you might draw some traces of other pollen and crap that you're allergic to, and that's never good. Freshly-cut grass also seems to give grass stains a lot easier than if it sits there for a couple days.

To the post...

In observance of yesterday's dedication of Edgar Martinez Drive South, Felix Hernandez had his cap fall off 11 times out of 25 pitches. There were many suggestions for Felix to chop the mop. Also in the article is that Shin-Soo Choo took a buttload of fly balls early in the morning after his adventurous day playing right field in Maryvale on Friday.

The cream of the fluff -- Larry Stone on Adrian Beltre. The colostomy bag story comes up again. The Dodgers that Beltre left behind are still gushing about him. Everyone wearing Dodger blue seems to love the hell out of Adrian Beltre. There's also a couple quotes from Tim Wallach, who looked great in the Expos' red, white, and blue of old.

Though it's not Mariners, I'd have to say I totally saw this coming. From that Stone article, ESPN's Pedro Gomez will be following Barry Bonds all freakin' year. I haven't seen anything like this since Shelley Smith was hanging out way too much in Eagle, Colorado. Before that, I think I'd have to go back to Roger Cossack and Greta Van Susteren doing the OJ trial. If Smith and Gomez don't watch out, they'll have book companies beating paths to their doors. Hopefully Shelley Smith won't get a facelift that manages to make her uglier. That's not a knock on Shelley Smith. Not in the least.

As mentioned earlier (or scroll down two posts), Trent Dilfer will be going to Cleveland for a fourth-round draft pick in the upcoming draft. As of right now, it looks as if Dilfer will be the Browns' starting quarterback. Congratulations and good luck to Trent Dilfer.

The Miah Davis Update
In the Roanoke Dazzle's 124-113 road loss to the Florida Flame, Miah Davis played 38 minutes. He scored 12 points, tallied 8 assists, grabbed 1 rebound, and had 2 steals. He also turned the ball over twice and fouled out. Still, an 8/2 assist-to-turnover ratio is nothing at which to scoff. Miah shot 5-for-13 from the field, and 2-for-2 from the line.

The Dazzle host Florida on Saturday, and Fayetteville the following Saturday and Sunday.

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

I saw most of this game, this 77-67 loss at Stanford. I'd have to say I saw way too many drives to the basket by Stanford, and I also saw too many dumb fouls committed by the Huskies. I'm not saying the free throw distribution shouldn't have been a bit more even, but there were some dumb reach-in fouls where they just needed to back away and not give up the two free throws (depending on whether they were in the penalty). For goodness' sake, you can't go 8:34 without scoring and throw up 17 straight bricks against even an average team and expect to win.

You can scroll down to Jeremy's post below this one to see the draw for the Pac-10 tournament. The Huskies get Arizona State on Thursday in the 2/7 game (6p, FSNNW).

The Zags get San Diego tonight in the West Coast Conference semifinals (6p, ESPN2).

Everyone's been wondering about where the Sonics might go in terms of locking up Ray Allen to a deal. Both Steve Kelley and Ray think the same thing, though. What about Vladimir Radmanovic? I think if Rick Sund has to choose between one of the two, I'd have to take Radmanovic. Sure, it'd be hard to replace Ray Allen (and his vastly underrated leadership skills this year), but Radmanovic has age and a ton of potential on his side. The effect he can have on games now is great, but to think it can be a lot more is just incredible.

Totally out of place here, but I have to say it's an absolute joy to be able to follow the Sonics this closely (which I wouldn't be able to do in Ellensburg because their cable is jacked) and to hear Kevin Calabro on a game-to-game basis. This is the kind of thing I'll think about if I ever move away from this region.

Percy's right. I find the trend disturbing myself. It seems like so many players have done it this year. The one that sticks in my mind is Jimmy Jackson not reporting to the Hornets after being traded there. In college, I should have held out of my third quarter of general physics, and lobbied for pickleball class to count for five credits and still count as a science class. Or something like that. There's no real-world analogy for this ridiculous NBA phenomenon, so I won't go down in flames again trying to think of one.

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

Seattle shut out Everett 2-0. Nate Thompson handle all the goal-scoring in this game, scoring in the final two periods to shut out the Silvertips and clinch the US Division for the Thunderbirds. Tyler Metcalfe assisted on both goals. Everett had a goal disallowed by one of the linesmen, when a referee actually signaled for a goal. Shots were 27-18 for Seattle. Mike Wall stopped 25 for Everett, and Bryan Bridges stopped 18 for Seattle in his WHL-leading 11th shutout this season.

Tri-City beat Portland 3-2. The Winter Hawks got the equalizer early in the third period from Mike Funk to send it into overtime, where Ian McDonald put it away for the Americans. Darrell May scored the other Portland goal. Shots were 45-29 for Portland. Blake Grenier stopped 26 for Portland, and Carey Price stood on his head and stopped 43 for Tri-City.

Kelowna and Vancouver skated to a 1-1 overtime tie. The Giants needed to hold the strong Rockets for another 7:53 to get the win, but they couldn't quite do it. Gilbert Brule scored his 36th of the season to account for the Giants' offense. Shots were 30-16 for Kelowna, and Marek Schwarz stopped 29 for the Giants. The Giants drew 9694 to the Pacific Coliseum for this game.

Rochester beat Manitoba 5-4. The Moose almost came back from being down 4-0 to pull this one out. Wade Flaherty allowed four goals on his first 13 shots in the first period, and was pulled for Alex Auld. Jason King scored on the power play to dent the scoreboard a bit in the first period, and the Moose were down 4-1. Josh Green scored right out of the dressing room, and Peter Sarno later scored in the second period to get the Moose within one. Rochester added another goal in the third period, though it was answered by Ryan Kesler. The Moose never tied it, however. Shots were 41-27 for the Moose. Wade Flaherty stopped 9 of 13, and Alex Auld stopped 13 of 14.

Tonight: 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
Saturday: Portland at Everett, Vancouver at Prince George, Manitoba at Chicago, Puget Sound vs. Queen City (Game 1 of Cascade Cup Finals)

Have a great Sunday, everyone.

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