Saturday, March 12, 2005


Welcome to Sunday. Yeah, this is late.

For the random...I hate spiders. They're great outside, just as long as they don't come into the house. I once let out an authoritative primal yell after I squashed a big one while watching Almost Live back in the day. The TV was the only light in the room, and I noticed a spot moving across the floor. I turned on the light, and it was a huge spider, then I reached for a shoe and smacked. I hate spiders.

Also, I forgot which columnist said it (might have been Allen or Thiel), but I agree with whoever it is that wished Michael Jordan was an ambassador for basketball rather than an ambassador for Nike. These Jordan commercials with the kids? I just mute them or change the channel every time. More ads actually make me even less likely to think of buying the overpriced shoes.

To the post!

I think we're all hoping that Felix Hernandez doesn't go all Todd Van Poppel on us. I think I've got cards stashed away somewhere that have ol' TVP dressed in the duds of the Tacoma Tigers. Too bad I didn't sell those cards when they were still worth something. Same with that Classic card I have of Brien Taylor.

Eddie Guardado is out one week, but could be out three weeks, if the hamstring is especially bad. With the injuries to Pineiro and Guardado this year, I haven't felt this queasy about a spring training since last year when Rafael Soriano got hurt in spring training. I think we can all agree that Soriano's injury was certainly a bad omen, especially considering how badly they needed him.

Don't be such a Putz. Yes, it appears they think he's the de facto closer. I don't know how that'd hold up over the course of a season, but at least he's cheap, I guess.

The Seahawks brought in a free agent from another team! Yes, it's Kevin Bentley, former linebacker of the Cleveland Browns. He apparently has quickness and speed, according to a scout in the article, and he might start alongside DD Lewis, with Chad Brown getting more limited time on the field. Farnsworth says they're trying to rework Brown's contract. He's 35 already.

In the visit ruckus, Philadelphia defensive end Derrick Burgess left town without an offer, and Atlanta fullback Fred McCrary never made it into town, re-signing with Atlanta.

The Miah Davis Update
The Roanoke Dazzle host Florida today, and Fayetteville the following Saturday and Sunday.

The Marvin Williams Watch
North Carolina beat Clemson 88-81, thanks to Raymond Felton putting the entire Tar Heel squad on his back in the second half. Marvin Williams played 23 minutes off the bench, shooting 1-for-4 from the field and hitting all 8 of his free throws for 10 points along with 6 rebounds (3 offensive) and an assist.

The Tar Heels face Georgia Tech right now as I type this (10:30a, ESPN)

The Huskies beat Stanford 66-63 to advance to the Pac-10 tournament's title game. I think it's being resilient when they can still win despite getting only four points from Brandon Roy and a brutal two points from Tre Simmons. The bottom line is still there, though. They're in the title game, and they get a hack at Arizona on a neutral floor.

Blaine Newnham either read Jeremy's mind or read his post before writing his article that ran today about annually rotating the Pac-10 tournament. Any way you slice it it just makes too much sense.

The Huskies play Arizona today (3p, CBS)

Gonzaga is awaiting the brackets, to be unveiled tomorrow.

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

Three straight losses, all at home. The Sonics have lost five of their last seven home games, and have a better road record than home record. The game was just weird all around, a lot of Sonic players (namely Ray Allen) were ticked off about the officiating, and the game was played with the wrong score on the scoreboard for 22 minutes. Nate McMillan didn't rail away about it, but Scott Skiles said that he was surprised they were still playing, since coaching and substitutions rely on what the score is and how much time is left. Not to mention the crowd would have been a lot more into it, as they were listless most of the night before the middle of the fourth quarter, especially considered there was a three-pointer in one of those articles pointed out that would have given the Sonics a lead, when they were shown as being down by one. Still, the Sonics were hot in the first quarter, and then hit the skids, no matter what the score was.

Also, the Danny Fortson benching was apparently Rick Sund's call. With or without him, the Sonic bench has been dramatically off lately, mostly due to Vladimir Radmanovic's uncooperative shooting wrist.

Tomorrow at New York (3p, FSNNW)
Tuesday at Chicago (5:30p, FSNNW)
Wednesday at Detroit (4:30p, FSNNW)
Friday vs. Orlando (7:30p, FSNNW)

Everett beat Seattle 5-1. Seattle is 0-4 in Everett this season. Of course, Seattle has the division locked up, and really didn't have much to play for in this one. The Silvertips jumped out to a 3-0 lead in this one. Brady Calla and Zach Sim scored in the opening period, and Kyle Annesley scored early in the second period on the power play. Tyler Metcalfe then scored the only Seattle goal before Torrie Wheat put the came away with two goals of his own in the second and third periods. Shots were 32-28 for Seattle. Leland Irving stopped 31 for Everett, and Bryan Bridges stopped 23 for Seattle.

Spokane beat Portland 4-1. Sort of like the Everett/Seattle game, Portland was only able to get within one goal after Spokane jumped out to a 2-0 lead. Portland's only goal was on a power play by Dan Da Silva in the second period, but Spokane's two third-period goals did them in. Shots were 32-27 for Portland. Dustin Butler stopped 13 of 15, and Blake Grenier stopped 11 of 12 for Portland after Butler was pulled.

Vancouver beat Prince George 6-3. The Cougars never got closer than two goals. Matt Robinson sandwiched a goal between two Adam Courchaine goals that staked the Giants out to a 3-0 lead. The teams then traded goals three times, with Cody Franson and Mark Fistric scoring in the second period, and Gilbert Brule scoring in the third period. Shots were 34-31 for Prince George, and Marek Schwarz stopped 31 for Vancouver.

Today: Portland at Everett, Vancouver at Prince George, Manitoba at Chicago, Puget Sound at Queen City (Game 1 of Cascade Cup Finals)
Tomorrow: Spokane at Seattle, Everett at Portland, Manitoba at Chicago, Manitoba at Grand Rapids, Puget Sound at Queen City (Game 2 of Cascade Cup Finals)
Tuesday: 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)

Have a great Saturday.

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