Saturday, April 02, 2005


Welcome to Saturday, or what's left of it.

For the random...if there's one thing I learned throughout my years of schooling, it's that I absolutely hate reading something that's not sports-related. If I'm required to read anything, I'll just hate it. Textbooks? Ugh. I'm not someone that can pick up a book and read it. I'm sure that alone probably doesn't make me a candidate for an Adult ADD diagnosis, but I can't focus on a book. No way.

To the post!

The Mariners will have their roster finalized tonight for Opening Day. I'm just hoping Abe Nunez and Wilson Valdez don't manage to slither their way onto the roster. Even with the walk-off hit last night, I don't think it's a stretch to say that Michael Garciaparra probably doesn't make the team. Congratulations to the Mariners for drafting the Frank Stallone of Garciaparras. Hopefully Pokey's shoulder is okay, and if it is, hopefully he doesn't get the hangnail from hell or something.

I just saw Felix Hernandez take a ball off his hand or arm or something. Not good. He's staying out there though. He got a strikeout to end that inning.

Omare Lowe is a Seahawk. I'm not expecting too much out of him, and his career stats would indicate such. Of course, the Seahawks figure that one year and $305k is a small price to pay for depth at cornerback with Ken Lucas gone and Bobby Taylor having some injury problems. The Times article says that they might use him at free safety as well, and may play some special teams. He's got a Super Bowl ring for playing in three games for last year's Patriots.

The bigger news? Jamie Sharper (cornerback) was cut by Houston, and the Seahawks immediately wanted to have him in for a visit.

The Miah Davis Update
In the Roanoke Dazzle's 94-87 win against the Asheville Altitude, Miah Davis played 36 minutes and scored 7 points, grabbed 7 boards, and had 3 assists. Unfortunately, he also had 5 turnovers. He shot 2-for-6 and hit 3 of 4 from the line.

The Marvin Williams Watch
Steve Kelley gives more ink to Marvin Williams. He's got some advice for Martell Webster on his upcoming decision of whether he jumps to the NBA or not.

The Tar Heels are in the Final Four at Saint Louis, where they will face Michigan State tomorrow at 5:47p for a spot in the national title game against the winner of Louisville/Illinois.

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

Fifty wins. I can't say I was expecting this back in early November. In this one, Ray Allen shot horribly but had the clutch three within the final 90 seconds. Damien Wilkins had his first start and did pretty well.

Rashard Lewis is out indefinitely. Ouch. He's got a bone bruise and an inflammation in a tendon, both in his right foot. He's got a CT scan and a bone scan on the way. It wasn't tough enough just having Radmanovic out anyway. Adversity heightens for the Sonics.

Jerome James wasn't suspended, but Robert Swift did get his size 19s taped together.

Tomorrow at Golden State (3p, FSNNW)
Tuesday at Sacramento (7p, FSNNW)
Friday vs. Lakers (7:30p, FSNNW)

Tri-City beat Seattle 3-2 in overtime. This is playoff hockey; surely Seattle couldn't get away that easily. Carey Price had to at least get one playoff win in net for the Americans, and he got it last night. Seattle sandwiched a Mitch Fadden goal between two Tri-City goals in the first period, and that 2-1 score held up until the third period, when Derek Couture poked one through. That 2-2 tie held up to force overtime. Mark Connors netted the winner for Tri-City 3:16 into the extra period. Shots were 27-26 for Tri-City. Bryan Bridges stopped 24 for the Thunderbirds. Tri-City lives for another day, as they force a Game 5, but still trail 3-1 in the series.

Portland beat Everett 3-2. The two teams traded goals, but Portland scored first and last. Mark Kress of Everett got whistled for holding just 68 seconds into the game, and Brandon Dubinsky cashed in on the ensuing power play. Similarly, Frazer McLaren was whistled for elbowing toward the end of the first period. On the ensuing power play, Ivan Baranka scored just 34 seconds out of the dressing room to tie the score at 1-1. Then Nick Hotson of Portland and Brady Calla traded goals one minute apart. Brian Woolger got a hold of a long rebound and put it away with 2:31 remaining in the game. Braydon Coburn had two assists for Portland. Shots were 26-24 for Everett. Mike Wall stopped 22 for the Silvertips, and Blake Grenier stopped 24 for Portland. Everett leads the series 3-2, but Portland forced a Game 6 with this win.

Kelowna beat Vancouver 3-2. The Giants had a 2-1 lead in the second period, but the Rockets scored twice in the second period and held the Giants out of the net. Adam Courchaine scored in the first period off his own rebound, and Paul Albers made a tally in the second period on the power play. Cam Cunning had two assists for the Giants. Shots were 25-23 for the Rockets, and Marek Schwarz stopped 22 for the Giants. Kelowna now leads the series 3-2.

Manitoba beat Syracuse 3-2 in overtime. Justin Morrison buried a rebound in the first period to get the Moose an early lead. Jesse Schultz cashed in on the power play to add on to the Moose lead in the second period. Syracuse scored 14 seconds into the third period and also scored with 9.7 seconds remaining in the period (on a 6-on-4) to tie it up and send it to overtime. Luckily, Morrison came through a second time for the Moose, only 24 seconds into the extra frame. Shots were 38-30 for the Crunch, and Alex Auld stopped 36 for Manitoba.

Tonight: Tri-City at Seattle (Game 5), Portland at Everett (Game 6), Kelowna at Vancouver (Game 6), Manitoba at Binghamton
Tuesday: Seattle at Tri-City (Game 6 if necessary), Everett at Portland (Game 7 if necessary), Syracuse at Manitoba
Wednesday: Tri-City at Seattle (Game 7 if necessary), Vancouver at Kelowna (Game 7 if necessary), Syracuse at Manitoba

Have a great rest of Saturday.

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