Sunday, April 03, 2005


Welcome to Sunday.

For the random...I think kiwis might be my favorite fruit. What I do is take a knife and peel off the skin, then eat the kiwi one half at a time. Juicy things, those kiwis. They taste great, and they're good for you too. However, I think they're pretty expensive. Those who like macadamia nuts and truffles probably experience the same thing, unless they're lucky enough to live close to where they're homegrown. Coming in a future random note (date to be determined): why Fuji apples are so freakin' good.

In the USA Swimming World Championship Trials in Indianapolis, the 100 butterfly was held on Friday (thanks to the Sun blip for this). Dana Kirk of Stanford via Bremerton finished 7th out of 63 swimmers with a 1:00.35 in the prelims and 8th out of 24 in the finals with a 1:00.17. The 200 fly event will take place tomorrow. Today and Tuesday, the 100 and 200 breaststroke events, respectively, take place. I'm guessing Tara Kirk will be swimming in both of those events.

Well, it turns out Greg Dobbs has made the big club. The only real surprises are that Pokey Reese is on the 15-day DL to start the year, and Wilson Valdez, who just flew to join the team to play short for the fake game yesterday, is on the opening roster. Well, that and the fact that Matt Thornton is on the roster. They've already got one lefty in the pen throwing way too many balls instead of strikes (Villone), so I hardly think they need another. Here's to hoping he has some semblance of control and command.

As for that game in Vegas yesterday, a ball grazed the wrist of Felix Hernandez on a ball up the middle. He stayed in the game, and ended up getting a strikeout to end that inning.

You know, if you don't play organized baseball for long enough, you get to a point where you'd almost kill to take a bunch of ground balls or fly balls, or even do the most mundane things in baseball. That's why I'd gladly play left for Mike Hargrove's 27 outs drill, part of Camp Grover. I'm sure my crow hop would kick some butt after that, and damned if I ever throw to the wrong base again.

Seriously, though. Screw this spring training stuff, because it's over.

THE MARINERS OPEN TOMORROW!! It's about damn time. Luckily we here in Bremerton can take the ferry over to Seattle and walk to the Safe, but if you're not able to take advantage of the one good thing about living in Kitsap County, then Metro shuttles may be optimal for you gameday transportation.

No, the draft's not here yet.

The Miah Davis Update
In the Dazzle's 112-108 loss to the Asheville Altitude, Miah Davis scored 13 points on 5-for-10 shooting (hit 1 of 2 threes, hit both shots from the line) and also grabbed 2 boards and dished out 5 assists (3 turnovers) in 34 minutes of play. The 13 points were good for Miah's first game in double figures since sitting out on March 24th with an ankle sprain. With two games left in the developmental league season, Miah has started the last 13 games in which he's played, and has averaged 12.2 points, 4.6 rebounds, and 5.2 assists per game (35.8 minutes).

Roanoke closes out their regular season next weekend, with road games Friday at Huntsville and Saturday at Columbus.

The Marvin Williams Watch
Reuters photo -- Lucy Nicholson
In the Tar Heels' 87-71 victory over Michigan State, Marvin Williams scored 2 points (alleyoop slam) on 1-for-6 shooting, but he was still a factor in 23 minutes of play. He pulled down 8 rebounds, had one assist, and had a nice block. His averages per 35 minutes are 18.0 points and 10.4 rebounds per game.

Thanks to their awakening in the second half last night, as well as Jawad Williams having the game of his life, the Tar Heels will face Illinois in the title game tomorrow night at 7:21p.

Danny Fortson came back Friday night against Portland, but he woke up with some arm stiffness yesterday morning. I hope he's well. Like I suspected while the game was going on, the frontcourt of Nick Collison and Fortson gave the Sonics some force down low on the glass and in general physical play. Nate McMillan noticed this, saying that their play turned the game around. Collison has developed into a solid fourth-quarter player, while Fortson is a big man who can shoot free throws. If the Sonics manage to get the opposing team into the penalty in the fourth quarter, Fortson down low is always an option. Any way you slice it, Collison and Fortson will grab a ton of rebounds. In other news, Damien Wilkins will get the start again in place of the injured Rashard Lewis, as opposed to having Ron Murray start at the 2 (Ray Allen at the 3).

Today at Golden State (3p, FSNNW)
Tuesday at Sacramento (7p, FSNNW)
Friday vs. Lakers (7:30p, FSNNW)
Saturday at Denver (6p, FSNNW)

Before I put the little blips up for tonight, I present to you pictures of an experiment with blue ice a couple weeks ago in an AHL game between the Cleveland Barons (Sharks affiliate) and the Rochester Americans (. It's all part of an attempt to make the game more watchable on television, as apparently the blue reflects less glare. The fluorescent orange (not blue) lines...that'd take some getting used to.
AP photoRochester Americans photo

Seattle beat Tri-City 2-1. The Thunderbirds didn't sweep, but they finished off the Americans in five games with a come-from-behind victory. Seattle got the win thanks to two third-period goals from Ladislav Scurko (8:01, faking a slap shot to get Carey Price down and then driving to the net) and Denis Tolpeko (12:53). Shots were 31-27 for Seattle, and Bryan Bridges stopped 26 for the win.

Portland beat Everett 3-2 in overtime. Portland staved off elimination, road ice, and Everett's 6-0 playoff overtime record to force a Game 7 on home ice. Mark Kress scored late in the opening period and Torrie Wheat tallied on the power play halfway through the second period. A Dan Da Silva goal was sandwiched between the two Everett goals. Darrell May got a very early goal in the third period to tie it at 2-2 for Portland, and the two teams stalemated to force overtime. May struck early again, just 64 seconds into the extra period to prolong the series and give the Winter Hawks the chance to take the series despite having been down three games to one. Kyle Bailey assisted on both of May's goals. Shots were 25-22 for Everett. Mike Wall stopped 19 for the Silvertips, while Blake Grenier stopped 23 for the Winter Hawks.

Kelowna beat Vancouver 3-2. Everett fans saw their team lose on home ice, but at least their team wasn't eliminated. That's what happened in Vancouver tonight. The Giants held the lead for all of 48 seconds in the first period. Garet Hunt went to the box for roughing, and Mitch Bartley put one through shorthanded. As mentioned, though, Kelowna tied it not long after, and the Giants never led after that. Another Bartley goal tied the game at 2-2 early in the third period, but Lauris Darzins ended up with the winner for the Rockets about halfway through the final frame. The Darzins goal held up, and now the Giants' season is over with. Shots were 33-28 for the Rockets, and Marek Schwarz stopped 30 for the Giants. Thanks to the Canucks not playing a single game this year, the Giants reaped the benefits, drawing good crowds all season long and drawing 16183 to the game last night.

Binghamton beat Manitoba 4-3. The Moose blew a 2-0 lead and never scored another meaningful goal for the rest of the game. Lee Goren scored just 82 seconds into the game, and Jesse Schultz put one through with 6:08 left in the period to build said 2-0 lead. The Senators scored the next four goals -- one in the first period, the tying goal in the second period, and then the go-ahead and pile-on/empty net goals in the third period. Rick Rypien's first professional goal came inside the final minute after the Senators had put one into the empty net. Shots were 39-26 for Binghamton, and Alex Auld stopped 35 for the Moose.

Upcoming (WHL conference semifinal matchups to be determined)...
Tuesday: Everett at Portland (Game 7), Syracuse at Manitoba
Wednesday: Syracuse at Manitoba
Saturday: Hamilton at Manitoba

Have a great Sunday, everyone.

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