March 27, 2007
Bill the Beer man died today
Seattle Sports Blog:
A sad, sad day in Seattle Sports history today that Bill "The Beerman" died today of cardiac arrest....he was a legend and someone we'll never forget here at Seattle Sports Blog
March 19, 2007
NCAA basketball update
Well, we here at Seattle Sports Blog are getting absolutely crushed in our own office pool as well as a few we are running outside of our offices in Seattle. Specifically, Texas really ruined any chances of us picking a good bracket. Durrant obviously couldn't lead one team to the promised land and we fell right into the ESPN trap of hyping him up. He's good, but he's not a leader quite yet. WSU of course "coug-ed it" with a deplorable showing against Vanderbilt. Yes, that's right people, Vanderbilt beat Wazzu. Ugly is the only way we can describe it. Maryland, Virginia Tech, and Virginia also killed our bracket. OK, we missed the boat on Butler, but we figured Southern Illinois couldn't repeat their miracle run of 2002. We stand corrected.
Also, despite what our favorite idiots Hargrove, Bavasi, Chuckie Armstrong, and Lincoln might be saying, the Mariners are in DEEP trouble this year. Everyone around baseball says hogwash with the pre-season, but it usually paints a picture of how things are in real life.
Take a look at the current Cactus league totals....guess who is #0? You guessed it, your 2007 Seattle Mariners.
CACTUS W L PCT GB
Arizona 12 6 .667 -
LA Angels 13 8 .619 1
Texas 11 6 .647 1
San Francisco 12 9 .571 2
Colorado 10 8 .556 2
Oakland 9 9 .500 3
Chicago Cubs 8 9 .471 4
Milwaukee 9 11 .450 4
Kansas City 8 11 .421 5
San Diego 7 10 .412 5
Chicago Sox 8 12 .400 5
Seattle 6 14 .300 7
March 15, 2007
NCAA Hoops update
National Sports Blog: NCAA basketball
Well, so far, no upsets to speak of in the early rounds. We had Old Dominion over Butler but didn't have them beating Maryland, so no harm no foul. Kudos to WSU for pulling out a decisive win...up next? A very impressive Vanderbilt team that smoked George Washington today. That was a big surprise by many. We think Wazzu can take Vandy and let's hope there is a strong support in Sacramento for WSU considering it's much closer for WSU fans.
Anyone else have ideas on how their brackets are turning out so far? If you picked the favorites, you're doing great....but how boring!!!
March 12, 2007
Seahawks making right moves
Seattle Seahawks Blog:
Boy, gotta say, Seattle is making the right moves this offseason. We really like the aquistion of Grant in the secondary as we felt that Hamlin had lost his "Hammer" status this year. Also, Kearney was a nice pick-up for an often slowed down Grant Winstrom this last year. We loved Grant's fire, but we feel that Kearney has the same and is a step quicker.
The next question to address is what to do with Darrell Jackson. We here at Seattle Sports Blog think we should keep him, but that's only our opinion. Not sure if Deon is a #1 WR, nor is Hackett or an aging Engram. Jackson is solid and if he can stay healthy, a big threat. We shouldn't have to be at the point of making Hasselbeck re-learn a new WR corp.
UW gets snubbed by NIT
Washington Huskies basketball blog:
Ouch, is all we can say. UW had a horrible year, but they should have at least been invited to the NIT. Which begs the question: why even have the NIT? It seems pointless to us to keep running it. Is there an NIT Superbowl? Are there Tier II bowl games? Well, the most important thing that we should do is remember this season as one of the biggest dissapointments in UW basketball history. Dentmon? Should not start next year, bottom line.
We'll send out our thoughts on the brackets later this week
March 8, 2007
Seahawks release Wistrom
Seattle Seahawks Blog:
Well, can't say we didn't see this one coming......we like the move, even though Grant was a good guy. He just didn't produce enough and wasn't quick enough for our defensive scheme
UW pulls out a gritty win
Washington Mens Basketball Blog:
Well, that was about as ugly a game as UW has played all year. There must be something to be told about the fact that young teams have trouble winning on the road...unless you are of course the Fab 5. Hawes' didn't exactly tear up the nets last night, shooting 5-13 with 3 turnovers. Dentmon? Good shooting night (5-7), but he is still a major liability out there and pretty much a walking time-bomb with the ball in his hands. Anyone else catch that traveling call that was a no call with .50 seconds left? That would have killed us and given momentum back to ASU. Appleby may have been 2-10 shooting, but those 2 FG's were 3's and came at crucial times (like when it was 45-41 with about 4:00 min's left). Bottom line, an ugly win, win #2 on the road for us (what a coinsidence, the other was against ASU as well)
From here, they have to play perfect basketball tonight to beat WSU. Wazzu's slow it down pace may actually favor the Dawgs tonight given they may be a bit tired from last night's game. Hawes and Brockman HAVE to dominate tonight or we are in big trouble. Feed the ball into them with good passes and have them kick it out for open 3's.
Seattle Sports Blog will be watching with our fingers crossed.......
March 6, 2007
Hawks sign Kerney
Seattle Seahawks Blog:
The Hawks signed Patrick Kerney today away from Atlanta and he is supposedly one of the top free agents out there.
At the age of 30 and with a total of 4 sacks last year, at best, we see him starting and swoppin' time with Winstrom. We'd like to see Tapp and Fisher on the other DE side. Regardless, we have a good deal of talent now at DE with Peterson "the roaming blitzer" able to do what he does best. If we can get Daniel G. from New England, that should complete the puzzle for 2008 for now.
March 5, 2007
STOP SENATE BILL SB5544!
We don't often get political here on Seattle Sports Blog but this one has really got me going...
A certain group is supporting a new Senate bill, in Washington State, that essentially outlaws riding any sort of motorized off-road vehicle within 10 feet of a residence/residential area - within a certain decibel level. The catch is that it is so broad that if you and I build a motorcross track in our backyard in BFE and then 5 years from now, someone builds a home nextdoor, we have to close our track down - so they can have "peace & quiet". This isn't right and there is a rally this Friday in Olympia. We hope this helps get the word out for those riders who can take a little time to head down there and let people know that this is the most offensive law ever written against ORV (Off Road Vehicles) and passing bills that screw everyone else but oneself is not a way to operate with one's fellow citizens.
Here is a link to the rally flyer:
When one of the supporters of the bill was asked "why" he supported it, here is what he wrote (below). Not exactly the most logical, yet it is very biased, experience of ORV riders & riding:
SENATE INTERNET E-MAIL DELIVERY SERVICE
TO: Senator Adam Kline
FROM: Dave Helgeson (Possible Non-Constituent)
SUBJECT: SB 5544
I am curious to know why you would co-sponsor the most discriminatory, anti-OHV Bill ever proposed?
-WOHVA (Washington Off Highway Vehicle Alliance)
I signed on because I have been annoyed, endangered, and angered one too many times by people riding motorized dirt-bikes and other off-road vehicles that have no damn business anywhere. To me, this bill is narrow--it doesn't include those "personal watercraft," seemingly jet-powered little missiles whose only apparent purpose is to risk death and dismemberment for boaters and swimmers, for the amusement of spoiled drunk teenagers.
Yes, I am sure there is the occasional responsible person who rides one of these machines on land or water. And yes, like every human being I have been pleasantly surprized to find my stereotypes broken. But why, why, why, do folks insist on motorized "sports"? Those two words are an oxymoron. There is nothing sporting--athletic, physically demanding--about riding any machine anywhere. And it's a damned annoyance to folks who see the outdoors as a place to go for quiet and solitude and self-exploration. I would be happy to ban the use of the internal combustion engine off-road, by anyone without a handicapped sticker, subject to a stiff fine. Maybe we could call this an anti-obesity measure.
Please circulate this to all motorized sports enthusiasts, so they can remember never to vote for me.
PROTECT YOUR RIGHT TO RIDE YOUR ORV
The Washington State Legislature is currently considering drastic changes to the offroad vehicle noise laws.
The proposed changes would include creating maximum sound levels for riding near any residence, regardless of where that residence is located or how it is zoned. It would become illegal to ride if your bike is either plainly audible or exceeds 45 decibels from inside of, or with 10 feet of any residence. This would even include residences that are on farm land, forest land or in an industrial area. It would also be illegal to ride if your bike exceeds 55 decibels at the property line. The fine for this new crime would be a minimum of $100, going up to a maximum of $800.
These new limits would only apply to your dirtbike or quad. It would not apply to other, more common sources of residential noise such as lawnmowers, chainsaws, cars, trucks, boats, airplanes, stereos, playgrounds, ball fields, etc. It is just plain discrimination against ORV use and has nothing to do with keeping neighborhoods quiet.
If this becomes law, forget about riding any track in the State of Washington. Also, you can count on the vast majority of riding areas shutting down.
You can find additional information on this subject at http://www.stumpjumpers.org/legislative/
Contact your State Senator and two House of Representatives members NOW!
Let them know what you think of this discriminatory piece of legislation.
Find them on the web at http://apps.leg.wa.gov/DistrictFinder/Default.aspx
Or send them a phone message using 1-800-562-6000
DO IT NOW - YOUR RIGHT TO RIDE IS AT STAKE!
Sonics and Huskies have great weekend
Seattle Sonics Blog:
The team sure seems to be coming together of late with the re-insertion of Rashard Lewis back into the line-up. We here at Seattle Sports Blog give Rashard a hard time in that we still think he could do better in big games (he stunt it up against San Antanio ni the playoffs a few years ago), but we also see how vital he is to the team. With Wilcox and Collison grabbing up rebounds, Rashard has been able to explode for a nice 28.2 points per game since his return....not too shabby. The Sonics have an outside shot of making the playoffs and would probably be the most dangerous team entering the playoffs this year. If they can stay healthy for the remaining 20+ games, they have a shot. Certainly would help keeping them around in Seattle, don't ya think?
Washington Men's basketball blog:
Just when you thought the Huskies were dead in the water (love that hydroplane reference :)), they pull off a great game against the #2 team in the nation, UCLA. Hawes and Brockman, enough said. That combination, if they stay one more year, would prove to be a deadly combo that NO one could compete with next year. We truely hope they stick around for one more year, especially given these numbers: Hawes: 13 points, 15 rebs, 5 blocks Brockman: 20 points and 13 rebounds. Brockman could probably go pro as well, but the NBA sucks and you only get to experience college hoops once, so we hope they follow pride over $$$.
Early signs from an article written by Steve Kelley show that Spencer Hawes may stay another year, which would be HUGE.....http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/stevekelley/2003599742_kelley040.html
March 1, 2007
Mariners 2007 season
Seattle Mariners Blog 2007
Do we reeeeeally have to endure another year of Bozo Bavasi, Chuckie Armstrong, and Howard "I'm 89 years old" Lincoln? Mark our words, the Mariners will be one of the worst teams in baseball this year, no doubt about it. Please, Seattle fans, we here at Seattle Sports Blog beg you, send letters to Nintendo asking for the resignation of these clowns....all 3 of them. DO NOT GO TO THE GAMES THIS YEAR. BOYCOTT THE SEATTLE MARINERS until some serious changes are made.
99% of teams out there have at the least the smallest of hopes during Spring Training...not the Seattle Mariners.