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Monthly Archives: February 2010

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USA Hockey

It’s like 1980 all over again, right?

Well not quite. Nothing will replace the memory of the “Miracle on Ice” in Lake Placid when the USA Men’s Hockey team beat the Soviet Union. However, this is pretty cool in Vancouver, too.

It’s the rematch – USA vs. Canada on the Canadians home soil. It’s the final day of the Olympics. North America is guaranteed Gold and Silver. It doesn’t get better than this to end the games.

I admit I’m not a hockey aficionado, only because we don’t have a pro team here in Seattle. I have been to games and enjoy them and my nephews are avid youth players and I get some from them, too.  This Sunday, I will be glued to the tube pulling for the USA to bring home gold again. However, whichever way it goes, North America can be proud to hold the top two spots in a sport where the Eastern Europeans have dominated for so long.

Extra Points: For you auto racing fans, I have an upcoming blog post on a terrific presentation I heard from a Kitsap County racing legend. I just need more time to write it. Look for it coming to a blog post near you!

© 2010 Dan Weedin. All Rights Reserved

Bremerton’s Bree Schaaf finishes 5th in Bobsled

It was exciting to watch Bremerton’s Bree Schaaf, the 29-year old Olympic High grad, compete well in the Olympics last night. She and her partner Shauna Rohbock did themselves proud. I understand there is no medal for fifth place. But in my short time watching this competition, I find that it is incredibly competitive and the entire USA contingent represented the red, white, and blue well.  Schaaf’s teammates, Erin Pac, took the bronze.

Scary moment again on that track, however. Germany’s top team and perhaps the best pilot in the world for the women, lost control and crashed. The brakeman went flying out of the sled and careened down the track for what seemed an eternity. The pilot eventually emerged wobbly, but unscathed.

This track has been an disaster. The tragedy in the luge before the games officially began started it. I read articles an article in the NY Times that states that Canadian officials had been warned about the danger of the track and been asked to fix it. I certainly understand there is inherent danger in this sport. However, it seems clear that this Olympics has had more unrest, crashes, and tragedy than any other. Let’s hope we get out of the games this week without further incident.

To end on a good note – another hearty congratulations for a local girl “done good.” Way to go, Bree!

© 2010 Dan Weedin. All Rights Reserved

LT cut from San Diego – a Fit in Seattle?

LaDanian Tomlinson was cut from the San Diego Chargers yesterday after 9 seasons and a first ballot Hall of Fame career. he probably knows Pete Carroll from his days in SoCal.  Would he look good in Seahawks blue (nobody looks good in the lime green)?

Unfortunately – no.

Tomlinson is at a point in his career that he will be a utility back who can’t handle all the pounding and carries. He can still be effective for some team, but I think we saw enough in Justin Forsett to fill that bill for us. Forsett is younger, probably faster, and cheaper. We’ve been down this road in the past with older running backs – see Franco Harris and Edgerrin James. I think LT has a few years and some yard left, but probably not here.

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Monday Morning QB

1 – Congratulations to Apolo Ohno and Bode Miller for achievements over the weekend.  The medals aren’t all gold and I’m encouraged that consistent success is being honored. When Michael Phelps swam on the Summer games, you got the feeling that anything less than gold was not acceptable.  “Atta Boys” to these two athletes.

2 – The Men’s US Hockey team beat Canada over the weekend, too.  Canada was set to win the gold at home (and still may) but the Americans just made it tougher.  Not quite the “miracle,”but not far off. This Canadian team is stacked and a prohibitive favorite. The Americans are considered a medal hopeful. Big win for the USA.

3 – Anyone else getting spring fever? Pitchers and catchers have been underway for a week.  Baseball is in the air!

4 – A huge win for the Huskies hoops team over UCLA. They clobbered them on national television.  They probably still need to win the Pac-10 tournament, but a strong finish and two wins in the tournament could have them on the bubble and in the conversation.

© 2010 Dan Weedin. All Rights Reserved

Looking for Reporters

Okay, I’m only good at writing on sports I know, love, and understand (at least in my mind I’m good at it, and that’s what counts).  Recently, the topic of NASCAR came up.  I don’t follow soccer, either.  Here is an “official” call out to any of my readers who are aficionados of NASCAR and soccer who would like to contribute every once in awhile to the blog.  Here are the rules:

1 – The piece must be topical, current, and of interest

2 – Under 400 words

3 – Must be sent in 24 hours in advance to get added for the next day

4 – No whining, complaining, or throwing of objects if I don’t include it (but I probably will)

5 – No foul language (I’m the judge); should be your opinion along with some fact; and needs a catchy headline

6 – I will take up to two people for each sport.  First come, first serve.

7 – No more than once a week and more like every other week.

You must post your interest on this blog and I will confirm you.

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Tiger’s Tale Continues…

I just watched the replay of Tiger Woods’ apology.  A few thoughts…

1 – It seemed sincere.  I felt like it was Arthur Fonzirelli trying to spit out, “I’m sooooorry…” all over again.  However, it appears genuine.

2 – We are still playing by Tiger’s rules. No questions, no questions in the future, he calls the shots.  That won’t change.

3 – Finally, we see his face.  It’s a good step.  Now he needs to get his life in order and get back to work.

4 – I really don’t care about his personal life. I do hope he and his wife work it out. I wouldn’t wish what they are going through on anyone.  I’m rooting for him to make it work.

5 – The PGA needs him desperately. No sport has ever needed an athlete more…not even Jordan and the NBA. He’d better hurry.

What are your thoughts?

© 2010 Dan Weedin. All Rights Reserved

Come Sail Away?

It doesn’t seem that long ago that Dennis Conner was skippering the yacht that won the America’s Cup.  It was big national news with headlines all over the papers and magazines.  I just caught the “big” news that we finally won the cup back deep in the recesses of the Wall Street Journal on Tuesday.  The first time since 1995 that the United States has owned the cup. Yawn…

For some reason, the luster has gone out of this cup.  Maybe what is needed is a character like Dennis Conner to energize the event.  Or, maybe it just needs to be raced again in Newport (see photo).  I think more the former than the latter.

P.S. This photo taken when I was at the Castle Hill Inn in Newport, RI.  A fabulous venue for such an event, even if it doesn’t float your boat (pun intended).

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Odds and Ends

1 – Kevin Durant scored 25 points last night against Dallas. That is 25 straight games that he has poured in at least 25 points. That ranks third all time behind Michael Jordan (40) and Allen Iverson.  Am I the only one with that sick feeling in my stomach realizing that he was part of the Sonics just 2 years ago? That could be us? Can you imagine how he would own this city if it were happening here?

2 – Pitchers and catchers report in baseball.  That also signals the start of Fantasy Baseball.  Baseball is the perfect game for fantasy sports. It’s all about stats and time.  If you’ve ever thought you might like to try your hand at fantasy baseball, contact me on this blog and I will send you information about my league. I’m looking for a few good owners and would invite my readers to jump in.

3 – Didn’t watch any Olympics last night. Not sure why, except the family wanted to get caught up on our NCIS watching.  The Olympics are a nice respite from other sports, but over the course of 2 weeks, you need an occasional break in the action.

4 – There is increasing noise about the NFL Draft in two months and the Seahawks have been very quiet.  This, of course, intrigues me even more.  There is also increased talk about bringing disgruntled Denver WR Brandon Marshall over in a trade. If it doesn’t cost us one of our first rounders, I’m willing to make that deal.  First rounders are a premium, so to me they are untouchable.  Package a second rounder with other options and I’m game.

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