Let’s start with the “Ugly” and work backwards. I like ending on
a high note…
High School Football – I was at the North Kitsap – Bremerton
game Friday night. Bremerton dominated. RB Kyle Kennedy (amended)
reminds me of John Riggins. They trounced the home-standing Vikings
and deserve accolades for the win. Why is this an “Ugly?” Because
Bremerton coach Nate Gillem allowing his team to humiliate an
opponent is totally classless. Bremerton intercepted a Viking pass
on their own 3-yard line with only a couple of minutes left in the
game. They were winning 35-7. Game over, right? Wrong.
After getting out of the shadow of their goal line, Bremerton
preceded to pass the ball downfield (with their starters) to
attempt to score again. They threw long, they ran trick plays, as
NK coach Steve Frease screamed at them from the other side of the
field with his finger pointing to…the scoreboard.
With seconds to go, Bremerton ran a reverse play to score a TD.
Not an off-tackle, not a dive, but a reverse. Thank goodness they
were called for holding, so it didn’t stand. They then kneeled down
to end the game, but the damage was done.
Gillem explained they needed the win (already firmly in place by
only 4 tD’s). He also said he let his players call the plays.
Great. So that’s why every coach on your sideline was encouraging
the players to score. Sportsmanship needs to at least stay in high
school sports. In an era where parents are out of control on
expectations, and kids are being wooed by colleges at younger and
younger ages, you’d hope coaches would at least show some measure
of respect and charity. I’m all about winning. I’m not about
humiliating kids and coaches in front of their fans. Coach Nate
Gillem was way over the line and should be reprimanded. His players
should have been in the spotlight after the game. Not him.
Bad – the Seattle Seahawks offense. Fortunately for them, the
“Ugly” went to someone else. Special teams won the game the
previous week. No such luck in St. Louis. Coach Carroll has 2 weeks
to figure out a way to make first downs, much less touchdowns. This
is getting to be as anemic as the Mariners offense. And they at
least had Felix Hernandez to help them out every 5 days. Oh, wait.
They never scored runs when he pitched. Never mind.
Good – Spectacular – Tremendous – Jake Locker was left for dead
by the national media and even members of his local media and fans.
Like the Phoenix, he rose from the ashes and single-handedly led
his team to a huge victory in Los Angeles over USC. Nebraska? A
distant memory. 1-0 in conference and one win closer to a bowl
game. If it took the Nebraska loss to catapult them into a positive
Pac-10 season, I’ll take that loss every time. That could very well
be a season-defining win for this team.
P.S. My daughter and I tied for the Fantasy Baseball bragging
rights. I guess we will have to break that tie next year!
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