After everybody was long gone from Wednesday’s Bremerton
Athletic Roundtable meeting, Bob Fredericks shared an interesting
Fredericks, a former Bremerton High and University of Washington
grad, is an interesting guy. He worked closely as an engineer at
PSNS with Rear Admiral Hyman Rickover — the “Father of the Nuclear
Navy.” As the ASB president at Bremerton High, he led the drive
that got Memorial Stadium built. He was among the seven founding
members of the Bremerton Tennis and Athletic Club.
No, not that bar.
I’m talking about the Kitsap County Bremerton Athletic
There was a smorgasbord of news spewed during a lengthy meeting on
Wednesday evening at the Cloverleaf Sports Bar & Grille.
Some of the things you could have learned:
* I hesitate to write this because it hasn’t been confirmed, but it
was said that Central Kitsap boys basketball coach Tim Fryer
announced his resignation at the Cougars’ season-ending banquet.
We’ll try to track this down.
* Kitsap Sports Council director Ben Pecora announced earlier in
the day that the Olympic Peninsula Premier Invitational Cup youth
soccer tournament would be held July 17-20 at the Kitsap County
Fairgrounds. Pecora, Westsound FC president Todd Lincoln and
District IV president Laurie Myers made a presentation at the BAR,
which will be an active supporter of the event. They expect around
60 teams this year, but that number could triple in a few years,
Tara Kirk was part of a panel last month that tackled the
ethical issues surrounding the debate on performance-enhancing
drugs in athletics at Stanford University. The program was titled
“Doping in Sports: The State of Play.”
Kirk, who won a silver medal in the 2004 Olympic Games, described
what it feels like when you’re the one under investigation. Kirk
was accused of doping four years ago, but her name was eventually
cleared. During the forum, she held up a booklet containing the
results that showed she tested negative for performance-enhancing
“It’s easy to accuse someone,” Kirk said, adding that once an
athlete’s name is smeared, “no one reads the retraction.”
It looks like the Sonics are going to be gone before their lease
at KeyArena expires in 2010.
I don’t know what else you can read into the latest comments made
by NBA Commissioner David Stern during the All-Star break in New
Eric Williams, former sportswriter at The Sun who now covers the
Sonics for the Tacoma News Tribune, said all that’s left is for the
city and the Sonics to negotiate a price. The Sonics offered a
reported $26.5 million last week. The city turned it down, but
Williams said you should consider that the first step in the
“Folks in the press row have been sending along their condolences
to myself and Seattle P-I reporter Gary Washburn, as the grim
reality approaches that this could very well be the team’s last
year in Seattle,” Williams wrote in his blog from New Orleans.
The city of Seattle says it’s going to hold the team to its final
two years of the contract, but it makes no sense to have a lame
duck franchise for two more years.
The odds are against anybody riding in on a white horse to save the
day. Stern and Sonics owner Clay Bennett are set on moving the team
to Oklahoma City. And when it comes to the NBA, the iron-fisted
Stern always, it seems, gets what he wants.
Now, maybe, just maybe, there’s a chance Seattle could wind up with
the Charlotte Bobcats or New Orleans Hornets. Those franchises are
failing in their present locations.
But it’s going to take a new arena — not a remodel of KeyArena — to
do it. The current building is an excellent place to watch a game,
but isn’t up to the new standards of the NBA business world.
You can get all sappy and sentimental about losing a franchise
that’s been here for 40 years, but it’s not going to do any good.
Don’t over-analyze or think what if? This is simply about the
money. When it comes to big-time college and professional sports,
or any kind of business for that matter, it always is, isn’t
The Bellingham Bells of the West Coast Collegiate Baseball
League — the summer league the Kitsap BlueJackets belong to — have
The Bells were acquired by a group led by Bobby Brett and his
brother, Baseball Hall of Famer George Brett. The Bells were sold
by Tony Larson, who had owned the team since 2001.
The Brett family also operates the Spokane Indians Baseball Club,
the Spokane Chiefs Hockey Club, the Tri-City Dust Devils Baseball
Club and the High Desert Mavericks Baseball Club.
The WCCBL schedule has also been announced. The BlueJackets open
the league season at home at the Fairgrounds against the rival
Corvallis Knights, June 5-6-7.
For ticket information and the complete schedule, go to
This will be the BlueJackets fourth year of operation and it’ll be
interesting to see if they can pump up the interest. Attendance
dipped a year ago.
The United States Golf Association announced today that Chambers
Bay, which opened last summer, will host the 2015 U.S. Open and the
2010 U.S. Amateur.
On a related note,the USGA still hasn’t officially announced that
Bremerton’s Gold Mountain Golf Club will host the 2011 U.S. Boys
Junior, but it’s all but a done deal.
Gold Mountain’s also preparing for the May 15-17 NCAA West
Regional, a 30-team event that promises to feature some of the next
stars of the PGA Tour. Gold Mountain will likely put in a bid for
the NCAA Champioships after that event.
Here’s the USGA press release about Chambers Bay, which was pulled
off the USGA.org website:
Well, nothing new revealed on today’s Jim Rome Is Burning
Rome, who isn’t afraid to ask the tough questions, threw nothing
but soft balls at Marvin.
You didn’t learn anything that you haven’t read about him in our
pages over the years. He’s a tough guy to interview. He’s a good
guy, but it’s hard to get him to open up.
If you’re by a television this afternoon, you might want to tune
in to ESPN’s Jim Rome Is Burning. Bremerton’s Marvin Williams, the
third-year forward with the Atlanta Hawks, is scheduled to be
interviewed by the smack-talking host.
The 30-minute program airs at 1:30 p.m.
I think you can also hear the interview live if you go to
Marvin’s had a huge game against the Sonics at KeyArena on Jan. 26,
pouring in a career-high 33 points that night while looking like
the dominating player many of us thought he could be.
It had to have been a satisfying and fun night for the Bremerton
High grad. He came up with 50 tickets for his family and friends
and there were at least that many or more who had tickets of their
I think you can expect more nights like that one from Williams,
who’s just coming into his own. It was the kind of night that
explained why Atlanta picked the versatile 6-foot-9 forward with
the No. 2 pick inthe 2005 draft.
You’re going to be reading more about this in our paper this
week. Some of you are probably aware that students at Olympic
College voted a year ago to change the name of the mascot at the
college. It’s been Rangers for 62 years, but the Assocaited
Students of Olympic College (ASOC) voted to change the name to the
Bears (originally it was going to be Black Bears).
A total of 262 students and faculty voted. It doesn’t matter that
most of those students are probably no longer attending classes at
OC. It doesn’t matter that its athletics teams will have to trash
all of its uniforms with Rangers on it and purchase new ones.
It doesn’t matter that 62 years of tradition will be tossed
It has something to do with creating a new logo. Maybe they want to
sell new t-shirts or sweatshirts?
Considering what was at stake for the New England Patriots, who
seemed on their way to a 19-0 season late in fourth quarter, Super
Bowl XLII just might be the best the NFL has ever staged.
Growing up a Baltimore Colts fans, Super Bowl III was a bigger
upset. That was the game Joe Namath walked the talked, leading the
underdog New York Jets of the AFC to the upset over the Colts.
But Sunday’s 17-14 win by the Giants is the best Super Bowl I’ve
watched. The game also featured one of the best plays in NFL
history. Giants QB Eli Manning turned into Houdini, wiggling out of
what seemed to be a sure sack to fling a pass to David Tyree, who
leaped up in traffic to pin the ball against his helmet with one
hand before coming down with the ball for a 33-yard game. That led
to the game-winning 13-yard TD pass from Manning to Plaxico Buress
with 35 seconds left.
The Patriots seemed to be a little tight from the outset, but I
think you can attribute most of that to New York’s defense. The
Giants proved, once again, that if you can get pressure on the
quarterback, you can beat any team in the NFL. Pressuring the QB is
the key to success in the NFL. Always has been.
What do you think?
Was Eli deserving of the MVP?
Who is David Tyree?
Will the Giants repeat?
What will this loss do to the Patriots psyche?
Where does Super Bowl XLII rank?