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Archive for March, 2008

M’s Offer Military Discounts on Tuesdays

Thursday, March 27th, 2008

Tickets are all but gone for the Mariners’ Opening Day game against the Texas Rangers on Monday at Safeco Field, but good seats are available for Tuesday and Wednesday.
It’s worth noting that Tuesday is also the annual Boeing Salute to Armed Forces Night, and the first of 13 Tuesday Military Discount Nights. Any current or retired U.S. Military personnel with valid I.D. can purchase tickets for half-price to any of those Tuesday games.


To Blog or Not to Blog, That Is Costa’s Question

Friday, March 14th, 2008

Broadcaster Bob Costas wonders if giving fans a forum to say whatever they like on a blog or website is such a good idea. The topic was addressed in a story by Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald.
What do you think? Is it a high-tech way for idiots to voice their opinions — often mean-spirited opinions — while maintaining anonymity?

Here’s the Miami Herald story:

By Barry Jackson
Miami Herald
Years ago, the only way sports fans could have their voices heard by the masses was calling a talk-radio show or writing a letter to the editor.

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Lanza Shoots a 60 in the Desert

Friday, March 14th, 2008

Bainbridge Island golfer Joe Lanza shot a course-record 60 last month while winning a Gateway Tour Desert Winter Series event at The Wigwam Red Classic in Litchfield Park, Ariz.
No, that’s not a typo.
Lanza, 24, shot a 60 in the second round, and it could have been better. He missed a 3-foot putt for par on his first hole (No. 10) and had shots at two other birdies from within 15 feet on the back nine while playing the Red Course. He had 10 birdies and an eagle en route to his 12-under par round. Lanza sandwiched a pair of 68s around the 60 and finished with a 20-under par total of 196. He finished the tournament with 20 birdies and two bogeys, both made in his first round.
The win was worth $20,700.

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Locker and the WCCBL

Monday, March 3rd, 2008

You probably saw the story about Jake Locker. He’s going to play baseball this summer with the Bellingham Bells of the West Coast Collegiate Baseball League.
The Husky quarterback is a top prospect in baseball as a pitcher/outfielder.
He’s only going to play outfield this summer, and as Dave Lewis, general manager of the team said, it is “football first,” for Locker, who might not make all the trips.
Still, Locker should help put a few extra people in the stands this summer.
The Kitsap BlueJackets host the Bells at the Fairgrounds on July 10-11-12. The BlueJackets go to Bellingham on July 3-5-6.
Ran into BlueJackets’ manager Matt Acker at Legion Field on Saturday, where his Green River CC Gators ran into a surprisingly strong Olympic College team.
Acker said he’s already taken a few calls from Husky fans. “They want to make sure we don’t hit Jake,” Acker said.
Acker’s Gators, featuring four BlueJackets — Ryan Voelkel, Joey Lind, Tyler Owens and James Douglas — were third in the NWAACC a year ago, but OC beat them 12-11 and led 12-1 in the second game before it was called because of darkness.
Locker played at Ferndale High School, just like current OC freshman Danny Hennigs, who was featured in the Sun on Friday in a story written by Terry Mosher.


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