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Three Things: Villopoto Wins; Kelly Returns to PGA Tour; Who Should Seahawks Pick?

April 21st, 2009 by cstark

1. Congrats to Ryan Villopoto, who wins his first Supercross race in front of his hometown fans. The Kawasaki rider from Poulsbo led 16 of the 20 laps in the main event at Qwest Field on Saturday night.

It makes you wonder what his season would have been like had he been healthy. After visiting with him, and talking to Jon Mitcheff, his trusted mechanic, it was obvious that Ryan wasn’t himself for much of the season. He missed three races prior to Seattle to get healthy from an intestinal virus, but it sounds like his health was an issue early in the season.

The 20-year-old was feeling good after winning on Saturday.

“This is definitely awesome,” he said. “It really is a double whammy with the win coming in front of the home crowd. This is something that is special. I’m going to remember this for a long time.”

Here’s a story on Ryan that appeared before the Seattle race. His father, Dan Villopoto, is quoted throughout. And here’s the story I wrote last week.

 

2. PGA Tour rookie Troy Kelly is in the field at the Zurich Open in New Orleans this weekend. It’s his first PGA tournament since shooting an opening-round 82 in the Mayakoba Golf Classic in Mexico. The Central Kitsap grad tweaked his back that day during a round that included four double bogeys and a quadruple bogey.

Kelly has missed the cut in four straight PGA events (Bob Hope, Buick Invitational, AT&T Pebble Beach and the Mayakoba Classic) and two Nationwide events since tying for 65th and winning $11,178 in the season-opening Sony Open in Hawaii. His status isn’t what it was after tying for 11th in the final stage of Q-School, which is why he hasn’t been able to get in some of the recent PGA Tournaments.

Kelly’s PGA scoring average is 74.07. The average score on tour is 71.17. You can read his tour stats here. He could use a low round, or at least a couple of back-to-back solid rounds, to regain some of the confidence he must have lost along the way. Kelly’s too talented to be shooting the high numbers he’d been shooting. Maybe this is the week he turns it around.

 

3. Who do the Seahawks take with the fourth pick on Saturday? The sexy pick is USC quarterback Mark Sanchez. Let him learn under Matt Hasselbeck for a couple years. It makes sense to me.

So does drafting Texas Tech wide receiver Michael Crabtree. The signing of T.J. Houshmandzadeh would seem to make nix that idea, but the Hawks could be kicking themselves if Crabtree, who looks like the real deal to me, turns out to be the next Larry Fitzgerald.

Of course, the Hawks will probably end up grabbing an offensive tackle. Everybody seems to like Virginia’s Eugene Moore. Seattle does need a replacement for Walter Jones, who is 35 and coming off microfracture knee surgery.

It appears the Seahawks can’t go wrong. That said, Rick Mirer looked like a pretty good pick 16 years ago and we all know how that turned out.

Here’s NFL.com’s draft page.  

 

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One Response to “Three Things: Villopoto Wins; Kelly Returns to PGA Tour; Who Should Seahawks Pick?”

  1. Suquamish Says:

    Mark Sanchez is not the real deal. Even with Hasselbecks injuries year after year. Once the back is bad, he is toast. How many hits will he be able to take before he is injured? I give him 3 games… The biggest concern is a replacement for Walter Jones. His surgery has diminished his skills. Sean Locklear is getting paid as a left tackle but is playing right tackle go figure. I would select Jason Smith from Baylor.

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