NOTE: Originally, this was posted as Wednesday’s Ramblings. Welcome to my world, where it’s getting harder and harder to keep the days straight.
The Huskies have a bye, the Seahawks are in Dallas on Sunday. Looking for alternatives? Here’s some entertainment options this week:
Thursday: OK, it’s too late to get a ticket to the game at Qwest Field, but the Sounders and Houston Dynamo game will be on ESPN2 Thursday night at 6:30. Any soccer viewing parties planned for the West Sound area? Check out David Falk’s soccer blog at the Seattle Examiner for a little background on this match.
There’s a couple of decent high school football games on tap, too. Central Kitsap travels to Tacoma to play Wilson at Stadium Bowl, and South Kitsap will try to cap an unbeaten regular season with a win over Mount Tahoma at home. Both start at 7 p.m.
Friday: Wow, tough choice here. You can head to the Kitsap Sun Pavilion to watch the “Thriller on the Flat Track” – a roller derby spectable presented by the Slaughter County Vixens — or stop by the Olympic Soccer & Sports Center to watch the ”Monster Brawl” — an amateur mixed martial arts extravaganza. Doors open at 6 p.m. with the roller derby event starting at 7 p.m. The MMAs start grapping at 8 p.m. Look for a story on former world champion kick boxer Victor Solier of Silverdale, who’s training some of the fighters taking part in this event, in The Sun later this week. Both events have Halloween themes. The MMA promoters will award cash prizes to those judged wearing the best costumes. A local band, Tumbleweed, will play at the Pavilion following the roller derby match.
Saturday: Eastern Washington takes on Portland State in the Battle on the Sound at Qwest Field in Seattle. The Eagles of EWU received some good news today when its postseason ban was lifted by the NCAA. Central Kitsap product Ryan Forney is a starting senior lineman for the Eagles and South Kitsap grad Rinard Williams is a defensive lineman.
Sunday: It’s one of the biggest sports days of the year. Check out this column by Jim Litke of the Associated Press. He writes: Come Sunday, for only the second time ever, all four of North America’s major pro sports leagues – football, baseball, basketball and hockey – will be playing games that count on the same day, some two dozen in all.
* There’s a lot on the line in the annual Olympic College Red-Black World Series, which ends the fall season for the Rangers’ baseball team. The series is currently tied 2-2. Weather permitting, Game 5 will be Wednesday at Legion Field. The stakes? Losers have to eat last on all road trips, plus pack up and carry the gear all season.
* I like the Yankees to beat the Phillies in seven games. I just hope the World Series ends before Thanksgiving day.
* When the Seahawks signed veterans Edgerrin James and Lawyor Milloy, it raised some eyebrows. Now, those signings make no sense. It makes no sense to have those old, over-the-hill veterans on the roster. If the team was a lock to make the playoffs, maybe. But with this team going nowhere, they’re taking up space. It’s time to release them and sign younger backups.
* Former Bremerton star Miah Davis is playing pro basketball in Cyrpress this year. Former Central Kitsap star Neil Fryer, who graduated from Eastern Oregon in the spring, signed to play in Costa Rica, according to Eastern’s Web site. And Josh Monagle, the former South Kitsap standout who played two years at Bellevue and a year at Montana Tech, has supposedly taken his game overseas, too.
* Olympic College’s basketball teams started official workouts last week. Reggie Rogers, the former strong man from Chief Sealth in Seattle, was the only recruit who didn’t show up. The Rangers’ men are going to be small — tallest player right now is 6-foot-4 — and athletic. The women, under first-year coach Tammy Helwig, expect to have 10 fulltime players by the time the season starts. That, in itself, would be a major victory as the Rangers’ women haven’t even had enough players to scrimmage in recent years.
* Next Kitsap County Bremerton Athletic Roundtable meeting is set for Wednesday, Nov. 18, at the Cloverleaf Sports Bar & Grill. Once again it’ll be a noon meeting. September’s noon meeting drew 64 people. The meeting’s are a little more informal, giving people an opportunity to chat in an open format about sports in the region. There’s no cost, and people order their own lunches off the menu and on their way back to work, or wherever, by 1 p.m.
* Andy Smith, freshman from North Kitsap, reportedly had a solid fall for the Washington Huskies and could challenge for playing time this spring. Among the players he’ll have to beat out is Central Kitsap grad Caleb Brown. And Tyler Sullivan, the hard-throwing right-hander from Kingston, is no longer on the UW roster.
Note: I had the wrong first names for Smith and Sullivan when I first posted this. My apologies.