Tuesday Ramblings

Husky football: Even a win in the Apple Cup won’t help the Huskies put a shine back on a season that seemed so promising two weeks into the season. This team is eerily similar to the 2007 Huskies. That team, coached by Tyrone Willingham, was 4-9. It started fast, beating Syracuse and Boise State and, like the current team, it was in a lot of games (USC, 27-24; Arizona, 48-41; Oregon State, 29-23; WSU 42-35; Hawaii 35-28), but somehow couldn’t figure out a way to win them.
Of course, Ty’s guys came back with an 0-12 clunker and nobody expects that from coach Steve Sarkisian and company. Yet, the schedule’s not conducive to a good start in 2010. Have you looked at it?
Four of Washington’s first five games are against BYU, Nebraska, Cal and USC. If Jake Locker decides to jump to the NFL, the Huskies’ task looms even tougher, doesn’t it? Here’s a link to Washington’s future schedules.

Speaking of Willingham: Ty Willingham has a winning percentage of .583 in three years  at Notre Dame and got fired. Charlie Weis’ winning percentage in his fifth year? Yep, .583. Say good-bye Charlie.

Harneys back at it: The father-son duo of Jim and Tom Harney are coaching junior high basketball in Poulsbo.

One sweet facility: Stopped by the West Hills Performance Baseball Center this week. Olympic College’s baseball team was using the indoor practice facility — it rents the place from noon to 2 p.m. daily. No, I don’t own stock in it, but it’s one cool place. The pitching machines and cages are identical to the ones used by the Mariners at Safeco Field.

If you want to take your girl friend out on a date and hit a few balls, well, this isn’t the place for that. This is for serious baseball and fastpitch players who want to get better. The Diamond Dusters softball team is using the facility twice a week. It’s only been open a couple weeks. Team and individual instruction is available. The OC softball team is also using the performance center. There’s also stations for strength and conditioning drills. The goal of the facility, run by former Bainbridge High and Olympic College Mike Reese, is to develop college players.

Check it out. The prices seemed more than reasonable to me.

One sweet nickname: Welcome the Walla Walla Sweets to the West Coast League. That’s the nickname of the expansion franchise. The Sweet and Cowlitz Bears — another expansion club from the Longview-Kelso area — begin play in 2010.

Back to Q-School for Troy Kelly: So the Central Kitsap grad struggled as a rookie on the PGA Tour, making just three cuts in 17 tournaments. If you’re surprised, you shouldn’t be. Of all the professional sports, golf has got to be the toughest for first-year players. It’s common for players to win their PGA Tour card, lose it, and have to go back through Q-School. That’s where Kelly’s at this week. He tees it up in McKinney, Texas, on Wednesday. Here’s a look at the field at TPC Craig Ranch, one of six second-stage sites.

What about Marvin Bullitt?: Everybody’s weighing in on Bill Belichik’s decision to go for it on fourth-and-2 from his own 28 withn 2;08 left with his Patriots holding a six-point lead over the unbeaten Colts on Sunday. The play came up short, the Patriots lost , and Belichik’s being roasted by some and defended by others. Lost in all of this is the fact that Colts safety Marvin Bullitt (he was No. 33 on your TV screen) made a helluva play when he came up and put a lick on the Colts Kevin Faulk, forcing to him to momentarily bobble the ball and come up a yard short on the play.

What about Marvin Williams?: The offensive numbers are down for Bremerton’s NBA player.  The Atlanta forward, however, is only taking 7 shots a game. He averaged 10..2 per game last season and 11.5 in 2007-08. Nobody’s complaining, though, as Williams remains a key player for the Hawks, who are 9-2 and sitting on top of the Southeast Division.

Dec. 10: That’s the date of the next Bremerton School Board meeting, and a decision on whether to name the high school gym and court after former basketball coaches Ken Wills and Les Eathorne is expected to be announced.

Skinny track: Turns out the new eight-lane track at Bremerton Memorial Stadium isn’t up to snuff. The outside lane is 36 inches wide — and even narrower in spots. That means the Knights will be conducting seven-lane meets unless corrections are made. That means no league or district-type meets at the stadium. The resurfaced track was part of $30 million-plus bond issue Bremerton voters approved in 2005. Money from the bond issue was also suppose to go toward the construction of a six-lane cinder track at Mountain View Middle School, but that hasn’t been completed. The school district and contractor are currently sparring over money owed. Stay tuned.

ISPNSports: You’ve probably heard of it or seen it in our television listings and briefs in the paer. Kevin Mac will talk about it at the Kitsap County Bremerton Athletic Roundtable meeting at the Cloverleaf Sports Bar & Grill (11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.) on Wednesday. It’s the Olympic Peninsula’s only live and local 24-hour sports broadcasting network and he covers the Kitsap BlueJackets, OC baseball, high school games and recently the Kitsap County Pee Wee Association’s football championships. Go to www.ispnsports.com to check it out.

Golf course, anyone?: Wonder what’s going to become of White Horse Golf Club, which opened in 2007? American Marine Bank is now managing the course, but I’m sure they’re willing to listen to offers. If you had an extra million or two or three (I’m not sure what it’s worth), would it be an investment you’d be interesting in?

There’s rumors the Suquamish Clearwater Casino might be interested, but it’s only rumors. In healthier financial times, it would make sense. The casino has an 85-room hotel and the course in minutes away. Gaming, golf, lodging. It’s nice package.

The Cedars at Dungeness makes it work. The 7 Cedars Casino bought the Sequim course a few years ago and they’re making it work.

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