The grass needs cutting again, Bumbershoot and British troubadour/activist Billy Bragg are still on my mind, Pete Carroll stories are filling the internet, Husky fans are still complaining about last week’s BYU game being on paid TV and I’m starting to think about the Battle of Bucklin Hill.
Yours truly will be calling the action of tonight’s Central Kitsap-Olympic football game. It’s our Game of the Week and we’ll be live streaming it from Silverdale Stadium. Just click here and it’ll take you to the site, where viewers can also share their opinions on our Cover It Live blog. If you can’t make it to the stadium, click on and join the fun. We’ll be on air shortly before the 7 p.m. kickoff.
Here’s an apology to Lane C Dowell, a former coach who is going to be the recipient of the Richard Todd Award for his work as a track and FIELD official at the Kitsap Sports Hall of Fame banquet later this montyh. The story we published earlier this week about the HOF inductees said Dowell was a track official. Notice, the field part was missing. We didn’t intentionally mean to insult Dowell or any track and FIELD fans.
Dowell wrote: “This may sound trite to those of you who are not aficionados, but the bias on behalf of track has actually caused field events to be an after-thought…i.e. Excused Time. At our state level, we have recently began the education of coaches/officials and the implementation of this dusty concept well-hidden in our massive rules and case books. Hopefully the days of kids competing in a field event, who are left-waiting for those to return from the track are over.”
Dumb Media or Inept CEO?
By now, most of you are aware of Howard Lincoln’s private e-mail to team employees that Seattle Times reporter/blogger Jeff Baker got hold of. If not, here it is. The M’s CEO said Mariners have been “hit like never before” by the media. He used a Mark Cuban quote about the media being the “dumbest guys in the room” and told his employees “don’t pay attention to what the local media is saying.” Well, I’m not saying anything that hasn’t been said before, but it’s time for a change at the top of the Mariners organization. The M’s play in a four-team division and haven’t reached the playoffs in nine seasons. They could lose 100 games or more for the second time in three years. They’ve gone through GMs and managers and turned the roster over and over. You don’t need to be a brain surgeon, or even a dumb member of the media, to come to the conclusion that the Seattle Mariners are in need of new leadership. All you have to do is read Lincoln’s e-mail.
Wish everybody could have heard this British legend on Sunday at Bumbershoot. Poking fun at Starbucks, while standing on the Starbucks-sponsored stage, he drank tea, but made sure everybody knew he wasn’t affiliated with that political party favored by Glenn Beck and Sarah Palin. He sang Woodie Guthrie songs, but mostly he urged everyone to keep fighting for positive change and avoid cynicism no matter how negative things get.
And that, no matter what your politics are, is a good message.
Here’s a link to Bragg singing Woody Guthrie’s I Ain’t Got No Home Anymore. He opened his set at Bumbershoot with it.