How can Mariners’ closer Brandon League go from being
practically unhittable to where he’s at right now? In his last four
games, he’s allowed 12 hits, 10 runs (all earned), walked 0 and
struck out 3. His ERA: 30.00. In his previous five appearances: 5
innings, 2 hits, 0 runs, 0 walks, 7 strikeouts. He doesn’t need a
pitching coach, he needs a psychiatrist.
The next time the University of Washington stages an event like
the one at Bremerton’s Harborside Conference Center last week
— Huskies Celebrating Huskies — they might think about
promoting it a little bit. They sold 75 tickets and the crowd was
less than that for football coach Steve Sarkisian, men’s
basketball coach Lorenzo Romar and women’s basketball coach Kevin
McGuff. I found out about it by accident at a Kitsap Athletic
Roundtable meeting earlier in the week and we did run an notice in
the paper, but I’m still waiting for a press release, e-mail or
phone call telling us about the event, which was open to the
The UW, or any organization for that matter, would do well to
bring in the gang from Gold Mountain Golf Club to run things. They
continue to go above and beyond when it comes to putting on
first-class events. USGA officials said the 2006 U.S.
Amateur Public Links was off the charts. There’s no doubt in my
mind that the U.S. Junior Amateur, which kicks off with a players’
dinner on the USS Stennis on July 17, will be a huge success.
There’s been a lot written this week about the Sounders-Timbers
rivalry that dates back to the late 1970s and the old North
American Soccer League. Shortly after being hired by The Sun in
1975, I found myself covering the Sounders at Memorial Stadium. I
remember Paul Crossley making those long beautiful runs down the
right side and make crosses to the middle of the field. Mike
England anchored the defese. Tjeer Van’t Land, a
Dutchman, was a forward. The hard part for a rookie reporter
was making sense of the Scottish brogues and English accents. It
didn’t take long to figure out the game and the strategies, but the
language barrier was difficult.
How does Olympic College’s baseball team lose 1-0 to
Everett when it out-hits its opponent 9-1? Hey, it happened
Friday night at the Fairgrounds.
Matt Leinart, Carson Palmer, Kevin Kolb and Kyle
Orton have all been mentioned as quarterbacks the Seahawks might be
interested in. Right now Charlie Whitehurst’s the only guy signed
to a contract. Even if Matt Hasselbeck is willing to give Seattle a
hometown deal, I think it’s time to go in another direction. Give
Charlie a chance. I thought he looked pretty good in the
season-ending must-win over the Rams. I know I’m in the minority
here, but I’d like to see how he’d do over a four- or
You know the saying, “Don’t believe everything you read?” Well,
don’t believe everything you hear either.
Danny O’Neil of the Seattle Times has an interesting take on
ESPN’s reporting on the Seahawks interest in Hasselbeck.
I don’t follow the NBA like I used to, but 77- year-old Hubie
Brown remains a treasure. The guy who coached the Kentucky Colonels
to the 1975 ABA championship breaks the game down better than
anyone in basketball history.
Can Derrick Rose and the defensive-minded Chicago Bulls take
down the Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference finals? I think
they’ve got a chance. Looks like a seven-game series to me.
Canada hasn’t produced a Stanley Cup champ since 1993, but are
the Vancouver Canucks really Canada’s team?
I was wondering the other day if there are any players out
there who use a Nellie Fox model wood baseball bat. Probably
not. Everyone’s gone to a lighter bat with a skiny handle to get
more bat speed. I used to use the Nellie Fox bat, which had a fat
handle, and I’d choke up. You don’t see much of that anymore,
although Barry Bonds, steroids and all, choked up and I heard he
was a pretty good power hitter.
Speaking of hitting and baseball, numbers are down and it
probably has a lot to do with the fact that steriods aren’t part of
the game anymore. Joe Posnanski writes about it in
Speaking of steroids,
Mike Bianchi of the Orlando Sentinel writes: “Anybody else
wondering if Tiger’s prolonged winless streak is due more to the
fact that his old swing coach has been fired or the fact that his
old blood doctor has been indicted?”