1) MARINERS: The M’s get a day off, but could find themselves tied for first place when they wake up. If Houston beats Texas, the Mariners and Rangers will share the top spot in the AL West. … Felix Hernandez (7-6, 3.34 ERA) and Ichiro (hitting .277) aren’t having All Star seasons. Will the M’s have any representatives this year? How about rookie starter Michael Pineda (7-4, 2.64 ERA) or reliever David Pauley (4-0, 1.12 ERA in 26 games and 40 1/3 innings)? Just asking.
2) PUMAS: For the third straight year, our local soccer club is bringing the U.S. Open Cup to our backyard. It’s a tournament, patterned after the FA Cup in England, that matches pros and amateurs in a true national championship. A win on Tuesday at Bremerton Memorial Stadium against the Real Colorado Red Foxes (really, Reeee-al?) sets up a third-round game against the MLS’ Sounders, who are the two-time defending U.S. Open Cup champs. The game would be played Wednesday, June 29, at the Starfire complex in Tukwila. Of course, nobody’s looking past Reee-al Colorado. For the moment, it shapes up as a real big game, perhaps the biggest in team history considering it would give them a chance to knock off the boys in the lime-green jerseys.
3) RORY MCILROY: The next Tiger? I thought that was Anthony Kim, or was it Sergio Garcia? Some thought it was Adam Scott/Charles Howell III/Matt Kuchar/Rickie Fowler/Lee Westwood. There’s too many great players out there today. I think the chances are pretty good that there might not be another Tiger Woods, someone who dominated the game like he did. Certainly it’s far too soon to crown Sir Rory, who has three career victories and one major.
4) BLUEJACKETS: The Kitsap college team is off to its best start in seven years, but nobody seems to notice. Despite the largest population base in the league, the Jackets are last in attendance in the West Coast League, averaging 317 fans through their first 10 home games. Walla Walla and Bend are averaging more than 1,500 fans a game. Wenatchee and Cowlitz (Kelso-Longview) are also over the 1,000 mark. The tickets are cheap ($5), there’s a beer (and wine) garden, the sight lines are fabulous because you’re right on top of the players, and the product is really good. I’m a baseball junkie, so you don’t have to sell the product to me. And since it’s in our backyard, I’d rather take a short trip to the Fairgrounds than jump on a ferry or drive to Seattle and pay big bucks to the watch the M’s. That’s just me. I’m curious why this club doesn’t get better fan support. Any thoughts?
5) HAYES CARLL: This country rocker is one of my favorites writers. If you’re not familiar with this Texan singer/songwriter, check out the lyrics on these songs: KMAG YOYO, She Left Me for Jesus and Grateful for Christmas.