I posted a blog earlier about Denny Strickland dying at age 73.
Here’s my column on the 1956 West High grad.
“We like our female athletes squeaky clean, like Mia Hamm, or
crazy hot like Anna Kournikova. We have trouble with somebody like
Solo, who has a little bit of crazy in her, a little bit of
jerkhole and, yes, a little bit of hot mess. She does not fit the
paradigm. She is not necessarily whom we want our little daughters
That’s what Jen Floyd Engel of Foxsports.com has to say about
Read her column here. If she was willing to marry Jerramy
Stevens, you know she’s got more than a little bit of crazy
Chuck Armstrong confirms that the
M’s are possibly interested in signing outfielder Josh
Hamilton. “We do need offense,” said the team president.
Anybody who has played baseball has attempted to throw a
knuckleball while warming up on the sidelines. When you’ve got
short, stubby fingers like mind, it’s not easy. You dig your
fingernails into the seams of the baseball and you let it fly,
wondering if you can make it dance. It’s a wonderful feeling when
it happens. You wonder if you could throw it for strikes in a game.
Nah, no way. That’s why my hat goes off to
R.A. Dickey, the first knuckleballer to win the Cy Young Award.
And he did it when he was 38!!!
There’s been talk that the Bremerton School District is looking
into turfing Memorial Stadium and Legion Field. The district
has supposedly asked Olympic College if it would be willing to chip
in any money toward the project.
Another rumor: A local soccer club has talked to the city about
possibly turfing outdoor soccer fields at Pengergast Park. The
kicker is the club would get preferential treatment when it comes
to scheduling games. Good or bad idea?
Sources tell me some Kingston officials and parents aren’t crazy
about playing all of its future home football games at North Kitsap
Stadium in Poulsbo. The district had committed $30,000 to building
a press box at Kingston’s field, but pulled it
back. Other districts seem OK with sharing a stadium,
but there’s bad blood up north. People can deny it, but it’s true.
Poulsbo and Kingston are only separated by eight miles, but they
might as well be on opposite sides of the Puget Sound.
Huskies should be 8-4 going into the Kraft Hunger Bowl on Dec.
29 at AT&T Park in San Francisco. Navy (currently 6-4) is
already committed to the bowl and Washington’s the projected
opponent based on being the Pac-12’s No. 6 team. If the Huskies are
the Pac-12 No. 12, they could wind up in Las Vegas for a Dec. 22
game against the Mountain West Conference champs, which could be
Boise State. Got a preference?
Mike Leach or Marquess Wilson? Who are you siding with? Wilson
quit on his teammates, walking off the field during a conditioning
drill. Leach has repeatedly hurled verbal insults at his players.
Doesn’t mean you have to like it or even respect it, but the Pirate
of the Palouse isn’t a bad guy. He’s not politically correct at
times, but you have to like his backbone: “We’re
not changing,” he said. “This isn’t a democracy. We don’t say, ‘You
125 guys, how do you want practice to be and what direction do you
want this or that to go?’ We don’t do that. Our standards are what
our standards are, and we’re going to hold them to that.”
Seahawks have a bye Sunday, so why not take in this
doubleheaders at Olympic College’s Student Center Gym: Olympic
plays Chemeketa at 3 p.m. in the men’s season basketball opener at
3 p.m. and the Kitsap Admirals plays the Salem Sabres in a red,
white and blue American Basketball Association game at 6 p.m.
Dec. 5: Save the date. The Kitsap Athletic Roundtable’s holding
its version of a Hot Stove League at the Arena Sports Bar &
Grille. The topic’s baseball and Ken Wilson, president of the West
Coast League and former sidekick of Dave Niehaus who has broadcast
Mariners’ game the past couple years, will be the featured speaker.
Local minor leaguers Drew Vettleson (Rays) and Jared Pricne
(Rangers) and others will be part of the program. Social hour at 6
p.m., program at 7. You don’t need to be a KAR member, although
memberships are only $25 and the money goes to youth and amateur
athletics in the region. Got questions. Email me: firstname.lastname@example.org.
In case you missed it, Central Kitsap grad Todd Linden’s playing
in the Dominican Winter League and have five home runs in 22 games.
South Kitsap grad Aaron Cunningham was invited to spring training
by the Texas Rangers.