Why am I talking to Terry Mosher on Christmas about story ideas
while waiting for our Texas designers to finish up the scoreboard
page? Does Terry Mosher ever take a day off? Terry Mosher has
spread a lot of good will in our pages over the years. I get asked
all of the time how you subscribe to The Sports Paper Weekly that
Mosher produces. OK, listen up: Call 360-792-9222 and say you want
to subscribe. It’ll cost you $1.50 a week.
If this is Christmas, and it still is — at least for a couple
more hours — why am I thinking about that two-week trip I’ve got
planned to Arizona in mid-March?
And a couple of buddies tell me that it’s only 33 days until the
Waste Management Phoenix Open. This PGA Tour event is golf’s
version of the Georgia-Florida tailgate party. Sounds like fun, and
you get to watch a little golf, too. It’s on the Bucket List. This
year? I’m a definite maybe.
And if this is Christmas — and you know it is because the NBA’s
the only game going on — then why didn’t I know that Nate Robinson
was with the Chicago Bulls? And why doesn’t he play more. Nate
scored 28 points in 27 minutes in a loss, and I just looked and saw
where he bust loose for 12 of his 18 points in the fourth quarter
last week while helping the Bulls beat the Boston Celtics. “I had
to go back to my whole Peter Pan theory, man. You can’t fight
without happy thoughts,” Nate said after that win.
And what’s holding up that scoreboard page, anyway? I can get
home at a decent hour. I might have time to watch the ending of
It’s a Wonderful Life. Fell asleep last night. What a wonderful
movie. I asked my wife what it was about Jimmy Stewart that made
him such a lady killer. “His charm,” she said. “He’s so
Saw that Washington might be losing another assistant coach from
the offensive side of the ball. Joel Thomas, the former Port
Angeles and Idaho star, took a job with Arkansas over the weekend.
Good for Joel. Good guy and he must have done something right after
working with Chris Polk for three seasons and Bishop Sankey this
past year. The latest to go? Wide receiver coach Jimmie Dougherty
is reportedly going to be the offensive coordinator at San Jose
State. He was the OC at San Diego before coming to the UW and is
getting back together with Ron Caragher, the former San Diego coach
who is now at SJS.
It’s pretty quiet in The Sun newsroom tonight. Me and Herron
Miller, who is putting the rest of the paper together. Reporter Amy
Phan was in earlier. Other that that, it’s been eerily quiet. Which
is a good thing because who wants to cover a big, breaking news
story on Christmas Day.
There’s still plates full of cookies about 15 steps away, but
somebody, please stick a fork in me. I’m done.
I think I heard the roar of the crowd at CenturyLink in Illahee
Sunday night. I couldn’t make the game, but I wasn’t going to miss
it. I jumped on the bandwagon after viewing the 58-0 demolition of
the Cardinals. They followed it up with a 50-17 win over Buffalo,
and tacked on a stunning 42-13 win over San Francisco that has put
visions of Russell Wilson dancing in all of our heads. The only
worry from here is did the-team-that-nobody-wants-to-play peak too
soon? There’s still a week left in the regular season, then the
Seahawks will have to stay hot for three more weeks to get to the
Super Bowl. But if you ask me who I think will win the Super Bowl,
right now I’d say the Seahawks. Nobody is playing better.
If this is Christmas, do you think Pete Carroll went
OK, that Clippers-Nuggets game has been over for a while. Jeez,
14 straight for the Clips? Who knew? Who cares? Let’s get it on the
page and out the door before Christmas is over.
If this is Christmas, and even if it’s not, I’m giving Bree
Schaaf a shout out. I haven’t talked to the Bremerton bobsledder
since she had to pull out of the U.S. trials because her hip wasn’t
100 percent following surgery. Missing the current World Cup season
has got to be killing the former Olympian. Schaaf, fifth at the
2010 Vancouver Winter Games, has had her heart set on competing in
Sochi, Russia, in 2014. The odds seem longer now than they did a
year ago, but don’t count her out. I won’t be surprised to see her
back in a U.S. sled next year and competing in another Olympics the
year after that. Get well, and give ’em hell, Bree.
Here’s some good wishes for Kyler Talbot, too. The Silverdale
excavator, who won a world’s offshore boat championship a couple
years ago, is currently laid up after tearing a tricep muscle while
in Florida. Get well, and give ’em hell, Kyler.
Yes, I’m still waiting on that scoreboard page. Some of you
probably didn’t know The Sun was designed in Texas. Yep, the
business has changed. OK, I’m going to date myself, but when I
started working here — I think it was ought 6 — I typed my
stories on the same paper that I dried my hands off with in the
bathroom. We had glue pots and pica poles and we pasted the pages
together. Then somebody edited it before shoving it in a plastic
folder and placing it in a conveyor belt that took it down to the
print shop. Yes, we’ve come a long way, some of us not as far as
The cookies are starting to look pretty good again, and,well, it
is still Christmas.
Wait! Stop the presses! A scoreboard proof just landed on my
desk. It looks pretty clean to me. I’m gonna sign this puppy off
and head home to enjoy the last hour of Christmas.
It’s a wonderful life, isn’t it.
Merry Christmas to all, and to all, I hope your paper gets to
your doorstep on time because they won’t be able to blame me. We
beat deadline by an hour.