Monthly Archives: December 2012

Seahawks Richard Sherman: “I want to be the best, period.”

Mike Silver of Yahoo! Sports writes about brash Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman, the former Stanford standout who has intercepted six passes, forced three fumbles and is credited with 25 passes defensed (second in the NFL).

Sherman thinks he’ll be exonerated of the charge that he used an Adderall-like substance and is still mad that he wasn’t taken until the fifth round in the draft. Silver writes:

To him, staying bitter is a fifth-round thing, and always will be. Yet the truth is, no matter how big a star Sherman might become, he’ll inevitably find a way to convince himself he’s being slighted — and to channel it into brash, unrepentant anger.

“Definitely,” (Sherman) says. “Let’s face it — if I had been the first pick in the first round, I’d still find something to be pissed about.”

Poulsbo’s Prince into music, too

Talked to Jared Prince last week, and the plan is to write the story for Thursday’s paper. Prince just finished his fourth season in pro baseball, playing for Frisco (Texas) Roughriders, the Double A team for the Rangers.

Here’s a video of Prince playing the guitar and making music with a couple of his buddies in June.

Prince, 26, is one of my favorite athletes to come out of the area. The former all-state quarterback doesn’t take a back seat to anybody when it comes to hard work. Reminds me a lot of Willie Bloomquist in that regard.


Things to see and things you might not know about

Just because I like to keep you informed, here’s some things you might want to put on your calendar (or not) for the rest of the week:

Thursday: Washington Huskies vs. Seattle Redhawks in men’s basketball, 7 p.m. (ROOT) at KeyArena. Redhawks gave the Huskies a run for their money a year ago and this one figures to be closer than you think. Bremerton’s high-flyer Jarell Flora coming off a 6-point, 6-rebound, 3-steal night, and he had a big night off the bench against the Huskies a year ago.

Thursday: Want to stay closer to home? Stop by the Bremerton Ice Arena and watch some Nor-Pac hockey. The first-place West Sound Warriors and Tri-Cities will be going at it. Puck drops at 7:35 p.m.

Friday: Port Angeles at Bremerton in a girls basketball game. Tipoff is 7 o’clock. Both were off to 4-0 starts in the Olympic League (PA plays North on Wednesday and BHS is idle) and Knights’ Sawyer Kluge is coming off a 30-point game.

Friday: Motorcycle Ice racing at ShoWare Center in Kent. The sliding starts at 7 p.m. Tickets $40, $20 and $15 (children under 12 $8).

Saturday:  Grab your singlet and head to the Kitsap Pavilion for the final day of the Hammerhead Invitational. There’s 37 male teams and 16 female squads in the two-day event (it starts 9;30 a.m. Friday).  It’s the best early-season tournament in the state. Wrestling starts at 10:30 a.m. Saturday with finals around 5:30.

Saturday: No. 14 Gonzaga (9-1) vs. Kansas State (7-1), 6 p.m. (ESPN2), KeyArena. They call it the Battle in Seattle. It’s the 10th annual event. Zags are coming off first loss, 85-74 against No. 10 Illinois. K-State’s only loss is against No. 3 Michigan.

Saturday: It’s back to ShoWare for what’s being billed as the Ultimate Sports Week. The Pacific Cup is up for grabs when the Lingerie League’s Seattle Mist and BC Angels collide at 8 p.m. in a flag football game. Tickets $85, $55, $35, $25, $15. And motorcycle’s ice riders will be at the Comcast Arena in Everett for another show, this one starting at 7.

Sunday: Belly up to the tube. It’s Seahawks vs. Bills, 1:05 p.m. on Fox. Big game for Hawks. If they win, and San Francisco loses at New England, well, you know what that means …


The Mariners annual Fanfest will be Jan. 26-27 at Safeco Field. Meet Mariners players, tour the Clubhouse, throw a pitch in the bullpen, catch a pop fly in the outfield. Tickets are on sale now at and at Mariners Team Stores. Kids 14 and younger are free. Adults are $10. … For the latest news and some early designs on the Sonics Arena go to … Don’t know what email list you need to be on, but on 12/12/12, certain fans have an opportunity to buy a $12 ticket that will put you in the 12th row of Saturday’s Gonzaga game at KeyArena. Others have an opportunity over a 12-hour window to buy $12 single session tickets to the Pac-12 Women’s Basketball Tournament that will be played at KeyArena in March. … Tickets to the Las Vegas Bowl, matching Washington and Boise State, start at $55. Go to for info. … You might have heard Safeco Field’s adding a new, large-screen HD video screen. It’ll be the biggest in Major League Baseball. The only video screen bigger in North America is the one at Dallas Cowboys Stadium. …. Now that the M’s are bringing in the fences at Safeco, there will be room for a new restaurant and lounge down the left field line next to the foul pole. The name? Edgar’s Lounge and Restaurant. The menu will include Tortugas Mexican sandwiches. Edgar’s line of mezcal, known as Zac, will be available. That alone should be worth a visit.

Best band I’ve been introduced to lately: The Cave Singers. Word is they’re coming back to the Hi-Fidelity Lounge in Bremerton next month. Check ’em out..



Friday links (Army’s Larry Dixon featured in Wall Street Journal), opinions and a book plug

College Football’s Most Pummeled Man: According to this story in the Wall Street Journal, it’s Larry Dixon, the Olympic High grad and starting fullback for Army. Army takes on Navy Saturday (12 p.m., CBS) jn Philadelphia.

A review of every Army offensive play in 2012 shows that Dixon has gotten a fake handoff 190 times this season. The cadet has been tackled without the ball 95 times, compared with the 129 times he has been wrestled to the ground with the pigskin.

In five of the 10 games he’s played this season, he has been tackled more often without the ball than with it. “Those are long days,” Dixon said.

Army-Navy series: Navy leads the series 56-49-7. Navy won 27-21 last year and has won 10 straight over Army.

UFC is coming to Seattle Saturday night. As big as the MMA scene has become, I’m still a boxing guy. I’ll be more interested Pacquiao-Marquez IV. Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez mix it up on Saturday in Las Vegas. Pacquio is 2-0-1 against Marquez. Pacquio is 35 now, and this probably won’t be an epic fight, but it’s the best boxing has to offer these days and I still find it more intriguing than the MMA event that will be televised by FOX from KeyArena. The main event matches Benson Henderson and Nate Diaz.

Les Carpenter of Yahoo! Sports writes about Russell Wilson’s obsession with film study.  Do you suppose the rookie quarterback’s agent is negotiating with Russell Athletic for an endorsement contract? Maybe Wilson Sporting Goods?

More on Wilson: If the Seahawks didn’t pick Wilson with their third-round pick, he likely would have ended up as a backup to Michael Vick, Andrew Luck or Robert Griffin III, writes Adam Schefter of

Just wondering: If RGIII is so good, why hasn’t anybody signed RGI and RGII?

Not only have I not missed the NHL at all, but it just dawned on me that I’m not paying much attention to the NBA either. I try to keep track of Bremerton’s Marvin Williams and how he’s doing with the Utah Jazz, but that’ s about it. That said, I will be watching when the playoff arrive. And when Seattle gets another team — and it will — I will get to my share of the games. The NBA, of all sports, is the best sport to watch in person, especially if you’re fortunate enough to have a seat close to the court. Unless, of course, you’re going to a San Antonio Spurs game and coach Gregg Popovich decides to rest his stars.

West Coast League president Ken Wilson, who broadcast 70-plus Mariners’ game the last two seasons, visited Bremerton this week and talked to  the Kitsap Athletic Roundtable. He was Dave Niehaus’ original partner in Seattle, and went on to have a pretty impressive and interesting career as an MLB and NHL announcer. He called Pete Rose’s 4192nd hit that broke Ty Cobb’s all time record. He’s called three perfect games (Kenny Rogers, Rangers, 1994; Phillip Humber, White Sox, 2012; and, Felix Hernandez, Mariners, 2012). He worked the games when George Brett got his 3,000th hit and Gaylord Perry won his 300th game. He was in Baltimore when Cal Ripken tied Lou Gehrig’s record for consecutive games played.

Greg Johns of writes about the Mariners’ possible pursuit of free-agent outfielders Michael Bourn and Nick Swisher. I think the M’s ought to zero in on Swisher. He’s hit 20-plus homers for eight straight years and seems like a good fit for any clubhouse. Forget about Josh Hamilton. Swisher’s 32 and he can be the M’s starter in left field for the next five years. Bourn makes sense, too, because he can run and the M’s need a legit stolen base threat, but he’s 29 so he’s already peaked as a base stealer. His best years might be behind him.

John McGrath of the Tacoma News Tribune (you can read his stuff in our print editions from time to time) writes about Mike Gastineau, who signed off from KJR radio after 21 years.

Prediction: Seattle 27, Cardinals 10. Arizona’s defense is nasty, but the offense is a mess. Kent Somers of USA Today writes:

“John Skelton returns to quarterback the Cards. Skelton takes over for Ryan Lindley, who took over for Skelton, who took over for Kevin Kolb, who took over for Skelton, who was injured in the season opener against Seattle. … The Cardinals’ quarterback position is not a carousel, it’s spinning like a centrifuge.”

Finally, the book plug: Some of you know of Tom Kelly. I met him when he was a sports writer with the Seattle Times. He now writes a Homes column that runs in The Kitsap Sun’s advertising section. He’s also written a new book which might be a good holiday present. It’s called Cold Crossover, and the Bremerton ferry run is an important part of the book.

He’s offering Sun readers a free Kindle downlead of the book. Look for it at the bottom of his column on Monday, Dec. 10, and Tuesday, Dec. 11.

Here’s Kelly’s capsule of the book:

Linnbert “Cheese” Oliver, hard-luck high school basketball hero in the Northwest town of North Fork, is missing on a late-night Bremerton ferry. And for real estate agent Ernie Creekmore, his father figure, friend and former coach, the news hits hard. Ernie’s suffered too much loss and pain in his life — his wife, a state basketball championship, a mysterious medical malady — and he just can’t accept the idea that Cheese might have taken his own life. Working with sheriff’s detective Harvey Johnston, Ernie uses his contacts in real estate and hoops to trace Cheese’s movements. Meanwhile, hints at possible foul play turn up in pieces of North Fork’s rough-and-tumble history in fishing, logging and railroading, and the past and the present violently collide in a series of heart-stopping moments that peel back layers of greed, secrets and twisted family ties that refuse to stay buried.

Have a good weekend.

Vettleson, Prince, Wilson headline KAR meeting Wednesday night

It’s Hot Stove League, Kitsap style.

We’re be talking baseball Wednesday (Dec. 5) at The Arena Sports Bar and Grille in east Bremerton (41111 Wheaton Way).

The Kitsap Athletic Roundtable meeting will feature M’s announcer and West Coast League president Ken Wilson, Kitsap minor leaguers Drew Vettleson and Jared Prince and BlueJackets/Olympic College coach Ryan Parker. Others have also been invited.

KAR members get in for $5; non-members $10. Order off the menu.

Social hour at 6 p.m., program around 7.

Here’s my story on Vettleson that appeared in today’s paper. The Central Kitsap grad just finished his second season in the Tampa Bay Rays organization.

Look for something on Prince later this week. I had a nice chat with the former North Kitsap star, who played at Double A Frisco, Texas in 2012.

Vettleson and Prince were both Kitsap Sun Male Athletes of the Year their senior years in high school.

Hope to see you at he meeting.

KAR memberships are just $25. All money goes to youth and amateur athletics in the region.

The KAR’s annual Kitsap Sports Hall of Fame banquet is coming up — Jan. 12 at Kiana Lodge in Poulsbo. The inductees were announced on Sunday. Here’s the lowdown on who’s going to be honored. And Sam Fitz is the recipient of the Rex Brown Award, not Red Brown Award, as I wrote in the paper. Sorry about that.

Sweet Dreams, Rougheart

I’d be remiss if i didn’t follow up with something about our favorite MMA blogger, Joshua Beranis.

Josh got in the cage Saturday and he ended up on the mat, KO’d after 1 minute, 20 seconds. I suppose that was predictable, but hats off to Rougheart.

Here’s his report: A pummel to victory

And the rest of it: A pummel to victory: continued

The blog ends with these words:

I wanted a piece of this world ever since I was a child, but I just didn’t realize it. I have been battling doubt, discomfort, inconvenience, fear, ignorance, anger, jealousy, hate, sadness, and laziness for my entire life. When I faced Jeff, and shot those jabs in his face, and tried to put him on the ground, all those strange politics of life evaporated, leaving only a straight line to a goal. That goal is to keep fighting.
I am a fighter. I should have known about this.
I want to write about this sport, and that part of ourselves that we leave behind when we enter the cage.

If you’re a little late to the party, and don’t know the background behind Beranis’ desire to get in the cage, check out my column that published last week.

Wayback Machine weighs in on Bremerton’s late, great Hal Lee

You’ve probably been debating your friends about the Mariners’ Jason Bay signing and Brandon Browner’s four-game suspension, which starts this Sunday for the Seahawks.

Hey, take a break.

Check out the Wayback Machine’s story about Hal Lee, the greatest pre-World War II athlete in Bremerton history. David Eskenazi and Steve Rudman of keep rolling out interesting stories on the greats of yesteryear. Don’t know about you, but I could read this stuff all day. The story also talks about Seattle’s Bob Galler, one of Lee’ s teammates at the University of Washington. Both were first-team All-Americans in the 1930s. Lee was a 6-4 guard. His nickname’s not mentioned in the story, but someone called him “Battleship” and it stuck.



National Finals Rodeo TV Schedule

Kitsap rodeo fans can follow the National Finals Rodeo on the Great American Country television network.

The NFR kicks off its 10-day run Thursday in Las Vegas.

You can find the full schedule here (don’t forget to convert the times to Pacific).

Silverdale’s Randy Corley is one of three announcers calling the action in the arena. Corley’s up for another PRCA Announcer of the Year Award. Winners in all categories will be announced at the PRCA Awards Banquet, held on Wednesday in Sin City. Corley’s an 11-time winner.

For complete NFR coverage, go to


Washington football coaches 200-win club

Courtesy David Male, Rosalia, Wa.

There are 23 state football coaches who have won at least 200 games, including for Bremerton coach Chuck Semanick and ex-North Kitsap coach Jerry Parrish. The records listed below current through the 2012 state championships.

Active coaches — and there are six with 200 or more wins — have their current school listed.

(Frank Naish and Jack McMillan resigned following the end of the 2012 season.)
Coach         School         Seasons         W-L-T         win pct.

1.         Sid Otton         Tumwater         45         346-127         (.732)

2.         Terry Ennis                  35+         287-87         (.767)

3.         Bob Ames         Meridian         39         285-133         (.682)

4.         Monte Kohler         O’Dea         28         271-45         (.858)

4.         Dick Armstrong                  38         271-95-10         (.734)

6.         Don Anderson                  36         269-63-4         (.807)

6.         Glenn Rickert                  36         269-72-10         (.781)

8.         Steve Gervais                  31         244-87         (.737)

9.         Tom Ingles                  33         243-106         (.696)

10.         Phil Zukowski         Cashmere         29         237-80         (.748)

11.         Ray Hobbs                  42         235-146-9         (.614)

12.         Tom Moore                  23         234-38         (.860)

12.         Jack McMillan                  37         234-139-1         (.627)

14.         Frank Naish                  39         215-158         (.576)

15.         Terry Jensen         Montesano         27         214-74         (.743)

16.         Chuck Semancik                  38         211-113-18         (.643)

17.         Jerry Parrish                  38         209-149-4         (.583)

18.         Chuck Tarbox                  32         207-97-1         (.680)

19.         Rollie Robbins                  34         206-115-3         (.640)

20.         Curt Kramme         Lynden         22         205-53         (.795)

21.         Mike Lynch                  31         204-103-2         (.663)

22.         Bill Frazier                  34         202-81-13         (.704)

22.         Gary Kautz                  31         202-106         (.656)