Bremerton’s Ryan Kelly found himself without a
job when his brother — PGA Tour player Troy Kelly
— had season-ending knee surgery earlier in the season.
Ryan, who caddied for his younger brother, returned to the
Bremerton/Tacoma area and wound up playing in a lot of the
region’s top amateur tournaments. He’s won the Fircrest Amateur in
Tacoma the weekend before last.
Here’s the story by Todd Milles of the Tacoma News Tribune.
Ryan played golf at Oregon State and played professionally for a
while, but his career was stymied by a back injury. He regained his
amateur status a few years ago.
Here’s some best-case, worst-case scenarios for the Huskies
from Pac-12 football blogger Ted Miller at ESPN.com. Pretty funny
If his broken finger is OK, will Washington tight end Austin
Seferian-Jenkins play against Boise State on Saturday? He ASJ was
arrested (DUI) during the offseason, and coach Steve Sarkisian
suspended him for spring football, but let him back for fall ball.
Should Sark suspend him for the Boise State game? I think that’s
the right thing to do, but I don’t think he will. A one-game
suspension sends the right message and is more important than
getting a win, not that the Huskies can’t win without ASJ. Michael
Hartvigson is a quality backup.
Unranked Washington is a 3.5-point favorite to beat No. 19 Boise
State, mostly because they’ll be playing at home in front of a
fired-up crowd at remodeled Husky Stadium. The game should go down
to the wire, just as it did during the Las Vegas Bowl when the
Broncos held on for a 28-26 win. Boise State was a 4.5-point
underdog in that game. I think this is truly a tossup game. If
Washington wins, it’ll be a great start to their season. If the
Huskies lose, die-hard fans shouldn’t lose a lot of sleep over it
because Boise will likely be as good as anybody Washington plays
outside of Oregon and Stanford.
Richard Sherman’s been pretty quiet of late. By
design perhaps? Still waiting for his second column for SI.com’s
MMQB. If you missed his first one, here it is.
Sherman and the Seahawks’ defense are getting their due,
This story in SI.com rates Seattle’s ‘D’ as the best in the
Don’t know if there’s a team in the NFL with a better situation
at running back than the Seahawks. All-Pro Marshawn
Lynch, second-year backup Robert Turbin,
and rookie Christine Michael, first-team
All-Preseason, give the Hawks some serious giddy-up in the
backfield. Lynch has run for 2,794 yards and 23 touchdowns his last
two seasons with the Seahawks. He’s also caught 53 passes in that
time. Lynch is 27 and pretty durable. Does he have three more
All-Pro quality seasons left? If he does, and the Seahawks can win
a Super Bowl or at least get to one, will Lynch have done enough to
warrant Hall of Fame consideration? He’d be around 10,000 yards
with 75-80 touchdowns.
Here’s a look at the career NFL rushing leaders (Hall of Fames are
It’s Tuel Time in Buffalo. Yep, Jeff Tuel,
free-agent quarterback from Washington State, is going to start
Week 1 for the Bills against the New England Patriots. Can you name
the other WSU quarterback who made it to the NFL? Give up? In
alphabetical order: Drew Bledsoe, Alex Brink, Ryan Leaf, Timm
Rosenbach and Mark Rypien.
According to the Spokesman Review, Boise State and Mississippi
State are among the colleges that have already offered scholarships
to quarterback Brett Rypien of Shadle Park High
School in Spokane. Rypien’s coming off a record-breaking sophomore
year in which he threw for 3,179 yards in nine games,
completing 62.5 percent of his passes. He’s also had offers from
Washington State, Idaho and Colorado State. His uncle is Mark
Rypien, also a Shadle Park grad and a former WSU star who was a
Super Bowl MVP during his career with the Washington Redskins.
Here’s a list of offers and commits from football players in
the state of Washington who are in the class of 2014.
Oregon senior-to-be Tyler Baumgartner, the
former Central Kitsap star, hit .402 in eight games for NWAACC USA
at the World Baseball Challenge at Prince George, British Columbia.
Baumgartner, an outfielder, had two hits in the bronze medal game,
won 9-7 by NWAACC USA over Chinese Taipei. The team was comprised
of current and former NWAACC players.
Baumgartner’s cousin, Drew Vettleson, a
third-year pro with the Charlotte Stone Crabs (Rays), had a
four-hit game (4-for-6 with a double, RBI and two runs scored) on
Aug. 25 against Jupiter, Fla., in the Advanced Class A Florida
State League. Vettleson’s had some clutch hits lately, including a
game-winning RBI single with two outs in the bottom of the ninth in
a game last week. He’s hitting .283 (.340 on-base, .397 slugging
percentage) with five triples, four home runs and 61 RBI.
Aaron Cunningham of the Triple-A Round Rock
Express (Rangers) was 3-for-5 with two homers, five RBI and four
runs scored on Aug. 21 at Nashville. Cunningham, an SK grad who was
drafted following his freshman year at Everett CC, has hit .389
with three homers over his last 10 games. The outfielder has had
five multi-hit games in that stretch. He’s hitting .255 with 10
homers and 48 RBI. He’s got a .338 on-base percentage, .415
South Kitsap grad and former Lewis-Clark State star
Brady Steiger is hitting .245 for the Gulf Coast
Yankees, a rookie-league team, but he has an impressive .420
on-base percentage after 16 games and 53 at bats. He’s walked 12
South Kitsap grads Willie Bloomquist
(Diamondbacks) and Jason Hammel (Orioles) remain
on the DL, but are close to returning. Hammel’s scheduled to pitch
in a Double-A game on Thursday. He went on the DL with tightness in
his forearm. Bloomquist, an infielder who’s been out with a hand
injury, could be back on the big-league roster this week. He’s been
playing rehab games with Arizona’s team in the Arizona rookie