Quick hits on a Thursday night while chasing deadline with the
Villopoto up for an ESPY Award
I’ve been out of action for a week, and I just noticed that Poulsbo
motocross champion Ryan Villopoto has been nominated for an ESPY in
the Best Male Action Sports Athlete category.
The 2012 ESPY’s will be televised live Wednesday at 6 p.m. on ESPN
From the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles.
Villopoto’s got some stiff competition. Snowboarder adn X Games
superstar Shaun White is a six-time winner of the fan-voted
awarded. The world’s best surfer Kelly Slater, and best all-around
snowboarder Travis Rice, are the others.
Villopoto won the AMA World Supercross and AMA Motocross titles in
2011, in addition to the $1 million Monster Energy Cup, and led
Team USA to victory at the Motocross of Nations. He defended his
Supercross title in 2012 but a knee injury prevented him from
defending his outdoor AMA title.
here to vote for Ryan. Voting ends Monday, July 9 at 11:59
Good times for SK big leaguers
Orioles pitcher Jason Hammel was nominated for the MLB All-Star
game. A tough-luck loser to the Mariners on Monday, Hammel didn’t
win the fans’ vote, but being nominated for the honor had to be
satisfying. The 29-year-old’s got a chance for a big contract if he
can keep it up through the second half of the season. He
finished third in the fan balloting. We sent Jeff Graham over
to talk to Hammel on Monday. In case you missed it,
here’s his story.
Willie Bloomquist, now seeing action at third base and shortstop
for the Diamondbacks, raised his average to .301 after another
multi-hit game on Wednesday (3-for-5 with a stolen base).
This guy makes an argument that Willie is more deserving of a
spot in the All Star game than Atlanta’s Rafael Furcal.
And Aaron Cunningham hit his first home run and collected a
couple of pinch-hit singles in recent games for the Indians.
Little-used until now, maybe it’ll translate into some more playing
time. Cunningham, by the way,
got the silent treatment from his teammates after hitting his
Marvin heads to Utah
The deal won’t be official until July 11, but it looks like
Marvin Gaye Williams will be playing for the Utah Jazz next season.
It’s the best thing that could happen to the 6-foot-9 Bremertonian.
Seven years in Atlanta was enough. It wasn’t Marvin’s fault that
the Hawks passed on Deron Williams and Chris Paul, to take him with
the No. 2 pick. That was always going to be over his head. Plus, he
was never an option on a team that seemed to have too many
Marvin-like players. Now Williams gets a second chance to prove
that he can be a 15-point, 8-rebound kind of guy. He’s already
proven to be unselfish and willing to do the dirty work on
The Babe Ruth World Series for 13-year-olds is
coming Aug. 15-22 — and the host team is the Kitsap County All
Stars, not North Kitsap All Stars as somebody wrote last week.
Next week’s West Sound Senior Games. The event
for the over-50somethings runs July 11-14.
And Little League’s Western Regional Big League
tournament returns to Gene Lobe Fields at the Kitsap County
Fairgrounds, July 15-20.
The Kitsap Pavilion will be the site of a Reign Forrest
Championship MMA card on July 21. Bristol Marunde is
promoting the card.
Is it just me, or does it seem like there’s not much of a buzz
about the coming football season for the Washington Huskies? Seems
like the Dawgs are now playing second fiddle to the Seahawks in the
Congrats to Bremerton’s Nathan Adrian on winning the 100 free at
the U.S. Olympic trials. I’m sure he’s disappointed about not
qualifying in the 50, but counting the relays, he’s still got a
chance to win three medals in London. That, I think, would ease any
pain he might be feeling about being KO’d in the 50.
Nobody ever asked my opinion about Seattle’s offensive woes, but
after being laid up for a week or so and able to watch more
Mariners’ baseball than I’ve watched in a long time, I’ve got a
theory on the M’s hitting woes: Maybe it’s because of their youth,
but as a group, Seattle’s hitters are not very selective when it
comes to the pitches they flail at. Good hitters swing at strikes.
I’ve never seen so many guys swing at bad pitches at the Major
And while we’re on the subject of Mariners’ hitters, who’s tired
of watching Ichiro bail out of the box and hit those weak pop flies
to the opposite field?
I really like the blue-collar approach of Kyle Johnson, Matt
Friesen and most of the Kitsap Pumas. They’re not afraid to stick
their nose in their and makes things happen.
That’s all I got. Deadline’s looming.