Links, notes, thoughts:
There were warning signs: Don’t know for sure,
but it sure seems like Doug Baldwin’s post-game rant after the
Seattle Seahawks’ loss against Dallas might have been aimed at
Percy Harvin. You might have
read or heard about the trade that sent Harvin to the Jets
on Friday. Sounds like Harvin was a pain in the you-know-what.
Remember the stories when the Seahawks gave him a guaranteed
$25.5 million after acquiring him from the Vikings? Harvin,
according to some in the media, was described as a head case, a
time bomb, and a diva. One report coming out Friday had Harvin
punching former teammate Golden Tate, now a Detroit Lion, in the
week leading up to the Super Bowl. He also, reportedly, had an
altercations with Baldwin in the preseason and refused to re-enter
the Dallas game late in the fourth quarter,
according to a Seattle Times report.
More Harvin: Despite modest statistics (he
caught just 27 passes in eight games during his Seahawks’ career),
everyone was singing Harvin’s praises after the Monday night game
at Washington less than three weeks ago. Harvin had three
TDs called back in that one. That was a strange game, but
Friday’s trade trumped that for strangeness.
What’s a conditional mid-round draft pick? it
depends on how Harvin plays with the Jets. If he plays a certain
number of games, the mid-round pick (fourth, fifth) could turn into
a second rounder, according to an NFL.com report.
The Ducks, the Ducks, the
Ducks: Washington has lost 10 straight to Oregon, and
the Huskies are 20.5-point underdogs on Saturday. I was in the
stands at Berkeley last week, and the UW defense was impressive
against a pretty good Cal offensive, good enough to give Husky
fans hope that maybe, just maybe, this could be the year Washington
upsets the Ducks. Danny Shelton and Shaq Thompson are part of
a front seven that could be really nasty by the end of the season.
The secondary has come a long way in a short amount of time.
Prediction: Marcus Mariota is the difference and
the losing streak reaches 11, but it won’t be a
double-digit victory, and that’s an upset in itself since
Washington has never kept it close in the last 10 years. The
closest margin of defeat has been 17 points.
Did you know? Mariota and Washington QB Cyler
Miles have not thrown an interception.
Did you know II? Chris Petersen, coach of the
was 2-0 against Oregon when he was at Boise State.
Saturday night plans: Dylan. Bob Dylan. Never
seen the man live. I’ve been told not to hear or expect the
Dylan I think I’m going to hear at the Paramount. Doesn’t
matter. I can’t wait.
Marvin update: Bremerton’s Marvin Williams is
five games into the preseason with the Charlotte Hornets. Here’s
the average line for the starting power forward: 5.0 points, 5.6
rebounds, 2.2 assists, 1.6 steals while playing an average of 26
Charlotte likes his ability to hit threes, although he’s made
just 6 of 19 attempts thus far.
Historic decision for RV2: Poulsbo’s
Ryan Villopoto talks with Transworld Motocross about his
decision to race in Europe for a world championship instead of
going for a fifth straight Supercross championship. For Villopoto,
26, this will be his last year as a competitive racer.
Wild Series: It’s the Giants and Royals in the
World Series. Two exciting wild-card teams. The Royals are 8-0 in
the postseason and the darlings of baseball. The Giants are the
Giants. A different players seems to step up every game.
Travis Ishikawa of Federal Way is the latest hero after hitting a
walk-off home run to clinch the NLCS against St. Louis.
They’ve been here before, winning it all in 2010 and 2012. If they
can do it again, manager Bruce Bochy should be a first-ballot Hall
Speaking of Giants: If San Francisco prevails,
does Todd Linden get a World Series ring? The Central Kitsap grad,
a one-time Giants’ prospect, was the hitting coach for San
Francisco’s Class A team in the South Atlantic League — the Augusta
Elton Goodwin Foundation: The foundation is
holding a spaghetti dinner fundraiser for the late South Kitsap
coach on Friday, No. 7, at the Port Orchard
Eagles. Tickets are ($20 single/$35 couple) are available at
Cruise-N Car Wash and Espresso through Oct. 31. Tickets at the
door will be $25 single/$40 couple. All Profits will benefit the
foundation for scholarships and/or facilities at South Kitsap
Rangers back in the hunt: Olympic College’s
volleyball team is 18-5 and ranked No. 2 in the NWAC Coaches’ Poll
behind Blue Mountain (34-1). Blue Mountain, from Pendleton, Oregon,
beat OC in the NWAC championship match a year ago. OC handed the
Timberwolves their only loss, but the defending champs hold a 2-1
advantage over the Rangers this season.