Some questions, some thoughts, some predictions and a Mike
Would the Mariners win the Nippon Professional Baseball League?
Probably, but I don’t think they would run away with it. The gap
between MLB and Japan baseball is narrowing. If you don’t think so,
then you weren’t paying attention to the last two World Baseball
Classics, both won by Japan.
I think Seattle second baseman Dustin Ackley hits 20 or more
home runs, challenges for the American League batting title this
season and will be a a multiple all-star before he retires.
If you believe what you read, former Central Kitsap star Drew
Vettleson — an outfielder and one of the Tampa Bay Rays’ top
minor-league prospects — will open the season at Class A Bowling
Green, Ky. Their nickname? The Hot Rods.
Speaking of the bluegrass state, can you imagine the insanity
that’s going on over the upcoming Louisville-Kentucky Final Four
semifinal game? If only Murray State, the David in that state,
could have joined the Goliaths in New Orleans. How crazy would that
The Washngton Huskies won’t finish in the top half of the Pac-12
next season if Terrence Ross and Tony Wroten both leave for the
Would Matt Flynn has put up those gaudy numbers in the two games
he played if he would have been coming off the bench to quarterback
the Seattle Seahawks last season? I think not. Green Bay’s offense
was pretty explosive and Flynn had a few more weapons at his
disposal than what Tarvaris Jackson had to work with in
If you had the first pick, wouldn’t you pick Kevin Love over
Dwight Howard if you were choosing teams? Wouldn’t you pick Kevin
Love over any big man in the game? Seems like Love goes for 35
points and 20 rebounds every other night. Big fella from Portland
How many of you who watched the Mariners’ 3 a.m. opener on
Wednesday plan to be awake for Game 2 at 2 a.m. on Thursday? Sushi
and and Sake Bombers to those of you who do. You really gotta
love those guys to tune in at that hour.
Did you know that this year’s Final Four Louisville team
lost by 31 points to Providence, the school Rick Pitino coached to
his first Final Four in 1987?
How many of Golfweek’s top-10 in-state golf courses can you
name? In order, they are:
1) Chambers Bay, University Place
2) Wine Valley, Walla Walla
3) Palouse Ridge, Pullman
4) Salish Cliffs, Shelton
5) Loomis Trail, Blaine
6) Olympic Course at Gold Mountain, Bremerton
7) Semiahmoo, Blaine
8) Trophy Lake Golf & Casting, Port
9) Suncadia (Prospector), Roslyn
10) Desert Canyon, Orondo
Tiger Woods is the talk of golf heading into the next week’s
Masters, but if I was a betting man, my money would be on Rory
McIlroy, Phil Mickelson and Hunter Mahan. Have a hunch it could be
Rickie Fowler’s time, too. Gig Harbor’s Kyle Stanley and Puyallup’s
Ryan Moore also have the games to tame Augusta.
New Washington State football coach Mike Leach, has started
spring practices. So far there hasn’t been a lot of news coming out
of Pullman. No Pirate sighting that I know of. The candid, likeable
Leach seems to be all business on the field. That said, here’s a
Leach quote from an interview on KJR that I liked:
“One night we were just trying to get familiar with the
town, so my wife and I had gone to a movie. So we drive downtown
and I’m just curious where my team and charges are hanging out.
There’s nothing downtown. Downtown’s dead. So we drive up College
Hill. As we’re going up College Hill, shoot there’s mini-skirts and
hot pants everywhere. So I ask her ‘what’s the temperature?’ I go,
‘it’s gotta be pretty warm out there, huh?’ Thirty-seven degrees!
Thirty-seven degrees! I don’t what’s in the water and exactly how
tough these people are. Certainly they didn’t need jackets to be
necessary at 37 degrees.”