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Two months without blogging? Really?

Have I really not updated this for two months? Sorry sports fans. Grad school and work got to me, and I just haven’t had time! I promise a new, longer blog post soon.

This sportsologist has some exciting news. I’m going to Europe over Spring Break! And my buddy Dave and I got tickets to go see some Chelsea football! GO BLUES! We had to pay for a half season’s membership in order to even have a chance to buy tickets. It’s a racket, if you ask me. Is demand for Chelsea really that high? We’ll be taking in all the action from The Shed end. I promise I will write a blog post about it. How can I not?

Hope all you soccer fans are enjoying some Champions League action! Did you catch Barca-Arsenal last week? That game was absolutely AMAZING! We watched it in a bar, and I found myself rooting for Arsenal by the end of it. If you missed the first game, the second is coming up in a couple of weeks. It’s in Barcelona. Should be broadcast at 11:45 Pacific Time. Many Seattle area bars will have it.

What else folks? Sounders preseason is underway, and the Cascadia Cup is in a week! The organization really dropped the ball on tickets. My friend Sabrina and I were both trying to get tickets — she was successful, I was not. You betcha I’m going to be there, rooting for the Sounders to destroy Portland! Dave and I managed to get season tickets. We have to miss the first two games for the Europe trip. Come on over and give us a holler this season — we’ll be catching all the action from Section 125 row HH seats 1 and 2.

The 7-9 Seahawks won their playoff game in January. Marshawn Lynch’s touchdown run shook the earth. It was awesome. Go on Youtube and find the video of Lynch running to the Super Mario Brothers theme song. Hilarious!

The Mariners are at Spring Training. I’m having a hard time getting excited about baseball this season. Maybe it’s because I have Sounders tickets, or maybe it’s because Dave Niehaus is no longer with us (Rest In Peace, Dave). The last I read about them, they have a tall pitching staff. Intersquad games are beginning today.

How ’bout them Huskies? Husky men’s basketball is having a good season. They won’t win the Pac-10 due to some ill-timed losses to Arizona, but they’ve still been fun to watch.

And last but not least, I gotta give a shoutout to my alma mater. The Whitman College Fighting Missionaries won their first ever playoff game. Should they win tomorrow, they’re bound for the NCAA Div III basketball tourney. That deserves an enthusiastic MISSIONARIES MISSIONARIES WE’RE ON TOP!!!

More soon. I promise. I’ll come up for air.

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Rainy Sunday Sports Roundup

It’s pouring outside. It’s raining so hard that I’m actually thinking about wearing my gaiters when I go grocery shopping later today. Or maybe I’ll skip the farmer’s market because it’s so nasty out.

Here are a couple of points for your Rainy Sunday Sports Roundup.

1. The Seahawks are 6-6, with four games left. My prediction is that they finish 9-7 and redeem themselves for that awful loss at St. Louis earlier in the season. The Hawks should easily win the division. It helps that they play in the worst division in football. Should they win the division, they’ll have a home playoff game, but I doubt they’ll go much further than the first round. There are way too many holes in that roster.

2. Things we’ve learned about the Seahawks thus far.
Mike Williams is awesome. Except he’s been hurt a lot. But he’s still awesome.
Leon Washington can return kicks and punts like nobody’s business.
Hasselbeck still has it. I hope he returns next season. Charlie Whitehurst is nowhere near ready to be an NFL starter.
When Russell Okung is actually healthy, the Seahawks have a running game. Too bad this hasn’t been the case for much of the games this season.
The defense started out promising, but has returned to it’s horrifying inability to tackle. You have no idea how many times I’ve yelled “will you please tackle him?!?” at the TV screen.
Earl Thomas is so fast Brett Favre didn’t get a chance to unretire.
Pete Carroll’s return to the NFL has largely been a success. It’ll be interesting to see how the rest of this season plays out.

3. The Mariners were a bust at the winter meetings. An absolute bust. Miguel Olivo and Jack Cust? Please. If you’re looking for a catcher who can hit, it’s not Olivo. He was terrible with the Mariners, and I don’t expect him to be any better now. Cust has more of an upside as a DH, but can’t play the field. The Mariners won’t get any better until they get the Bavasi signings off their payroll. We’re shelling out millions to players who can’t play (like Carlos Silva).

4. Whither Cliff Lee? The Cliff Lee sweepstakes are in full swing, with teams throwing money at the Cy Young winner like it’s going out of style. Lee should choose between offers thrown at him by the Yankees and the Rangers tomorrow. I hope he picks the Rangers. He helped them get to their first World Series. Besides, when the Rangers played the Yankees in the playoffs at Yankee Stadium, Lee’s wife was the target of fan ridicule. She had stuff thrown on her and at her. If I was Lee’s wife, I’d be really pissed if he picked the Yankees. I’d think “really, honey? I know it’s a lot of money, but you’re going to go play for the team whose fans threw crap at me and called me names?” Nuh uh. No way.

5. Brett Favre is old, and may actually miss a game. This throws his starting streak into question. However, the Vikings game against the Giants has been pushed back until tomorrow night, as the Giants are stuck in Kansas City due to bad weather. Could this make a difference? Will the old warrior live to throw again? We’ll see. Personally, I’m tired of Brett Favre. He should have retired (and stayed retired) last year.

6. Huskies have a bowl game. Too bad it’s against Nebraska again. I hope we don’t get killed.

7. BCS title game is a matchup of Auburn and Oregon. I’m rooting for the Ducks because they’re in the Pac-10. Cool that a Pac-10 team got into the title game!

8. The Huskies have a pretty good basketball team. We were ranked #20 as of last week, but a one-point loss to Texas A&M will likely push us out of the top 25. No worries, though. The team has so much talent they’ll rebound (ha!) and find their way into the top 25 again.

9. Dave Niehaus to get a statue at Safeco Field. Fitting that the first statue at Safeco Field will be of our beloved long-time broadcaster, who died of a heart attack on November 10th. I know I’ll be crying like a baby when I turn on the radio to listen to Spring Training in February and realize I won’t hear Dave’s voice. As Rick Rizzs pointed out at the memorial yesterday, Tom Hanks had it wrong. There is crying in baseball.

Stay dry, folks!

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Pac-10 Expansion Update

ESPN is reporting that Texas, Texas Tech, Oklahoma, and Oklahoma State are all leaving for the Pac-10. But Texas may actually stay in the Big 12.

Colorado has gone to the Pac 10. Nebraska to the Big 10.

Oh, and for Seattle sports fans — the Mariners won yesterday. Word.

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Reggie Bush, Sanctions

Brock and Salk said on ESPN 710 today that like Reggie Bush may have to give back his Heisman trophy as a result of NCAA violations at USC. It’s up to the Heisman Trophy trust — a committee of eight people that makes the Heisman award each year.

I’m not sure how I feel about this. His reputed relationship with an agent definitely violated NCAA rules, but should his Heisman be taken away? OJ Simpson still has his Heisman trophy.

In addition, USC will lose 30 football scholarships and a two-year bowl ban. Like the sanctions the UW experienced, this will decimate its football program for years beyond the sanctions. It hampers recruitment.

In other words, USC’s sanctions are good for Husky sports fans. With arguably the conference’s best football program hampered, our Dawgs could rise to the top.

No further defections from the Big 12 that I know about. Stay tuned.

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It Starts With Colorado…

Colorado has accepted an invitation to join the Pac-10. Realignment is happening, folks. Looks like the Big 12 is going to break up.

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/collegesports/2012079374_pac11.html

How could this affect college basketball? The Huskies could end up playing each Pac-16 team once, and play three games against our traditional rivals, like Washington State.

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/huskymensbasketballblog/2012074261_how_would_a_pac.html

Bud Withers thinks that Nebraska will join the Big Ten, while Texas, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Oklahoma, and Oklahoma State will join Colorado in the new Pac-16 super conference.

Here we go…

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/budwithers/2012073711_withers10.html

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Big Sanctions for USC

USC’s major violations have apparently led to some big sanctions. Reportedly, USC will face a two-year bowl ban and the loss of more than 20 football scholarships.

http://www.latimes.com/sports/la-sp-usc-20100610,0,7548894.story

Bad news for USC fans. Great news for UW fans. One less team in our way! Granted, though, the Pac-10 may not exist as we know it.

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/403882-will-nebraska-football-blaze-trail-for-pac-10-expansion

Should Nebraska leave the Big 12, it could create a domino effect. The Pac-10 could expand to include teams like Texas, Oklahoma, and Texas A&M. The Pac-16 superconference would become really fun to watch.

I’m trying to follow all this talk of realignment and its effect on college sports, but I’ll admit it leaves me a little lost. Those of you who have been following this issue more closely — what are the pros and cons of expansion? And whither Boise State? Should they or should they not become a BCS team?

More tomorrow.

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