I broke down and bought a soccer jersey. Go Sounders.
I broke down and bought a soccer jersey. Go Sounders.
We're very interested to see what Coach Sarkisian will bring to Washington," Heaps' father, Steve, said. "I know the kind of success USC has had over the years, and a lot of that was due to the kind of offense they ran. They ran a pro-style offense, which is what Jake is comfortable with, and I'm sure that's what he'll run at Washington.
"Jake has always maintained a high interest in playing close to home and Washington will always be a program that will be in it for the long run. We visited USC last summer and met briefly with Coach Sarkisian, although we talked mostly with Coach Carroll. At this point, we're open to listen to see what he has to say but we're definitely intrigued, I can tell you that much."
So let's see what kind of a class Sarkisian can bring in next year. Even if we get USC's sloppy seconds, I'm all for it.
So I was reading the Boston Globe and Dan Shaugnessy had an article that made me go hmmmmm. Our current sports malaise is so bad ("how bad is it?!") that even salty New Englanders take notice and commiserate.
"But even in the lean years, our town never had a stretch like this. This is cruel and unusual. Seattle stinks. At everything. It is the sports opposite of Boston."
Wow how inspired are you by the world jumble the mariners hired Don Wakamatsu. Awesome, the man behind the man Jack Zduriencik decided that he was better than Joey (waterfall) Cora. If your scoring at home the Mariners front office would have the best scrabble score ever. However if you are Zane six pack like myself, the average fan you may be wonderint how the hell are you supposed to get excited by two of the most underwhelming hires in Seattle history; (yes that includes you Tom Flores and Paul Westphal.) I mean have you seen Wakamatsu give a press confrence, he is so boring that he makes Ty look like Cedric, ( if you don't catch that reference than, please for the love of god stop reading this blog.)
PS. AL DAVIS REALLY is an ORC
Score!!! We just nabbed Abdul Gaddy, the #2 rated HS point guard in the nation. With Gaddy joining Isaiah Thomas and Venoy Overton, is there a better young back court in the land?
The Supersonics are still in Okie CIty and the conversation in Seattle as to whether we will ever see professional basketball in this town again has quieted to such an extent that the former ownership group might as well be talking about when they can expect their next outbreak of genital herpes.
For those of you who enjoy attempting to kick yourselves in the face (bikram helps), turn on preseason coverage and marvel at the branding nightmare that is the Thunder. Go ahead. And who do we talk to about getting the Supersonics' history off of the Thunder wiki page? I thought we negotiated to keep the franchise?
What really saddens me is that the Seattle fan base seems to really be giving up its leverage in terms of getting another team. We need to see more Sonics gear on the streets, especially in high-profile places. What could be better than attending a Seahawks game in your old-school Xavier McDaniel jersey? How about carpooling down to a Blazers game with Sonics jerseys and signs? What happened to Save Our Sonics? Just because the former incarnation is gone doesn't mean the Sonics can't still be saved.... we need the best, brightest and most virulent internet minds out there working to keep the kernel of Sonics' love alive in Seattle's sports consciousness... otherwise it will wither and die.
I went tailgaiting at a Huskies game this past Saturday for the first time in about 8 years... In my defense, I had been at school in Connecticut and then living abraod in China during that time. But I had always remained a (fairly) stalwart Seattle sports fan.
What I witnessed there saddened me. Sure, the 35-28 loss to the Cardinal (singular) stung. But I never went to the UW so I don't have those deep ties to the programme that a lot of the Husky faithful possess. What I do bemoan, however, is the fall from Rose Bowl grace over the past ten years. Never has this programme been laid so low.
There could, for that matter, be no worse time in the past 30 odd years to come back to Seattle in terms of its sports culture. The Sonics are gone. The Huskies are a shell of the programme they were pre-Hobert boosters. The Mariners just posted a 100+ loss season. The lone bright spot are the Seahawks, who boast a 1-2 record, including a loss to San Franscisco (with JT O'Sullivan at the helm).
So I am wondering to myself (and now out loud) exactly what has happened in the past 10 years that has led to this sorry state of affairs. Over the next few weeks, I am going to be looking at three out of our four major athletic associations here in the greater Seattle area (sorry to the Sounders FC, not "major" yet) in detail to try to determine where exactly everything went so wrong. Terribly wrong, might I add.
So please look forward to that. In the mean time, I will be writing posts for Rainout on the regular. My name is Jeff Jorve... choose to read at your discretion.
The Seahawks finally got their first win of the year on Sunday behind the arms of their number one superfan, Bam Bam. If you're not familiar with Bam Bam, he stands in the front row directly behind the south goal post. He has super long brown hair and looks like the unholy love child of Eddie Vedder and Sasquatch (see below), making him the perfect embodiment of a Seahawks fan. Bam Bam is so named because before defensive plays he thumps the padding below his seat to pump up the crowd. According to Bam Bam, "I started pounding the pad the first season we were in the new stadium. The crowd was quiet and lethargic, and I felt like it needed something. So I leaned over and started hitting the pad with one hand, mostly out of frustration. Then my buddy told me to use two hands. [nice work, buddy] It's kind of taken off from there." Bam Bam's bamming was strangely absent during the 49ers game, and as a result the Seahawks' defense lost rhythm and ultimately focus, causing them to give up too many crucial big plays. However, this week he was back in full force and could be heard clearly before most defensive plays. The Rams never scored a touchdown in his endzone. He was even joined by some other guy next to him doing a half Nate Burleson hawk flap-half Bam Bam bam. Maybe this other guy is the buddy Bam Bam mentions in his quote. In the future, I think it could be productive to have the whole front row of the stadium bamming in unison with the aid of Blue Thunder. I also think Bam Bam should bite into a raw salmon right before kickoff, then throw the carcass at the visiting team, just like Sasquatch or Eddie Vedder would do. He looks like he could do that no problem.