Thursday, December 31, 2009

Happy New Year

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Seahawk Receivers Attack KJR Analyst

Tj Houshmandzadeh (above), Deion Branch, and Nate Burleson apparently are fed up with Sports radio analyst Hugh Millen. Millen, a former UW quarterback, who also played for several NFL teams, has had some pointed criticism for the receiving trio. Nate Burleson has a weekly show on KJR. Nate's two special guests certainly have raised some local conversation, espessially by attacking Millen's career stats. To hear the interview, click here.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Mayor Laure Iddings Resigns

Laure Iddings, who has been Maple Valley's mayor since it's inception in 1997, is stepping down both from her mayoral duties and her position on the city council according to the local paper "Voice Of The Valley". You can read her letter of resignation here.

Monday, December 28, 2009

Another Officer Leaves Us!

Officer Kent Mundell, one of two Pierce County Deputies wwounded in a shooting early last week has passed away after being taken off life support. He has become the 6th officer in the last 2 months in Western Washington to die in the line of duty.

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Packers Maul Seahawks

The Seattle Seahawks took a few steps down the staircase in a 48-10 loss to the Green Bay Packers. It was the third loss in a row in a game that was too reminiscent of the Hawks in the Ken Behring era. Fading Matt Hasselbeck threw 4 interceptions, two snuffing out potential touchdown drives as the 'Hawks showed streaks of promise in the first half. For the third week in a row John Carlson scored Seattle's only touchdown. The win sent the Green Bay Packers to the play-offs, and the Seahawks back to the "drawing board" in Seattle.

Saturday, December 26, 2009

LA Times Likes Cousin Tod Goldberg's Latest

Lee Goldberg reports the Tod Goldberg's latest book, Other Resort Cities has earned a favorable review from the Los Angeles Times. You can read Tod's wit and wisdom on his very own blog, click here.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Here is my old friend Darcy Burner getting grilled by Chris Matthews on MSNBC's "Hard Ball"

Monday, December 21, 2009

Buc's Make Seahawks Walk The Plank

The Seattle Seahawks proved that they could lose to the worst of them, and on their home field. Coming to Seattle with a single win to it's credit, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers defeated the 'Hawks 24-7. For the second week in a row, second year tight end John Carlson scored the 'Hawks only touchdown . A struggling Matt Hasselbeck threw 4 interceptions and a lost fumble.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Snow Hits Maple Valley

After a frigid but dry week, we did get snowfall last weekend and through the night, however temperature warmed quickly and it was gone by Monday afternoon.

The Backtrails Of Maple Valley

This lone A-frame house, seen from the pipeline trail in Maple Valley has always fascinated me.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Two New Mariners Excite Fans

While Seattle sports fans can generally agree that the Seattle Seahawks are in a state of disarray, there can be an argument made that the fortunes of the also struggling Seattle Mariners may be changing. In the past couple weeks, the Mariners have acquired Angel Infielder Chone Figgins and Phillies pitcher Cliff Lee. Figgins had been a "Mariner killer" while playing for LA. Lee was Cy Young award winner in 2008 while playing in Cleveland. Together with red hot 2009 Cy Young runner up Felix Hernandez, the Ms could be a team to be reckoned with. Of course, Mariner fans have been burned before and there is no doubt that the Angels and Rangers are not going to sit by idly. The Yankees are champs again and Boston is not going away. Still, for the first time in years, the fans are talking about the baseball team in December and odds are, they are not through yet.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Dean Willard Will Run For State House

Former T-Mobile Vice President Dean Willard has declared his intention to run for the Washington State House Of Representatives. Willard, a Sammamish resident, plans to run for the seat held by Glenn Anderson, a Fall City Republican, in the 5th Legislative district. Willard is a Democrat and represents the 5th on the State Democratic Central Committee. He also chaired the Endorsement committee for the King County Democratic Central Committee. Willard is currently a security and information technology consultant. Willard was also involved in Joe Mallahan's recent Seattle mayoral campaign.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Hawks Lay Egg In Houston

The execution was quick and painless when Houston Texan quarterback Matt Shaub hit Andre Johnson for a touchdown on the first play from scrimmage en route to an easy 34-7 win over the Seattle Seahawks. The Seahawks' only touchdown came near the end of the first half when Matt Hasselbeck hit John Carlson for a 4 yard disputed touchdown. It would turn out being the only score for Seattle as two trips to the red zone in the second half came up empty.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Burl Barer Gets Facebook Fan Page

In spite of being out of commercial radio for more than two decades, a facebook fan page honoring former Seattle disk jockey Burl Barer is growing in leaps and bounds. The page was established by former KJR DJ Kacie Sommers and myself. In addition to Burl is a published novelist. He can still be heard every Saturday from 2:00 until 6:00 on the internet.

Wednesday, December 09, 2009

Former Apprentice Candidate James Sun

Seattle area resident James Sun looked up until the very end, like the winner of Apprentice 6. Especially with talk that Donald Trump would be building in the region. However, Sun was not picked and nothing has been heard, since on Trump developing here. I got this piece from the Seattle Times.

Sunday, December 06, 2009

Seahawks Win 2nd In A Row

For the first time this season, the Seattle Seahawks avenged an early season loss to a conference opponent. They also celebrated their 2nd win in a row--a 20-17 victory over the San Francisco 49ers. It was sweet revenge as the Seahawk had lost an earlier game to the 'Niners 23-10. That of course was the game where Matt Hasselbeck was knocked out with cracked ribs.

Saturday, December 05, 2009

Holmgren Indicates Desire To Return To Seahawks

Mike Holmgren has indicated a desire to return to the now vacant Seattle Seahawks General Manager position
Holmgren, in an interview on his weekly radio show said that he is willing to talk to the Seahawk brass about filling the position vacated by Tim Ruskel's resignation. Holmgren, the only coach to take the 'Hawks to the Superbowl, left his coaching position after 10 years to take off some time from football. It is widely speculated that tensions between him and Ruskel lead to his leaving. When Holmgren first came to the Seahawks he held both the coaching position and the general manager's position. After a slow start, Holmgren agreed to concentrate only on coaching.

Radio Superstar Worked At Walla Walla Radio Station

I am in no means, a fan of Right wing windbag Glenn Beck. However I understand that he has a connection with my hometown that I was not aware of. Apparently, Beck worked for Walla Walla radio station KUJ in the early 1980s.
You may recall that I wrote about KUJ in a post from earlier this year. If you are aware of the political climate in Walla Walla, you would imagine that Beck would be popular in that area even without the connection. Also a thank you to Cheryl Hodgins for the tip.

Friday, December 04, 2009

Jackie Jacobson Competes

Like her sisters, Sada and Emily, my cousin,Jackie Jacobson is a competitive fencer.

Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Hunt For Maurice Clemmons Over

Maurice Clemmons was shot and Killed last night by a Seattle Police Officer. The officer was investigating a stolen car when he spotted Clemmons. According to the officer, Clemmons would not obey orders to put up his hands and freeze. Clemmons was accused of gunning down four Lakewood police officers in a coffee shop.