Wednesday, October 17, 2018

8th CD District Debate

Will a Democrat finally represent Washington's 8th congressional District?  Democrat Kim Schrier and Republican Dino Rossi are debating in Ellensburg.
No doubt Schrier will make this a debate about the 45th president, who has limited popularity in our area.

Veteran Portland News Anchor Retires

Congrats to WSU alum Tracy Barry, who is calling it a career after 33 years at KGW in Portland.  I remember when we were both students at WSU Tracy from WSU,  She was also once anchored at KSTW in Tacoma.
Before announcing her retirement, she anchored a live gubernatorial debate between Oregon Governor Kate Brown and challenger  Rep. Knute Buehler.

Monday, October 15, 2018

Paul Allen Dead At 65

Paul Allen, who changed helped change the world the way Thomas Edison and the Wright Brothers did in early years, is dead after of Non Hodgkins Lymphoma.  The Mercer Island resident announced  his disease had come out of remission earlier this month.  Allen and Bill Gates started Microsoft.  
Allen will probably best remembered for buying the Seahawks and saving them from a move to Los Angeles.  Under Allen's ownership, the team played in three Super Bowls, winning one.

Bob Robertson announces his Retirement

Bob Robertson the voice of the Cougars for over 50 years has announced his retirement.  He has been with the Cougars for 52 years as Cougar announcer, although he took three years off to work for the Huskies.

Robertson did play by play for Cougar football until 2011 when he became an analyst on the broadcasts. He also called Cougar Basketball for 23 years.  In addition, he also announced PCL Basketball for 3 decades.

He was name Washington State Sports Broadcaster Of The Year" 12 times.

Bob was known for his trademark sign off "Always be a good sport, be a good sport all ways!"

Vintage Burl

My cousin, Burl is tallest in this late 60s or early 70s picture with friends.  This picture really catches the essence of the counter culture.

Sunday, October 14, 2018

ESPN Gameday Heading To Pullman

ESPN has announced that it's iconic College Football pregame show Gameday will be in Pullman this coming weekend when the Cougs take on the Oregon Ducks.
Bringing the show to Pullman has been a longtime wish for Cougar fans who travel wherever the show takes place with the school flag.  Ol' Crimson has appeared in the background of Gameday telecasts now for 15 years.

Friday, October 12, 2018

West Statue Design Revealed

A miniature version of  a statue of Adam West was unveiled on the second annual Adam West Day in Walla Walla, according to Jonathan Grant one of a group of  local residents who have worked on honoring the memory of the late actor who achieved TV fame playing Batman.
Ruben Procopio is the designer of the statue.  The location of the proposed statue has not been determined according to Grant. 
West, whose real name was Bill Anderson, was a native of Walla Walla.

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

NHL Northgate Training Center animation

The potential practice facility for the Seattle NHL team looks as fancy as the potential arena.

Tuesday, October 09, 2018

Seattle Times Readers Pefer Sockeyes For New Hockey Team In Poll

A Seattle Times reader's poll has chosen the name "Sockeyes" for the city's proposed NHL team.
It beat out the Totems, which was a long time professional hockey team in town and the Metropolitans, a Seattle team that won the Stanley Cup in the early 20th Century.
Of course, this is merely a fun poll and the name will be decided by the franchise, perhaps in the Spring. 

Monday, October 08, 2018

October 8th 1956 Larson Pitches Perfect Game

On this day in 1956, Yankees pitcher Don Larson pitched a perfect game against the Brooklyn Dodgers in game 5 of the World Series.  It was the only no-hitter in the post season until the late Roy Halliday pitched one for Philadelphia against Cincinnati in the National League Division Series of 2010.

Sunday, October 07, 2018

Saturday, October 06, 2018

Salmon Days This Weekend

Issaquah Salmon Days, probably the last outdoor festival of the year in this area takes place today and tomorrow, October 6th and 7th in Downtown Issaquah.

Friday, October 05, 2018

NBA In The Key For First Time In 10 Years

It's only an exhibition game, but NBA fans in the Seattle area will finally get to attend a game in the Key for the first time since 2008.  The Sacramento Kings will face the World Championship Golden State Warriors .   
A few years ago, Chris Hansen, bought the Kings in an attempt to move the team to Seattle.  The attempt was thwarted by NBA Board Of Governors who wanted to keep the team in Sacramento. Golden State's Kevin Durant played his rookie season for the Seattle Super Sonics.
Tip Off for tonight' game is 7:30.

Tuesday, October 02, 2018

NHL Executive Committee Votes To Forward Seattle NHL Bid

A nine member executive committee has voted unanimously to forward Seattle's big for an NHL expansion team to the league's board of governors, according to Commissioner Gary Bettman.  This is great news to Seattle sports fans as the city has been without a major professional winter sports team since the Super Sonics left in 2008 for Oklahoma City.
In the picture, Mayor Jenny Durkan is leaving the meeting with investors of the potential hockey franchise.
The bid should come up in a meeting of the full board in early December.  According to a Seattle Times story by Geoff Baker, a Seattle NHL franchise could possibly be on the ice by October of 2020.

Pat O'Day And Jimi Hendrix

I got in my car and Sirius/XM radio was on.  A Jimi Hendrix song was fading out and DJ Meg Griffin was coming on. She told the story of when Hendrix, a Seattle native died, his family couldn't afford to bring his body back to the states.  His record company, that made millions off of his music would not get involved. She mentioned that finally a Seattle DJ stepped up and paid to have Jimi Hendrix brought back to this area where he is now buried.  Griffin said "I think his name was Pat O'Day".  I had already heard that story but was really proud to have it get national attention.
The picture above of Pat and Jimi shaking hands at a Garfield High School pep assembly, in story in itself.  It has been made into a statue by Pat's son Jerry.  The picture was recently displayed in an exhibit at the State Capitol on the year 1968.

Monday, October 01, 2018

Jefferson Starship: With Your Love

In honor of Marty Balin, my favorite Jefferson Starship song.