Kiro TV reports that Jack Patera, the original coach of the Seattle Seahawks, has died.
Wednesday, October 31, 2018
Tuesday, October 30, 2018
First, a little background on this book. Jay Jaffe got in touch with me over the internet many years ago. His grandparents were residents of Walla Walla, WA. Bernie and Clara Jaffe were Doctors, with Bernie practicing at Walla Walla's Veteran's Hospital. My grandparents were friends with them.
Jay is an East Coast baseball writer and blogger who for a while, not sure if he still does, wrote for Sports Illustrated.
Cooperstown, New York is the home of the Baseball Hall Of Fame. According to Jaffe, not every player in the Hall Of Fame has earned his place. Likewise, there are player that are excluded who should be inducted.
A few years ago, I was surprised that Ron Santo had not been inducted. He was eventually inducted in the summer after his death.
In this book, Jaffe goes over the history and the working of the Hall. He also writes about various players at each position. In addition, he reveals his technique for deciding who is or isn't worthy. It was like a trip down memory lane reading this. My baseball fandom goes back to the late 1960s, however, players are featured from the 1800s to the present.
I think that for all the information contained in the book, it was very entertaining. The Cooperstown Casebook is available on Amazon.
Monday, October 29, 2018
Sunday, October 28, 2018
Saturday, October 27, 2018
Friday, October 26, 2018
15 years of waving the Cougar flag made ESPN's first visit to Pullman, a weekend to remember. No doubt ESPN will return in the near future.
Thursday, October 25, 2018
Pullman Mayor and PA announcer for Cougar football and basketball, Glenn Johnson gives a little insight into his roles.
Wednesday, October 24, 2018
Tuesday, October 23, 2018
Monday, October 22, 2018
Saturday, October 20, 2018
Friday, October 19, 2018
Paul Allen did not just dive in and save the Seahawks, although really he did. When it looked certain that owner Ken Behring was moving the team to LA, the call went out for a local buyer, Allen already owned the Portland Trail Blazers. It seemed like a dream.
When Allen did step up, it was a conditional purchase, we had to vote for a new stadium. Along with that, the existing facility, the Kingdome had to be taken down. It seemed like a long shot. After all, the town was divided over the building of Safeco Field and in fact an election to get that field built was unsuccessful. It took the state legislature to reverse the public vote, a move that even today has rubbed nerves. The vote did go the Seahawks way and Allen purchased the team.
Allen got off to a rough start as the record did not improve as rapidly as the fans wanted. Sports journalists wondered if he really cared, you wouldn't see pictures of Allen cheering or showing anguish.
Over the years, that has changed. Three Super Bowl appearances including one championship, two brilliant coaching hires in Mike Holmgren and Pete Carroll, Allen had become the bedrock of the organization. If things were not right, we knew Mr. Allen had the concern and the capital to fix it.
After efforts in this off season to rebuild for the future, not much was expected from the Seahawks this year. Fans have been pleasantly surprised, The team had just won 3 or the last four games. The loss was a close last second defeat by the LA Rams, who seem to be this year's team of destiny.
Fans were celebrating a convincing defeat of the Oakland Raiders in London when the shocking news occurred.
Allen's health battles were no secret, but he always seem to be able to make quick recoveries. It had just been announced that he had suffered a recurrence of Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma. We as Seahawks fans will always remember Paul Allen.
Thursday, October 18, 2018
He was once named by Seattle Met Magazine, one of Seattle's 50 most influential people.
Wednesday, October 17, 2018
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.
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
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!"
Sunday, October 14, 2018
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
Wednesday, October 10, 2018
Tuesday, October 09, 2018
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
Sunday, October 07, 2018
Saturday, October 06, 2018
Friday, October 05, 2018
Tuesday, October 02, 2018
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.