Saturday, October 30, 2021
Friday, October 29, 2021
Thursday, October 28, 2021
Tacoma Dome in a concert that was originally scheduled in May of last year. Delayed because of the pandemic, it was a concert worth waiting for.
Jackson Browne, known for 70s soft rock songs like "Rock Me On The Water" and "Doctor My Eyes", opened the show. With Gray hair and beard, his appearance was "mature", but his voice had not changed. Browne went deep into his song collection, playing many songs that I had not heard. He concluded his set with a duet with Taylor (above picture) on his classic "Running On Empty" Very rare for a headliner to show up in the opening act.
James Taylor, legend in the music business and a member of the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, was also visibly aged, but like Brown, had not missed a beat. Taylor performed his signature song, Fire And Rain, with seemingly the same emotion that it was written. A very humble man, he didn't miss a chance to introduce bandmembers and backup singers and continually praised the audience. He also called Browne back to the stage for a duet on the Eagles hit "Take It Easy", a song Browne had cowritten with the late Glen Frey. He closed the show with a duet with his son, Henry (picture below), who is also one of his backup singers.
Wednesday, October 27, 2021
Monday, October 25, 2021
Matt Hasselbeck, the quarterback who led the Seattle Seahawks to it's first ever Super Bowl, will be inducted in the team's Ring Of Honor tonight (Monday, October 25th).
When the Seahawks picked Mike Holmgren to coach and be GM of the Hawks, his choice to quarterback, was Hasselbeck, who had been backup to Brett Favre at Green Bay. Hassselbeck was a tough sell to the fans and media as there was a clamoring for the team to play Trent Dilfer, a newly acquired quarterback who was hot off a Super Bowl victory with the Baltimore Ravens.
Eventually, Holmgren relented and benched Hasselbeck in favor of Dilfer. Dilfer was soon injured, though, and Hasselbeck was back in business, better than ever. Hasselbeck would go on to become a three time pro bowler and lead the Seahawks to the 2006 Super Bowl.
Sunday, October 24, 2021
Saturday, October 23, 2021
Friday, October 22, 2021
Thursday, October 21, 2021
Brandi Carlile, the Maple Valley native with the skyrocketing career, has been a frequent topic of this blog. Her emergence in the music scene has somewhat paralleled our move to this area.
Wednesday, October 20, 2021
Monday, October 18, 2021
Nick Rolovich, whose Cougars have been rolling for the past three weeks, has been relieved of his duties for refusing to take the COVID vaccine. The controversy, which has been swirling around since the Pac 12 Media Day, has divided Cougar fans more than any school issue in recent memory.
Jake Dickert, the Cougar Defensive Coordinator will take over as interim head coach.
General Colin Powell, the four starred general who became our country's first African American Secretary Of State is dead at 84. Powell had suffered from Covid 19, even though he was fully vaccinated.
Powell is one of the few national figures in recent times to get high respect from both Democrats And Republicans.
In 2011, Deb and I attended a seminar where General Powell spoke.
Saturday, October 16, 2021
Friday, October 15, 2021
The Seattle Kraken defeated the Nashville Predators for the first regular season win in it's history. The final score, was 4-3, the same as it was in the team's first game against Las Vegas , but this time, Seattle's NHL expansion team was victorious.
Although the Hockey season is long, this victory in only the second game, speaks volumes about the team's progress.
The Kraken's next game is tomorrow (October 16th) against the Columbus Blue Jackets.
Thursday, October 14, 2021
Popular area sports guy, Jim Moore is back on the air. Moore whose everyman personality has endeared him to listeners and former readers, when he had his sports column in the Seattle P-I, was let go from 710 ESPN a year ago. A recent column revealed a tense relationship between him and program director Mike Salk.
Moore revealed on his Facebook page that he was accepting a position on Sports Radio 950 where he would join long time KJR radio host Jason Puckett in the 10-1 weekday radio spot.
Both are Puckett and Moore are fellow Cougs.
Tuesday, October 12, 2021
Monday, October 11, 2021
Jon Gruden, the iconic coach who is pretty much the face of The Raiders in the post LA years, has resigned his second stint as coach of the franchise. The resignation takes place after racist, homophobic, and misogynist emails by the coach over a ten year period have been uncovered.
Sunday, October 10, 2021
For the first time in about 10 years, the Seahawks will not have Russell Wilson as it's starting quarterback. The engine behind the Seahawks success including a Super Bowl title and an almost annual appearence in post seasons, will be out for probably 6 weeks.
Wilson had started every regular season game since joining the franchise, defying an amazing number of brutal sacks that he had taken through the years.
His 149 consecutive starts is 6th amongst all NFL quarterbacks. Geno Smith, who looked impressive at times in the Seahawks loss to the Rams, will guide the team in Wilson's absence.
Saturday, October 09, 2021
Thursday, October 07, 2021
missed play in three games due to injury.
Geno Smith, who probably the majority of Seahawks fans hadn't heard of due to Wilson's durability, came in to the game and led a march down the field for a Seahawk touchdown.
Smith is number 7 in the picture above. There is so far, no word on the severity of Wilson's injury, which reportedly was the middle finger of his throwing hand.
Smith finished the day going 10 for 17, gaining 131 yards. He did however throw a late game interception that sealed the victory for the Rams.
Wednesday, October 06, 2021
Tuesday, October 05, 2021
Monday, October 04, 2021
Sunday, October 03, 2021
Piff The Magic Dragon performed Saturday night at the Snoqualmie Casino. A British man, with an acerbic sense of humor, a keen sleight of hand, and a ridiculous looking dragon suit, Piff and his dog, Mr Piffles has gone from placing high on the summer TV talent show America's Got Talent to having his own room at the Flamingo in Las Vegas.
Piff, along with his female assistant and his dog, Mr Piffles, did a two hour show using audience members, and many crowd pleasing tricks.
Saturday, October 02, 2021
Friday, October 01, 2021
Deb and I pose with gladiators at the Colosseum in Rome. We took our first trip across the Atlantic in late September of 2001 with Deb's mom, uncle, aunt, cousins, and guests.