Exit 164 kicks off the day with a first look at the Seattle sports scene
Mariners Share News: The Mariners had a media day yesterday. Here’s the news: The team will wear this commemorative patch to honor Dave Niehaus. They’ll have 84 home games this year, instead of the usual 81, because U2 is bouncing the Marlins out of their stadium for three days. And David Aardsma should be available in the season’s second week.
Mariners Share Tired Bromides: New manager Eric Wedge says the Mariners are going to “be a better team this year.” Why do you think that, Eric? “I hold people accountable,” he said. Sure, okay. Because that’s a brand new concept. Here’s Don Wakamatsu in April 2009: “Those are things that we established during spring training. The accountability, everybody pulling in same direction.” Seems to me that enforcing accountability, by benching Ken Griffey Jr., is what got Wakamatsu fired in the first place.
Antonio Cromartie Threatens Matt Hasselbeck: Hasselbeck tweeted (then took down), this comment: “Somebody ask Cromartie if he knows what CBA stands for.” Fair, given that Cromartie has trouble with his own childrens’ names. Cromartie tweeted back: “hey Matt if u have something to then say it be a man about it. Don’t erase it. I will smash ur face in.” So, yeah, good luck with that union solidarity, guys.
Once-mighty Gonzaga appears to be fading: Saint Mary’s beat the Zags in Spokane in a tense game, on a twisting last-second shot by Mickey McConnell. The Zags have lost their last 3 WCC games and are 3 games back of first-place St. Mary’s, which hadn’t won at the Zags since 1995. Wouldn’t count the Zags out yet though, there’s a lot of talent on that team.
Isaiah Thomas Has Fashion Advice for the Ladies: I found Thomas’ three-part Twitvisceration of UW campus fashion absolutely hilarious: “I swear EVERY girl on this campus wears UGGS… change it up sometimes lol…And yeah I can tell the difference from the real 1s and the fake UGGS. if urs is LEANING then throw them away please its not a good look lol. If yr UGGS r leaning u CAN’T #RTR lol. U cant be apart of the Movement. That goes for dudes who got FAKE Jordans too Im sorry but not coo.”
In other news…
Stanley Holmes assays the Sounders roster, asking who stays and who goes?
The Ravens fired Jim Zorn as QB coach after one season.
How thin is the free agent pitching market? Some think Freddy Garcia is the best guy left on the market. The White Sox may sign Garcia, who is related through marriage to Ozzie Guillen. Garcia is 3rd all-time in wins among Mariner pitchers.
New Mariner Adam Kennedy got hit with a DUI charge. TMZ has a mug shot! Boy, SoCal cops seem to have it in for our Mariners, don’t they?
In a battle of the 2nd and 3rd place teams in the Pac-10, Arizona beat UCLA in Tucson by 11. Derrick Williams, Isaiah Thomas’ main competition for Pac-10 Player of the Year, had 22 points on just 10 shots.
The Huskies heisted another recruit from a Pac-10 rival, with safety Travis Feeney switching his commitment from Arizona to UW.
Storm F and reigning WNBA MVP Lauren Jackson’s Achilles injury isn’t as serious as first thought, she should be ready for the start of WNBA season.
This weekend’s action…
Nada–call your mom.
Pac-10 Hoops: UCLA @ Arizona St., 12:30 p.m. (FSN)
Pac-10 Hoops: Oregon @ Cal, 3 p.m. (CSN)
WCC Hoops: San Diego @ Gonzaga, 5 p.m. (FSN)
Pac-10 Hoops: Oregon St. @ Stanford, 7 p.m. (FSN)
NHL All-Star Game, 1 p.m. (VERSUS)
Pro Bowl, 4 p.m. (FOX-13)
Pac-10 Hoops: Washington @ Washington St., 7 p.m. (FSN)