BY Seth Kolloen 08:38AM 09/22/2010

Take This Exit

Exit 164 is ramp off Interstate-5 that you take to get to Safeco Field and Qwest Field. Although Seth Kolloen reports frequently on the denizens of those sporting digs, he is not confined there. Seth brings an intelligent and often off-beat perspective to all the games and teams in our region.

The President’s on Line One [Seattle Storm]
President Obama called to congratulate the Storm yesterday–although only one actual Storm player was on the call, with most of the team at the World Championships. Backup center Ashley Robinson joined Storm owners and upper management in talking to Obama, who praised the Storm as an inspiration for women, including his daughters (who both hoop).

ReignMan Restaurant? [Queen Anne View]
Shawn Kemp’s name appears on a liquor license application affixed to a vacant building in lower Queen Anne, just a short walk from KeyArena. Kemp’s business is listed as “MTK Ventures,” which my friend Dusty joked stands for “My Thirty Kids.”

Pac-12 Coming Sooner [ESPN]
Colorado will play football in what will now be the Pac-12 next year. Utah is already in. That means divisions and presumably a league championship game will happen next season.

What They’re Saying…
“*LOUD SCREAM* Totally just talked to President Obama on the phone!! Amazing!!” — Storm center Ashley Robinson [@missarob43]

“The season is not lost.” — Jake Locker [TNT]

“I watched (Locker) go through the worst game of his collegiate career on Saturday against Nebraska and I know exactly how he feels.” — Brock Huard [MyNorthwest.com]

“The Mariners now have more losses than home runs.” @LookoutLanding

In Other News…
Mariners lost, but Ichiro had four hits to get to 197.

Sue Bird and Swin Cash were both named to the final USA roster for the FIBA World Championships (Sept. 23-Oct. 3 in Czech Republic).

Skyline’s Jake Heaps will start at QB for BYU now, after first-stringer Riley Nelson suffered a season-ending shoulder injury.

Tacoma Rainiers lost 12-6 in the AAA championship game last night.

Four Rainiers have been called up to Seattle: Mike Carp, Greg Halman, Matt Mangini, and Anthony Varvaro. Notice that Josh Lueke ain’t on that list.

Brock Huard wrote a really interesting piece for MyNorthwest.com, quoted above, about empathizing with Jake Locker’s senior year struggles.

Today’s Action…
Mariners @ Toronto, Pauley vs. Drabek, 4:07 p.m. (FSN)

Sounders @ Monterrey, CONCACAF Champions League, 5 p.m. (FSC)


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