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Speeding into Summer, Sorta…

June 22nd, 2017 · No Comments

Hmm? As your humble El Senor Scribe Touchdown Tommy sits at thou keyboard in Tomaso Manor, in the shadows ‘O Seattle, a constant rain, pegged at 100% chance of precipitation blankets the Pacific Northwest Just one week prior to Summer Solstice. Making me ponder just when our summer will truly arrive? As Thars’ an ‘Ol legend that says summer doesn’t arrive in Seattle ’til July 12th Matey’s; but I digress…

Although now not used so much,
probably in some small deference to the City’s diversification of Industry, along with the constantly shrinking workforce, and The Boeing Company’s constant mantra to move Jobs away, Seattle’s main moniker today is commonly known as The Emerald City, which once was known as thee Jet City.

Alas, my long winded, Oh, so clever tie-in to a major sporting event I typically attend, but this year was off in search of wild, Ah-bloomin’ Rhody’s in Oregon instead!

Although Florence’s Rhododendron Festival is a shrinking violet in terms ‘O attendance vs. Mother Speedway’s, aka Indianapolis Motor Speedway; the nation’s largest single day sporting event!

Nonetheless I was pleasantly surprised by getting the chance to partake in both recently, and henceforth why the elongated delay upon posting another “Stick “N Ball” story upon Sportyblog; Hya!

As it’s amazing to think that a half century’s passed since Indianapolis saw the dawning of a new age, which was poised to revolutionize the sport of motor racing, for which ironically, Boeing provided a spare Jet-engine turbine powerplant for some “Weekend Warriors” getting their Kurtis Kraft racecar On-track first!

As the Seattle, Washington based Aircraft company helped pioneer this radical technology over a decade before the original Turbocar’, fondly known as “Silent Sam” and the “Whoosh Mobile,” nee the 1967 STP-Paxton Turbocar entered by the flamboyant CEO of STP Oil Treatment Andy Granatelli and driven by the legendous Parnelli Jones came just four laps shy of immortality, after having thoroughly dominated the race!

When a Jet-Powered Car Raced in the Indianapolis 500. The racecar tore up the track and dazzled fans at the legendary competition and then vanished

As more history was made; NO! Not when I did my own, special impromptu rendition of my ‘Ol Boogity-Boogity-Boogity! DW’s (Darrell Waltrip) I’ve won the Day-Toner 500 “Icky Shuffle!” When Taku-san’, nee Takuma Sato became the first ever Japanese driver to win the Indy 500 in 101 running’s of the storied event.

Hence, having gone nearly three weeks without a single lick ‘O sporting news, with the exception of gorging Thyself on Memorial Day with watching the Indy 500 and then later that evening the rebroadcast of the day’s Monaco Grand Prix, it’s been somewhat difficult to push in thou veritable clutch and shift back into fifth gear in pursuit of what’s occurring in the mainstream sporting universe.

Although professional Hockey and Basketball are now over, until next season, while those proverbial “Boys ‘O Summer” are stepping up to the plate, sadly both our Seattle Mariners and defending MLS champions Sounders FC are dwelling in the cellars of their respective divisions; YOUCH!

While can those pigskin OTA’s already have “Zoom-Zoomed” by? As I always get a chuckle outta trying to remember what the NFL’s OTA vernacular translates to? Oh yeah, it’s Organized Team Activity, for which apparently many, many, crazed National Football League Fans crave, along with attending various related activities.

As I especially enjoyed the story about a blind woman getting her chance to mingle with the Indianapolis Colts legendary kicker Adam Vinatieri, who apparently was most gracious with her. Affording her extra visiting time in line and even a peck on the cheek; SWEET’!

A blind Muncie woman’s emotional moment meeting Colts kicker Adam Vinatieri

And lastly, without going too deep here, as “They” say that Sports and Politics don’t co-mingle with each other, right? Kudos to the Seattle Storm’s ownership for doing the right thing by audaciously backing Planned Parenthood!

Especially in the current environment of Fox News persistent predatory Sexual Harassment behaviour by its top executives and leading talk show voices, along with Uber’s CEO Sexism Brashness, since really, as males, should we have a say in a woman’s choice to choose…

Seattle Storm become first Pro team to partner with Planned Parenthood

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Marshawn ‘N Lacy, Oval Racing, Porta Potties, Franken-tweetz’ and the Waiver Wire…

May 19th, 2017 · No Comments

In all of my hours ‘N hours ‘O typing riveting Blog stories for my “day Job,” mostly Open Wheel Racing related rantz’ on No Fenders, along with never being able to quite keep up, another fellow member of the IndyCar bloggeratzi’s “Better Half” recently wrote about when the Month of May begins in her Household, which for those of Yuhs who don’t know, the Month of May is cherished slang regarding the Indianapolis 500, but more upon that later.

As I’ll admit, between Easter and Mums’ Day; Hmm? May be it was the lingering sugar high from those Cadbury eggs? I couldn’t stop Thyself from wonderin’ who the Seattle Seahawks would choose in the first round of this year’s much ballyhooed NFL Draft? Hut-Hut! Raise ‘Dem Heads like a Dallas Cowboys line shift draws Y’alls Offside’s Head Bob fake! Cause Seattle’s Johnny “Not Bo Duke” Schneider traded down umpteen times…

Thus in all of the pre-draft Will He, Won’t He Hysteria, Seattle’s “Beast Mode” came outta retirement in order to play for his home team Oakland Raiders, before they move to Sin City.

As funny how somehow in the Marshawn “Money” Lynch news, Draft mania and the extra allotment ‘O time for the Seahawks to actually pick somebody, since apparently they were busy peelin’ left over Easter eggs?

I learned about another player Seattle had already opted for, as I was totally unawares ’bout this Eddie Lacy fellow before reading about his recent garage sale.

Eddie Lacy’s garage sale a Huge Hit

As apparently Seattle wasn’t completely happy with its backfield? As cannot say why, nor stop myself, but hearing his last name made me think of that classic TV Show Cagney & Lacey for some obscure reason!

As may be it’s since Eddie sounds like a Stand-up Guy, by donating the entire proceeds from his garage sale to charity, since guess he didn’t wanna haul it cross country, eh?

Yet immediately after the Draft, my intrigue over this year’s Indianapolis 500 pegged out Thy Tachometer! As I’m still marveling over the sheer brilliance of live streaming somebody’s (May 3rd) Rookie Orientation Programme, along with the fact that I could actually watch it! Having gotten up specifically for the 6:30AM broadcast streaming’s green flag, where I apparently tuned-in with over 2.7 million Fans!

Oh, didn’t Y’all hear? Fernando’s Coming to Americre! As in Double Formula 1 world champion Fernando Alonso, with his F1 team McLaren Honda’s blessing, especially since they’re performing so abysmally right now, and McLaren’s desperate to keep the marquee Spanish driver driving for them next year, as Alonso’s in the final year of his current contract.

Alonso, at age 35 will make his inaugural outing not only at what I fondly call Mother Speedway, but on an Oval no less! As part of Michael Andretti’s six car Indianapolis Motor Speedway effort, where one of his team-mates will be the reigning Indy 500 champion Alexander Rossi.

Rossi, a SoCal’, laid back transplanted Californian, having moved to Indianapolis is just 25 years old and has raced against Fernando before, when making five starts in the pinnacle of motorsports, nee Formula 1 in 2015 for the back-marker Manor Marussia F1 team before unexpectedly switching to Ovals and winning the biggest IndyCar race of the year during his rookie outing last year.

Young drivers could create changing of guard at Indianapolis

But Hey! Before we getz’ to The Greatest Spectacle in Racing, the Indianapolis 500 on Memorial Day, what about the Mom’s? Having just celebrated Mother’s Day, with Alonso hustlin’ his woeful McLaren Honda round ‘n round the Twisty Barcelona circuit. Apparently those Hosers’ Up North Eh! Weren’t respecting their Mums’ too kindly! By removing women’s bathrooms at the Edmonton Oilers home ice! Uhm, I think that’s a 5min Major Penalty for the Oilers Front Office, don’t Yuhs?

The fight for potty parity: How sports venue toilets value Men over Women

As I’m hoping the Oilers will remedy this issue immediately, or it AIN’T gonna be smelling roses next time Thar’s a hockey game! As what’s that song ’bout Momma Don’t let your Children Grow Up to be Hockey Players…

And skating cross the Blue line following this disrespect towards women, looks like the Seattle Seahawks Frank Clark showed his real persona again by making a Derogatory Tweet towards a female journalist, whose current story wasn’t about Clark, but did infer mention of Clark’s previous past Domestic Violence arrest and subsequent guilty pleas, prompting his dismissal from the University of Michigan football team, prior to being drafted by Seattle.

Seahawks Frank Clark targets female writer over Domestic Violence story

And finally, with all of this Football Paloozah’ running thru my noggin’, I got a chuckle out of reading how the gamesmanship of the NFL’s alive ‘N well, especially here on the west coast. Where it appears the rivalry between the Hawks’ and San Francisco 49ers rolls on, even if they’re currently at different ends of the spectrum in the NFC West.

As Seattle claimed another Running Back for its burgeoning stables off the waiver wire, cut blocking; Err chipping San Fran by scooping up their past 4th round draft pick RB Mike Davis.

Crikeys! And to think it’s still May, and I’m not even sure if I’ll get to watch this year’s Indy 500, or even worse yet, why I’m talking so much about football? As it’s not even summer or training camp time, along with the fact that the Tennessee Titans are my team, who one of these year’s will return to the Playoffs, as think I need an Outdoors break from all of this nonsense…

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How long can D’Antoni’s Rockets light up NBA Playoffs?

May 1st, 2017 · No Comments

Time has a nasty habit ‘O slippin’ away for your Senior Scribe Touchdown Tommy, as I had zero inkling that the Houston Rockets had a new Head Coach until this past March, just prior to the Playoffs.

D’Antoni’s fired-up philosophy has Rockets revved up

As I’ll confess, like I’ve done here before on Sportyblog, I typically don’t pay Attenzione to the NBA, or Stick “N Ball Sports in general, except vicariously when searching for stories to post here; but I digress…

Amazingly, it appears that the last time I wrote in earnest ’bout the current Houston Rockets head coach Mike D’Antoni was Wayback in Twenty-oh-Nine; Aye Karumba!

D’Antoni comes Home

As I was still reveling in the fact that D’Antoni, who I’d become enamoured with during his Phoenix Suns reign, where the mantra was Just Shoot, Baby! Err, shoot the ball in seven seconds or less, had been sent packing to the east coast to try revitalizing the New York Knicks, who’d won at the “Garden” on January 21, 2009 114-109 vs. the Suns.

As then Phoenix Suns President of Basketball Operations and General Manager Steve Kerr had apparently given up upon D’Antoni’s run ‘N gun philosophy. Having traded for the services of Shaquille O’Neal in February, 2008 via the Miami Heat, where Shaq’s relationship with who he called “The Great Pat Riley” had grown fractious.

O’Neal, playing on a two-year, $40m contract in Phoenix, quickly anointed himself as the Big Cactus! While his son Shareef has just committed to the University of Arizona Wildcats for 2018; but that’s a different story for another day.

Shaq was most complementary toward his ex-Head Coach D’Antoni, by stating: he was sad to see him leave for New York last spring. “He’s a great man, an honest man and the system really works,” said O’Neal, who then paid D’Antoni the ultimate compliment, comparing him with Phil Jackson and Pat Riley.”
“He’s the truth.”

With Kerr telling D’Antoni he was free to seek new employment in May, 2008, D’Antoni quickly accepted New York’s four year, $24m offer and quickly set about trying to right the Knickerbockers listing ship, then walloping from past coach Isaiah Thomas’s tenure.

After two losing seasons, the Knicks made the 2010-11 Playoffs, albeit getting clobbered by the Boston Celtics in Round One, before D’Antoni resigned in March, 2012, noting he’d clashed with Knicks Superstar Carmelo Anthony; Hmm? Sound familiar?

Next, the Los Angeles Lakers who’d tried luring Phil Jackson back, found their Board of Directors unanimously approving the sudden hiring of D’Antoni as their new Head Coach, where he was reunited with his past Floor General, All Star Guard Steve Nash.

Trying to rebuild a once mighty Franchise, it sounds like there were too many Stars on the team, as D’Antoni apparently scrapped trying to implement any system and just let them play…

And although the Lakers did make the playoffs under D’Antoni’s watch, they were swept in the first round by the San Antonio Spurs during the 2013 playoffs. And after the Lakers declined to pick up D’Antoni’s option for the 2014-15 season, he resigned once again, which is where I pretty much lost track of Coach D’.

Ironically, D’Antoni took over from Houston’s Interim Coach J.B. Bickerstaff, who I’d never heard of before, although I totally know the Bickerstaff name from our once mighty Seattle Supersonics, when his father Bernie was our Head coach Wayback during the “Tommy Gunner” (Chambers) era.

Karmically, D’Antoni, who’d scheduled knee replacement surgery after leaving New York, thinking he’d have time to recover prior to landing the Lakers Gig, had Y’all guessed it, Bickerstaff “Senior” Bernie serving as their Interim Head Coach.

Alas, naturally I’m very happy for D’Antoni’s resurgence, as it’s great to see him thriving whilst his past employers New York and Los Angeles definitely haven’t solved their Problems! For which I’ve recently read Steve Nash echoing similar comments.

Even stranger yet? Steve Kerr, who we know is now the Head Coach of the Golden State Warriors, has publically endorsed D’Antoni for Coach of The Year, which I’d wholeheartedly agree he’s earned.

As the Rockets have gotten off to a flying start, jumping out to a 2-0 lead in their first round playoffs vs. those Dastardly Oakey Dokey Thunder; Yeah, I know it’s Clay Bennett’s fault for stealing our Supersonics; Oh Never Mind!

As D’Antoni’s Just Shoot, Baby! Philosophy has taken a somewhat different approach, with Houston setting the record for most three-pointers during the regular season, as I’m not even gonna try dissecting the team’s current roster.

Other than I’ve noticed much speculation over who should be named the league’s Most Valuable Player (MVP) this season being debated over the Rockets James Harden or Oklahoma City’s Russell Westbrook, who broke the great Oscar Robertson’s longstanding NBA record for most Triple-doubles during the regular season this year.

Yet with Houston having just won their round 1 matchup against the Thunder 4-1, does that change the MVP focus back upon Harden? As it looks likely that Houston will most likely face the San Antonio Spurs in the next round of playoffs, unless the Memphis Grizzlies win the final two games.

As it only gets harder each round, although it’ll be somewhat karmic if D’Antoni’s Rockets square off against his former boss Steve Kerr’s Warriors in the Western Conference Finals…

James Harden and Mike D’Antoni: Basketball Soulmates

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Change of Scenery, Seasons, Fresh Breezes from Hawaii make a World ‘O Difference…

April 6th, 2017 · No Comments

freya prumm, pro surfer

 Freya Prumm, Pro Surfer

 Ah, there’s nothin’ better for escaping the dreariness of our most biting, cold, wet, Winter-Percip, Ariel Flooding, multiple Severe Weather Advisories, Mudslides and Hail ‘N Brimstone; Err lightning winter here in Seattle than a two weeks Holiday on thou Big Island! As even better yet is Kona’s wacky 100% rain forecast each day which never arrived ‘cept for ’bout five-ten minutes total duration of overly warm & lite’ showers during my entire visit; but I digress…

Although I’d originally listened to the story via my NFB Newsline for The Blind telephone service the night before leaving, I’d not bothered to ride I-T all the way to the beach;

Hence, ARSE-Suming’ to forget the story title before returning home, which I’d expected to disappear from Thy Memory-banks - a la our “Magic Sands” or “disappearing Sands” beach, also known as White Sands, which has a nasty habit of Hangin’ 10 and Peeterin’ out during winter, leaving the beach just exposed to narly, cut inducing rocks!

Yet after our somewhat overly bumpy, turbulent six-plus hours ride, after an hour’s delay for “Maintenance” issues, as our Alaska Airlines Boeing 737-800ER Aeroplane began its initial decent into Kona-Kailua Airport, where our friendly “lead” flight attendant told us we’d A-L-L become three hours younger upon arrival; Hya!

My seat-mates, a very pleasant couple en route to warmer climes from their home in Fairbanks, Alaska began conversing with me. As we chit-chatted ’bout the usual topics, i.e.; where we’re staying, how long, how many times I’ve been to Hawaii, etc, before I asked him if he ever watched that TV Show ’bout Alaska “Bush Pilots?”

As I was curious if they flew any of the ancient, but totally revered Beavers; Nope! Not those annoying Dam building furry critters, but instead the De Havilland DHC-2 Beaver, which I can still hear it’s throaty roar in Seaplane fair taking off from Puget Sound occasionally from home if the winds Ah-blowin’ the correct way!

Thus, being surprised to discover this magnificent Aeroplane went out of production a half century ago, albeit Viking Air on Vancouver Island, BC bought the Type certificates from Bombardier Aerospace over a decade ago, and now rebuilds original Beavers into upgraded turbocharged versions…

And after he told me ’bout being familiar with the show, he mentioned how their neighbor’s, who’s a retired pilot who enjoys flying vintage Warbirds, I launched into some nostalgic rhetoric ’bout vintage Warbirds.

As I regaled him briefly ’bout how those (Boeing) B-17 Aircrews were accustomed to flying in fully laden Fur suits, prone to their lectrics’ vests crapping out, ice developing upon their oxygen masks, etc.

Then noting how the B-29 was the first pressurized Bomber, ultimately leading to our being able to travel unencumbered in our T-shirts ‘N shorts these days, which is a far cry from the traumatic times occurring over Oahu’s skies three quarters century ago! Whilst he told me, it sure sounds like you know your Aeroplanes…

A Day of Infamy, 75 Years ago…

Oopsadaisy! Forgot this was a Sports Blog for a moment Thar’; Hya! Although that Surfin’ story I’d read the evening before came back up on my radar screen when he told me ’bout how they enjoy tent camping on the beaches in Hawaii, as how can Yuhs beat the scenery of stepping out of your tent onto the beach for breakfast Mates!

As The Guardian Sports article was about promising female Aussie’ Freya Prumm, who at 25yrs young is reinventing herself by living out of her car while pursuing cracking the Top-17 elite women’s Pro Surfer rankings Down Under at Boomerang Bay.

Pipe Dreams: Life On the Road in pursuit of Surfing Glory

Yet I was unawares’ thee original “Duke, aka Duke Kahanamoku was responsible for introducing the art of surfing on “long boards” fashioned out of wood over a century ago to Australia Mates, presumably at that very same bay.

But when I think of surfing and Hawaii, I inevitably think of the late Eddie Aikau, along with Garrett McNamara, both of whom I’ve scribbled ’bout here on Sportyblog previously, most recently I guess back in 2014; Aye Karumba!

Surfin’ Safari from the Big Island…

Alas, naturally, now surfing stories had my total Attenzione, thanxs mostly to the Freya Prumm story, which makes it hard to believe that in the year Twenty-seventeen, women were just being allowed to contest the Big Wave competition for their inaugural outing this past November!

Women compete in World Surf League’s Big Wave competition for first time

While lastly, another unknown professional surfer to Mwah, was back in the news, as Nick Fanning, who’d been the victim of a Shark attack when surfing in 2015’s World Surf League’s J-Bay Open made the Highlight reels!

Mick Fanning to make full-time surfing return to Championship Tour in 2017

As perhaps Y’all recall the Australian triple world surfing champion’s harrowing escape from not one, but two inquisitive Great White Sharks! For which Fanning had the audacity of punching one in the back to get its Attenzione to leave him alone during the Finals; CRIKEYS!

Mick Fanning escapes Shark Attack in South Africa

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A New Skiing legend is Born…

March 9th, 2017 · No Comments

Somehow, I’m doubting when Y’all think of Seattle, the word Snow comes to mind? Especially since typically all it does here in the Pacific Northwest is Rain, Rain, Rain… And then Rain some more!

And while I’m aware there’s places back east, especially the Midwest that have been hit harder than us, nonetheless, when’s the last time that Seattle has had more Snowfall than Minneapolis, eh?

Thus naturally this abomination of a winter we’re still experiencing, seriously? Snow in Mid-March; WTF! Made me get a chuckle out of the following story I blindly sledded into during one of my daily News Trawls.

Worst Skier ever has Best Explanation, He never trained on Snow

Haven’t ever heard of Adrian Solano? Neither had I , as the young Venezuelan who’s Day Job is Cook, had the audacity to believe he could learn to cross country ski underneath his countries’ blazing sun on roller skis in order to one day compete on actual Snow!

Thus, as the Finnish TV Commentators shredded Solano as the Worst Skier Ever! In what’s being called his “Back Story,” with Adrian having not only never skied on snow, he’d never even actually seen it in real life!

Hence, his performance at the Lahti Nordic World Ski Championships were perhaps a bit comical, made me immediately think of two other prime examples of courageous athletes who simply followed their dream of competing in Sports highest echelons, most notably “Eddie the Eagle,” closely followed by the Jamaican Bobsledding squad.

Eddie ‘the Eagle’ Edwards: ‘My parents didn’t quite understand what had happened with the Olympics’

Naturally Solano’s Dreams were almost crushed before even reaching Finland, when Paris Airport Officials refused to believe the 22-year old Cook was a professional athlete en route to competition in Lahti.

Yet fortunately somebody believed in him, as Aleksi Valavuori, a Finnish TV personality set to work getting new funding to send Adrian back to Finland, raising over $4,000 Euros for the unknown Venezuelan, allowing Solano to actually contest his first ever cross country snow events…

Back in Venezuela, Worst Skier proud of accomplishment

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