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My attempt to be the King of Sports
My attempt to be the King of Sports

With so much going on in the world of sports right now, I have to blog today in Larry King USA Today style. Yep it’s time for quick hitters like old Larry used to confuse the masses with. King’s former column was described by the New York Times upon its demise as “A weekly offering studded with plugs, superlatives and dropped names – all usually in close proximity to one another”. While name dropping and plugs aren’t my style, I do promise superlatives and close proximity. Rest assured though, I will not wax poetic about Frank Sinatra, critique any restaurants or break down my thought on a Broadway play or musical. And away we go…

NCAA Championship: Take Michigan over Louisville for all the marbles. Trey Burke and company are too young and athletic to know they shouldn’t beat the Cardinals. Shades of the Fab 5 with this Michigan group and reports that Jalen Rose has been working with Burke to keep them focused on the prize! NO TIMEOUTS! Louisville playing for Kevin Ware, but they really miss him on the floor. Foul trouble could and probably will be their undoing.

Mariners: Home opener and all the excitement that comes with it tonight. M’s are improved offensively; Morse and Morales seem to be solid additions. Not a fan of the M’s trying to nickname Morse “Beast”, no matter how many long-balls he strokes. In the name of Skittles and Marshawn Lynch can we not come up with something more original? “Re-Morse”…”Morse Code”…ok, so those aren’t great either, but c’mon.
Worried about Smoak and Ackley? Both are off to slow starts. Smoak concerns me more. His body of work over the YEARS has shown him to not be a cornerstone to build upon. Time to send him packing by the All-Star break and move Morales to 1st, bring up Zunino behind the dish and give the DH job to Montero. All will be upgrades. Ackley was rushed to the majors and it’s showing. He may need some the time in the minors he never really got to turn things around for the long haul.
The one nice thing about the M’s this year is a new feeling surrounding the squad. This team has some power for the first time in forever. You never feel out of ballgame. Hopefully this new offense will generate some fan interest that is burnt out on garlic fries, the King’s Court and choo-choo train giveaway night as the only reasons to hit Safeco Field.

Sonics/Kings: Pick your appropriate song title for this one: Should I stay or should I go? Or “Money Changes Everything”. Chris Hansen and company have done their work. Their presentation appears to be very solid and enticing to other NBA owners. That being said, I have been impressed with the efforts of Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson. Don’t we all wish our Seattle and state politicians would have unearthed every stone the way he has when carpetbagger Clay Bennett came to town and pulled off his Sonic heist?
Both cities deserve teams, but money will be the deciding factor here. Look for more dollars coming from Chris Hansen before it is all said and done. David $tern wouldn’t have it any other way. Plus other owners don’t want to set a precedent allowing franchise sales to be overturned in this way even if they are rewarding the Maloofs while holding their collective noses.

Hall of Fame: Glove in, Haywood out. Happy for GP, well deserved. Those that question his HOF credentials either don’t know the game or didn’t see him play here in our “part unknown” locale called the Pacific Northwest, either way shame on you. Defense and leadership were Gary’s strengths. Find me an NBA coach that doesn’t want to build his franchise around those qualities. No Glove, no love and certainly no trip to the Finals for the Sonics in 96. Timing is everything, if not for a man named Jordan, GP would have brought another Championship banner to Seattle.
As for Spencer Haywood, the rebuff is familiar. How it went down this year is atrocious. Erroneously told he was in, only to find out it was a mistake…heartbreaking. It’s a travesty. Next time you sing the HOFpraises of Lebron, Kobe, and KG, realize that Haywood was the trail blazer that bucked the NBA system to allow college players in early. He made it possible for these guys to go straight from high school to the Association. It’s still being held against him despite 14 seasons, 20 and 10 career numbers, 4-All Star appearances, an NBA title and an Olympic gold medal. Somewhere the Wheedle is crying! Hopefully a wrong will be righted next year coinciding with the Supes return to the Emerald City

Lightning Round: I know that just barely scratches the surface, so…
I like the A’s in the West and to take it all this season. Worry less about who the Seahawks back-up QB is and more about the “improving by the day” NFC West. Enough with the faux astonishment over Auburn’s alleged cheating. Boeing Boeing opening April 19th at the Seattle Rep looks outstanding. You can’t beat the Frenched Rib Chop at El Gaucho and why does the song “There used to be a Ballpark” always come to mind this time of year

Damn. Larry got the best of me again.

Podcasts

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The Zone 4/29/2016 – Hour 1

It’s a very short show today as rounds 2 & 3 of the NFL Draft get underway… We hear from the Germain Ifedi, Tom Cable, Pete Carroll and John Schneider after selecting the offensive lineman in first round yesterday.

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The Zone 4/28/2016 – Hour 1

We’re live from Seahawks headquarters at the VMAC… The first round of the NFL Draft gets underway today and we get you ready for it. We hear from Jared Goff, Carson Wentz and other particulars. We’re joined by ESPN.com Charger beat writer Eric Williams to help us preview who San Diego will pick at No. 3? Will it be an offensive lineman like everyone expects? We end the short show with audio from Pete Carroll and John Schneider to get you up to speed on what the Seahawks might do at No. 26.

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The Zone Blog: Doug & Mark’s Mock Draft

Check out who is going where in the NFL draft according to The Zone!

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The Zone 4/27/2016 – Hour 1

Breaking news as we start the show today… Not many days when the M’s overshadow the Seahawks and the NFL Draft but when new ownership is announced, it’s a big deal. Howard Lincoln is retiring as the Chairman and CEO and we start off with his press conference announcing his decision, the sale of the team and new Chairman and CEO John Stanton. We take your calls and texts on today’s big Mariner news… It seems like you guys like the idea of new ownership. We end the first hour with segueing into NFL Draft talk, with a focus on who the Seahawks might pick at No. 26.

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The Zone 4/27/2016 – Hour 2

We begin the second hour with the first pick of the 21st annual Zone Mock Draft. Selections No. 1 through No. 3 won’t surprise you but the Cowboys’ selection at No. 4 is very interesting. Where does Bellevue product Myles Jack land? Who does Doug’s Oakland Raiders select? Will there be a third quarterback taken in the first round?