I Wanna Sext You Up

You’re telling me you wouldn’t jump on a chance to sext the lovely Jenn Sterger? That’s what I thought.

Sexting, it’s everyone’s new favorite word, the fad is sweeping the nation. And we have Brett Favre to thank for it. This Favre/Jenn Sterger thing has been made into far too big of a deal. The only reason people care is because the three things that people love most in the world, are all wrapped into one; football, sex, and big breasted women.

Everyone needs to stop treating sexting as the worst thing in the world and just roll with it. There are bigger fish to fry out there. Sexting is here to stay, people are going to send nude pictures of themselves to others, live with it.

Look at it this way, if you opened a text message, and staring back at you was an attractive member of the opposite sex with nothing on, would you be upset? My point exactly.

Okay, so what Brett Favre did was definitely creepy, gross, juvenile, and a little funny, but it’s being made out to be a bigger thing than it really is.

Jenn Sterger is not a PR person, or a reporter, or whatever her title was with the Jets, she is a sex object. And there’s nothing wrong with that, in fact kudos to her for being able to get to where she is. It’s no crime to use what you got to your advantage.

What are NFL teams thinking, hiring gorgeous women, who are known for selling sex, to work in an environment with 50+ testosterone filled athletes? If she’s not there for the players to gawk over and hit on, then why put her in a position where you know that is going to happen?

Bottom line is, the Jets hired Sterger because she was a sex object, and then we blame Favre because he treated her like one. I’m not condoning sexual harassment by any means, but can’t you see where Favre might have been a little thrown.

Sport Stop Top: Why I Love The 2010-11 Seahawks

Making lists is great fun. It allows people to make bold, certifiably insane statements that people don’t pick on you for because that statement was made through a list, and lists are awesome. For example, if I told you I was in love with Elisabeth Hasselbeck, you would all be sending me hateful comments and emails, so I won’t. But if I made a list of the most desirable women and presented it as so…

  1. Elisabeth Hasselbeck
  2. Brooklyn Decker
  3. Rihanna
  4. Erin Andrews
  5. The girl from #701 in my freshman dorm

…I would probably get away with it, because everyone appreciates a good list.

So every once in a while, I’ll make up some lists to post to the site, to give readers a change of pace from the usual articles. And what better way to kick off the new Sport Stop Top by making a list on why we love this years edition of the Seahawks.

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A Day With The Great One

I thought I’d write about some of my most memorable experiences with sports when we have down time like this. Let me know what you think of this idea, and whether you think it’s something you might enjoy on a regular basis.

This is rather long so I added a link after the second paragraph to continue to the full article.

It was January of 2005, and the second semester of my Freshman year of college was about to begin. The last weekend of winter break, I met my father in Scottsdale, Arizona for a weekend of golfing. I love golf and as you’ll soon find out, a number of stories I am going to tell on this site, begin on the golf course. Around this time my father had recently begun spending a lot of time in Arizona, golfing and enjoying the year long sunshine. He played most of his rounds at an all-male golf club in North Scottsdale, and every few months I would get to join him for a few rounds.

I loved it because it seemed as though a lot of athletes liked to spend their time at this course, and on my previous visits I had always gotten chances to see some famous faces, or at least I considered them famous. One time I walked into the dining room to see Vinny Del Negro, former NBA player and current Clippers coach, sitting down to a bowl of oatmeal; I had hit balls on the driving range a few stalls away from Brian Roberts, the Orioles second-baseman; I had even seen John Elway practicing his bunker play at the practice green; but none of these hold a candle to what happened that January morning. Continue reading

Portland Trail Blazers: The Northwest’s Team

Last week, Brandon Roy brought something to to the city of Seattle that it did not have for the last two years…NBA basketball.

The Portland Trailblazers held an inter-squad scrimmage at Garfield High’s gymnasium last Thursday, an idea proposed to Blazers management by Roy. In a 950 KJR interview the next day with Dave “Softy” Mahler, Roy and Softy discussed the possibility of the Trail Blazers becoming a team that the entire Northwest could get behind. Softy also pointed out rumors that the Blazers are trying to end up on Seattle radio, giving them a permanent foothold in Seattle.

Personally I’m not feeling this one at all. If the Blazers succeed in establishing a permanent presence in Seattle, I’m afraid it would hurt the city’s chances at bringing a NBA team back to Seattle. The more Seattleites that become content as Blazers fans, the less clamoring for a team of our own. And don’t you remember when you used to hate the Blazers. The Sonics reigned supreme and the Trail Blazers were our hated rivals to the South. They “Jail Blazers”, nobody liked them, you may have rooted for them against the Lakers in the playoffs, but that’s it. Now the have Brandon Roy, quite possibly my all-time favorite athlete, and yet, I still cant stomach the idea of the Blazers having a permanent fixture in Seattle. It doesn’t feel right.

So lets give this a try and do our first poll on Seattle Sport Stop. What are your thoughts?

 

Beast Mode, Sweeping Seattle by Storm

It’s all anyone’s talking about, look on twitter, look on facebook, Beast Mode is the new fad sweeping Seattle and I love it. Marshawn Lynch has provided me some with hours of entertainment for years now,  both on the field and off.  The stat-line wasn’t all that impressive on paper (44 yards on 17 carries, 2.6 ypc), but if you watched the game you know Marshawn Lynch channeled Beast Mode and provided the Seahawks with a running attack that the Bears had to respect.

Multiple times Lynch found himself yards behind the line of scrimmage, and staring down multiple Bears defenders, only to shed the tackles and get back to the original line, giving Hasselbeck manageable third-downs. He’d beat up defenders and then give way to his good friend Justin Forsett to gash ’em up. I’m thinking the nickname for the new Seattle backfield could be Smash and Dash, it’s got a nice ring to it.

Lynch’s move to Seattle seems to have rejuvenated him. He is reunited with good friend and former college teammate,  Justin Forsett, he is back on the West Coast, which if you’ve ever heard him talk about, you know he loves, and he is still only 24 years old. Way to bring Beast Mode to Seattle, Marshawn; and now, it’s PLAYTIME!!! If you don’t know about playtime, that is Marshawn Lynch’s other signature phrase. A ten minute youtube video dedicated to that phrase may be the single greatest form of entertainment this world as ever seen. Enjoy!

LETTTSSSS GOOOOOO DAWGS!!!!!!!!

You know that position you see college basketball on the last possession of a game? They are out of their seats on the bench, on their knees, forearms pressed to the floor, almost as though they are begging for things to fall their way. That was the position I assumed for the two overtimes and the last few minutes of regulation in Washington’s double OT 35-34 win over the Beav’s last night. It was the angriest moment of my life when that late-flag was thrown on 4th down in the end-zone. It was the most nerve wracking moment of my life when Oregon State lined up for that two-point conversion to win the game. And when Halahuni dropped that pass on the conversion it was the most joyous occasion of my life, or at least since Folky nailed that field goal at USC.

Ice runs through Jake Locker’s veins, I’m convinced of it. After a lackluster performance in the second half, he shook it off, and in OT showed everyone his god given talent that makes him so special. Twice, he stood in the pocket, took a shot, and delivered dimes to Jermaine Kearse in the end-zone. Locker has cajones, big frickin’ cajones.

And don’t forget the defense. The second half of that game was the best half of football the Husky defense has played this season, if not the last few seasons. Our offense couldn’t do squat and our defense continued stopped OSU’s offense time after time. Alameda Ta’amu finally looked like the monster he is listed at on the roster, and the double teams they had to use to occupy him, opened the floodgates for his fellow D-linemen.

And last but not least, you the fans. Don’t think I forgot about you. Husky Stadium was rockin’ in the 4th quarter and OT. You the fans caused 3 false starts, a delay of game, and a time out at the end of that game. So be proud, and know you had a hand in the victory.

The Dawgs are now 3-3 (2-1), and only three wins away from bowl eligibility. The Huskies travel to Arizona this week to face a Wildcat team that lost Nick Foles today to a sprained knee. I don’t want to say I’m absolutely thrilled about bit of news, but….I’m absolutely thrilled about that bit of news. Bask in this one for 24 hours and then turn our attention to the Wildcats.

LETTTSSSS GOOOOOO DAWGS!!!!!!!

2010-2011 Husky Hoops Preview

With the first official practice of the season tipping off at 5pm today at Hec Ed, it’s time to start talking Husky Hoops. Last year the Dawgs closed out the season with a bang, finishing with a 14-3 record over their final 17 games, winning the PAc-10 Tournament, and advancing to the Sweet 16 as an 11 seed, where they were ousted by a Final 4 team in West Virginia.

Key Losses

F – Quincy Pondexter (19.3 ppg, 7.4 rpg)

The leading scorer and rebounder on last years team is now with the NBA’s New Orleans Hornets. Last year Q-Pon reigned supreme in Montlake. He was a go-to-guy in the half court offense and cleaned the offensive glass time after time. The rest of the team needs to pick up the slack and improve their half court scoring ability.

G – Elston Turner (5.5 ppg, 1.9 rpg)

Three point specialist, he was one of the keys to the late season run the Dawgs put on. In six games during the PAc-10 and NCAA tournaments, he hit double digit scoring figures three times and shot 50% from deep.

F – Tyreese Breshers (3.0 ppg, 2.6 rpg)

Baby Barkley as I like to call him, provided the husky with a shot blocking presence down low and a wide body that wasn’t afraid to lay the lumber, racking up one personal foul for every 4 minutes of court time. Sadly, a medical condition has forced him into retirement. He is still part of the team but will not play again in a Husky uniform.

F – Clarence Trent (1.8 ppg, 1.7 rpg)

Played sparingly last season, but when he did he made you remember. Well, I guess I only remember two instances, the dunk against SU as time was running out and we had a 60 point lead (I wonder what his new teammates will have to say about that), and the baseline, 180 windmill as time expired against Portland. Our good friend Cameron Dollar brought Trent over to Seattle U for this upcoming season. When he first announced he was transferring, I don’t think any of us minded because it was clearing the way for you-know-who (a topic we’re sure to touch on some other time), but now I wouldn’t mind having another big on the squad.

Key Additions

G – Terrence Ross (6’6″, 180; Jefferson High, Portland, OR)

Talented, athletic guard out of Portland, who didn’t play high school basketball last year. He played at Jefferson High School in Portland as a Freshman and Sophomore before transferring to Montrose Christian in Maryland his Junior year, only to transfer back to Jefferson last February. Once he returned to Jefferson he didn’t receive clearance to play for the team, meaning his last game action was at Montrose Christian. He was named Oregon’s 5A State Player of the Year as a Sophomore. Ross is an excellent athlete and complements it with an excellent outside shot. He has received lavish praise from UW players in the last few weeks. Matthew Bryan-Amaning called him the best offensive rebounder on the team. When Isaiah Thomas was asked about him he gave a synopsis of just two words, “NBA player”.

C – Aziz N’Diaye (7’o, 260; Dakar, Senegal)

First off, how good does that look…7’0″, 260, Center. Hallelujah, When is the last time UW had a legitimate Center? Ok, Spencer Hawes, but before that? I can’t think of one. Anyways, Aziz spent his last two years at the College of Southern Idaho.  He redshirted last year due to a knee injury, giving him three more years of eligibility. One of Aziz’s strengths coaches have pointed out, is his ability to run the floor, even going as far to say it’s not a surprise to see him beat guards down the court. He ran the mile in 5:20 while wearing a protective mask which made it harder to breathe. In case you don’t know if that is a good mile time, for a 7 foot, 260 pound man, that is unbelievable. His game could be described as raw. He has natural ability that needs to be polished. Look for him to make much more of an impact on the defensive end than the offensive this year.

F – Desmond Simmons (6’7″, 215; Salesian High, Vallejo, CA)

With the Simmons, Romar has added a winner. He left Salesian High School as their all-time leader in wins by a student-athlete. He is a long, athletic forward that isn’t afraid to get his hands dirty. Players and coaches alike have admired his hustle and nose for the ball since he arrived to Montlake this summer. They’ve said he’s the first one to dive to the ground for a loose ball and just makes the little plays that don’t show up in the stat sheet, but are crucial in winning games. Romar has used the comparison of Bobby Jones with Simmons on occasion, and many of the current players have said his game has similarities to Justin Holiday.

G – Antoine Hosley (6’0″, 180; Jefferson High, Portland, OR)

Hosley is a walk-on new to the team this year. A teammate and friend of Ross’ at Jefferson High, Hosley was originally announced he would be playing basketball at a school in San Bernardino. A few weeks later he informed Ross he’d changed his mind and would be joining him at UW. Hosley is a scrappy point-guard, with a great motor. He doesn’t back down from a challenge and should be a great guy to have in practice.

The Returnees

G – Isaiah Thomas, Jr.  (16.9 ppg, 3.2 apg, 3.9 rpg) 2010 1st Team All PAC-10

So many times I have flip-flopped on my opinion of Isaiah Thomas. Much of last year, I would argue with my friends that the Huskies would be a better team without Isaiah. That’s right I said it, and I don’t know that I have ever backed down from that statement… until today. Isaiah changed at the end of last season, he became a playmaker instead of a scorer. The PAC-10 tournament was a display of brilliance on his part, so much so that from the stands in the Staples Center I found myself returning the “salute” every chance I got. I might hate when he takes a certain shot, or misses an open player, but god damn do I love Isaiah Thomas. IT’s his team this year, lets see where he can take IT.

G – Abdul Gaddy, So. (3.9 ppg, 2.3 apg)

Abdul Gaddy is a great basketball player. He had a stinker of a year last year and we all know it, we don’t need to dwell on it. He was behind two veteran guards (yes he started but you all know what I mean) and so mistakes weren’t forgiven easily because there was that experience behind him. Also understand he is as pure a point-guard as they come, meaning he is best when he has the ball and he runs the offense. With UW’s offensive scheme being thrust upon a 17 year old, there was a huge learning curve and Abdul needed to change his game to fit that. He needed to learn how to play off the ball at times. Lets see what he’s learned and hope he makes big strides in year 2.

G – Venoy Overton, Sr. (8.5 ppg, 3.1 apg, 1.4 stl) 2010 1st Team All PAC-10 Defense

I can imagine few things in life that would be more annoying than being given a basketball, and challenged to dribble from baseline to baseline against Venoy Overton. I wouldn’t want to. He’s ruthless, he’ll harass you, your daddy, and your grandma, rob you blind, and talk shit as he’s doing it.  It’s Mr. Venoy Overton’s Annoying Pest-orium, or how about just Annoyverton. Ehhh, we’ll work on that. With him it is go go go until you can’t go no mo. He scares me half to death sometimes, every time he is pushing the ball up court I find myself thinking “no, no, no, slow down…” and then”YES!!” he makes something out of nothing. I would like to see a little more control out of his game this year, same intensity, but smarter.

G – Scott Suggs, Jr. (4.7 ppg, 1.2 rpg)

Scott Suggs aka Scottro, former winner of Missouri’s title of Mr. Basketball, emerged last year as a 3-point threat. It was a welcomed surprise. I don’t think many of us knew what to expect out of Suggs last year, but I think he provided us with more than we could have asked for. This year he will need to take another step forward, at a position that all of the sudden seems crowded with the arrival of Terrence Ross and the unveiling of C.J. Wilcox. Suggs has said he spent a lot of time in the off-season working on his mid-range game and attacking the basket. I’d say he is one of the candidates for the last starting spot, along with Aziz and Darnell Gant.

G – C.J. Wilcox, Fr.

Does anyone else have the sneaking suspicion that C.J. Wilcox is some kind of mythical figure. Oh, you mean you never heard of C.J. Wilcox, the Greek God of the three point shot. He took the throne from Ray Allen after he made 2,445 consecutive. Many have challenged the throne since, and with a quick flick of the wrist, one by one, Wilcox disposed of them. In my head, that’s how good of a shooter I have made C.J. Wilcox out to be. All that comes out of Husky camp is that he is the best shooter anyone has ever played with, played against, seen, heard of. Still, he hasn’t played a game yet, and the anticipation is killing us all.

F – Justin Holiday, Sr. (5.9 ppg, 4.5 rpg) 2010 1st Team All PAC-10 Defense

It’s been happening to the Huskies the last couple years, a Senior steps up their game to unprecedented new levels. Two years ago it was Justin Dentmon, last year it was Quincy Pondexter, and this year it WILL be Justin Holiday. In case you missed that, Justin Holiday WILL be off the hook this year.  My guy J-Hola makes everyday a Holiday. Somehow, some way he will make plays to help you win the game. Holiday’s stats will look something like this. 10.0 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 3.5 apg, 1.5 stl, 1.0 blk. If there was fantasy PAC-10 basketball league he’d be Shawn Marion of the mid 2000’s. This year’s team slogan “Everyday’s a Holiday”.

F – Matthew Bryan-Amaning, Sr. (8.8 ppg, 5.9 rpg, 1.5 blk)

There are two of them. There are some similarities between the two. They both have a beautiful array of post moves, the drop step, spin move, up and under. It’s all there, catch the ball in the post, analyze the position the defender’s in, and effectively execute one of those beautiful post moves, to find  a clear lane to the basket. Now let’s see what distinguishes one from the other. First there is Matthew Bryan-Amaning. After he makes his move and finds himself at the hoop he throws up some kind of quick flick, herky-jerky layup with crazy spin on it. Some go in and some dance around the rim and fall out, and you think to yourself, Why? The dude is 6’9″ and has a chest similar to that of Superman, show us what you got son. And then there is MBA. This is the player who, after he makes his move and has an open lane to the rim, takes advantage. He takes off so quick, so fast, so powerfully, defenders cant comprehend what is happening. We want to see MBA all the time. When he gets it at the rim like that, bang out, give ’em a nut job straight to the face, look down at ’em and in that British accent ask ’em how they taste. That’s what we saw at the end of last year and that’s what we will see this year.

F – Darnell Gant, Jr. (2.5 ppg, 2.4 rpg)

Darnell Gant is a stand up guy. He is funny, easy to coach, hardworking, and a great teammate. He will do whatever it takes to help the team win, whether that is starting every game, or being an emotional leader, playing a few minutes here and there, off the bench. Darnell worked as hard as anyone on his game this summer, and initial reports are good. Many players and coaches have said he is the most improved player coming into the season. Specifically the range on his jump-shot, saying he is comfortable knocking down threes. Mike Jensen anyone? I’m not so worried about his shooting ability, as his ability to rebound and defend in the post. We need him down there at a position that is thin, and with foul trouble during games, could get even thinner.

F- Brendan Sherrer, Jr. (Career record of 10-0 in games which he appears)

The University of Washington’s very own human victory cigar. Check out that stat up there, that’s right Brendan Sherrer has never lost a game in which he has played as a Washington Husky. And we all know how big of a crowd favorite he is. Could we possibly be witnessing the birth of the brightest star on Montlake since, dare I say, Zane Potter. You’re right, too soon. One thing I’m sure we can all agree on, let’s hope we see a lot of Brendan Sherrer this year.

Season Outlook

The Huskies are looking to win the PAC-10 regular season title for the second time in three years, and I think it is fair to say, they are the early favorites in what many see as rebuilding, unpredictable PAC-10.

The key to the season is this next month before the season even begins. Too many times have we seen Lorenzo Romar fiddle with lineups and rotations months into the season, only to figure it out in mid-winter and make a run late.

  • 2006: Started PAC-10 play 5-5, proceeded to go on and win our last 8 conference games.
  • 2007: Started PAC-10 play 1-6, by then, it was too late to even make a late run.
  • 2009: Lost to Portland, Kansas, and Florida in the first two weeks of the season.
  • 2010: We all remember last year. Romar found a lineup that worked in mid-February and it was all gravy from there.

Romar has realized this and has made it his top priority to find a lineup and rotation he likes, and stick to it. He can’t continue playing everyone that is under scholarship, you can’t be successful rotating that many players. Realistically I think we can expect 9-10 guys to be in a regular rotation. Who will that rotation be? Who knows, but hopefully that can be determined in the next month, and not a month into the season.

The great thing about this team is how diverse it can be. If we need to go big we can have Aziz, MBA, and Holiday on the floor at the same time. When we want to go small, Holiday can play the 4, leaving Suggs, Ross, or Wilcox to play the third guard. This team is going to run circles around people. Other teams are going to dread playing us. If we can make a statement early in Maui, we could be in for one hell of a ride.

So now onto the prediction…

I think this team can be good, very good. And they have the potential to be great. To me it depends on the maturation of Abdul Gaddy and his ability to use his supreme vision and passing ability in the half court. We will have no troubles scoring, but when our break slows down and we really need a basket, can we get a good shot? I think so, and there is no reason that you shouldn’t see the Huskies back in the Sweet 16 in 2011.

Record: 21-7 (13-5) 1st Place in the PAC-10