The top sports stories in today’s Herald:
Finding a home on the Palouse
After a couple of seasons of spotty play, former King’s hoops player Charlie Enquist is finding regular playing time for the WSU men’s basketball team this season. Enquist says he knows he’s doing well because the coaches are yelling at him this season. If that’s the case, then the Seahawks are very confused.
Too many Huskies
UW head coach Lorenzo Romar is still struggling to fine tune his rotation, but the reserves are playing too well to remain on the bench. Sounds like a real tough problem, coach. UCLA’s Ben Howland just threw up in his mouth.
Holmgren now a part of the Paul Browns
A few days after turning down the Seahawks, Mike Holmgren accepted a position as President of the Cleveland Browns, saying rebuilding is in his blood. Well now that he’s in Cleveland, it’ll be in his blood, his hair, his mustache, his food, his nightmares …
Seahawks Mora tempers expectations
It may be a little late, but Seahawks head coach says that his team was “broken” last season and needed to be “fixed.” That’s a big difference than what they said before the season when they said last season was an aberration. I guess reality sets in after your quarterback throws four interceptions and loses a fumble in a loss to the lowly Bucs.
A blossoming Knight
Kamiak senior Connor Conrad, who missed the cut his freshman and sophomore season, is now the team’s leading scorer. Now that’s feel-good story for Christmas that even The Closer can’t dig up a snarky comment about.
THE WARMUP PITCH
Kings never say die
Sacramento came from 35 points down to beat the Bulls Monday night, the biggest comeback in the NBA since 1996. And it was a rookie who led them: Tyreke Evans scored 23 points to lead Sacramento back. Oh what, did you expect somebody else?
Man who drives in circles is AP’s best male athlete
Jimmie Johnson, who became the first NASCAR driver to win a fourth-straight title this year, was named The Associated Press’s male athlete of the year for 2009. Wow, so sports biggest star in the tabloids is a guy who swings a club for a living but is now famous for something he didn’t do on the course, and our best athlete is a guy who drives a car. The Closer’s going to lie down now and take a nap.
Giants keep playoff hopes alive
The New York Giants crushed the Washington Redskins 45-12 on Monday Night Football to keep their playoff hopes alive. Jim Zorn’s hopes for keeping his job may have officially let town, however.
The wild and wacky news from the world of sports
Pay my man!
Browns return man Josh Cribbs had a record-setting day on Sunday, but it was his wife who was really hot. Maria Cribbs took to Twitter to urge the Browns to show her man the money. The Closer can only wonder what Jerome Harrison’s significant other was writing.
Vintage A-Rod and Jeter
Props to Yahoo!’s Duk in digging up this lovely video of Alex Rodriguez and Derek Jeter strolling around Seattle in 1998. With the decade coming to a close, it’s amazing to see the difference in just about everything more than 10 years ago, including the larger cell phones and the smaller physiques (at least A-Rod’s).