Yankees in town tonight…Remember the first time?

10 Jun

The Seattle Mariners first season was in 1977 and the Bronx Bombers made their first appearance in the Kingdome on May 11, 1977.

The M’s beat the Yanks that evening 5-2 in front of 23,978 spectators. It was the third biggest crowd in Mariner history at the time.

Reggie Jackson in his first plate appearance knocked a 2-run Home Run off Glenn Abbott.

Leroy Stanton’s 6th inning single pushed across Jose Baez putting the M’s ahead 3-2.

Baez contributed a 2-run double off Sparky Lyle in the 7th to make the final score 5-2.

Seattle improved to 10-24, while New York dropped to 16-11.




They played the following night and once again Seattle was victorious – an 8-6 slugfest win.

Over 42,000 made their way to the Dome!

Danny Meyer and Bill Stein hit back-to-back Home Runs in the first inning for the M’s off Catfish Hunter.


Billy Martin managed the Yankees in 1977 and they would go on and beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 4 games to 2 in the World Series.













What a day it was, 35 years ago today

13 May

The Seattle SuperSonics tackled the Phoenix Suns in the 1979 NBA Western Conference Championship series.

On May 13, the Sonics were playing for their lives, trailing the best-of-7 series 3 games to 2. Phoenix had won the prior three games in the match-up.

The Sonics held on for a dramatic 106-105 win, forcing a Game 7

Sikma photo - Suns


The game was played in front of 12,660 at the Phoenix Veterans Memorial Coliseum.

The Supes escaped in dramatic style, winning 106-105 to force a Game 7 at the Kingdome four days later.

Seattle rallied from EIGHT points down in the fourth quarter to snap the Suns 16-game win streak at home.

What happened in that all important fourth quarter

4:22 remaining: Walter Davis drills a 9-footer. Phoenix 101, Seattle 96.

1:33 remaining: Paul Westphal swishes 2 free throws. Phoenix 105, Seattle 102.

1:22 remaining: Gus Williams makes two of three free-throws. Phoenix 105, Seattle 104.

The Wizard with coach Wilkens






52 seconds left: Williams converts 17-foot jumper after a Suns turnover for the final basket of the game. Seattle 106, Phoenix 105.

41 seconds left: Davis travels.

20 seconds remaining: Williams doesn’t connect on a 12-footer from the lane.

5 seconds left: Davis misses an 18-footer.

1 second left: Gar Heard shoots an air-ball from 15-feet away. The city of Seattle could now take a deep breathe.

This win by Seattle allowed them to play a Game 7 and go on and defeat the Washington Bullets in the NBA Finals.








Dayton’s win brings back sad memories

28 Mar

Dayton took down Stanford Thursday night 82-72 to advance to the Elite 8 of the NCAA Tournament.

Seeing Dayton playing in the Sweet 16, brought back March Madness memories of 1984.

30 years ago – this week (March 23, 1984)

The Washington Huskies faced the Dayton Flyers in a NCAA Sweet 16 matchup played in Los Angeles.

Dayton beat UW 64-58 behind the 22 points and nine rebounds by Roosevelt Chapman.

Dayton pix

The Huskies led at halftime 22-21 but were outscored 43-36 in the second 20 minutes. Dayton made 24 of 35 free throws, while UW was just 4 for 13.

Scoring for the Huskies were Detlef Schrempf (18), Paul Fortier (8), Chris Welp (7), Alvin Vaughn (7), Shag Williams (6), Reggie Rogers (6), Clay Damon (2), Tim Kuyper (2), and Gary Gardner (2).


Washington beat Duke in the Round of 32 to advance to the Sweet 16 for the first time since the early 1950s.



Seahawks tackle the Broncos for the ultimate prize

2 Feb


Super Bowl XLVIII

Seattle Seahawks vs. Denver Broncos

Biggest wins in Seattle Sports History

Seattle Metropolitans

The 1917 Stanley Cup Final was contested by the Pacific Coast Hockey Association (PCHA) champion Seattle Metropolitans and the National Hockey Association (NHA) champion Montreal Canadiens. Seattle defeated Montreal three games to one in a best-of-five game series to become the first United States-based team to win the Cup. Seattle won Game 4 on March 26, 1917.

Slo-mo-Shun IV

Stanley Sayres’ record-breaking Slo-mo-Shun IV, made an impressive debut in American Speedboat competition as she won the 90-mile Gold Cup race on the Detroit River (July 22, 1950). That win would live on in Seattle history as the city of Seattle used that win to have a hydroplane race in Seattle starting in 1951. Seafair would never be the same and the city’s summer celebration climaxed each August with the hydros racing on Lake Washington.

Seattle SuperSonics

The Sonics defeated the Washington Bullets 4-games-to-1 to win the NBA Finals. Seattle won Game 5 97-93 on June 1, 1979.

Washington Huskies

1960 – The Huskies beat #1 Minnesota in the Jan. 2, 1961 Rose Bowl 17-7 to finish the season 10-1 and was declared National Champions by the Helms Athletic Foundation.

1991 – The Don James-led team completed their season 12-0 with a 34-14 victory over the Michigan Wolverines in the Jan. 1, 1992 Rose Bowl.

Seahawks and 49ers tangle for the NFC title

19 Jan

The Seattle Seahawks will host the San Francisco 49ers today in the NFC Championship game.

This is the third time Seattle has played for the right to go to the Super Bowl.

Lets look back in time at those two games.

30 years ago – Jan. 8, ’84

The L.A. Raiders (13-4) scored first 27 points of the contest to whip the Seahawks (11-7) 30-14 in the AFC Championship game.
The game was played in the Los Angeles Coliseum and the Raiders were a 7-point favorite.
Marcus Allen carried 25 times for 154 yards and Jim Plunkett  passed for 214 yards, completing 17 of 24 passes.
The Seahawks rushed 18 times for 65  yards while the Raiders rolled up 205 yards on 46 attempts.
Jim Zorn was 14-27 passing for 134 yards with 2 INTs. The Seahawks longest play from scrimmage was 14 yards.
The Raiders beat Washington Redskins 38-9 in the Super Bowl.
The Raiders lost 4 games all season, and two of them were against Seattle in the regular season. They lost 38-36 in the Kingdome and in L.A. 34-21.

Eight years ago – Jan. 22, ’06

The Seahawks dominated the Carolina Panthers 34-14 as they opened up a 17-zip lead early in the second quarter and never looked back.
Noteworthy statistics 
First downs: Sea 27, Car 11
Rushing: Sea 51-190, Car 12-36
Turnovers: Sea 0, Car 5
Line: Seahawks -5 1/2

Monday Night Football – It’s here in Seattle

2 Dec

The city of Seattle is hosting MNF on Dec. 2, 2013.

It’s the New Orleans Saints vs. the Seattle Seahawks.

Let’s look back at some highly anticipated home Seahawks games late in the season.
 (Best combined records of the two teams: Games played in November/December only.)
25-3, .893 - Seattle (12-2)  28, Indianapolis (13-1) 13. Dec. 24, 2005.
19-3, .864 – Seattle (10-1) vs. New Orleans (9-2). MONDAY NIGHT.
24-6, .800 – Seattle (12-3) 14, Denver (12-3) 31. Dec. 15, 1984.
15-5, .750 – Seattle (8-2) 17, L.A. Raiders (7-3) 14. MONDAY NIGHT, Nov. 12, 1984.
15-5, .750 – Seattle (8-2) 24, N.Y. Giants (7-3) 21 (overtime). Nov. 27, 2005.
The December 15, 1984 game was a special one in Seahawks history.
Here is what was The Seattle Times looked like back in the day:
The games was played in the Kingdome.

 Over 38,000 Raider Busters T-shirts were sold prior to the big game at six bucks a shirt.


The Seahawks won that memorable Monday Night 17-14.

For coverage on tonight’s MNF Game: www.seattletimes.com

Don James – The James Gang – The Dawgfather

25 Oct

The University of Washington will host the California Golden Bears Saturday night in an NCAA football game.

Yes, they will play the game, but most who make the trek to Husky Stadium will have legendary UW Coach Don James on their mind and in their hearts.

Mr. James passed away earlier this week.

I went to high-school (HAZEN) in the early 1980s and my main goal was to have good enough grades to be accepted to the University of Washington.

That was the goal – Plain and Simple. I didn’t bother applying at other schools in the state, I wanted to be a Husky.

As a HS senior, I wanted to go to a school that was big-time. The U-Dub was big-time. Why? The football team under Mr. James was ranked #1 for many weeks in my senior year of HS. They had won the Rose Bowl my Junior year, blanking Iowa 28-0. My grades were just good enough as I spent 5 years on the UW campus before graduating in 1987.

My first recollection of Husky Football came in 7th Grade:

UW Rose Bowl 77

I can remember to this day being at my Grandparents house on Friday Harbor for Thanksgiving 1977. The following night USC kicked a late FG to beat the UCLA  29-27 and clinched a spot in the 1978 Rose Bowl.USC-UCLA boxscore

When the Dawgs played on New Year’s Day 1978, they beat Bo Schembechler’s Michigan Wolverines 27-20!

That is why many kids growing up in the 1970s-80s became huge Husky fans.

Lets look at the UW-CAL rivalry in the James era:

1975 – @ CAL 27, UW 24 – Cal QB Joe Roth passed for 380 yards, throwing 4 TDs and completing 24 of 36 passes.

1976 – CAL 7,  @ UW 0 – The only time Mr. James got shutout at home.

1977 – UW 50, @ CAL 31 – Mr. James first win against CAL and he would win the next 11 matchups to go 12-2 against the Bears.

1978 – NO GAME

1979 – UW 28, @ CAL 24

1980 – NO GAME

1981 – UW 27, @ CAL 26

1982 – @ UW 50, CAL 7 – The Huskeis are #1 in the country and run their record to 5-0.

1983 – NO GAME

1984 – @ UW 44, CAL 14 – The Huskies again are #1 in the country and improve to 9-0; the next week they would lose at USC 16-7.

1985 – UW 28, @ CAL 12

1986 – @ UW 50, CAL 18 – 500th win in UW history.

1987 – NO GAME

1988 – @UW 28, CAL 27

1989 – UW 29, @ CAL 16

1990 – @UW 46, CAL 7

1991 – UW 24, @CAL 17 – The game of the Year and of the UW-CAL series! Both teams came in a perfect 5-0. Cal #7 in the nation; UW #3. Washington would go 12-0 that season.

1992 – @UW 35, CAL 16 – UW was ranked #1 in the country; Cal #24.


Washington State 13-5, Streaks: W7, L2

Oregon 15-3, Streaks: W6, L2

Oregon State 15-1, Streaks: W10, L1

USC 9-8, Streaks: W3, L4

UCLA 5-8-1, Streaks: W1, L3

Stanford 13-3, W9, L2

Cal 12-2, W12 L2

Arizona State 9-5, Streaks: W3, L2

Arizona 7-3-1, Streaks: W5, L2


Washington will try to stop a 3-game losing streak tonight against the lowly Bears. This is the 10th straight year UW has had at least a 3-game losing streak.

The Huskies have had FOURTEEN 3-game losing streaks since the 1997 season (17 years).

During Mr. James’ 18 years (1975-92), UW had just TWO losing steaks of 3 games.

Thanks for the Memories Don.

Fun times that will live on for ever.


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