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:

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.

Dawgs and Ducks – Recently so one sided!

10 Oct

Here we go again – Saturday at Husky Stadium – The Oregon Ducks look to beat the Washington Huskies for a 10th consecutive time.

Oregon has outscored UW 391-158 since the 2004 contest. The margin of victory has been at least 17 points in every 60-minute contest.

UW record vs. Oregon by era:

2004-2012: 0-9

1994-2003: 5-5

1974-1993: 17-3

The point spread:

Oregon has covered eight of the past nine games with one push (8-0-1). The Ducks are a 13-1/2 to 14-point favorite Saturday.

The Ducks have covered point spreads that ranged between nine and 24 1/2 points. The push came in 2010 when Oregon was a 37-point favorite and wound up winning 53-16.

Biggest Oregon margin of victory

58 – 1973 (58-0)

43 – 1900 (43-0)

37 – 2010 (53-16)

34 – 2008 (44-10)

31 – 2012 (52-21)

Most points scored by the team from Eugene

58 – 1973

55 – 2007

53 – 2010

52 – 2012

45 – 2005

44 – 2008

43 – 2009

43 – 1900

34 – 1980

34 – 2006

34 – 2011

In the past eight games, Oregon has scored at least 34 points. Only three times in the first 97 contests between the two schools did they score 34+ points.

Biggest Pac-12/Pac-10/Pac-8 win streaks against Washington:

USC 10  (1965-1974)

Stanford 10 (1967-1976)

Oregon 9 (2004-??????)

UCLA 7 (1952-1958)

Arizona State 7 (2002-current)

Oregon State 6 (2004-2009)

Huskies and Hawks both 3-0 for the first time

27 Sep

Never before have the Washington Huskies and the Seattle Seahawks each started a season both 3-0 until this year.

The Seahawks started playing in 1976 and are currently playing in their 38th NFL season.

The Seahawks have a chance to run their mark to 4-0 for the first time in team history.

Sunday will be their sixth chance to stay undefeated through the first quarter of the season. They’ll play on the road against the Houston Texans,

Lets look back at the five times they didn’t make it to four:

1986 – @ Washington 19, SEAHAWKS 14

1998 – @ Pittsburgh 13, SEAHAWKS 10

2003 – @ Green Bay 35, SEAHAWKS 13

2004 – St. Louis 33, @ SEAHAWKS 27, OT

2006 – @ Chicago 37, SEAHAWKS 6 (Game played on Sunday night.)



The Huskies started 3-0 for the first time since the 2001 season when they won their first four games before losing at UCLA.

It’s the 16th time since 1950 UW started at least 3-0

Record before first lost:

3-0 – Four times (1981, 1988, 1990, 2000)

4-0 – Five times (1950, 1955, 1959, 1971, 2001)

5-0 – One time (1972)

6-0 – One time (1979)

7-0 – One time (1982)

8-0 – One time (1992)

9-0 – One time (1984)

12-0 One time (1991)

By years

1993-2013 – Three times from 21 seasons, 14% of the time.

1975-1992 – Eight times from 18 seasons that Don James was coach, 44% of the time.

1950-1974 – Five times from 25 seasons, 20% of the time.


Most years between seasons with at least a 3-0 start:

12 – 1959-1971

12 – 2001-2013

8 – 1992-2000

7 – 1972-1979

Why has Husky football been so popular over the years?

It all started in the 1920s when UW started every season between 1921 and 1928 winning at least their first three games of the season!

1921 – 3-0

1922 – 5-0

1923 – 8-0

1924 – 6-0

1925 – 4-0

1926 – 5-0

1927 – 7-0

1928 – 5-0








Cougs take down Trojans at the LA Coliseum

8 Sep

Washington State surprised the USC Trojans Saturday night winning 10-7 in Los Angeles.

The Cougars improved their record to 9-58-4 against USC in the series.

This was the first Cougar win in L.A. against the Trojans since 2000. The Trojans are 16-3 at home against the team from Pullman dating back 40 years to 1973.

USC was held to 12 points at home in 1957 as WAZZU won by a point 13-12. Back in 1934 the Cougs blanked the Trojans on the road 19-0.

A list of results when the game was played in Los Angeles since ’73:

2013 – WSU 10, USC (25) 7

2009 – USC (12) 27, WSU 6

2007 – USC (1) 47, WSU 14

2005 – USC (1) 55, WSU 13

2003 – USC (3) 43, WSU (6) 16

2000 – WSU 33, USC 27 – The Cougars entered the game riding a 4-game losing streak (3 in overtime) and improved their season record to 4-6. The next week UW crushed the Cougs 51-3 in the Palouse.

1997 – WSU 28, USC (23) 21 – In the second week of the season WSU improved to 2-0 with the win. They had beat UCLA 37-34 at home to start the season. The Cougs would open the season 7-0 before losing at ASU 44-31. They beat the Huskies 41-35 at Husky Stadium to advance to the Rose Bowl. Michigan (1) beat Washington State (8) 21-16 on New Years Day.

1995 – USC (5) 26, WSU 14

1993 – USC 34, WSU 3

1992 – USC (15) 31, WSU (13) 21

1990 – USC (15) 30, WSU 17

1987 – USC 42, WSU 7

1985 – USC 31, WSU 13

1983 – USC 38, WSU 17

1981 – USC (4) 41, WSU (14) 17

1979 – USC (1) 51, WSU 21

1977 – USC (2) 41, WSU 7

1975 – USC (3) 28, WSU 10

1973 – USC (4) 46, WSU 35

Herbie D and the Canadians take the 78th Longacres Mile

20 Aug

Sunday was a beautiful day at the Premier Racetrack in the Pacific Northwest.

It was Longacres Mile Day for the 78th time at Emerald Downs.

And for the second straight year – a B.C.-bred horse SHINED when it was time.

Herbie D-1

The 5-year-old Herbie D ($6.80) popped the gate and was hustled right to the lead in The Mile and stayed in front setting some swift fractions, including 1:09 for 6 furlongs and was 1 1/2 lengths clear at the finish line. Herbie D is trained by Robert Gilker and owned by George Robbins and Darcia Doman.Gilker

Herbie D improved his lifetime record to 10 wins from 13 starts.

No B.C-bred has won The Mile twice. Only three horses in history have won it twice – Amble In (1946, 1948), Trooper Seven (1980-81) and Simply Majestic (1988-89).









Here are the other THREE B.C.-breds to win The Mile since 1984:

2012 – Taylor Said

Owner: North American Thoroughbred Horse Company

Jockey: Mario Gutierrez

Trainer: Mike Puhich

Margin of victory: Head

$2 win pay: $7.20

Race record: Seven wins from 10 starts; hasn’t started since winning The Mile

1997 -Kid Katabatic

Owner: S. Van Oostdam (Ferguson), Keith Ferguson and Mel & Lindsay Russell

Jockey: Chris Loseth

Trainer: Shauna Van Oostdam (Ferguson)

Margin of victory: 2 lengths

$2 win pay: $14.00

Race record: Seventeen wins from 39 career starts. Also finished 4th in 1998 Mile, 3rd in 1999 Mile, 8th in 2001 Mile

1984 – Travelling Victor

Owner: R. J. Bennett

Jockey: Chris Loseth

Trainer: Robert Anderson

Margin of victory: 3/4 of a length

$2 win pay: $6.90

Race record: 21 wins from 52 career starts. Also finished 2nd in 1983 Mile and 7th in the 1985 Mile.

Oh Boy! Oberto/Steve David looking for a four-peat on Lake Washington

1 Aug

Steve David and the Oh Boy! Oberto make their annual appearance at the Albert Lee Cup at Seafair unlimited-hydroplane race this weekend on Lake Washington.

Oberto-Seafair 2012

Fresh off a front-running victory in the Lamb Weston Columbia Cup, David could become the first driver to win Seafair four consecutive years since the legendary Bill Muncey (1977-80). Muncey was the toast of the town driving the Atlas Van Lines back in the day.



The past three races on Lake Washington:

Seafair racecourse

2010 – In a terrific duel, probably the best winner-take-all final in Seafair history, the Oberto squared off with the Spirit of Qatar (Dave Villwock). David gained the inside lane and the two of them went toe-to-toe for five excruciating laps. The lead changed a few times but Villwock was unable to stay with David through the turns. David’s time in the Oberto was 143.288 mph, while Villwock finished in 142.714 mph on the 2-mile course. The Oberto’s speed was the fastest ever in a Seafair final.Qatar

2011 – The Oberto hit the score-up buoy at full speed at leap-frogged four boats to nab the inside lane and never looked back. Scott Liddycoat finished second in the

2012 – David once again circled wide in the South turn prior to the final and cruised to the front down the backstretch and was five roostertails ahead, so David moved the Oh Boy! Oberto to Lane 1 before the start. Jimmy Shane finished second in the U5 Graham Trucking. “I was trying to get enough steam rolled up to hold him off, but he hit that thing full-bore, and you really can’t defend that when you are down there parked, no matter how fast your boat accelerates,” Shane said to the media afterwards. “If they are going 180 and you are going 80, they are going to make up five boat lengths real quick.”


Here is a look at Muncey’s four wins:

1977 – It was a tough day as Jerry Bangs was thrown from his boat – The Squire – and was killed in the first preliminary heat of the day. “It all ceases to be very important, including the victory,” said Muncey, after driving the Atlas to his 44th career win. Bangs’ death was the first in a Lake Washington race in 26 years. That was the first year of the race when two died in the Quicksilver. Atlas was an easy winner in the final, followed by the Miss Budweiser. Atlas-77








1978 – Muncey won his 49th career race at the age of 49. He crossed the finish line a whopping 36 seconds ahead of the second-place boat the Miss Budweiser. Muncey ran two extra laps, taking the checkered flag through the haze three times just to make sure. The haze came about after oil started seeping into the Squire Shop’s engine. The blue-gray smoke was so thick that it basically covered the course and it was tough for anyone to see the buoys.

1979 – Steve Reynolds jumped the gun in the Miss Circus Circus and that allowed Muncey to win again as the Circus stayed in front throughout the five-lap final. “Even though I was losing, I wasn’t going to let the Atlas pass me,” Reynolds said to the media. The crowd did not know who won until Reynolds was given the green flag after completing the five laps and Muncey, who was right behind, saw the black and white checker. This was the first year Seafair charged an admission to watch the races.


1980 – Muncey’s Blue Blaster was repaired just in time for the final and on the water he roared down the outside of the course taking the lead into the first turn and his first lap of 129 mph lap on the 2 1/2-mile course was a course record. He was easily best in the final but there was a nervous moment in heat 2B when he went airborne after getting into the Dr. Toyota’s roostertail. The boat received some damage including the tail section of the boat.

In 1981, Muncey had a tough afternoon in the Blue Blaster. He finished 5th in the first heat; didn’t start in the second and his day was done.


Seafair Trophy



4 – Bill Muncey (1977-80)

3 – Dave Villwock (1998-00)

3 – Dave Villwock (2002-04)

3 – Steve David (2010-12)


4 – Slo-mo-shun (1951-54); owned by Stan Sayres (Two hulls Slo-mo-shun IV & Slo-mo-shun V)

4 – Atlas Van Lines (1977-80); owned by Muncey Enterprises

3 – Pay ‘n Pak (1973-75); owned by Dave Heerensperger

3 – Miss Budweiser (1998-00); owned by Bernie Little

3 – Miss Budweiser (2002-04); owned by Bernie Little and Joe Little

3 – Oh Boy! Oberto (2010-12); owned by City of Madison, Ind.

Some photos used are copies from The Seattle Times.


Hydros in the Tri-Cities – Beer Gardens first started in 1988

25 Jul

It’s that time of year – Unlimited hydroplanes racing under blue skies, spewing beautiful roostertails with the sun beaming down on droves of onlookers hovering around the Columbia River racecourse.

The 48th running of the Lamb Weston Columbia Cup will take place this weekend.

Last year’s final was one of the best since the first running in 1966.

Graham-Beacon finish

Jimmy Shane (Graham Trucking) in a heated duel with J. Michael Kelly (Miss Beacon Plumbing) hit the finish line just a few feet in front.










Bud glassesA huge crowd attended the race and they got their monies worth! If you were drinking a beer during the Final then you were likely in the Beer Garden.

Twenty-five years ago (1988) was the first year the Beer Garden was implemented at the Tri-Cities race.


Lets look back at that crazy day: July 31, 1988









The race took place in 90-95-degree weather before a crowd of approximately 30,000. While the crowd was mostly subdued, police enforced a “zero tolerance” policy and reported a record 391 arrests for the weekend in both counties.








Here were some exerts from The Seattle Times:
Emotions were hotter than the Tri-Cities area’s 90-degree temperatures after yesterday’s final unlimited-hydroplane race on the Columbia River.

Members of several teams said winning driver Tom D’Eath should have been penalized for cutting to the inside of the course during the first lap of the Columbia Cup’s championship final.
As drivers and owners waited for a meeting with Chief Referee Paul McKee, which several thought was a pro forma gesture, they let fly with these barbs:
— Said one owner, “We were fined $100 for not leaving enough room for Jackpot Food Mart in the fifth lap of the second heat.'”
— Said a driver – “One of us will have to get killed before the URC will do something.”
— Said another owner – “Every time we talk about a rules violation, they say it’s a judgment call that can’t be protested.”

Bernie Little, Miss Budweiser owner (as he came across the group en route to accepting the race trophy) – “What’s the matter? We win, and everybody’s mad at me?”

Here were some exerts from the Tri-City Herald:

By Jim Riley, Herald sports editor

Did the Budweiser win the Columbia Cup Sunday by cutting off its opponents illegally at the first turn?

And is the sponsoring Water Follies Association left awash in debt?

Those two questions remain after a race run before a mostly mellow crowd of about 30,000 that Follies executive secretary Ken Maurer estimated was 20-30 percent smaller than last year’s crowd of 40,000.

“I just don’t know if we’re going to make enough money to pay the bills,” said Maurer.

For the third consecutive year the winning driver the checkered flag wave in the breeze and then had the rule book waved in his face.

Tom D’Eath and the Miss Budweiser won the 23rd annual Columbia Cup when written protests by drivers Chip Hanauer in the Circus Circus, Scott Pierce in the Mr. Pringle’s and Larry Lauterbach in the Vantage Ultra were denied.

The controversy over the Budweiser’s win came after D’Eath went into the first turn on the outside, then moved inside in front of the other boats. The drivers felt D’Eath did not leave them enough room.

“We had two referees in the helicopter and one on the inside of the course and they were all in agreement. There were two lanes left inside for the Circus Circus and the Vantage Ultra and as per our rules, there were no infractions,” said chief referee Paul McKee.

“I left them plenty of room,” D’Eath said.

Hanauer drove the Circus Circus after the Miller High Life went down in smoke during the first heat. He made a spirited run at the Miss Budweiser in his backup boat and finished three seconds back.

Mr. Pringle’s was third, with Vantage Ultra fourth. The Holset/ Miss Madison driven by Ron Snyder, was fifth, followed by Mitch Evans in the SEACO Aviation Fuels.

The Miss Budweiser was extensively damaged when it hit something in the water Friday. It was trucked back to Seattle for repairs, arrived back in the pits early Sunday morning and ran flawlessly.

“The crew did everything right,” D’Eath said. “This is their win. They put in 300 man-hours in 24 hours, and boat was 100 percent. They didn’t just patch it, they fixed it permanently.”

Maurer said the smaller crowd “was expected by most of us,” because of the decision to ban drinking on both sides of the river outside of several beer gardens.

The smaller crowd could spell “real serious (financial) problems for us,” Maurer said.

It’s now 2013 and two things are a certain: Beer Gardens and controversy on the water!



Mariners streaking with W’s

23 Jul

The Seattle Mariners will try to extend their winning streak to eight games tonight at Safeco Field.

With a win, the M’s would have their 13th win streak of eight or more games in team history.

They won eight in a row last year – August 14-22. The M’s finished last in the AL West (75-87).

Win streaks


The best all-time win streak by the club occurred in 2001 when they won 15 straight (May 23-June 8). The M’s finished first in the AL West with a 116-46 record.

The streak started on the road with the first five wins happening at Minnesota (1) and Kansas City (4).

The M’s made their way to Safeco Field where they swept Baltimore (3), Tampa Bay (3) and Texas (3) to extend the streak to 14 and led the AL West by 17 1/2 games with a 46-12 record.

Seattle beat the San Diego Padres on June 8 behind Paul Abbott 7-1 to make it 15 straight. A crowd of 45,293 came to watch – it was the seventh straight crowd of 41,000+.

The following night Seattle led San Diego 3-2 until the top of the 7th when the Padres scored twice off Freddy Garcia (6-1) and went on to win 6-3.


The first eight-game win streak in team history happened in 1985 (June 20-29).

Seattle started the streak with a win in Texas and swept the two in Kansas City.

The M’s returned home to the Kingdome and swept a three-game series from the Texas Rangers to run the win streak to six. Just over 32,000 fans watched the three W’s.

Cleveland was next on the schedule.

Friday, June 28 – Seattle 8, Cleveland 6. The M’s rallied from a 6-0 deficit. The big bomb was hit by Gorman Thomas with two out in the 6th – A three-run HR off Jeff Barkley. That put Seattle up 8-6 and Ed Nunez slammed the door with two scoreless innings for his 10th save of the season. A crowd count was 14,408.


Saturday, June 29 – Seattle 3, Cleveland 2. Mike Moore outdueled Bert Blyleven in front of 24,248. Thomas again was the hero as he snapped a 2-2 tie with a 6th inning homer. The M’s returned to .500 with the win (36-36).

Sunday, June 30 – Cleveland 7, Seattle 3.  Carmelo Castillo’s three-run HR off Matt Young with two out in the 4th made it 5-2 Indians. An afternoon crowd of 11,401 made their way to downtown Seattle.