"Another Blog on the Fire" Michael Dashiell
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Michael Dashiell (that's me) is editor of the Sequim Gazette. He has a Bachelor's Degree from Western Washington University, has worked at the Sequim Gazette for about 10 years and enjoys writing — occasionally. He and his wife Patsene live in Sequim; their two daughters are in college. He will write about anything, but particularly enjoys sports, arts, breaking news and news-of-the-weird. He also enjoys writing about himself in the third person.
Well, it's nearing the end of the fall sports seasons and thank goodness. Frankly, I'm tired and cold and I'm ready to get inside for some prep and college hoops, prep wrestling and boys swimming and bowling, etc.
Here are a few random things you Sequim sports nuts (or sports nuts in general, regardless of location) may be interested in:
All hail Hannah
Former Sequim resident Hannah Stephens, now a senior at the University of Alabama, is trying to get herself into the Fan Hall of Fame. Yes, there IS a Fan Hall of Fame. Their purpose? "Celebrating the extraordinary dedication of the greatest fans in history."
Well, OK then. Stephens writes: "I love, support and obsess ALL things Alabama. Every Alabama football game, I paint a red script A on my face, and I come up with clever posters for each and every game. On 10/26/13 during the Alabama vs. Tennessee game, I came up with the poster that says: 'Saban, We'll stay for 60, if you stay forever.' That sign went viral, and even Nick Saban himself commented on it. I NEVER miss a game and I am on the front row at every home game. I bring energy and excitement to every game. I literally am always the first one in line to every home game and sometimes I've waited up to 12 hours for the gates to open. Not only have I become a recognizable face at Alabama games, I've also become a face seen each week on ESPN/CBS every Alabama home game. This year, I've made the USA Today, CBS, ESPN, Forbes, Wall Street Journal, Crimson White and so many more. Look for me every week in the student section at the Alabama Crimson Tide home football games. ROLL TIDE!"
In doing some research for a Sequim high football story recently, I came across an interesting stat trend. It seems to me that as years go by, Sequim follows the general trend of higher scoring games. A three-point win in 1950 was 23-20; in 2008, that score is 37-34. Same point difference, more of an emphasis on outscoring other teams. Part of that is rules that are developed to give the offense an advantage. Also, the development of the spread offense and other tactics have bumped overall game scores past what they once were.
Sequim's Nov. 1 game against North Mason brought this up. The 115 points scored in the game (in which North Mason outlasted Sequim 69-46) was the most combined points in school history, topping the 93 points Bainbridge and Sequim scored back in 1996.
Anyhow, here's a fun little factoid:
Number of games from 1928-1986 (59 seasons) in which Sequim and opponent combined for at least 60 points: three
Number of games from 1987-2013 (26 seasons) in which Sequim and opponent combined for at least 60 points: 50
And it could have been a lot more, without the mercy rule that keeps the clock running when teams get a 45-point advantage in the second half. In 2013, Sequim also had a 59-, 58- and 55-point games.
The trend truly saw a spike in 2004 — coinciding with Sequim's hiring of Erik Wiker, who eventually installed the spread offense.
Welcome to Seattle, Lloyd
So the Mariners have a new manager. Lloyd McClendon. Fans of the late 1980s Cubs (yeah you, both of you) remember this guy as a light-hitting utility guy who played everything except the middle (SS, 2B) positions.
What I remember most about Mr. McClendon is his managing tour with the Pirates (2000-2005) his tirade and swiping of first base in 2001.
McClendon tallied a 336–446 record with the Pirates. I love my Mariners, but I don't think he's going to vastly improve the M's. Good luck.
I couldn't pass this up. I'm not a surfing guy, but check this out. Some guy near Portugal may have caught the biggest wave in surfing history and lived to tell about it.
Apparently, there are people in the world who not only want to live but also ride 78-foot waves. Insane … and pretty cool.
I'm not going to brag about my fantasy team … much. But here goes: I went 0-3 in my first three weeks with the least amount of points scored in my 10-team Yahoo league. Since then, I'm 6-0 — thanks go to Russell Wilson, Earl Thomas, Giovanni Bernard, Zac Stacy, Danny Amendola, and every opponent of the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Having trouble with your fantasy team? Drop me an e-mail. We'll work it out.
I love fantasy football, but I think one change they could make is allowing backup quarterbacks be counted in the running back position if you have no other options that week. I think there are a lot of teams that would do well to stash guys like Jake Locker and Terrell Pryor if they could pop them into the running back slot.
Then again, I want to see teams lose points if one of their players gets popped for PEDs, so what do I know?
The flying wieners
Before you roll your eyes, hear me out: If a flying ballpark frank hits you in the eye hard enough to require multiple surgeries, the resulting lawsuit is anything but frivolous. Read the story here.