Soiled Savior

Soiled Savior

first_imgWhat goes around comes around. All spiritual debts must be paid in full. Karma not punishment or retribution but simply an extended expression or consequence of natural acts. If you do dirt you may have to eat dirt or least take a hot soapy shower somewhere along the way. On or around Jan. 1, the short lived tenure of Michael Haywood the first African-American football coach “hired” at the University of Pittsburgh came to a screeching halt after barely more than a fortnight. The media immediately began doodling away as they circled the wagons preparing to scalp Mr. Haywood. They hunkered down and began the process of devaluing and degrading Haywood, his coaching staff and his family. Bob Smizik wrote; “Acting swiftly, boldly and correctly, Pitt chancellor Mark Nordenberg today fired football coach Michael Haywood. The firing, announced in a statement, came little more than two weeks after Haywood had been named the successor to Dave Wannstedt.”Pete Hamel of the NY Times chimed in; “The firing [of Haywood] and its aftermath are likely to place significant pressure on Athletic Director Steve Pederson, who hired Haywood and praised him at the time by saying, “Most importantly, Michael is a man of character and integrity.” When Pederson was at Nebraska, he hired Bill Callahan as the Cornhuskers’ football coach. After four seasons, Nebraska fired Callahan after he compiled a 27-22 record—an unacceptable mark at a university that expects to compete for national championships. Pederson himself was fired by in 2007, shortly before Callahan.”H’mm, Pederson himself was fired by Nebraska, yet he comes back to Pitt and he is immediately restored to sainthood? If Pederson can be rehired and exalted after initially abandoning Pitt to pursue his “dream job” at Nebraska then why shouldn’t Haywood be rehired as the next head coach of the Panthers after Todd Graham, the man that they praised as the next “Savior” of the program hopped the nearest camel and moseyed on out to the Arizona desert? Would bringing back Haywood be the right thing to do? Hell yeah! Would Pederson and the powers at Pitt ever remotely consider doing it? Hell no!Was the confluence of the Mon, Allegheny and Ohio rivers too much for Graham to bear or was the addition of a few million more pesos the deciding factor for him to abandon ship?There was no respect or empathy for Haywood displayed by anyone even remotely associated with the University (not that he deserved any for his alleged actions). However, it seems a travesty that a student/athlete who never played one down for the man would be given a forum to gloat. Pitt usually controls the interviews of its players but according to a story written by Jerry DiPaola of Tribune Review on Nov. 29, Pitt Senior defensive lineman Chas Alecxih had this to say regarding the downfall of Heyward. “I was happy [that he was fired]. [He was] a real (jerk). You should have seen our first meeting. He came in with a wrinkled suit, the worst suit I had ever seen. It looked like he had picked it up at Goodwill. [He was] very arrogant.”Alecxih also said; “[Todd Graham] came in and said, ‘You had a great coach before (Dave Wannstedt), which we did, but we’re going to take this program to the next level. He told us he had a plan and we needed to trust him.” After Graham broke camp for Arizona, Alecxih only had this generic comment about his defection saying, “How is it in college football, if a player wants to leave he has to do all kinds of stuff, he has to fill out paperwork, he has to sit out a year but if a coach wants to leave he can up and leave without so much as a moment’s notice?” Chas also forgot to mention the apparel of his now former coach.There is a dark tar-like substance oozing from the pores of college athletics. The elements of this hideous material are racism, cronyism, nepotism, sexual discrimination and all of the things that embody the opposite of what college athletics are supposed to be about. Standout running back Ray Graham had a season ending injury running his heart out for Todd Graham. No one gives a damn if he ever receives one penny as a professional athlete. Let the NCAA put the “boy” on the auction block, fake like they care if he gets an “edu-mication.” As far as his injury, oh well he knew the risks. However, I cannot with a clear conscience totally blame Todd Graham for “getting ghost.” Pitt considered it strictly business to fire Haywood while snickering behind the scenes. It was also a business decision for Todd Graham to do what was best for him and his family by accepting the job as the head football coach at Arizona State. But ya know what guys and dolls?The man that Pitt had undiluted faith and trust in to lead them to the next level, had the last laugh.(Aubrey Bruce can be reached at: abruce@newpittsburghcourier.com or 412-583-6741. Bruce is also the NFL/AFC North analyst on the “Odd Couple Sports Show” streaming live on Fox Sports radio; WCWA 1230am, Toledo, Ohio, Wednesdays from 11-11:30 a.m.)last_img read more

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Carrick girls upset Westinghouse in City League 60 – 49

first_imgBRITTANY JACKSON, of Westinghouse, scored 13 points, but the Lady Bulldogs lost to Carrick.SIERRA WILLIAMS, of Carrick, scored 24 points to help the Raiders to a 60-49 win over Westinghouse.CHARDONNAY LITTLEJOHN (4), of Carrick, puts up a shot in front of Tiarra Gordon, of Westinghouse. Littlejohn, a smooth guard, scored 32 points to lead the Raiders to a 60-49 win over the Lady Bulldogs in City League Girls hoop action.UNIQUE LANE, left, of Westinghouse, and Skyler Bende, of Carrick, go all out for a loose ball in City League Girls hoop action. (Photos by William McBride)JAMES TAYLOR, of Obama Academy, scored 20 points to help the Eagles to a 68-65 win over Allderdice in a showdown for 1st place in the City League.Allderdice’s JaVaughn Moultrie rejects a shot by Chris Noel, of USO, in the battle for 1st place in the City LeagueD. J. PORTER, of Obama Academy, drives against two Allderdice defenders. Porter scored 28 points to lead the Eagles to a 68-65 win over the Dragons in a showdown for 1st place in the City League. Obama Academy is off to a 12-0 start against City and WPIAL teams.last_img read more

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Richard Sherman says NFL’s proposed N-word ban ‘almost racist’

first_imgSeattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman gives a thumbs-up as he leaves team’s headquarters, Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014, in Renton, Wash., to board a bus for his flight to play the Denver Broncos in the NFL Super Bowl XLVIII football game in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)The NFL Competition Committee has been engaged in talks since last Friday, discussing a variety of issues important to the league. One such matter is the proposed 15-yard penalty on players using the “N-word” on the field. Seattle Seahawks player Richard Sherman (pictured) is against the ban of the word, calling the potential rule “almost racist” in an interview.According to Sports Illustrated’s MMBQ, there remains a chance that the N-word ban may not go into effect but there could be a higher focus on language during games by officials. As it stands, the committee will weigh the option of referees giving players a warning before issuing any deeper penalties.Sherman, the outspoken defensive player and All-Pro, feels such a ban is unnecessary. The Stanford graduate and Compton native shared his thoughts with MMBQ in his typical brash fashion.“It’s an atrocious idea,” said Sherman. “It’s almost racist, to me. It’s weird they’re targeting one specific word. Why wouldn’t all curse words be banned then?”Sherman supported his argument by saying that the tone of the word and how it’s used determines the racist nature of the word. Sherman argues that using the n-word with “er” is offensive versus ending it with “ga,” which is used often as a term of endearment among many African-Americans. Sherman isn’t the only player who feels that n-word ban is too bold a step for the NFL.“It’s a common word in so many players’ everyday lives,” said Tennessee cornerback Jason McCourty. “Among African-American players and people, it’s used among friends all the time. It seems like a bit much for the NFL to try to get rid of it.”Another player didn’t outright support the use of the word, but did add that officials already have to watch a series of actions on the field during the contests and now will have to monitor the mouths of players, too.The Fritz Pollard Alliance, a group that has been at the forefront of promoting equality and diversity in the NFL, has led the charge in getting the N-word removed from the game. Alliance chairman John Wooten, a former NFL All-Pro, and executive director Harry Carson, a NFL Hall Of Fame inductee, both endured racism, especially Carson, who was raised in South Carolina.Carson and Wooten said they are taken aback that players have been resistant to their idea, and added that current African-American players dishonor themselves and others before them by using the term.http://newsone.com/2942484/richard-sherman-n-word-ban-racist/last_img read more

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Fleury emerging as top star for Pens vs. Rangers

first_imgPittsburgh Penguins’ Marc-Andre Fleury, front left, covers the puck as teammates Brooks Orpik, left, Paul Martin, front right, and Columbus Blue Jackets’ Brandon Dubinsky look for the rebound during the second period of a first-round NHL playoff hockey game Monday, April 21, 2014, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)NEW YORK (AP) – Before this Eastern Conference semifinal series, the one spot where the New York Rangers seemingly had a clear advantage over the Pittsburgh Penguins was in goal with Henrik Lundqvist.The King has been good for three games, but Penguins counterpart Marc-Andre Fleury has gone from shaky question mark to star of the series with shutouts on consecutive days.Suddenly Pittsburgh is dominating all over the ice, and its 2-1 series edge feels a whole lot wider.“He is 10 out of 10,” defenseman Kris Letang said Tuesday. “For the guys in the dressing room, Flower has always been our go-to guy that shows up every night and gives us a chance to win.“Since the playoffs began, he has been our best player.”Letang is hardly alone in that assessment.Since a 3-2 overtime loss in Game 1, Fleury has been perfect. He stopped 22 shots in Pittsburgh’s 3-0 home win in Game 2 on Sunday and followed that with a stellar 35-save performance in the Penguins’ 2-0 victory at Madison Square Garden on Monday.“I felt good out there. Confident,” Fleury said. “We didn’t want to give them much, and we didn’t.”Forget about the guy who faces constant criticism, or the one who seemed to be crashing and burning during the first round against Columbus when no leads were safe.Through it all, Fleury – the No. 1 overall pick in the 2003 NHL draft and a Stanley Cup champion with the Penguins in 2009 – keeps bouncing back.“I have won a lot of hockey games with Marc-Andre Fleury in net,” Penguins coach Dan Bylsma said. “There are questions from when he was 17, 18, whatever. They have been asking those questions for a long time, and he has done nothing but answer those questions.”That wasn’t the case a year ago when Fleury had a miserable first-round series against the New York Islanders and lost his starting job to veteran Tomas Vokoun.Vokoun went 6-1 after taking over and led the Penguins to the Eastern Conference finals, where they were swept by the Boston Bruins.After a summer away from it all, and time with a sports psychologist, Fleury regained his starting spot. Now he is the biggest reason the Penguins are two wins away from a return trip to the conference finals.“To see your goalie confident like that, on top of his game, you see everyone is calm,” said Penguins captain Sidney Crosby, whose first goal of the playoffs made it 1-0 in Game 3. “(The Rangers) get a chance, he makes a save, and we move on.”Bylsma has a theory about how Fleury is able to shake off the naysayers.“Right now, it’s from a lot of practice,” he said. “Questions have been asked for 100 days in a row. He knows the answer only comes on the ice and winning hockey games.”Lundqvist has been sharp for the Rangers in the three games against Pittsburgh, but has just one win to show for it. The Penguins attacked him in waves in Game 2, and Lundqvist’s play was the sole reason the Rangers trailed only 1-0 in the third period.Rangers coach Alain Vigneault relayed a scouting report given by former Penguins star and current team owner Mario Lemieux to current Rangers assistant coach – and former teammate – Ulf Samuelsson.“Like Mario Lemieux told Ulfie yesterday, anything Fleury can catch he will catch,” Vigneault said Tuesday during a conference call. “Maybe if we stay away from that middle a little bit, our chances might become better.”Anything is worth a try. The Rangers hadn’t been shut out in consecutive playoff games since the 1937 Stanley Cup finals against Detroit.“(Fleury) has been pretty much great from when we first started the season,” Penguins forward Brandon Sutter said. “Last year he obviously faced a lot of postseason critics. He is kind of the same old guy that is pretty goofy, pretty loose around the room. I think that helps him with dealing with all the pressure. He just goes out and plays.“We’re up 2-1 now because our goalie probably stole one for us. We need that this time of year. It’s not always going to be pretty.”While the Penguins held an optional practice, Vigneault gave his players a full day off. They needed it after a stretch of five playoff games in seven days. Game 4 is Wednesday.“We know it’s a challenge. We know it will take our best game. That’s what we’re trying to put on the ice,” Vigneault said. “I don’t sense at all any frustration on our part.”last_img read more

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NBA players union elects female executive director

first_imgThis undated handout photo provided by Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP shows Michele Roberts. (AP Photo/Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP)Michele Roberts has watched basketball for as long as she can remember. It was an easy choice growing up in a home with one TV and two older brothers.When she saw an interview last year with an NBA player and noticed how passionately he talked about trying to improve his embattled union, she wanted to be more than a fan. She wanted to be involved.Now the Washington trial lawyer is the first woman to lead a North American pro sports union.Roberts was elected Tuesday as executive director of the National Basketball Players Association, and she’s eager to provide the leadership it needs after a few difficult years.“They were looking for, not a man, not a woman, they were looking for a personality,” Roberts said in a phone interview. “I think I’m that personality and I intend to be what I have been in my entire practice, singularly devoted to this union. And that’s what they were looking for.“Someone, whether it be a boy or a girl, who understood that this was their union, and they intended to run it, and they were looking for someone who appreciated that and was not going to deviate from that.”Roberts received 32 of 36 votes at a meeting of players in Las Vegas, defeating tech industry CEO Dean Garfield and Dallas Mavericks CEO Terdema Ussery in the final vote.It capped a long and arduous process to replace Billy Hunter, who was ousted in February 2013. Roberts was one of the finalists initially offered to the rank-and-file during All-Star weekend in February, but the process was re-opened under another search committee at the urging of some players and agents.More than 100 players reconvened in Las Vegas this week, and after some tense moments leading up to the vote, Roberts emerged as the winner.“Obviously, I would’ve preferred that it happen sooner rather than later, but I completely understood when there were questions raised about the process,” Roberts said. “Frankly, I would not have wanted them to ignore those questions and not affirmatively address those concerns. I wanted the job in February, but I wanted the job where there would be no questions about the fairness or the process, so I completely endorsed the executive committee to address these questions, and they did and now best I can tell they’re very pleased.”The players considered more than 300 candidates during their 17-month search before picking Roberts, who has been called the finest trial lawyer in Washington by “Washingtonian Magazine.” She said her new job will feature straight, honest talk, just like she delivers to a jury, and the strategizing that made her such a successful lawyer.The search to replace Hunter, who led the NBPA from 1996 until a review of the union was critical of his business practices, leaves players with less than two years to prepare for the next potential collective bargaining talks. Either the union or the league can opt out of the current agreement in 2017.The union has struggled for years with in-fighting and a lack of organization, and the players took a significant cut in their guarantee of basketball-related income — 57 percent to about 50 percent, a drop of hundreds of millions annually in salary costs — in the contentious lockout in 2011. League revenues are on the rise, a new TV contract is set to be negotiated in 2016 and franchise valuations are skyrocketing.“As far as I’m concerned, preparations for CBA negotiations started yesterday,” Roberts said. “It’s at the top of my list of things that I’ve been instructed to begin the process of preparing for, and sure it’s a lot to do, but I’ve never been shy about hard work and long hours, so we’ll get it done. We’ll be ready.”NBA Commissioner Adam Silver congratulated Roberts in a statement, saying he looked forward to working with her “to ensure the continued health and growth of our game.”“The partnership between our players and teams is the backbone of the league, and we are eager to continue working with the Players Association to build this relationship,” Silver said.The fallout from the lockout and the Hunter ouster left the union reeling. But it also made Roberts want to get involved, which will bring the New York native back home.“The more I thought about it,” she said, “the more I thought that would be a great opportunity to do something really important.”___AP Basketball Writer Jon Krawczynski contributed to this report.last_img read more

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The Opinionated Spectator…NFL and Ravens driving away from Rice wreckage

first_imgAlexis Sara CobbWhen my father was teaching me how to drive, he would say indecisiveness will get you killed.These people are following your lead through the signals you give them. If you are indecisive with your signals, there can and will be a fatal collision. I thought he was being extreme at the time. Trying to scare me into using my turn signals but he was correct. Indecisiveness when you are driving is dangerous. I just never thought his lesson would be applicable for the NFL as well.The National Football League should be celebrating opening weekend of the regular season. We should be discussing how our fantasy leagues are doing after the first week and adjusting for injuries. We should be talking about the GAMES! Instead, we are discussing Ray Rice and the infamous elevator incident once again.TMZ sports released another video surveillance of Ray Rice and his then fiancé, Janay Palmer. When the second video of the incident surfaced, the video showed him hitting then his fiancé, people were outraged all over again. It’s repulsive and upsetting. But even though it is video footage, we already knew this incident had taken place.Ray Rice hit the female. What did you think happened in the elevator? Now that we have seen it with our own eyes, is this somehow different than before? We had seen Rice dragging the female out of the elevator in the original video. Roger Goodell had taken the initiative to suspend Ray for two games. It was a deplorable, weak decision but that was the decision Roger Goodell made.Had Goodell used proper judgment in giving Rice a harsher punishment in the first place, then seeing the video wouldn’t have bothered me. I, along with so many others, would have looked at the video and said, “That’s why you will be sitting at home for the entire first half of the season. To think about your poor decision making! You need to take lessons from Jay Z on the appropriate behavior of how to act when a female hits and lunges at you. At no point, is it okay to hit her back. No and no.” But, instead I had to acknowledge that he would be eligible to play within the next 8 days.After viewing the video, the Baltimore Ravens have fired Ray Rice and the NFL, i.e. Roger Goodell, has suspended him indefinitely. Rice had already pled down from aggravated assault. How does seeing the video make his actions different? More punishable? How? He committed the act and deserved significant punishment originally. Now the Ravens are circling back and FIRING him.So, let me get this straight. The woman he was with suffered the physical abuse, suffered the media backlash of her marrying the man that she loves, and now she has to suffer with her husband being unemployed. How is that justice? The point is to punish the man for his actions not to eliminate his opportunity to provide for his family.I understand why the Ravens would want to fire Rice. I don’t agree with it but I understand it.  It’s a business decision.  Having a prominent player on film hitting a female doesn’t make their organization look good. However, when they had gotten that soft penalty from Goodell, the organization could have suspended Rice with additional games on their own regardless of Goodell’s punishment. The Baltimore Ravens didn’t give him any additional punishment. They greedily nodded and thought about how he would help them win games. Now they are distancing themselves faster than Usain Bolt can get to a finish line. It’s hypocritical.Although his firing is bothersome, that is not what I find most at fault. Goodell just suspended Rice indefinitely from the NFL. Wait a second, how does that punishment fall in line with his new flawed personal conduct policy?  It doesn’t. Even if Roger Goodell wanted to be clever and say, in the light of the new video evidence, I am suspending Rice 6 games from the NFL. That I could have lived with. I could argue that Goodell is being consistent with his new personal conduct policy.But suspending him indefinitely? That’s unfair. Once again, the league is listening to the public outcry and acting accordingly. Give Ray Rice a timeline. Let him serve the suspension. Don’t punish Rice because you didn’t punish Rice and well now, he should be punished.Roger Goodell, when you are the person driving, if you are indecisive with your signals, there can and will be a fatal collision. In this case, Ray Rice’s career and ability to provide for his family is lying in the wreckage.(Two Sources for this story was TMZ.com and AP)Alexis Sara Cobb may be reached at:  alexiscobb@ascexec.com or (724) 561-8082  Follow her on Twitter: @alexissaralast_img read more

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Rejuvenated Harrison thriving for Steelers

first_imgPittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison (92) yells at an official from the sidelines during the first half of an NFL football game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014 in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)PITTSBURGH (AP) – The game ball sat innocently in the gold-painted locker, an oblong tribute to a career revival no one saw coming.Not even James Harrison.Two months ago, the Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker was retired, weary from more than a decade as one of the NFL’s most intimidating players.Now the 36-year-old’s unlikely renaissance has his suddenly streaking team poised to make a run.From the couch to a fixture in the Baltimore Ravens backfield in all of eight weeks. Hardly the play of a guy who’s lost a step, even if the five-time Pro Bowler is trying to downplay his re-emergence as the teeth of a pass rush that has rediscovered its inner snarling self.“As old and slow as I am, (God) is driving the bus,” Harrison said.Whoever is at the controls, the results feel awfully familiar. A half-decade removed from his prime in his first go-round in Pittsburgh, Harrison is back to “doing James Harrison-type things” as coach Mike Tomlin put it.Namely, creating havoc.A year after a quiet season in Cincinnati that seemed anticlimactic and sort of odd, Harrison is validating his decision to come back for a final go-round with the Steelers one foray across the line of scrimmage at a time.He has four sacks in his past two games, including a pair in a surprisingly easy 43-23 victory over the Ravens on Sunday night that pushed the Steelers to 6-3 heading into a trip to New York to face the struggling Jets.The player who served as a largely ineffective pass-rushing specialist with the Bengals in 2013 has multiple sacks in consecutive games for the first time since 2009, when he was one of the most dominant defensive presences in the league.That’s a lifetime ago by NFL standards, though Pittsburgh cornerback William Gay dismisses the notion that the expiration date on Harrison’s effectiveness has long since passed.“That’s crazy how we use the words ‘old man,’” Gay said. “(Harrison) is not old. He’s the strongest person in the league. I’ll put any type of money on that.”The proof is in Harrison’s busy Twitter and Instagram accounts. Hours after beating the Ravens, Harrison was posting video of himself lifting the equivalent of a small pickup truck.On Tuesday, he did push-ups with 303-pound Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey lounging on his back.It’s that diligent commitment to his body that has enabled Harrison to say yes when the Steelers called him in mid-September after linebackers Jarvis Jones and Ryan Shazier went down with injuries.Though Harrison had announced his retirement two weeks earlier during a brief ceremony at the team headquarters, he couldn’t resist when his phone started ringing with old friends asking if he wanted to get the gang back together for one last run.Harrison insists he did nothing “football specific” during the nine months he was away from the game.“I hadn’t really planned on playing again,” he said. “Everything I did was just working out and staying in shape because I like to work out, that’s about it.”The first few weeks were unkind. Though he won’t get specific, Harrison allows he’d put on weight during his extended offseason. He looked like a player whose best days were in the rearview mirror as the Steelers eased him back into the lineup.He was a nonfactor for a month, his No. 92 largely invisible as Pittsburgh’s defense struggled to generate any of the chaos that has long been its trademark.There was no panic. Instead Harrison quietly went about his business, working his way back into “football shape” and mentoring younger teammates such as Arthur Moats. Harrison remained confident if the Steelers could find a way to play from ahead, the menace would return.The first glimmer came against the Colts. Up 25 points in the second quarter, defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau started to get exotic with his blitz packages. The results were two Harrison sacks of Indianapolis’ Andrew Luck.“I felt like we were meshing a little better,” Harrison said. “We got a lead and when you’ve got a lead you’ve got the opportunity to pin your ears back and take off.”At the moment, Harrison is soaring. He put together perhaps his finest game this decade against the Ravens. He sacked the Ravens’ Joe Flacco in the first quarter to cut short a Baltimore drive.He was chasing down Flacco in the second quarter, forcing Flacco into an inexplicable throw to nowhere that Jason Worilds picked off and returned 30 yards to set up the second of Ben Roethlisberger’s six touchdown passes.While he left briefly with a sprained MCL in his right knee, Harrison returned to another sack in the third quarter, grabbing Flacco by the ankle to force the Ravens to punt with the game still in doubt. Though Flacco said he “can’t tell who it is out there,” his coach certainly noticed.“I thought 92 looked really good,” John Harbaugh said.So did the rest of the Pittsburgh defense. It’s not a coincidence, even as Harrison stresses plenty of work remains. And no matter how the next seven games go, this is his final go-round.“Obviously everything happens for a reason,” he said. “I guess this is the road I was supposed to take.”___Online: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP_NFLlast_img read more

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State Legends To Talk Basketball At State Capitol Museum

first_imgFor several decades now, the Western Washington area has been producing top flight, professional level talent in the sport of basketball.However, the sport’s past in the area began long before in-state players headed off to play collegiately and in the NBA.The past, present and future of basketball in Washington State will be the topic of a special program and panel discussion presented by the State Capital Museum, HistoryLink.org, the Washington State Historical Society and Watt’s Basketball at the State Capitol Museum in Olympia on Wednesday, Feb. 13, at 6:30 p.m.Titled Basketball in the Northwest: Past, Present and Future!, the discussion will be moderated by Cassandra Tate of HistoryLink.org, with special guests including: retired Seattle Supersonics Legend Donald “Slick” Watts; former University of Washington basketball great Donald Watts (Slick’s son); and Keith Cooper, the head coach of the Saint Martin’s University men’s basketball team.Tate will present the history and inception of the sport in the region, while the three guests will add their expertise and detailed perspective regarding the development and future of basketball in Washington.A member of the Sonics from the 1973-74 season until the 1977-78 campaign, Slick Watts compiled 2678 assists and an astounding 961 steals throughout his six year NBA career, where he played in 437 total games.  His defensive prowess earned him a spot on the NBA’s All-Defensive 1st Team in the 1975-76 season, which went along with his 8.1 assists and 3.2 steals per contest, both of which led the team that season.  Watt’s played under legendary player/coach Bill Russell in his first four years in the NBA.Slick’s son Donald is considered to be one of the greatest players in the illustrious history of University of Washington basketball.  In the 1997-98 season, Watts, who graduated from Lake Washington High School, was second on the Huskies in scoring at 16.9 per game, while his 107 assists and 48 steals would lead the team.  The Huskies finished the season 20-10 and earned their first NCAA tournament bid since 1986.  In the tournament, Watts would help lead the Huskies to the Sweet Sixteen following wins over Xavier and Richmond before falling to UCONN 75-74, who won on a game winning shot by future NCAA and NBA champion Richard “Rip” Hamilton. Watts would go on to average 13.1 points his senior year for the Huskies.The head coach at Saint Martin’s since 2003, Cooper had been an assistant at Central Washington University and Pacific Lutheran University before taking over for the Saints.  Cooper is also well known for his high school coaching career, particularly at Decatur High School in Federal Way, where he helped lead DHS to a second place finish in 1996.  While at Decatur, Cooper coached standout high school player Quincy Wilder, who would go on to play collegiately at several locations, including the Evergreen State College in the early 2000s. The High School All Area coach of the year in 1999, Cooper played collegiately at the College of the Siskiyous and Tacoma Community College and is a graduate of Morton High School.Cassandra Tate will begin the evening with a brief outline of the history of basketball in the state beginning with its introduction to Seattle as a club sport in the 1890s and including the arrival of the Sonics in the 1960s.Panelists will then be asked about their experiences as players and coaches and how the game has changed. How is basketball in the northwest different from other regions of the country? How come so many great players have come from the Northwest? Where is basketball on all levels headed, and what is the future for professional, men’s basketball in Seattle?ThurstonTalk.com sports writer Tom Rohrer will also be asking questions to the panel members.Admission is free for all youth sports players and a there is a $2 suggested donation for all others in attendance.    Post program refreshments will be provided and guests will have an opportunity to meet and greet all the panel members.The State Capital Museum is located at 211 21st Ave SW in Olympia.  For more information on the program, please call 360-586-0166, or visit their website. Facebook21Tweet0Pin0last_img read more

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Zoe Juice Bar to Open Soon in Olympia

first_imgFacebook254Tweet0Pin3Submitted by Zoe Juice BarWe are excited to open a raw juice bar conveniently located in the parking lot of Ralph’s Thriftway.  Zoe Juice Bar will be serving fresh juices and smoothies along with a nice selection of healthy gluten free, vegan foods, and snacks.Zoe Juice Bar is committed to providing the freshest, nutrient packed juices and smoothies made with yummy ingredients.  We are dedicated to offering convenient, healthy goodness to help our community achieve their wellness goals.  We are working in partnership with several local wellness centers and will host community classes on raw foods, juicing, exercise, stress reduction and more.Zoe Juice Bar will have several signature drinks like “Green Goodness,” “Pure Joy,” “Replenish” and “Oly Farmacy” along with a create you own drink option.  Other fun choices include 2 ounce shots like the “Flu Fighter” along with health boosts for our smoothies like chia seeds, Hawaiian spirulina, and raw sprouted protein.Owners, Jason and Briana Phillips were born and raised in Olympia and are excited in this next adventure of opening up a new local business.Watch our Facebook and website for the announcement of our grand opening!last_img read more

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Lacey S.T.E.M. Fair Explores the Future on May 4

first_imgFacebook350Tweet0Pin0Submitted by City of Lacey Parks & RecreationLaceys’ annual S.T.E.M. Fair always focuses on science, technology, and the future but the 2019 date will bring even more as May 4 ties in with Star Wars and May the 4th be with you!  “When we realized the date for this year’s event we immediately began working on adding some Star Wars to the event.” states Jeannette Sieler, Recreation Supervisor with the City of Lacey.  “Attendees will be able to visit with droids and other Star Wars characters, pose for pictures, and take a look at the inner workings of these droids built by the Pacific Northwest R2builders club.”  Also this year kids can explore the Mobile Ed STEAM Museum offering hands on activities that will allow all ages to learn while having fun, which is a major goal of the Lacey STEM Fair.  “The STEAM Museum is a national traveling exhibit, we were lucky that they were in the area during this event as it will be an exciting addition!” says Sieler, “They will be set up in the Hub at Lacey (next to Ricardo’s) since their displays needed to be indoors, their placement there will expand the event beyond Huntamer Park.” The Museum of Flight will also be at the event with their Robot Garage!S.T.E.M. Fair began in 2014, evolving out of the Lacey Alternative Energy Fair, an event that focused on the electric car rally with student builders and drivers.  As Alternative fuel and energy sources became more mainstream, it made sense to move forward with something else the students were working on, which was competitive robotics.  STEM learning is essential today and the Lacey S.T.E.M. Fair allows local area students a chance to showcase what there are learning and bringing in businesses that can share STEM careers. Middle school and high school students take the stage to demonstrate their programing and construction as they run their robots through their paces.  In addition, students also are at various booths around the event sharing one on one with the public their various STEM projects.This multifaceted event brings the community together to explore, share, and learn from all angles, applying, discovering, and playing with all things STEM, plus adding A for Arts.  The event runs 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. and is free to attend! Visit http://www.ci.lacey.wa.us/living-in-lacey/the-community/arts-and-events/stem-fairFor more info!Lacey S.T.E.M. FairSaturday, May 4, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.FREEHuntamer Park, 618 Woodland Sq Lp SE, Laceylast_img read more

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