Seattle, home to coffee, airplanes, high-tech software, and smokin’ hot sportscasters. Sorry, Paul Silvi, we’re not talking about you. This is about the females who populate the local airwaves, the sultry sports goddesses of Emerald City television and radio. They talk balls, and we’re into that. More importantly, they give the average local fan a smidgen of a chance, a ray of hope, a glimmer of optimism when it comes to racking up the points with a semi-famous celebrity.
In evaluating the Seattle sports scene, we’ve found four reporters who are more than willing to give it up in the lane and allow you to penetrate their defense. Yeah, right, in our dreams.
Lisa Gangel, KING 5 News. This blonde bombshell is a former college basketball player at the University of Northern Colorado and Lynn University, so we know she’s familiar with scoring. The ex-point guard stands 5’7″ tall and hails from Kansas City, where she graduated Summa Cum Laude (this is not a joke) from St. Thomas Aquinas High School in 2000.
According to an article in the Seattle P-I, the 27-year-old Gangel still plays rec ball in the area and is described as a “pass-first player.” In the annals of KING 5 backup sportscasters, she’s a clear step above former reserve Carlos del Valle.
Angie Mentink, FSN. One of two local veterans on our list, Mentink has been with FSN seemingly forever. She’s gone from a young ex-Husky softball player to a mom over the past decade. Now with her certified MILF license in tow, Mentink has become the Ken Griffey, Jr. of Seattle broadcasting, with a new person on her right on an almost-daily basis. While the future is unclear for some of the ladies on this list, Mentink will likely be on the local airwaves until the day she chooses to hang ‘em up. Go Angie.
Elise Woodward, 950 KJR AM. The only radio personality on our list, Elise went from being a KJR sidekick a few years ago, to co-hosting a nightly show with Ian Furness, to finally pulling down her own gig in 2008.
She may have a radio voice, but don’t sell Elise short; she’s blessed with television good looks, but in respect to her profession, sticks to the AM frequency where she can put her vast sports knowledge on display.
In addition to being a former University of Washington basketball player, Elise has worked in some capacity with the Sonics, the Storm, Husky basketball, and Husky football. Like Mentink, she’s a veteran of the business around here, and holds down her MILF status pretty damn well.
Nicole Zaloumis, FSN. A newbie when it comes to the area, Zaloumis first blessed us with her presence during telecasts of 2008 Mariners games. Making us forget all about her predecessors–the likes of Rich Waltz, Jim Watson, and Brad Adam–Zaloumis made it fun to watch a 100-loss team. I mean, do you really think fans were tuning in to watch Carlos Silva’s fat ass leave in the third?
Zaloumis is in her late-20’s and grew up in Danville, CA (also home to ex-Mariner Randy Winn…one of the few things I took away from the players announcing their hometowns during intros back in 2005). She attended the University of San Francisco and was a member of the dance team there (nice poms). She’s trekked around the country looking for broadcasting gigs since graduation, but seems to have found a home (at least temporarily) at the Bellevue studios of FSN. I think we can all appreciate that.
So now that we’ve broken them down, who’s your favorite? Four choices, but there can only be one champion, one favorite of the local viewers and listeners. Make your voice heard in the comments section.