Baseball season is upon us, which means we turn to part-time Karate Emergency member Ryan Divish for our 2016 Seattle Mariners preview.
Before we discuss the rotation, position battles, and the likes of Korean superstar Dae-Ho Lee, we have to address equally pressing matters: the Super Bowl, Husky basketball, and a long list of items that have drawn our ire.
All of this and more in the latest episode of Karate Emergency!
The gang returns from a brief hiatus after a shocking turn of events at the studio.
We catch up after our time apart, discuss Wednesday’s Twitter feud that broke the internet, learn about “clapbacks,” weigh in on the polarizing figure that is Cam Newton, and lament the end of the Seahawks season.
The latter half of our show transitions to a more safe-for-work conversation around the continued success of Husky hoops, and we close things out with a detailed analytical breakdown on the Top 10 Seattle Mariners promotional giveaways of the 2016 season.
On November 15th, 2007, a man by the name of Barry Lamar Bonds was served an indictment by a federal grand jury. The indictment alleged counts of perjury and obstruction of justice against Bonds, who, four years earlier, had sworn under oath that he had never used illegal substances provided to him by a Bay Area pharmaceutical company called BALCO.
Had Bonds held any other occupation, the story may not have been nearly as widespread. Bonds, however, happened to be a Major League Baseball player. And at the time of the indictment, the 43-year-old outfielder was resoundingly considered one of the best players in the history of his sport. Bonds was alleged to be nothing short of a liar, and as a result, a criminal. He never played baseball again.
Eight weeks before Bonds found himself indicted, another baseball player, also an outfielder, was fielding his position when he collapsed to the turf.
Continue reading Ken Griffey Jr. and the Making of a Superhero
There was no doubt in anyone’s mind that Blair Walsh would nail that kick.
It was a chip shot, a 27-yard attempt from the left hash, an absolute gimme.
The field goal would give the Vikings a two-point lead. The Seahawks would get the ball back with a little more than 20 seconds remaining in the contest. The Vikings might squib the ensuing kickoff, force the Hawks to field the football in the frigid cold, attempt a return, and take time off the clock. Or they might blast it to the back of the end zone for a touchback, as they had routinely been doing, in spite of the conditions. Either way, Russell Wilson wouldn’t have much time to lead the offense down the field in search of a victory.
Continue reading Mr. Walsh’s Wild Ride
The legendary sound of one of Seattle’s most revered sports radio hosts graces the airwaves this week, as we welcome Mike Gastineau onto the show and kick Slickhawk to the curb (for the time being).
Gas leads us down memory lane, as we reminisce about the greatness of Ken Griffey, Jr. on the day he becomes a first ballot Hall of Famer. (And be sure to pay close attention to that Dave Niehaus story.)
We break away from the Junior lovefest to discuss the Seahawks venture to the frozen tundra for their playoff matchup with the Vikings. Marshawn is back, the temperature will be well below freezing, and our guest co-host once saved someone you probably know from getting arrested in Minnesota.
Breaking news demands our attention, with Athletic Director Scott Woodward leaving Washington for Texas A&M. What will his legacy be at UW, and how did Woodward shape the current landscape of sports on Montlake?
Finally, Husky hoops takes center stage with a monumental weekend sweep over the L.A. schools to open conference play. Are the Huskies for real? We debate the legitimacy of these young pups.
All that, PLUS This Week in ’90s History!
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The gang returns from Christmas break with two weeks of catching up to do, including a tornado survival story.
The Huskies won the Heart of Dallas Bowl (and indulged in some of Dallas’s finest adult entertainment, as well), the Seahawks are ravaged by injuries (but at least Marshawn Lynch is still active), and NFL fans are about to be subjected to the same treatment those of us who loved the Sonics once endured.
All of that, plus the debut of This Week in ’90s History in the final show of 2015. Happy new year!
Poor Seattle U.
Unwittingly, the lowly Redhawks are about to be victimized by Dawg Pack Alumni Night, one of the few games on the schedule where aging UW alums who once jumped and screamed rowdily in the student section return to yell at an opponent most fans couldn’t care less about.
In honor of the occasion, I’ve decided to compile a special edition of Dawg Pack Dirt, the guerrilla gameday info sheet that long ago made its rounds before every contest.
Below is everything you need to root against the loosely-hated Redhawks (in a good-natured fashion, of course), and be sure to don an old Dawg Pack t-shirt on Tuesday night to receive $10 admission into the alumni student section.
-Seattle Redhawks (5-6) at Washington Huskies (7-3)
-Washington Basketball Competition Facility at Alaska Airlines Arena at Hec Edmundson Pavilion
-Tuesday, December 22, 2015, 8:00 p.m. PT
-Seattle, a member of the vaunted Western Athletic Conference, is currently 5-6 on the season, headlined by a 66-52 signature loss to California.
Continue reading Alumni Dawg Pack Dirt: Seattle University