June 11, 2011 in Sports

Blanchette: You never know …

By The Spokesman-Review
 

You never know. But I do.

—Based on the current evidence, LeBron James is to clutch what the clutch is to the automatic transmission.

—Referees make the right call more often than not. But if the full membership of the Washington Officials Association doesn’t show up at every high school game in the state this fall with pink whistles as a message to overbearing commissar Todd Stordahl, then they shouldn’t bother showing up at all.

—Don’t know why there was so much fuss about the Canucks’ Alex Burrows nibbling on the finger of the Bruins’ Patrice Bergeron in the Stanley Cup finals. Everyone knows that in hockey, biting is part of the game.

—The Western Athletic Conference seems to change its expansion timetable and targets weekly, but if Cal State Bakersfield is in the mix can DeVry University be far behind?

—Since being the fresh new face of managing didn’t work out so well for Bob Melvin with the Seattle Mariners, maybe he’ll make out better being a good-old-boy retread with the Oakland A’s.

—On the radio recently, ESPN’s Colin Cowherd said, “If you live in Ohio or Indiana rurally, you’re kind of bringing unemployment on yourself.” That’s for those of you who think Skip Bayless is the worst thing on the Worldwide Leader.

—Anthony Weiner is off to sexting rehab and fencing calls for his resignation. I don’t know if any replacements are lining up, but I kind of like the sound of “Rep. Brett Favre.”

—At Norm’s Eatery and Ale House in Seattle, Mondays are “Getting’ Figgy With It” nights, with Widmer pints selling for whatever Mariners third baseman Chone Figgins’ batting average is at the time. Next: pitchers priced on the home-run total of the designated hitter. They’ll call it “Cust Out.”

—Hearing that the Dodgers drafted Saint Mary’s basketball star Mickey McConnell last week made me wonder why the WWE passed on Omar Samhan a year ago.

—You can see that sackings of Jim Tressel at Ohio State and Bruce Pearl at Tennessee really have college administrators placing a higher value on ethics and good behavior. This just in: Dana Holgorsen escorted by police out of a West Virginia casino, then fast-tracked into the Mountaineers’ head coaching job.

—I’d like my chances in Hoopfest with a team of DeAngelo Casto, Manny Arop, Glenn Dean and Demetri Goodson. They could call themselves “We’re Outta Here.”

—“Only two things can stop Tiger – injury or a bad marriage.” Dan Jenkins wrote that. In 2001. No wonder every sports writer wants to be him when they grow up.

—Former Washington State coach Kelvin Sampson is one of the leading candidates for the Detroit Pistons job and I hope he gets it, if only to see what he does the first time Rodney Stuckey refuses to go back into a game.

—So Dirk Nowitzki thinks Dwayne Wade and LeBron James poking fun at his coughing and wheezing was “childish.” Unlike, you know, contriving motivation from two opponents chest bumping.

—“If you go 72-11 and don’t win (the championship) it doesn’t mean anything. Actually it does. It means you’ve cheated and played an extra regular-season game.” This is why I’ll miss Shaquille O’Neal.

—I don’t want to say M’s manager Eric Wedge did the impossible Friday night, but Japan has run off four prime ministers since the last time Ichiro Suzuki was coerced out of the lineup.

—Said coach Rob Keefe of his receivers after the Spokane Shock’s romp Friday night, “If you have 6-7, 6-6, 6-3, 6-2, you’re always open. We needed to be more physical on offense and that’s getting big receivers in the game, and I’m going to do that.” Which doesn’t sound too promising for Raul Vijil, the face of the franchise for six years.

—I don’t know why NBA teams bother working out draft prospects when they could just send them to the Kardashians.

—Joe Paterno used Skype to recruit last week. I was going to call a friend to share a laugh about it, but my wife was on our princess phone.

—For my money, Brian Cardinal has been the most effective role player so far in the NBA Finals. Unless it’s been LeBron James.


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