MARCH MADNESS -- IN
This is Officer Lee Groinman. That’s
Right, Washington’s Most Anxious Cop…
Hey, I kinda like that handle,
anxious, gives sort of a sense of anticipation to the whole deal.
Anxious as in can’t wait, looking
forward to, not as in scared like the men’s Basketball team on the road.
Romar’s ‘Road Warriors” as it were, as it could be. More on those
fellars later on. After I find my ‘cool jacket’.
Hey, wouldn’t ‘Cool Coats’ sound
Yup, here we are in the last week of
February, Ground Hog’s Day has come and gone, VD-Day, over, President’s
Day, Martin Luther King Day, all over. Tom’s Tool Sale, done…Letter of
Intent Day seems like a distant memory. Now what will guys like us do?
Do we still do that “Mid-night Matness”
thing? Don’t think that deal survived the cut, too bad, nothing like
blowing chips after mid-night on a Tuesday…
Oh yeah, it’s still basketball season.
Ya know I got home from the ‘House of
Pain’ last Sunday just in time to catch most of that Arizona second half
on the TV. The Dawgs were making a little run as I pulled in the
driveway. I run into the house and flip on the old Panosonic 27 incher,
ya’ know the one that won’t die, just like the old Magnavox down in the
bunker. That bunker Magnavox has got to be nearin’ my age by now, but I
just can’t kill the dang thing. I want to get me one of those fancy
assed flat screen sons of beaches that you fellers all have, but
somethin’ around here has got to die first…
I tell ya, that ol’ Bunker Magnavox,
think I’ve had it 15 years, and it was old then. The dang thing has
lived thru earthquakes, lightning strikes, blizzards, sub-zero weather
and a flood.
A nasty flood that nearly
killed my Alligator flooring…
It’s one of those old ‘console’ type
TV’s, like a piece of furniture, only bigger…
Can’t kill it. I once shot the dern
thing, but the bullet passed right thru it and lodged in the cement
wall. Think it was during an orygun game…
Ya’ know that thing just might be worth
So I grabs me a tall blonde Miller from
the fridge, Union made, more on that later…
The modern upstairs Panosonic TV has
already got the game on, it must have seen me comin’, these modern
marvels these days…
I plops down into my Lazy-Boy ‘Death
Chair’ recliner just in time to see the dawgs give up three or four
turnovers for about a 12 point turn around. I decides I can’t jinx the
fellas anymore so I turn the damn TV off.
But wait! The Dawgs grab a turnover
themselves, drive the basket! Stupid pass! Arizona runs the court, “
slams it down! Plus one”! Screams Rondeau…
You know what makes me sad?
They do! These baskeyball playin’ ‘Road
Them baskeyball players! They play some
good D, get a turnover, run the court, throw it away, and the other team
scores! And usually a “plus one”!
Cool jackets my arse….
Then I couldn’t stand myself any longer.
I thought I better turn the TV back on. So I did, just in time to catch
the last 3:44 or so.
This is what a guy gets for doin’ his
Much has been said about the officiating
of that Arizona game. Rondeau probably tabbed it best when he said; “A
game that pushed the refs to their limit, probably beyond”.
Challenged my limits too, but both TVs
survived yet again…
Yup, I hate to blame the officials on
that one lost game, but hey, they suck.
But you just aren’t going to get that
goaltending call on the road, well if the tables were turned and Arizona
was playing in Hec Ed, you’d probably get that call, but not in too many
other areas where basketball is played. They will call a travel though…
The game wasn’t lost on that one
goaltending call. There were in fact a multitude of bad calls to blame
it on, it was the flavor of the entire game that ground my beans…
How many fouls did Williams have? Less
than one, as in zero. He probably had 3 block calls go his way…
This Basketball is a tough game to call.
It got too hard for the pros. The ones that prance around in the NBA? I
quit watchin’ the pro game years ago when one NBA coach, ‘Shorty’ got to
complainin’ about the lack of ‘star calls’ his team received. “Star
Calls” my sweet Petunia. I think ‘Shorty’ called the officials a
bunch of jackwagons! Seems the jackwagons
have bred and moved on down to the Pac 10. But hey, at least these Pac
10 officials are consistent.
Take the ‘charging/blocking’ call. Why,
when the UW has the ball it is a charge, when the UW is on D it is a
block. Consistency is all we ask…
These are some of the basic rules of Pac
10 officiating, wonder how the Pac 12 will look.
Shiver me shingles and Holy Crapes…
Those basketball players, boy can they
be hard to watch, make your eyes bleed. Still if they can find some
smarts, take better care of the ball, make an extra free throw or two,
they win the game. Maybe a few others. I’ll take a pass on the ‘cool
Just one more thing, they’ve got to drop
this coming out slow act, in my humble opinion.
Maybe they just need a few more tattoos?
The last week of February, next week be
Beware the Ides of March…
That’s when Julius Caesar was stabbed 23
times to his death, by Brutus and his band of Senators. Gotta like a guy
Hey, come to think of it, it could
always get worse…
But wait! Thirty-three days till Spring
Yeah it seems like only last week when we were playing Arizona on that
drop-dead gorgeous Sunday afternoon, had the windows rolled down on the
cruiser, now it looks like I’m living on the frozen tundra of the North
Slope. Like my Uncle Lee used to say. ”Colder than a brass toilet seat
on the shady side of an iceberg.”
Speakin’ of the North Slope, our
FEATURED DAWG OF THE WEEK…
Here he is, Tarzan. This fella is
all boy, young, energetic, great looking and in his prime. They say
Tarzan’s an accomplished Ladies man. Kinda reminds me of me, or maybe
Rich Linde. Enjoys his food too, no cats. A true Husky. Even though he’s
You can see TARZAN and his pals at
Ready for adoption now. just need a good fence for this fella…
is being taken care of at the Holiday Kennels in Kent Washington, just
off the banks of the Green River. Nice place for all your Kennel needs,
but he’d rather be somewhere else…
Some good news. Mr. Quigley has been adopted. He got his release
papers last week. Lasted longer than I thought. Doin’ that thinkin’