Talkin’ Sports: Football & Baseball

Amazing. Two major stories in Seattle sports occurred over the past couple of days and I’m still digesting them.

In football news, the legendary, animated, personable and talented cornerback Richard Sherman was unexpectedly released from my home team, the Seattle Seahawks. Not long afterwards, the announcement was made that Michael Bennett would be traded to the Philadelphia Eagles. I am not the only “Number 12” who is surprised and dismayed over the announcement. No real reason has been given yet so we’ll see what excuse is made by management, if any.

* UPDATED Monday, 12 March *
I was reminded of the fact that Richard Sherman and Michael Bennett were two of the most outspoken members of the Seahawks. They weren’t shy about their support of Colin Kaepernick and his silent protest, and the criticism they have received from the knee-jerk reactionaries has been mind-numbingly racist, to say the least.

On a far better note, legendary and talented outfielder Ichiro Suzuki is making a triumphant return to the Seattle Mariners, the team – and city – which welcomed him with open arms when he was brought over from Japan. If nothing else, please read the article in the link. It is very deep and quite poignant; an interesting insight to a fascinating, enigmatic man.

R.I.P., Cortez Kennedy

Cortez Kennedy: 23 August 1968 – 23 May 2017

Wow…I’m just shocked right now. Cortez Kennedy, who made his name with the Seattle Seahawks by playing his entire 11-year career with the team, passed away today at the age of 48. A Pro Football Hall of Fame recipient, he was a very agile and talented athlete who helped redefine the roles of a large-bodied, interior lineman. From ESPN:

Cortez Kennedy, an icon with the Seattle Seahawks who was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2012, has died at age 48, the Orlando (Florida) Police Department said Tuesday. Orlando police confirmed to ESPN that they are investigating the former defensive tackle’s death but said “there is nothing suspicious to report” at this time. Kennedy was a force inside, both as a run-stopper and in threatening quarterbacks. The 1992 Defensive Player of the Year made eight Pro Bowls, had 58 sacks — an unusually high total for a tackle — and spent his entire 11-season career with Seattle, starting 153 out of 167 games.”

He was such an impressive player to watch! His size certainly would cause opponents to underestimate his speed. He would explode off of the line with such swiftness, easily breaching the defensive line and sacking a hapless quarterback. He was an incredible man, both on and off the field. His charity work and altruism will certainly live on. Rest easy, big man – Seattle is aching tonight after two big losses in one week. It’s a bit mind-blowing, to say the least.

Soggy Saturday!

It is sprinkling lightly outside right now, but has been raining since late afternoon. There was a brief respite from the precipitation yesterday – the sun was actually out in the morning! Shocking to see at the height of the “rainy season,” but certainly welcome. Temperatures here have only varied by five degrees between the daytime and nighttime hours since the end of October; that finally changes this week when the lows get down to all of 45F, while the highs stay in the mid-50s. Hopefully it will cool down enough to kill the algae that have stalled the crabbing season!

I’m missing out on delicious Dungeness, which I usually consume while watching football games – and having a nice dish of fresh, steamed crab would have made the Huskies win during yesterday’s Apple Cup that much sweeter! The “big Dawgs” destroyed the mangy Cougars 45 – 17, and I was pleased to see it happen. I always support my purple and gold! At least my football teams are doing well; the Huskies won handily, and the Seahawks have made a good, strong showing so far – I’m hoping that they keep up what they’re doing! Some trades made this week by the Mariners have me shaking my head in disbelief yet again, so MLB’s Spring Training will be something that I watch a little closer than usual – I want to see if those trades were well-made, or if the manager is just throwing darts at trade options and hoping for a hat-trick! So many players who have been traded out end up on teams that win the World Series, while the Ms still struggle to grab that golden ring! Now that the Cubs finally ended their drought, will it be 50 years before the Ms do anything worthwhile? Time will tell…

I’m behind on my NaNoWriMo word-count, but not feeling bad over it. Remember when I said that the local utility district did well with clearing out dead trees and branches before the storms hit? Well, that was true – there have been no power outages related to the weather, at least here…but, there was an outage yesterday that was solely caused by some moron in a pickup truck taking out a power-pole. The idiot must have been “pulling an Anthony,” since he missed a turn in the road that is easy to navigate if you’re actually paying attention to said road, and the road wasn’t wet. The accident happened around 2 p.m., but the power was taken off at 5:15 p.m. for the repairs to be made. I’d say that the power was out for a good 12 hours, so that cut into my writing time considerably! Typing by the light of a candle or kerosene-burning hurricane lantern is doable, but the smoke from the candles and lantern build up after a while. So, it was the perfect time to cuddle, snuggle, and spoon, and then catch up on sleep that has been lost since starting this NaNo challenge! My brain on overdrive causes horrible insomnia and makes me grouchy; combine that with being around family after the election and before the holidays, well…suffice to say, it isn’t a recipe for positivity! So, the blogging award that I was going to post will be deferred until I complete the NaNo challenge. I’m still prioritizing, but the likelihood of getting to that 50K word-count in four days is pretty slim. Good thing I didn’t bother buying any of the merchandise declaring myself a “NaNo Winner!” At the very least, I can give myself an “A” for effort and following the “honor system” of the challenge. I read the rules and stuck to them, and didn’t ask a soul for assistance. I think that’s pretty damned good, right there!

Time for some weekend music…enjoy!

Weekend Fun – 30 October 2016

Samhain draws near…can you feel it in the air? I certainly can! It’s a good thing.

Time to talk sports for a bit: Game 5 of the MLB 2016 World Series is today, and will be played in Cleveland Chicago. The Cleveland Indians lead the series 3 – 1 right now. Both teams have been phenomenal so far, but Cleveland has been dominant. If they win today, it will be their first championship won since 1948 – so, the hunger is real! Fans of “the Cubbies” certainly looked glum after last night’s 7 – 2 loss, and I definitely feel their pain…I’ve had that expression multiple times when watching my Seattle Mariners!

Since the baseball season will be over soon, it’s time for football! My Seattle Seahawks take on the New Orleans Saints today – I get a double dose of sports, LOL! I like the Saints and usually root for them, but the Seahawks are my home team, so…sorry, Saints! Gotta support my home team, win or lose.

Time to get some stew started, then I’ll do some computer gaming before (and possibly during) the football and baseball games – time for a completely relaxed, lazy day! I’m even going to live-stream my gaming sessions, which you can find by clicking on this link right here. You can also find it in my ‘Multimedia Links’ page on my blog, if you’re inclined to look at some of my other content. The sessions will be occurring on and off throughout the day, so be patient if I’m taking a short break…at least I have a decent picture displayed when I’m offline! There is also a Samhain / Hallowe’en theme going on in-game, so I hope that you enjoy it when you see what it is…

If you get bored while waiting for the gaming to begin, check out these sports-related videos! Just a bit of silliness and music to amuse and entertain. With that, I’m off – have a great day, all!

Displays of Patriotism on Patriot Day…2016

Weekend Roundup…on a Tuesday!

Wow – November already! It seems like 2015 just started, yet here we are…a mere few fortnights before New Year’s Eve. My weekend was nice, I hope that it was good to you as well, my dear readers and followers!

Saturday was quiet – no children live on our block, so we had no trick-or-treaters…so we got all of the candy, which wasn’t much to begin with! I binge-watched Doctor Who all day Saturday while cleaning house and planning some meals for the week. Did the dutiful thing of setting the clocks back one hour – it just seems so strange to do. As if we can really change or control time!

On Sunday we went socializing. I hear the gasps of shock and amazement already, LOL – yes, I actually leave the house from time to time, and visit other people! It’s good for me, in a way. I disconnect from the computer and have face-to-face interaction so that I don’t forget how to do so! Visiting people who have pets is even better: when you’re sitting on a couch with a dog on your lap, a dog at your side, and a cat purring behind your head, it’s one of the most relaxing things imaginable.

Watched sports on Sunday, too – I was pleased to see the Kansas City Royals win the World Series! They were the underdogs but fought back hard, beating the team from Gotham in a couple of brutal, extra-inning games. Their young pitcher did a fantastic job, even while dealing with his grief over the death of his father. Well done, gentlemen…well done.

My Seattle Seahawks were victorious in their game against the Dallas Cowboys – I admit that I cringe more often than not when I watch football these days. The injuries are terrible…seeing a man writhing on the ground, clutching his knee after tearing his anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), another removed for the season from a torn Achilles’ Tendon, or the young receiver, Ricardo Lockette, who was removed from the field on a stretcher after being essentially “clotheslined.” He collapsed to the ground and wasn’t moving…medical personnel rushed out. Soon, the emergency cart was driven out and they carefully strapped him to the board. He had those big, orange pads around his head and the stabilizing neck-brace…frightening to see. As they drove him off, he moved his hands, giving a thumbs-up and then the ASL ‘L’ to the cheering fans. He has since had surgery to repair ligament damage, and is out for the rest of the season. I’m glad that he wasn’t paralyzed…

Yesterday was the Day of the Dead, and forgive my bad pun but I felt like death warmed over! No bad hangover, but a delicate tummy required chicken soup with lots of onions, garlic, and ginger thrown in…and lots of tea – no coffee. Believe it or not, I go without coffee once in a great while!

Today is Election Day here in the US of A – so, my fellow ‘muricans…did you vote? I did! Here’s a song that sums it up…enjoy, but put your headphones on if you’re at work or if small children are around. Time for me to do a bit of reading and catch up on the blogs I follow…I’ve been slacking, it would appear!

Friday Milestone…100 Followers!!!

I am ecstatic, elated, humbled and honoured! After grinding in my MMORPG from 2:30 a.m. until 10:00 a.m. PDT (-8 GMT) and taking a much-needed nap after completing an in-game campaign, I woke up to this wonderful notification: 100 WordPress followers…wow!

I’m speechless, LOL – I didn’t think I would reach 100 followers before the end of the year, especially since I sometimes seem to lose as many followers as I gain! There is at least one person who has been here from day one…I STILL SEE YOU, HERNIE!!! For now, I’ll simply post five in-game screenshots from the past 24 hours:

…also, here are five great songs to start the weekend off right – enjoy!

The Dark of the Moon…

It’s a New Moon phase…introspection and contemplation are on my mind as I thrash out a short story to submit for critique. I’ve opened myself to the world in many ways, and it’s a little bit terrifying. It’s also a lot of fun! I suppose I’ll have to get used to being respected or hated for what I say, as anyone who makes their living with words is. Get ready, world – Sepultura is preparing to enter the stage!

My trusty calendar marks today as “Malcolm X Day” in Washington, D.C.; when I did a search I found a small tidbit on Wikipedia (double- and triple-checking sources) indicating that it is usually observed on his birthdate of 19 May, but is sometimes observed on the third Sunday in May…which is today. I figured I’d try to acknowledge it in some small way.

This monstrosity has been in Elliot Bay, docked at one of Seattle’s ports. Shell’s “exploratory drilling platform” will soon be heading for Alaska’s Chukchi Sea to further destroy the landscape and environment there. “Job-creators,” my happy arse…

Meanwhile, the ghouls calling themselves journalists are combing the wreckage of the crashed Amtrak train since peaceful demonstrations in Baltimore and across the country are just…well, they’re not “news-worthy!” /sarcasm/

Tamir Rice’s mother is still unable to lay her murdered child to rest…my heart goes out to her.

The girls and women abducted from Chibok, Nigeria, are still imprisoned and enslaved by Boko Haram…it’s been 398 days.

My Seattle Mariners are doing good so far. It’s still early in the season, yet, but the games have been enjoyable. Very few outright routs, at the very least! Also, I’ve been in fits over the latest chapter in the “Deflate-gate” scandal. All I have to say is this: Yes, the Seattle Seahawks lost the last Super Bowl because of a moronic decision to pass the ball instead of running it – no question about that. As a Seahawks fan, I can hold my head high and proud anyway. Why, you might ask? Simple: the Seahawks didn’t cheat their way to the top! My team got there fair and square. The so-called ‘Patriots’ have been shady and scheiss-ty for some time now, and Tom Brady is freakin’ over-rated, IMHO.

It’s a quiet morning, so I’m taking my coffee outside to listen to the birds…perhaps the deer will pay me a visit again. I have a picture of it up on my gaming guild website. I might share the site address, but you need an Enjin account to view it properly. Do let me know if you’re interested, won’t you?


Queen & David Bowie: “Under Pressure

YEAH!!! Seahawks WIN!!!!!



From the BBC:

“The Seattle Seahawks utterly dominated Super Bowl XLVIII, thrashing a badly misfiring Denver Broncos 43-8.

Marshawn Lynch’s one-yard touchdown run and Malcolm Smith’s 69-yard interception return helped Seattle into a deserved 22-0 lead at the break.

Percy Harvin returned the second-half kick-off 87 yards for another touchdown to all but end a horribly one-sided affair in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

It was the first Super Bowl staged outdoors in a cold-weather state.

Pre-match fears of an 82,500-strong crowd having to endure sub-zero conditions proved groundless, with the temperature at the roofless MetLife Stadium just outside New York hovering around 7C (44F).

In Superman’s New-York inspired Metropolis, when an apparently unstoppable force meets an immovable object, they surrender.

And that is exactly what happened to Denver’s attacking line-up when they ran into a rampant Seattle defence.”


As promised…mindless exclamations of joy!

















Need I say more? What a game, what a game…it was fantastic!


Happy Lunar New Year – 2014!!! ** UPDATED **

Today marks the Lunar New Year, also known as the Chinese New Year – however, China isn’t the only Asian country that celebrates it!

In China, the festivities are known as spring festival (春節) or Lunar New Year (農曆新年) — the new year is determined by the lunar calendar.

From late January to mid-February, Korea, Vietnam, Japan and other countries celebrate Lunar New Year.

Anyway, it is Year 4712, marking the Year of the Green Wooden Horse. I enjoy Chinese astrology as much as I like Western astrology, so I know what my sign and element are in each of them. It’s just a little hobby of mine for fun.

Both Chinese and Western zodiac have 12 signs. The Chinese signs change each year, while the Western signs change each month. The Western signs change on a fairly fixed date, while the Chinese signs change in January or February. Because the year follows the lunar calendar, the new year’s entry has to do with the date that a certain New Moon falls, and the New Moon was yesterday – it’s the dark of the moon.

It was a Blue Moon, since it was the second one this month. Two New or Full moons in a month is classified as a Blue Moon.

Each sign has a specific element and gender applied to them, but the gender doesn’t necessarily mean that a male with a feminine-associated sign will be more feminine, or vice versa. Also, there are different designations for the signs, depending on which chart you are utilizing (Chinese or Western). Western signs have planets associated with them, due to historical links with astronomy, while Chinese signs are more ‘Earth-bound,’ if you will – they are associated with elements on our own terrain.

On another topic, the big game is only two days away: Superbowl XLVIII. I’m stoked and ecstatic – I can’t wait. My Seattle Seahawks will face the Denver Broncos, so this is a rivalry for the ages! A lot of people forget that the Seahawks and the Broncos were AFC rivals for a good long while, so this is a game I’ve been waiting to see for 20 years or so. We are prepared!

First off, we have ingredients for a proper game-time feast. We’re making homestyle guacamole and Oysters Rockefeller; my husband is a fantastic chef and has a magic touch in the kitchen, so this meal will be decadent and delicious! We have plenty of ale and wine to wash it all down with as well.

I also have my “12th WoMAN” gear ready: a Golden Tate shirt, since I couldn’t get a Richard Sherman one, and these awesome shoes from Hourglass Footwear in Ballard, WA. I wanted to get the platform stilettoes but my feet just can’t handle heels that high anymore. That’s one downfall of modeling.

At any rate, we are ready to whoop and holler until our voices are gone. Win or lose I will post right after the game, whether in jubilant victory or agonizing defeat! See y’all on Sunday.

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