Golden Tate’s Diet: Not Recommended
So. Golden Tate. Supposedly the steal of the draft, but he’s looked a little lost, hasn’t he? Josh Wilson told reporters yesterday that he “pretty much owns him.” If Josh Wilson owns you, well…And I’m beginning to wonder a bit about Tate’s diet. Via Tate’s Twitter account:
Saturday, 8:25 p.m.: “I want some coldstone.”
Sunday, 2:40 p.m.: “Well top pot is mighty crowded this morning” (Oh, the irony)
Sunday, 11:08 p.m.: “I think I’m going to try eating pizza with a fork and knife today.”
Monday, 7:48 p.m.: “Forearms are sore from beating this cake! This one better be good!”
Then this morning, Danny O’Neil’s column about Tate leads with a story of him burning his hand when he squirted Hot Pocket on himself. Hey, a guy’s gotta keep his calorie count up…but ice cream, donuts, pizza, hot pockets and cake? I’d be worried if a comic book store guy had that diet, let alone a pro athlete.
Coach Sark announces his starters [team release]
If there was a surprise, it’s that D’Andre Goodwin won a starting spot after pretty much disappearing last year. But he had the proverbial “good camp.” Happy to see that former walk-on Greg Christine won a starting job. Coach Sark said he thought Christine’s career was done when he broke his leg last year in the Arizona game.
Seahawks cut 6 [team release]
The biggest name cut was former CFL star Ricky Foley, so, yeah, no surprises. Saturday is the big cut down day, when the final 53-man roster is named.
Angels 5, Mariners 3 [box/highlights]
David Pauley was cruising until the 6th, when he allowed three homers. A belated M’s rally in the 9th got cut short by an ump’s bad call. On the bright side, Josh Wilson turned an amazing double play. M’s 51-80, 23 gb. Next game today vs. Angels (King Felix Day!)
What they’re saying…
“Ha. At the Sounders Match I had a guy tell me my daughter was soo cute, then he said he could eat her feet. WTH!?!?!” @SeattleFutbol
“It’s going to be warm Saturday, we’re obviously going to be dealing with some altitude. So you’re going to see a bunch of guys. Although guys are listed as starters, our two-deep, the entire two-deep, is going to play.” — Coach Sark on the importance of depth against BYU [Seattle Times]
“The 2010 Mariners have scored two runs or fewer 58 times in 131 games. Ugh. Painful. Remarkable. Embarrassing.” — @Boydwonder
“I don’t know what he was seeing. I thought I was safe; he called me out. There’s nothing to say. I saw a replay. It was obvious.” — Franklin Gutierrez on Jerry Meals’ blown call [Seattle Times]
In other news…
If you haven’t seen Eastern Washington’s new football field yet…prepare to be astonished. Road trip? EWU’s first home game is September 18.
Sanna Nyassi got called up by the Gambian National Team, so he’ll miss the next two games.
The Sounders U.S. Open Cup match Wednesday at 5,000-seat Starfire Sports Complex is sold out. If you didn’t get a ticket, the only way to watch is a live videocast on SoundersFC.com.
Michael Saunders was 1-4 in his return from a shoulder injury.
Ichiro had 2 hits, he’s 33 away from 200.
BYU coach Bronco Mendenhall told media that the difference between Jake Locker running now and in 2009 is that now his runs “are timed more appropriately, and they are blocked very well.” Oh, Willingham.
Hawks’ free agent OL signee Chester Pitts will likely practice today. He’d probably be starting for Okung if he weren’t recovering from microfracture surgery. Pitts will dress for the exhibition finale in Oakland.
Carroll still hasn’t ruled out Okung for the opener. He’s “optimistic” about it. As if there’s anything Carroll isn’t optimistic about.
Aaron Curry may not play Thursday; he hyper-extended an elbow in the Minnesota game.
Huskies signed a Class of 11 SoCal DB, Joel Willis.
Sporting News released their preseason hoops poll: They pick Washington #23, the only Pac-10 team in the top 25. (I’d have put Arizona in there, that team is young and scary.)
Fredy Montero won MLS Player of the Week, even though the Seattle Times didn’t vote for him.
It’s the first-ever Mariners Trivia Night at Safeco tonight. You’ve got until 9 a.m. to get your team together for the event, which is before the game in the M’s large conference room inside Safeco. The winning team gets “Mariners Genius” tees and upgrades to the front row.
Bob Bradley signed to be the U.S. National Team coach through 2014, which does not bode well for former USL Sounder Brian Ching.
The Seattle Times High School Football Preview is out today. It’s the one day a year I buy the paper!
Mariners vs. Angels (King Felix vs. Haren), 7:10 p.m. (FSN)