The past? That’s so yesterday. Sportspress Northwest introduces a new weekly feature, Crystal Balls, penned by Deidre Silva. It’s a look into this week’s future that the Amazing Kreskin would envy:
Who predicted that the Memphis Grizzlies’ defense would suffocate Kevin Durant, the NBA’s leading scorer? Not me. Still, check out this week’s predictions. And remember, the smart money is in your pocket.
Mariners road trip
Prediction: Given Clevelands wretched crowd numbers and Mariners’ low profile, three-game visit will provoke negative attendance.
Im from Maryland, so forecasting a disaster for Baltimore in the three-game series between the O’s and M’s starting Tuesday is a no-win situation. As it will be for the Orioles (sorry, Dad). The Mariners roll into Cleveland Friday at .500, but the glory will be short-lived.
Meanwhile, mothers everywhere flood team offices with letters after Sunday saying that they are done with seeing pink baseball bats used by MLB on Mothers Day. While the symbolism is for the noble goal of raising breast cancer awareness, women offer alternatives. They write: Imagine how striking it would be if the fielders wore pink hats. Or why not make the batting helmets pink? Thats protective. Thats motherly. Honoring women with bats is just so uh, offensive.” They make a good point.
Rat City Rollergirls
Prediction: Grave Danger falls to Sockit Wenches Saturday night at KeyArena; July championship up for grabs.
After a shameful 116-76 loss in March to the Throttle Rockets, the Sockit Wenches hip check the Grave Danger off its princess perch. Wench jammer Penny Racer will guide her team to a reckless four-jam tear, setting the stage for a bitter GD loss. Derby Liberation Front skates nasty against the Throttle Rockets but DLF blockers spend too much time watching from the penalty box while Rockets’ jammers breeze through the depleted pack.
American Bass Association Lake Washington Team Tournament
Prediction: Someone says, Ohhhh .now, theres a beauty; Gabe Lowe of Westport and Tom Librande of Edmonds leave competition in the dust.
Last year, these two anglers were out of the money until their fifth tournament but still managed to surge through the Washington West leaderboard and into the Northwest Team Classic, where they landed ninth. The duo is off to a better start this season so look for Lowe and Librande to build on last months paycheck, win this weekend at Lake Sammamish and power into the season-ending Team Classic tournament. It is there, however, that they will surely run into the bass buzzsaw known as the David Kromm/Aaron Echternkamp boat. Working the Washington East tournament circuit, Kromm, from Kennewick, and Echternkamp, from Moses Lake, teamed up since for 2005 for total tournament cash winnings of $21,000, plus last years Classic grand prize of a Ranger/Mercury boat package, valued at more than $30,000. Both teams pulled in 10 fish during last years riveting two-day final, but the Kromm/Echternkamp haul totaled six pounds more. This proves that size really does matter.
Prediction: Riffing off his comments in Sacramento last week, NBA commissioner David Stern blames a disengaged Bill Gates for letting the Sonics leave Seattle in 2008.
Confused by the affront, Gates explains that he was likely busy helping humanity in Africa and just didnt check voice mails.
Meanwhile, in real basketball news, the Celtics Rajon Rondo taps into his inner Willis Reed to return from a grisly elbow injury and dishes out an inspirational 22 assists Friday night to force game seven in Miami. Kobe and Phil watch the Players Championship and plan their NFL fantasy picks.
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