Monday, July 15, 2013.
Regardless of the line of work, it’s hard to imagine a Boise State alumnus of any kind ever sniffing a salary like this. Former BSU offensive tackle Ryan Clady has agreed to a five-year contract with the Denver Broncos worth $52.5 million, and $33 million of it is guaranteed. Denver wanted this deal done comfortably ahead of today’s deadline for long-term agreements with franchise-tagged players. Clady, a three-time All-Pro in the first six years of his NFL career, can make an additional $5 million with two more All-Pro honors over the life of the new deal. Clady told ESPN's Josina Anderson, “It was pretty hard to pass up $33 million guaranteed. That is pretty solid. The structure is a lot better from last summer." Heck, I’d take last summer’s structure.
It’s always interesting to read between the softball lines at the Bronco Football Summer Classic. As in, who’s on the field. Cornerback Bryan Douglas, who tore his ACL at Wyoming last October and has endured a long road of rehab, was out there at Memorial Stadium playing full speed. Douglas made some nifty plays at second, I might add. Also in the lineup were Gabe Linehan and Nick Patti. Linehan has been out since the end of September last year with a troublesome hamstring. The senior tight end also participated in the home run derby. Patti suffered an undisclosed injury in the Blue & Orange Game in April, but it appears to have been minor. Patti, the redshirt freshman quarterback, was suited up for the offense and was going full-tilt in the sixth annual benefit for The First Tee of Idaho.
As for the scoreboard, the defense beat the offense 13-10 on a three-run walk-off home run by defensive end Beau Martin. The game didn’t produce nearly the number of Keystone Cops capers in the field that previous Bronco Football Summer Classics did. In fact, the Boise Hawks might need to sign Tyler Rausa, Boise State’s new placekicking candidate. Rausa made a handful of phenomenal plays at shortstop, displaying a rifle-like and accurate arm. If the sophomore transfer from Riverside City College gets the job over Dan Goodale this season, might he be able to throw on a fake field goal?
Then there was the home run derby, won by the defense’s not-so-secret weapon, incoming linebacker Joe Martarano. A month and a half out of Fruitland High School, Martarano’s 6-3, 228-pound frame made him look like a senior as he effortlessly blasted homer after homer, Two of them (this is softball, mind you) went all the way out of Memorial Stadium. That’s to be expected from a high school All-America baseball player who was drafted in the 13th round last month by the Philadelphia Phillies.
The Boise Hawks, pulling themselves up by the bootstraps after a sour start to their series in Vancouver, logged a shutout by committee yesterday in a 3-0 victory over the Canadians. Rob Zastryzny, Sam Wilson, Zack Godley and Scott Frazier went two innings apiece and scattered eight hits, and Matt Iannazzo came on to retire the side in order in the ninth to get the save. Boise had lost the first three games in Vancouver and had lost eight of its last nine games until Saturday night, when it narrowly averted a meltdown in a 5-4 win. The Hawks led 5-0 going into the ninth—then the Canadians plated four runs before Boise escaped. Incidentally, Wayne Gretzky did indeed show up Saturday to watch son Trevor play, causing quite a stir in the park. The Hawks pay their first-ever visit to Hillsboro tonight to open a three-game series against the Hops.
Troy Merritt didn’t make the weekend at the Web,com Tour’s Utah Championship Friday. The Boise State alum has missed the cut in four his his last five tournaments. The Web.com Tour now goes to Overland Park, KS, for the Midwest Classic this week before the Albertsons Boise Open next week. Elsewhere, Merritt’s former Bronco teammate, Graham DeLaet, gears up for his first major this week. The British Open begins Thursday at Muirfield in Scotland.
Eagle’s Ty Travis left no doubt yesterday in the final round of the 2013 Idaho Men’s Amateur. Travis blistered the Jackpot Golf Club course with a five-under 66 to claim the championship by five strokes over Boise’s Jordan Skyles. Travis pulled away with three birdies over the final five holes for his first State Am title. The field did not include former Boise State standout T.K. Kim, last year’s Idaho Men’s Amateur champion. Kim tees it up today at the U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship. Stroke play begins this morning at Laurel Hill Golf Club in Lorton, VA, to determine the field of 64 that will advance to match play on Wednesday.
Former Idaho Stampede coach Bryan Gates is getting an invaluable opportunity at the Las Vegas Summer League, coaching New Orleans’ entry in the tournament. Gates just finished his third season as a Pelicans (formerly Hornets) assistant. He left Boise four years ago as the winningest coach in Stampede history to take an assistant coach’s job with the Sacramento Kings. Gates has brought former Boise State and Stampede forward Jason Ellis aboard to fill a Summer League roster spot. Ellis was a member of the Stampede’s lone D-League championship team in 2008, which Gates coached. He hasn’t played yet. New Orleans is 1-1 so far in Vegas, with a win over the Knicks and a loss to Milwaukee. The Pelicans play Cleveland tonight.
Igor Hadziomerovic continues to provide grit off the bench as Australia has clinched its best-ever finish at the World University Games. The Boise State junior-to-be had three rebounds, an assist and a block as the Boomers upended Lithuania yesterday in the quarterfinals, 60-55. The Aussies face Serbia this morning in the semifinals in Kazan, Russia. How about that win by Australia on Friday—131-43 over the United Arab Emirates. Hadziomerovic, as you might expect, had good numbers in that one: 14 points, six rebounds and two assists in the 88-point romp.
Speaking of Aussies, they summarily ruled at the 2013 Twilight Criterium in Downtown Boise Saturday night. Australia’s Hilton Clarke, the current National Criterium Calendar series leader, won his second straight Twilight Criterium and third overall. And fellow countryman Kimberley Wells was victorious on the women’s side in her his first try at the 27-year-old event. With the streets jammed with fans, it was the perfect ending to a manageable 87-degree Boise summer day.
This Day In Sports…July 15, 1973, 40 years ago today:
The California Angels beat the Detroit Tigers, 6-0, as Nolan Ryan strikes out 17. More importantly, Ryan became the first pitcher since the Tigers’ Virgil Trucks in 1952 to throw two conventional no-hitters in the same year. Ryan had no-hit the Kansas City Royals exactly two months before for the first of his eventual seven no-hitters, a major league record.
(Tom Scott hosts the Scott Slant segment Sunday nights at 10:30PM on KTVB’s Sunday Sports Extra and anchors five sports segments each weekday on 93.1 The Ticket. He also served as color commentator on KTVB’s telecasts of Boise State football for 14 seasons.)