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Monday, May 23, 2011.
How was your weekend? Boise State football has to be rather excited about that of Dallas Burroughs, who signed with the Broncos as a wide receiver out of Rocky Mountain in February. Local recruits aren’t supposed to have the wheels of the out-of-state kids, but man was Burroughs flyin’ at the Idaho 5A Track & Field Championships. Burroughs shattered the state 100-meter dash record Friday, winning the crown in 10.34 seconds, one of the fastest high school marks in the nation this year. The old standard was 10.60, set by Meridian’s Jim Waite in 1986. Burroughs also snapped the state record in the 200 and ran a leg on Rocky’s winning 4X400 relay team as the Grizzlies won the state title. Make way for Mitch’s little brother—in 2012, at least.
Boise State won’t have Matt Kaiserman anymore, but it may have someone it can groom in his on-field likeness. Bronco Country.com reports that All-State running back Zach Keiser of Coeur d’Alene will join the Broncos this season as a preferred walk-on. Keiser had offers from three NAIA schools but was determined to give Boise State a go. He’s 5-10, 205 pounds, with great lateral movement a la Kaiserman. Keiser led Coeur d’Alene to the state 5A championship last season with 1,358 yards rushing and 24 touchdowns.
Matt Hayes of the Sporting News is on the rampage in this week’s issue. Writes Hayes, “If I’m Boise State’s attorney during the utter sham of an NCAA infractions committee hearing that will be held in June because of petty violations, I come out with guns blazing with this response to every question: ‘Cecil Newton.’” If only it was that easy. The NCAA is clearly not in a forgiving mood right now. Hayes’ off-the-wall recommendation does show that more national media are in the Broncos’ corner than not, though.
That doesn’t extend to BCS matters, however. Hayes really takes off on Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch’s campaign against the BCS system. “At some point, someone within the BCS needs to stand up to this blowhard and say what needs to be said,” writes Hayes, who says every team has access to BCS bowls and the national championship game, and every team has the ability to move up. “And yes,” writes Hayes, “not every team earns the same revenue. It’s called business; look it up.” What we have here are two things: 1) a reaffirmation that the anti-BCS movement has its media detractors, and 2) the argument that may be the downfall of the lower echelon of FBS schools—which programs are really earning their keep?
Saturday was Pole Day and yesterday was Bump Day at the Indianapolis 500, and the net result for Davey Hamilton is the No. 15 spot in the starting grid for this Sunday’s race. This will be Hamilton’s 11th Indy 500, and his fifth since finally returning to the track in 2007 after the horrific crash at Texas Motor Speedway 10 years ago. He’s nothing if not resilient. Believe it or not, Hamilton will be 49 years old next month.
Former Idaho Steelhead Scott Burt has become the first person in ECHL history to win three Kelly Cup championships as a player. Alaska’s win over Kalamazoo Saturday night gave the Aces a four games-to-one win in the series and gave Burt his third crown to go along with the 2004 and 2007 titles he won with the Steelheads. Jared Bednar has also had his hands on three Kelly Cups. Bednar won titles as a player with South Carolina in 1997 and 2001 but was the Stingrays’ head coach for their 2009 championship. Burt also holds the ECHL career record for most playoff game appearances with 104.
As Harmon Killebrew is laid to rest today in Payette, here’s another glimpse of the person he was. Coincidentally, for reasons unrelated to Killebrew, I’ve had this story in my file since the summer of 2005. It was then that Killebrew paid a visit to a former high school baseball and football standout in Roy, Utah. Jim Bertagnolli was suffering from the late stages of ALS, and Killebrew paid him an unexpected visit that changed the dynamic of the final days of Bertagnolli’s life. Killebrew just sat with Bertagnolli and talked baseball. And he said this, just before the depth of baseball’s steroid problem became apparent: “There are some great players today, but they don’t seem to be having the fun playing the game the way we did.” Amen.
Back to “state everything,” the weekend ended with the wild, well-attended and slightly wet 5A baseball final at Memorial Stadium, with Eagle downing Capital 8-3 for the crown. Would Payette winning the 3A tournament have been a great story or what? The Pirates took the field Thursday, two days after the death of Killebrew, and made it to the state championship game Saturday. Fruitland was just too much, though. Very unfortunate what happened to Boise High’s Garrett Patton and Eagle High’s Austin Miller, as an 11th-hour revelation over a non-sanctioned mixer in March at the Boise Racquet & Swim Club got them booted from the 5A tennis tournament. I really, really hope somebody wasn’t sitting on that information until the state semifinals rolled around.
This Day In Sports…May 23, 1958:
Wilt Chamberlain passes on his senior year at Kansas—but not to go to the NBA, which wouldn’t allow him to play in the league until his college class graduated. Chamberlain thus signed with the Harlem Globetrotters and toured with them for a year before joining the Philadelphia Warriors.
(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.)