Friday, June 8, 2012.
Nobody really considered that Kellen Moore may have a role model in the quarterbacks room in Detroit (with the emphasis on “role”). But consider the career of Lions backup QB Shaun Hill, and how he views his NFL journey. Tim Twentyman at Detroit Lions.com talked to Hill about what lies ahead for the former Boise State great. Ten years ago, Hill went undrafted and “heard more about his lack of arm strength and the things he couldn’t do on a football field than those things he could do.” It took five years for Hill to get much of a chance to play (with the 49ers in 2007). “I can definitely relate,” Hill said of Moore. “I think Kellen and I have some of the same attributes.” Moore appreciates Hill now that he’s gotten to know him. “I think it’s just nice to have a guy there who’s taken the path that you certainly want to have an opportunity to pursue,” Moore said.
Hill is now a 10-year NFL veteran with 39 career touchdowns and 23 interceptions. Those numbers might sound good to Kellen, especially considering quarterbacks out of Boise State have exactly zero snaps in the NFL regular season. But I don’t know if he’d hang around for a decade in order to achieve those stats. That’s a discussion for another day, though. Hill says he sees a lot of his younger self in Moore. “I’ve been very impressed,” Hill told Twentyman. “He’s got great accuracy and he’s very cerebral and very smart. The way I look at it is he’s consistent. When you’re guys like us, you have to be consistent. The way I see it, he’s definitely been that.”
More on Doug Martin today. Tampa Bay’s first round draft pick out of Boise State drew raves this week after finally going full-speed in OTA’s following a hamstring problem. “He’s only done it two days (Monday and Tuesday), but he’s done some nice things,” coach Greg Schiano told the Tampa Bay Times. “You can see he has good vision. That’s one of the things you can’t teach. You can teach a lot of things, but for me to see daylight over here when I’m looking over there, that’s a gift.” Schiano had been anxious to see Martin perform with the full Buccaneers squad.
Washington will face two football opponents from the state of Idaho in 2013—with entirely different roles. Boise State was specified as the marquee team to help UW open the newly-renovated Husky Stadium on September 7 next year. Now the Huskies have announced that two weeks later they’ll bring in Idaho State, theoretically a “W” for Washington and a big payday for the Bengals. ISU will be only the second FCS team the Huskies have ever faced—they hosted Eastern Washington last season.
Boise State’s Kurt Felix see-sawed in and out of first place in the decathlon yesterday at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Des Moines, IA. But, lo and behold, Felix was on top at the end and was crowned national champion, the Broncos’ fourth-ever individual event winner at nationals. The Grenada Olympian went over the 8,000-point mark for the first time and won by a comfortable 106 points thanks to career-best performances in the discus and pole vault and a win in the javelin on day two. Boise State’s previous national champs were Jake Jacoby in the high jump in 1984, Eugene Greene in the triple jump in 1991, and Gabe Wallin in the javelin in 2004 and 2005. Elsewhere at the NCAA meet, Idaho’s Mike Marshall finished 17th in the javelin yesterday. The Broncos’ Emma Bates runs in the 5,000 meters tomorrow.
Former Boise State standout Jarred Rome is gunning for his third Olympics in the discus, and he got a moment in the sun Wednesday night on the Tonight Show. Australian comedian Rove McManus put together a bit trying out different Olympic sports at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, CA. One of the events was discus, and his “mentor” was Rome, “whose specialty is beeeeeeing massive” according to McManus. Rome, currently listed as 6-4, 308 pounds by the USOC, did look massive on the clip. The two compared hand size. “You are part bear,” exclaimed McManus. “My mother was a grizzly,” replied Rome.” The piece ends with Rome running off after implanting a frisbee in McManus’ forehead (through special effects, of course). Rome was a six-time Division I All-American for the Broncos.
Most ironman competitions start early, early in the morning. Not the Ironman 70.3 Boise, though. It starts at noon to offset the chilly waters of Lucky Peak. But there won’t be any warm air tomorrow to compensate for the frigidity of the swim. The temperature might not even reach 60 (what is this, Exergy Tour déjà vu?). That will be tolerable during the 56-mile bike ride and the 13.1-mile half marathon, though, as long as the wind and rain behave themselves. Here’s hoping there’s some sunshine at the finish line.
Then there’s the inaugural North Fork Championship today and Saturday on the Payette River. World class kayakers don’t worry too much about air temperature. This is going to be a wild event. Today an open field of expert paddlers will compete on the river’s lower section. The five top finishers will be invited to tomorrow’s Elite Giant Slalom course above Banks on Jacob’s Ladder, the river’s (and maybe the state’s) most impressive rapid, running at full fury right now. Those five wild cards will join 30 of the world’s elite-class kayakers on what they call “Jake’s.”
There’s no Rousing Sermon in the Belmont Stakes tomorrow, but we can drum up a little Idaho history as I’ll Have Another goes for the Triple Crown. Idaho native Gary Stevens faced the same challenge 15 years ago when he won the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes aboard Silver Charm. But gold beat silver in the Belmont—Touch Gold edged Silver Charm to dash Stevens’ Triple Crown dreams. The next year, Stevens turned the tables. Real Quiet had won the first two legs of the Triple Crown and led the Belmont by five lengths down the stretch before Stevens roared from behind for the win aboard the aptly-named Victory Gallop. The one-time Capital High wrestler also won two of the three Triple Crown races in 1995 on Thunder Gulch and in 2001 on Point Given.
This Day In Sports…June 8, 2010:
The most anticipated big league debut of the new century does not disappoint. Washington’s Stephen Strasburg went seven innings and struck out 14 batters, the most by a pitcher in his inaugural appearance in 39 years, in a 5-2 win over Pittsburgh before a rare capacity crowd at Nationals Park. Strasburg was the No. 1 overall pick in the 2009 Major League Draft, and the hype had followed him for a year. He did not issue a walk while displaying a fastball that topped 100 miles per hour
(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.)