Wednesday, Mar 3 at 8:21 AM
Wednesday, March 3, 2010.
If Kyle Wilson’s physical grade going into the NFL Draft were to be judged on the NFL Combine, the former Boise State star would be in pretty good shape. Wilson only participated in one drill yesterday, but he distinguished himself. Wilson completed 25 bench press reps at 225 pounds, best among cornerbacks and second only to Oklahoma State safety Lucien Antoine among all defensive backs. A hamstring injury kept Wilson out of the other drills in Indianapolis, including the 40-yard dash, which he’ll run at Boise State’s Pro Day on March 26. The Sporting News reports his 40 time at 4.43—unofficially Kyle ran a 4.3 at the Broncos’ Junior Day last May. The top cornerback mark at the Combine was 4.45 by Wake Forest’s Brandon Ghee, and the top DB overall was USC safety Taylor Mays at 4.43.
Virginia Tech cornerback Rashad Carmichael has been thinking about Labor Day since the Chick-fil-A Bowl ended. The Hokies are fired up for their 2010 season opener against Boise State—in a healthy way. "This is what you ask for your whole life,” Carmichael told ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich. “When you’re younger, you wanted to go to college and play on the big stage and play in those games. This is what you asked for when you signed your letter of intent; this is what you asked for”. Carmichael has been watching the Broncos from afar. “They have a great offense,” he said. “They have a lot of guys returning. I have been watching them for a couple of years because they play a lot on Fridays and we’ll be in hotels. I like their offense, I like those guys. I just say it’s a great opportunity. Opportunity plus great preparation equals success.”
The Lewiston Morning Tribune reports that Kibbie Dome renovation plans have been finalized at the University of Idaho. The hoped-for $52 million overhaul had to be scaled back when the economy crashed—the final figure is $23 million. They won’t be able to lower the field and add 3,600 seats as originally envisioned, but they will go ahead with the safety improvements, the completion of the west wall re-make and the planned east wall renovation. The Vandals have raised an additional $6 million to create a new press box, club-level seating and suite-style seating boxes. That project and the east end wall replacement are expected to take place between the 2010 and 2011 seasons.
The last time the Idaho Steelheads and Bakersfield Condors met, it was considered a possible preview of the ECHL’s National Conference Finals this spring. Since then, the Steelheads have stayed relatively hot, and the Condors have not. The two division leaders open a three-game series tonight in Qwest Arena. The Steelies can almost taste the Kelly Cup Playoffs—they’re only nine points away from a playoff berth and could clinch the first spot in the postseason as early as next week. They also need just eight victories in their final 18 games to break the club ECHL-era record of 44 wins set last year. Bakersfield has lost six of its last 10 games.
The final two home games in the sometimes checkered, sometimes spectacular career of Boise State point guard Anthony Thomas are coming up tomorrow night against Hawaii and Saturday night versus San Jose State. The clash against the Rainbow Warriors will be the 127th game Thomas has played as a Bronco, tying him with Coby Karl for the school record. Thomas is also just 15 points short of 1,000 for his career. He knows if his team doesn’t win tomorrow, Senior Night on Saturday could be the ultimate farewell.
Two-thirds of the way through the regular season, there’s still no clue as to whether it will be a winning one or not for the Idaho Stampede. The Stampede are 17-17 with 16 games left going into tonight’s road game against the Utah Flash. The last time the Stamps played the Flash a month and a half ago they got Coby Karl’s best night as a pro. The former Boise State star scored 36 points and added 11 rebounds that night in a 116-108 win. Karl hasn’t hit the 20-point plateau yet in the five games since he returned from a callup to the Golden State Warriors.
Sports Illustrated.com has wrapped up the Vancouver Games with its Top 25 Memorable Moments. There were lots of them in these Olympics, between the Canadian hockey team and Lindsay Vonn and Bode Miller and Shaun White, et al. But SI.com did rank a U.S. silver medal performance. “One of the feel-good stories of the games, Jeret "Speedy" Peterson overcame personal obstacles to (finish second in) aerials. ‘I know that a lot of people go through a lot of things in their life, and I just want them to realize they can overcome anything,’ Peterson said, tears streaming down his face. ‘There's light at the end of the tunnel and mine was silver and I love it.’"
The Boston Red Sox are positively giddy over the addition of former Boise Hawk John Lackey to their starting rotation. Most clubs are lucky to have one ace—the Red Sox effectively have three now, as Lackey is on equal footing with Jon Lester and Josh Beckett. Each of the trio has won the deciding game of a World Series in his career. Lackey’s was in 2002 with the Angels, when he became the first rookie to win a Game 7 in 93 years. The 31-year-old righthander set the table nicely for his five-year, $82.5 million payday in Boston with a strong showing during the postseason for the Angels last fall. That’s what the Red Sox want. The Sox open the exhibition season tomorrow night against the Minnesota Twins.
The Lewis-Clark State baseball team is what it is—and that’s pretty good. The Warriors abruptly stopped the College of Idaho’s nine-game winning streak this week, winning Monday, 16-8, and yesterday, 7-6, in Lewiston. The Coyotes made it interesting, though. They hit three home runs in the first three innings of Monday’s game before an L-C State comeback. Yesterday they led by four in the eighth inning; then the Warriors rallied, and won on a bases-loaded walk in the ninth inning. The 16-time NAIA national champions have now won 11 in a row and are 12-1 on the season. The Yotes fall to 10-4.
This Day In Sports…March 3, 2007:
Capital High graduate Jake Plummer abruptly announces his retirement from the NFL rather than accept a trade from the Denver Broncos to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The freewheeling quarterback out of Arizona State always had the ability to take fans—and coaches—from ecstasy to agony and back again. Plummer played 10 NFL seasons, the first six with the Arizona Cardinals. He had his best seasons in Denver, where he turned around his closely-scrutinized touchdown-to-interception ratio. So where did that number end up for Plummer’s career? Jake the Snake threw 161 TDs…and 161 picks.
(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 1350 KTIK/The Ticket. He also handles color commentary on KTVB’s telecasts of Boise State football.)