Friday, July 16, 2010.
Boise State’s player-run practices and summer conditioning have been rolling for more than six weeks now. It’s probably time for the Broncos to kick back—and they will tomorrow night, with bats and balls at Memorial Stadium. The team plays its third annual Offense vs. Defense Charity Softball Game for the First Tee of Idaho, the organization that teaches life skills to kids through the values of golf. Any mention of this extravaganza would be incomplete without a tip of the cap to Bush Hamdan, the former BSU quarterback who created the event going into his senior year in 2008. And ensuing Broncos have embraced it, displaying abilities that range from untapped baseball potential to Keystone Cops comedy. The defense beat the offense last year, 14-9, to even the all-time series at a game apiece. The home run derby starts at 6PM.
You can expect to see some luminous former Broncos make appearances at the softball event, as a bunch of them are in town for the Gridiron Dreams Football Academy tomorrow through Monday. The academy calls them mentors, and according to its website they include NFLers Kyle Wilson, Richie Brockel, Ian Johnson, Ryan Clady, Quintin Mikell, Daryn Colledge, Korey Hall, Legedu Naanee, and Gerald Alexander.
You’ve heard BCS Championship Game. You’ve even heard Rose Bowl. Well, let’s add the Sugar Bowl to the list of various bowl projections for Boise State this season. Writers Kelly Whiteside and Eddie Timanus predict the Broncos will face Florida in New Orleans. That’s a lot of blue and orange on Bourbon Street. The piece loses a little credibility by misspelling Derrell Acrey’s first name (“Darrell”) and by saying Austin Pettis had a thousand-yard season in receiving last year (it was Titus Young). It also said, “Winston Venable, who saw plenty of action as a nickelback last year, should slide easily into (Kyle) Wilson's vacated spot.” Does USA Today know something we don’t?
Former Oregon quarterback Jeremiah Masoli, dismissed from the Ducks squad this spring by coach Chip Kelly, was not part of yesterday’s NFL Supplemental Draft. Therefore, Masoli will continue to try to find a college to play for. He’s already visited Louisiana Tech, which appears to be his best option if he stays in the FBS. While serving as offensive coordinator at Arizona, new La Tech coach Sonny Dykes saw Masoli at his best. Masoli would have to sit out this season. When he becomes eligible in 2011, Dykes’ new system will have been in for a year, and Boise State will have departed the WAC.
Since the Women’s Challenge stage race went by the wayside eight years ago, the Twilight Criterium has slowly but surely filled the void on the area cycling calendar. It’s become a rite of summer, rated one of the top criteriums in the country, and it takes over Downtown Boise for the 24th time tomorrow night. The course straightaways are on 9th and 10th Streets, bordered by Grove on the south and Bannock on the north. The race starts and finishes on 9th in front of Angell’s.
The last time a golfer took back-to-back championships in the Idaho Men’s Amateur was in 2000 and 2001, when Payette’s Scott Masingill did it before he turned pro. Chris Reinke of Ashton will gun for his second straight when the 2010 State Am tees off today at Clear Lake Country Club in Buhl. Reinke won the tournament by three strokes last year at Falcon Crest. Pocatello’s Quinn Carbol, who won the 2008 event at the age of 16, is also in the field.
The thrill of victory and the agony of defeat. Cliché, cliché. But nothing magnifies either side like a seven-run eighth inning after two men were out. The Boise Hawks were the beneficiaries as they rallied for a 10-7 win at Salem-Keizer. The Hawks batted around in the wild eighth, highlighted by a Richard Jones three-run homer. Juan Serrano, the Cuban defector, pitched four innings of sometimes shaky middle relief for the Hawks. But Serrano was the pitcher of record during the eighth inning explosion, and he got the win to move to 3-0 on the season. Boise maintained its half-game lead over Spokane in the Northwest League East Division. Who’s counting in mid-July? Most everybody this year, as the league has gone to a split-season format and will crown a first-half champion about 10 days from now.
One of the teams he grew up watching is throwing former Boise Hawk Dontrelle Willis a lifeline. The Bay Area native has been signed to a minor league contract by the San Francisco Giants and is slated to join Triple-A Fresno on Monday. Willis, the 2003 National League Rookie of the Year and a one-time runnerup for the Cy Young Award, was designated for assignment on the 4th of July by Arizona after a disappointing one-month stay with the Diamondbacks. He had walked 27 batters in 22 1/3 innings for the D-Backs.
This Day In Sports…July 16, 2008:
In the wee hours of the morning, the previous night’s All-Star Game finally comes to an end after four hours and 50 minutes with a 4-3 American League victory. It was staged amidst a plethora of pageantry at Yankee Stadium, which was in the midst of its final season, and it lasted 15 innings. Every available player was used in the game, as the AL improved to 6-0 since the Midsummer Classic began determining homefield advantage in the World Series.
(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’s also handled color commentary on KTVB’s telecasts of Boise State football the last five seasons.)