Thursday-Friday, April 17-18, 2014.
A lot of attention is paid to the nation s top spring attendance numbers and where Boise State measures up.Penn State attracted 72,000 to its spring game, the best crowd so far.Alabama, which usually attracts 90,000 for its extravaganza, is still to come.Of those that have played, the Broncos 13,822 figure (did we mention it looked like a lot more than that?) from last Saturday s Blue & Orange Game ranks 18th.Not every school puts the effort into it that Boise State did last week and not everyone reports their spring attendance but it s still interesting to look further down the list.West Virginia drew 10,000, Wisconsin 8,204 and BYU 6,500.Next in the Mountain West was Utah State at 6,000; then came UNLV with 2,000, San Jose State 1,000, Fresno State 500 and Air Force 300.
One last look at the Blue & Orange Game.Boise State quarterbacks were indeed running, and the stats from the game were indeed not indicative of that.There were scrambles and designed runs, but officials again were instructed to blow plays dead upon first contact with a QB.One Grant Hedrick dash that had the potential to be a big gainer was whistled for a loss of a yard when he was nicked by a defender.That was frustrating, according to the senior starter.Hopefully when its game time, those one-hand grabs wont be a tackle, Hedrick said.Not against him they wont.
The Chick-fil-A Kickoff...kickoff...is set.Its what everyone had hoped for, if not expected.Boise State and Ole Miss will christen the 2014 college football season at 6 p.m. on Thursday, August 28, at the Georgia Dome.The Chick-fil-A Kickoff is actually two games this year, as Alabama and West Virginia will play in the stadium two days later.Event officials say that between the two tilts, more than 145,000 fans are expected to be in Atlanta.
Demarcus Lawrence s stock is rising as the NFL Draft gets nearer.The former Boise State star is consistently projected now as a second-round pick, with some pundits sneaking him into the first round.NinersNation.com reports that San Francisco is going to bring Lawrence in for a visit next week.That is being seen as just a coincidence when it s weighed against the arrest of 49ers outside linebacker Aldon Smith at the L.A. International Airport last weekend, but there could be worse timing for Lawrence.He played defensive end for the Broncos, of course, but is being penciled in as an outside backer in the NFL.Lawrence is reportedly meeting with the Minnesota Vikings right now and is also slated to visit Washington next week.
Moscow is scrimmage city.Idaho holds its third scrimmage of spring football Saturday morning in the Kibbie Dome.The first two have featured a combined 363 plays, a number coach Paul Petrino admits is high but says is necessary. The more reps we have on tape to study during the summer, the better it is for the whole team, especially the quarterbacks, Petrino said on Idaho SportsTalk yesterday.Get a load of these QB stats from just two scrimmages.Sophomore Chad Chalich is 40-of-66 for 698 yards and 10 touchdowns Matt Linehan is 73-of-114 for 885 yards and 12 touchdowns.The best number for the Vandals: even with all those attempts, Linehan and Chalich have tossed only five interceptions combined.
Shootouts are important in hockey, as they settle tie games without having overtime periods stretch into the wee hours.That s why even the NHL began using shootouts eight seasons ago.But in playoff hockey, there s no such thing.Not in the NHL not in the ECHL.Twenty-minute sudden-death overtime periods are played until a goal is scored.That possibility reappears Friday night, when the Idaho Steelheads open the Kelly Cup Playoffs against the Colorado Eagles.The Steelheads tied the ECHL record for most overtime playoff wins in one season last year with five.The Steelies have also been involved in two of the 14 ECHL games all-time that have gone to a third overtime (over 100 minutes of ice time).The Steelheads have played the second-most OT playoff games in league history and are 15-11 in those contests.
Markus Geiger, a former All-WAC cross country runner at Idaho, is back to defend his title in Saturday s 37th annual Race To Robie Creek.Geiger ran a tremendous race last year, leading by more than five minutes when he reached Aldape Summit and coasting home.Runnerup Eric Fitzpatrick returns as well.On the women s side, there ll be a new champion this year, as 2013 winner and one-time U.S. Winter Olympian Morgan Arritola is not entered.Second-place finisher Lauri Thompson is back, though.The Toughest Race In the Northwest is indeed the Killer Queen, the theme for this year s race.Gunpowder, gelatine...dynamite with a laser beam...guaranteed to blow your mind...anytime.
Jason Hammel s Yankee Stadium appearance didn t go so well yesterday, but he didn t pitch terribly.The former Treasure Valley Community College hurler got the start for the Cubs and was rocked by a first-inning home run from New York s Carlos Beltran.Hammel threw seven innings and allowed three runs on just five hits, and he retired the final six batters he faced in the Yankees 3-0 victory.
On the campus front: the Boise State men s tennis team has signed the No. 4 junior player in the United Kingdom, Lewis Roskilly, who is No. 133 in the world in boys 18 singles.The Broncos, including newly-named Mountain West Player of the Week Garrett Patton, wrap up the regular season on the Appleton Center courts with matches Saturday versus Air Force and San Francisco.A sweep would give the Boise State 25 wins on the season.
Boise State juniors Kelsey Morris and Ciera Perkins are in action Friday night in the NCAA Gymnastics Championships in Birmingham, AL.Morris will compete on bars and Perkins on floor exercise.The Boise State softball team is back home in Dona Larson Park for a three-game Mountain West series against San Jose State today, Friday and Saturday.The Broncos are currently in sixth place in the Mountain West, but they re only two games out of first.And the second weekend of May will be eventful on the College of Idaho campus.The NAIA has awarded the C of I one of the 10 host spots for the NAIA Softball National Championship Opening Round.It ll be a four-team, double-elimination tournament.Games will be played at Symms Field, with qualifying schools and pairings to be announced May 6.
And Happy 18th birthday to my son, Rick.
This Day In Sports...April 17, 2012:
Jamie Moyer of the Colorado Rockies becomes the oldest pitcher ever to win a major league game in a 5-3 victory over San Diego.The 49-year-old Moyer, with none of his 87 pitches topping 79 miles per hour, threw seven innings while earning his 268th career win in his 25th big league season.Six of the Padres that night hadn t even been born when Moyer made his debut with the Cubs in 1986.Remarkably, Moyer had come back after missing the entire 2011 season due to Tommy John surgery.
And April 18, 1962:In Game 7 of the NBA Finals, league MVP Bill Russell scores 30 points and ties his own postseason record with a staggering 40 rebounds to carry Boston to a 110-107 overtime win over the L.A. Lakers.Russell s heroics offset 41 points from Elgin Baylor and 35 more from Jerry West, as the Celtics became the first team to win four straight NBA championships.Four years later to the day, Russell became the NBA s first black head coach when he took over the Celtics from the retiring Red Auerbach.
(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.)