If you haven’t heard, Seahawk great Walter Jones announced his retirement yesterday. It was certainly not unexpected after he missed all of last year after surgery. He was one of the best left tackles to ever play in the NFL, legitimately in the discussion with just two or three others as the greatest ever. It’s incredibly doubtful we’ll ever see anyone on the Seahawks offensive line come close to the dominance Jones showed. I heard this morning that he gave up nine sacks in his career, which is just one sack every season and a quarter, and happened to be the same amount of quarterbacks that he blocked for. The Seahawks were just as likely to have a new quarterback as Jones was to give up a sack. His #71 jersey will be retired immediately. Good luck to Walt in the future and thanks for the memories!
The governor has declared today to be Walter Jones day. I don’t really know what you do with that, other than reminisce and listen to sports radio, but I guess you could try to eat 71 hot dogs or something. Luckily, there are plenty of other sports things going on today, so if you’re not into hot dogs, watch for these instead:
3:30 Terrence Jones and Terrance Ross Announce Their Commitments
Jones and Ross are probably the two best remaining basketball recruits on the west coast, and they are both considering the Huskies along with a host of other schools. Classmates at Portland’s Jefferson High, they will announce their choices at a 3:30 press conference with two other teammates.
Ross is rumored to have committed to the UW Monday on a visit, but is delaying the announcement so he can do it with his friends. That’s not for sure, but I’m about 90% positive he’ll be a Dawg at this point. He’s a 6′ 5″ wing with great athleticism and an excellent shot. He wasn’t able to play at Jefferson this past year due to transfer rules, but as a sophomore in 2008 he was the Oregon player of the year, and now can be found as high as the top 30 in recruiting rankings. He’d be a huge add, with his size and offensive talent playing in nice contrast to Isaiah Thomas’ small and slashing game. There are concerns with both players about getting into school, but Ross himself has said that he’ll qualify, so there’s no reason to doubt him until he doesn’t get in.
Jones is not as clear of a lock for UW as is Ross, but he’s an even higher ranked prospect and arguably a better fit for next year’s team. A 6′ 9″ forward, Jones is an inside-out type player who reportedly can do a little of everything offensively with good defensive to boot. Honestly, I’ve heard a little of everything about Jones skills, including that he does or doesn’t have a low post game, shot, or premium athleticism. It’s clear he’s more of a three four swing guy than a true post-up four, though. Think a bigger Pondexter rather than Brockman, I guess. Whatever the case, he’d be a huge get and would likely step right into Pondexter’s starting spot. Kentucky and now Kansas seem to be his most likely landing spots if not UW, but I’d say there’s a better than even chance he’s a Husky.
Keep your fingers crossed. Getting both guys could mean the Huskies are Pac-10 favorites (if they’re not already) and a big threat to go to the Final Four.
6:30 Husky Spring Game Under the Lights
This is the first time the spring game is being played at night, and I’m really looking forward to it. The spring game is always a little weird to watch since it’s all Huskies (see Andrew’s post below), but it’s a lot of fun if for no other reason than it’s a chance to watch some football again. Plus, it can give an idea of how the team and individual players have progressed, especially the non-linemen. Look for Deontae Cooper to put on a show, and hope that the back-up quarterbacks show anything. I think parking’s $7 but the game’s free, so come on out!
7:00 Cliff Lee!
Lee finally makes his Mariner debut against the Rangers tonight, and there’s a definite sense that the season is finally starting for real. He won’t help the offense, but if they start to come around, this team could come together quickly. This is also the first series where the opponent has to face both Felix and Cliff, which will be a lot more fun for us fans than it will for the Rangers. Snell goes to the bullpen, but I haven’t heard who is being taken off the roster yet. Candidates would be Colome or maybe Kelley or Texeira. The Mariners are just a game back of the division lead, and a sweep could really get momentum going in their direction.
It should be a fun day and weekend. Hope you enjoy it!