March 31, 2010

Epic Video: Bacon is good for me!

Brandon once did something very similar to this with his roommate in college. It was pretty entertaining.

Brewers fans are insane

This is what people do in Milwaukee, wow...

March 30, 2010

Signs of Spring

Since I'm in the Northwest, I've been showing you pictures over the last few weeks of the mild winter we've had up here. And the beautiful spring that followed.

But how about the rest of the country? Now that spring is upon all of the U.S. my Aunt Leona sent out these photos from Dickinson, North Dakota.

Looks like Spring is everywhere.

(This is from Just Northwest)

Hiking Cougar Mountain

The weather right now might be like a monsoon outside, but last week we had some beautiful sun.

The Northern Rangers headed for a hike last Wednesday for a hike along some of the trails of Cougar Mountain. We didn't shoot a video, but did snap this photo by Doughty Falls. Yes, it's really just a big rock with water running over the moss.

Don't worry, we'll be getting some videos going again here soon.

Oh those Nets...

It's always nice when your team isn't known as the worst team in the history of the NBA. Sure the New Jersey Nets are one of the worst in recent memory, but as far as the history books are concerned - nadda. What does that mean? Karma will probably come back to bite them and not award them the top pick in the NBA Lottery.

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The roars of the crowd and the shouts from the public address announcer made it feel like this was a huge win.

For the New Jersey Nets, though, there wasn't much celebrating. Just relief.

Relief at having removed their name from the line in the record book no team wants to be on.

The Nets notched their 10th victory Monday night, avoiding any chance of tying for the worst record in NBA history by beating the short-handed San Antonio Spurs 90-84.

"You don't thank God, but you don't want to go down as the worst team in the history of the game," reserve guard Keyon Dooling said. "Absolutely it's a relief, you don't want to go down in history as the worst team ever."

Brook Lopez had 22 points and 12 rebounds for the Nets, who grabbed control with a 15-4 run late in the fourth quarter to improve to 10-64. The 1972-73 Philadelphia 76ers, who went 9-73, will remain in the books as the league's worst team.

Good! I hope they got extra peanut butter for the post-game spread.

We're not that smart! We're not that smart!

You know all this talk about climate change? One sciencetist has said we're too stupid to solve it. Basically meaning we're screwed royally.

Humans are too stupid to prevent climate change from radically impacting on our lives over the coming decades. This is the stark conclusion of James Lovelock, the globally respected environmental thinker and independent scientist who developed the Gaia theory.

It follows a tumultuous few months in which public opinion on efforts to tackle climate change has been undermined by events such as the climate scientists' emails leaked from the University of East Anglia (UEA) and the failure of the Copenhagen climate summit.

"I don't think we're yet evolved to the point where we're clever enough to handle a complex a situation as climate change," said Lovelock in his first in-depth interview since the theft of the UEA emails last November. "The inertia of humans is so huge that you can't really do anything meaningful."
I mean couldn't he have broke it to us in a nicier way like "You guys are morons" or "It's not you, it's me."

That would have made me feel better.

March 29, 2010

Shock Update courtesy of Jim Meehan

Did I mention how awesome the Spokesman's Jim Meehan is? Not only does he cover the Gonzaga Bulldogs but he also follows the Spokane Shock, who are getting ready for their season opener this Friday against Milwaukee. One thing that stands out is who the quarterback is going to be on opening day.

Kyle Rowley, who led Spokane to the ArenaCup title in 2006 and was the arenafootball2 offensive player of the year in 2008 with Arkansas, has been named the starting quarterback. Former Eastern Washington Eagle Erik Meyer is the back-up, but he impressed the coaching staff.

“Erik came in as a quarterback that has never played an arena game and he literally almost matched what Kyle did, and that to me is amazing because you just don’t see that,” offensive coordinator Matt Sauk said. “The biggest factor is Kyle has played for six years and Erik is still a rookie.”

Rowley’s experience will be important Friday because Milwaukee has a strong pass rush, head coach Rob Keefe said. Keefe noted that he won’t use a two-quarterback rotation, nor will he be afraid to make a change if circumstances warrant.

The Shock kick off their game against the Milwaukee Iron at 8 p.m. on April 2.

Obama gets second shot at first pitch

So President Obama screwed up the first pitch during last year's MLB All-Star Game. It went in the dirt. He was wearing mom pants. It wasn't pretty. So the White Sox are giving him a chance to redeem himself.

The Washington Nationals are usually in the business of giving eighth or ninth chances to failed pitchers, but they'll be giving a recent retread a chance when President Obama throws out the first pitch before the team's opening day game against the Phillies next Monday.

Lets hope he picks a different set of pants this time.

Epic Video: Hug E Gram

This is all that Brandon has been giving out for gifts lately. Seriously. I wish I was joking.

Epic Video: Ride the Divide

If you happen to be lucky enough to be in the Vail, Colorado area you should check out the Vail Film Festival this weekend (April 2-3).

One film that will be featured is called, Ride the Divide.

"Ride the Divide," a film about the Tour Divide race held annually on the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route, premieres April 2 at the Vail Film Festival in Colorado. Narrative found on the documentary's website describes it like this: "The film weaves the story of three characters' experiences with immense mountain beauty and small-town culture as they attempt to pedal from Banff, Canada, to a small, dusty crossing on the Mexican border." One of the trio of characters is Mike Dion, the film's executive producer; another is Matthew Lee, who has raced the route an amazing five times and also serves as the Tour Divide organizer. Word on the street is that Adventure Cycling's field editor Michael McCoy, the guy who mapped the Great Divide back in the mid-1990s, makes a silent cameo appearance near the beginning of the flick.

Here's is the sweet trailer for the film:

(This is from Just Northwest)

A geography lesson for you

Hooray America!

Earth photos taken by a point-and-shoot camera

Cool photo eh? Taken from a spacecraft? Perhaps the International Space Station? Nope, it was some guy with a balloon and a camera.

Space enthusiast Robert Harrison managed to send his home-made contraption 22 miles - or 116,160 feet - above the earth's surface from his back garden.

The photos taken by his device were so spectacular that Nasa has been in touch to see how he achieved it.

Mr Harrison's budget of £500 might also offer inspiration to the new UK Space Agency, which launches on April 1. Based in Swindon, with only one astronaut and a budget one 50th the size of Nasa's, it will be looking for cut-price ways to reach for the sky.

Mr Harrison first got the idea to explore space after a failed attempt to take aerial pictures of his house using a remote control helicopter.
The funny thing is that NASA spends a huge amount of money to get photos just like these, and they just got one-upped by a Canon Powershot. Whoops!

March 28, 2010

Outdoor Photo of the Week: Roadway water

Today's Outdoor Photo of the Week is from John Schwartz. Here's what he had to say about the photo:

Photo was taken up in Index at the (now) end of the Index-Galena road on March 14th. Shot from between the river and the road looking towards the entirety of the water flowing off the roadway and down the river.

Briefly about me:

My name is John Schwartz, I live out in Monroe and often take my motorcycle out to shoot pictures around the area.

Think you've got a great outdoor photo? Want to see it hosted on Just South of North? Send your submissions to

Please include your name, a short caption about the photo (date, location, and what makes it special) and your location.

Check back each Sunday for a new Outdoor Photo of the Week.

How to blow up at a ref

Most baseball managers kick dirt on home plate, in hockey... you do this.

Bikes suck

Found this on Huckleberries.

A crash involving Australia’s Belinda Goss,  foreground right , Russia’s Evgeniya Romanyuta, at left, Italy’s Giorgia Bronzini partially seen, and Shelly Evans of the US, during the Women’s Scratch Race at the World Track Cycling Championship, in the Ballerup Arena, Copenhagen, Denmark, Friday. The race was won by Pascale Jeuland of France. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

Apparently knee pads aren't required equipment.

Russians changing time zones because they can

Russia is a pretty big country, and they think of themselves as a big deal. Hence, the country has decided to shed a few unnecessary time zones.

Moscow (CNN) -- The world's largest country by land mass is challenging time: This weekend, Russia is cutting the number of its time zones from 11 to 9.

"The less fractional division of the country will enable us to resolve a number of transport and communications issues, will increase its manageability and strengthen the position of Russia as an important chain in the world's global infrastructure," President Dmitry Medvedev said at a special Kremlin meeting devoted to the issues of time change.

Technically speaking, five Russian regions -- two in European Russia and three in Siberia -- will not join the rest of the country in moving the clock one hour forward to daylight saving time at 2 a.m. Sunday, thus coming a little closer to Moscow.

Aman Tuleyev, governor of the Siberian coal-mining region of Kemerovo, which will undergo a time zone change, said at the Kremlin meeting that the existing time zone span doesn't make a lot of sense.

"You travel just a 100 miles to any neighboring city in our area and need to switch your watch one hour back, then move it one hour forward again upon return. This has been creating needless confusion for both businesses and regular people," he said.

Watch out Central Time, you're next.

March 27, 2010

Epic Video: Birdmen

I came across this today. And it is simply amazing.

Check it out:

(This is from Just Northwest)

Area teams suck it up at the NCAAs

So can we now close the curtain on another NCAA Tournament as all the Northwest teams have been knocked out? Heck all the teams even remotely related to Northwest teams have been knocked out. If you missed it (which you havent, unless you're an Amish person with standard definition TV that only plays DVDs), here's a run down on what happened.

WSU Cougars - Turned down an invitation to the NIT so they could afford football jerseys next year. Or so they could buy out Paul Wulff's contract.

Eastern Washington Eagles - As an alumni of this fine school, I cannot make a dig at this fine institution like all the other schools on this list. Next year ladies and gentlemen! Next year!

Gonzaga Bulldogs - Well their womens' team is in the Sweet Sixteen! The men? Well let me repeat every Zag fan for the past ten years "We'll get them next year." Only now St. Mary's is quickly gaining some traction in the WCC, and Mark Few might become a Duck. This couldn't definitely be a turning point for this basketball power. At least Robert Sacre looked good chest pumping down by 20...

Whitworth Pirates - Let's not talk about their exit from the playoffs. It's still too painful but their football team is better than WSU.

Washington Huskies -
After causing roughly 40,000 Washington fans to commit suicide last night, we're still reminded that the Pac-10 is up! ... to WCC levels.

If you're offended... congrats, that was my intention

Epic Photo: Goodbye Yankee Stadium

This is a very effective method of getting rid of all those bad Yankees memories

March 26, 2010

SportsNation visits EWU...

Colin Cowherd's Alma Mater makes an appearance on his TV show...

Chairs are dangerous for baseball players

Alright, tell me the Cubs aren't cursed after this story.

According to manager Lou Piniella, Lee had just sat down for some pregame chow on Wednesday when the clubhouse chair beneath him decided to call it quits.

The Cubs first baseman dusted himself off for an appearance in an exhibition game against the Rangers, but he left early to receive treatment for his 34-year-old back.

From the Chicago Tribune:

"He was eating before the game and the chair just collapsed on him," Piniella said. "That's why we got him out of there after three innings."

Piniella said Lee was fine and would be back in the starting lineup Friday.

I think at this point we should expect a Tornado to ruin Wrigley Field and black cats to start raining from the sky. Gotta love the Cubbies!

Levels of Canadian-ess

Since we live in the state of Washington, we're actually quite close to the our fine neighbors to the North. This causes an interesting side effect - Americans acting like Canadians. If you think about it, parts of Washington are just like Canada, so naturally some of people seem like they are from there. Perhaps you act like a Canadian and just don't realize it. Hence, here is this handy-dandy guide for levels of Canadian-ness.

LEVEL 1 - A Northern American
- You like Canadian bacon on your pizza.
- You drink Kokanee but don't like that Molson stuff.
- Your favorite actor is Keanu Reeves.
- You like to ski or snowboard.
- You drive a truck.

LEVEL 2 - Border Dweller
- You like Canadian bacon and moose meat on your pizza. With a side of German sausage and four large pancakes. Topped off with a large gallon of syrup.
- Labatt Blue is your choice of drink. With that silly bear.
- Your favorite actor is John Candy, and you have a poster of him hanging in your bedroom.
- You groom the ski and snowboard trails with your custom made SnowCat.
- You drive a Datson.

LEVEL 3 - Border Hopper
- You like Peanut Butter and Waffles, combined with French Toast, and a rack o' Sasquatch.
- You like Canadian Moonshine, and those cool mushrooms on the northside of trees.
- Your favorite actor is Dan Akroyd. I mean the guy way in Ghostbusters! And Coneheads!
- You're now involved in a very illegal sled dog fighting ring.
- You drive a snowmobile.

LEVEL 4 - Daywalking Canadian
- You know the menu at IHOP? You like the entire thing.
- You like Molson Canadian. In fact you have the Molson Canadian shirt, bumper sticket, hockey gear, photos of the Canadian Women's Hockey team drinking after the gold medal game, and a Molson Canadian tatoo... along with a Dan Akroyd tattoo.
- Your favorite actor is Mike Meyers, in fact "Wayne's World" was based on your life and times.
- Hockey! Go Maple Leafs!
- Car? Does my Moped count?

- Beer and peanuts will do.
- Your favorite beer is La Fin du Monde. It's French Canadian. Don't ask.
- You love Celine Dion.
- You spend hours curling...
- You dabble in darts and backgammon
- Your car is actually a bunch of sled dogs.

You've been warned...

March 25, 2010

Philadelphia Union vs. Seattle Sounders Game Blog

It's time to kick this season off and you'll be able to catch all the good stuff since I'm blogging live from my couch in from of my high-def television. Seriously its better than the sidelines.

Here's a little bit of info before we get started at 6:30
Match forecast: 52 degrees, 80% chance of rain, 8 mph winds

Make sure to click the read more link to get the game blog.


The Nets bag PR gem

Remember the story we told you about concerning the New Jersey Nets CEO yelling at fans with paper bags over their heads? Apparently the PR department of the team is quite clever...

The Nets had a "Bag Exchange" Wednesday night, when all fans were invited to turn in their bags for a nylon bag with the Nets logo on it, and a note from Yormark himself. The note read, "Thanks for letting us see your face, we hope we see it more often at Nets games - Regards, Brett Yormark."

The team did not promote the exchange beforehand; they merely instructed personnel to identify bag-wearers and offer to make the swap. The nylon bag will also include trading cards. 

Now the team's front office management? Not so much.

College football coaches dont want you to see the playoffs

That is... until it's the end of the season and their one-loss team is shut out of the national championship game. Otherwise college coaches LOVE the current system in place.

...when asked by the American Football Coaches Association at its annual convention in January. But it was still a little surprising when the AFCA released the numbers of its poll today just how overwhelming their support for the otherwise reviled BCS really is:

Ninety-three percent of the 117 FBS head coaches who responded to the survey prefer the traditional bowl system over a playoff.
Eighty-five percent are in favor of the current BCS team selection process.
Thirty percent of the coaches favor some modifications to the BCS system. Of that group, 50 percent prefer the “plus one” model that would result in the addition of a fifth BCS bowl game.

Looks like that playoff system is never happening.

Reasons why Montana isn't quite a state...

Ohhhhh, Montanada...

1. It's Wikipedia page is actually just Idaho's bio copied and pasted.
2. It's biggest city is a truck stop with a gas station and a mayor named Cleetus.
3. The number of Sasquatch outnumber the number of people.
4. Roads? In Montana we don't need roads...
5. The biggest man-made building in Montana is an outhouse.
6. Man vs. Wild did a show on "Surviving Montana" and all he had to do is go to downtown Missoula to get the full wilderness effect.
7. The trailer houses outnumber the Grizzly Bears.
8. When people refer to Montana they say "that big empty space between Idaho and the Dakotas"
9. The senators from Montana is the longest running joke in Congress since they basically represent two other people and a moose.
10. When you say "going to the big city!" in Montana, you mean you're going to Spokane.
11. Canada naturally assumes that Montana is part of their country.
12. Aliens vacation in Montana because they rarely run into human beings there.

The Oregon Ducks are swell

Okay so about 30 Oregon Ducks have been arrested in the last 5 months, but this guy is swell...

March 24, 2010

The People's Coast Classic

In addition to all of my trips this summer (backpacking, kayaking, mountain climbing, hiking) I decided to undertake one more adventure.

This one is for a charity.

I will be participating in the 363-mile People's Coast Classic bicycle ride. This ride will be along the entire Oregon coast and its all for a great cause. The funds that I raise will be going to benefit the Arthritis Foundation.

"I read somewhere... of how important it is in life not necessarily to be strong, but to feel strong... to measure yourself at least once."

I am riding for a number of reasons.

Many of my loved ones are affected by arthritis. Both my mom and dad have it. My niece was diagnosed with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis at age four and eventually went blind in one eye. I have aunts that have it, and I'm sure a few uncles. Pretty much most of the people I know have it in some way, shape or form.

And then this opportunity presented itself for this ride. My dad is big into street bicycling. I'm more into mountain biking. But this was something that I could share with him.

Then the other half of the Northern Rangers, Jeff, decided he wanted to come along. And I couldn't think of two guys I'd rather do this ride with.

I always talk about how I want to do certain things, well at some point you have to stop talking about what you want to do and you have to do it.

I am blessed enough to have the ability to do this ride for those I love. And for anyone that is affected by arthritis.

And since I already had a summer full of hiking, backpacking, kayaking and mountain climbing planned. So I figured, might as well add in biking.

I invite you to follow as we train for this great cause. Please donate if you can. If you can't please say a prayer for us. That's just as good in my book.

If you are able to make a donation, please do so at my site:

Also, any donation is tax deducible.

But mainly you'll be helping the over 46 million adults in the US that suffer from arthritis. Think about it, I'm sure you know someone in your life who has it.

Thank you for your thoughts and donations. I'll continue to update the blog with how my training is going.

Attack of the birds

Ahhhhhhh! They're attacking me!

Giacoletti says he's not interested in Toledo

The Spokesman-Review's Jim Meehan has this little nugget on Gonzaga assistant coach Ray Giacoletti.

The Toledo Blade reported in today’s edition that Gonzaga assistant coach Ray Giacoletti is the frontrunner for the Toledo Rockets’ head coaching job. The short article is incorrect, Giacoletti said Wednesday.

“Print it: No interest, not going to happen,” Giacoletti said in a brief telephone interview. ”I don’t know where it came from or why or how. … It’s not even an option either direction.”

Giacoletti is good friends with Toledo A.D. Mike O’Brien, which might have prompted the speculation. Toledo is replacing Gene Cross, who resigned after two years with an 11-53 record. The Rockets were 4-28, 1-15 in the Mid-American Conference, last season.

Mark Few has said his coaching staff was getting looked at. Zag fans should keep a close eye on what is going on here...

Oklahoma freshman doesn't need skool

Good thing Oklahoma freshman Tommy Mason-Griffen is leaving school, it's not like he needs it or anything, as evident from his tweet announcing that he's going pro.

"its a official dat i am leavin skool....ask me y i aint doin anotha yr yue mite get ignored."

Fantastic! You don't need that skooling eh? According to, some analysts say that you do.

Besides, how could the 5'11" freshman point guard concentrate on his studies after reading a pro evaluation like this one from ESPN draft guru, Chad Ford: "Given his small stature and uneven performance this season, he'll either go in the second round or undrafted."

Hell of a career choice Tommy!

March 23, 2010

Paper bag guy yelled at by CEO of Nets

It's not bad enough to have to watch a New Jersey Nets game, but now the fans are getting yelled at by the CEO.


EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The New Jersey Nets' sad-sack season appeared to hit another low Monday night when CEO Brett Yormark shouted at a fan wearing a paper bag over his head. Yormark left his courtside seat at the IZOD Center late in the second half of New Jersey's 99-89 loss to the Miami Heat. Yormark then doubled back toward the fan, identified by the New York Daily News as Chris Lisi of Middletown, N.J.

The Nets are currently the worst team in the NBA. They have a 7-63 and are also shooting for the worst record in NBA history.

With just 12 games remaining in the season, New Jersey has to win at least two to avoid setting a new low win record. The record was set by the 1972-73 Philadelphia 76ers at a 9-73 season.

Bicycle rules of the road

The nice weather in the Northwest means that more bicyclists are on the road.

Here's a link to some good bicycle rules of the road.

Read them and make sure you abide by them to stay safe.

(This is from Just Northwest)

Epic Video: Kick-Ass Trailer

I'm a sucker for super hero movies. I can't wait for Ironman 2. I was giddy when it was announced today that Chris Evans will play Captain America. I have Superhero bookmarked on my computer. Yes, I love men in tights. Wait....nevermind.

Anyway, check out the trailer for Kick-Ass. "With no power comes no responsibility."

(JUSTSON warning. Some language and violence)


The Gonzaga Bulldogs Women's Basketball team has been dominant all season in the WCC. Tonight, they clinched their first trip to the Sweet Sixteen of the NCAA Tournament in school history.

SEATTLE -- Twenty minutes in December made Gonzaga fearless in March. No one more so than Vivian Frieson.

And because of Frieson, the Bulldogs are headed to the regional semifinals and Texas A&M is going home, ending the Aggies' dream of a Final Four trip three hours from campus.

Gonzaga's do-everything senior scored 23 points, including the go-ahead 12-footer with 17 seconds left, to lead seventh-seeded Gonzaga to a 72-71 upset win over second-seeded Texas A&M on Monday night in the second round of the NCAA women's tournament.

That little Jesuit school from Spokane is making tournament noise again. But move over guys, it's the ladies' turn now.

"It means the world to me. Me and Heather [Bowman] have been a part of a lot of firsts here at this university," said Frieson, who added nine rebounds, five assists and four blocks. "It felt great to go to the NCAA tournament for the first time in 2007. It felt great to win our first game last year against Xavier and it feels even better to go to the Sweet 16."

Better get your season tickets now, I have a feeling seats are going to start becoming VERY tough to find next year. 

If Casey and I could make cupcakes...

...yeah we're dorks.

Vandals release football schedule

Idaho just released it's 2010 schedule, coming off that wonderful Humanitarian Bowl win season and it looks like they might be setting themselves up for another bowl run.

2010 schedule

Sept. 2 - North Dakota
Sept. 11 - at Nebraska
Sept. 18 - UNLV
Sept. 25 - at Colorado State
Oct. 2 - Western Michigan
Oct. 9 - bye
Oct. 16 - at Louisiana Tech 
Oct. 23 - New Mexico State
Oct. 30 - at Hawai`i
Nov. 6 - Nevada
Nov. 12 - Boise State
Nov. 20 - at Utah State
Nov. 27 - at Fresno State
Dec. 5 - San Jose State

Oh and circle Nov. 12, you know that one is going to be a barn-burner in Moscow.

Legend of the Foam Finger

March 22, 2010

Epic Video: Harvey Dent

Can we trust him?

WAZZU: The team that kind of sucked this year

It didn't seem like it, but the Cougars finished last in Pac-10 for men's basketball. Not something you want to happen when your football team is also a doormat as well. However, despite the supposed disappointing season, the Cougs still finished 16-15. Good sign for the future?

SPOKANE, Wash. -- Coach Ken Bone didn't expect to finish last in his first season at Washington State, but he says a couple of breaks in close games would have lifted the Cougars into the thick of the Pac-10 race.

"It hurts to look at the standings and see we finished 10th," Bone said this week. "That stings me a little bit."

Washington State (16-15, 6-12 Pac-10) could have finished in the middle of the muddled Pac-10 most of the season. Their six conference wins were the most ever for a last-place team in the league.

"It just doesn't seem like we were that far off," Bone said. "We win two more games, and there were at least a couple games we definitely could have won, and now, all of a sudden, we finish in the middle of the pack."

The Cougars were one of the youngest teams in the nation, featuring only one senior in Nik Koprivica, and no juniors.

Two teams that are going to be much improved next year in the Northwest is the Eastern Washington Eagles and WAZZU. You have two super-young squads with legit stars on the team. All it takes is some reps and they'll get their feet under them. 

Few for thought

Alright, I could have broke down the GU loss yesterday and been one of 1,000 media people doing the same. They got blown out by a one seed and that is that. The bigger concern should be whether or not Mark Few is leaving to go to Oregon. The normal reaction would be "no way" but this article from Bud Withers paints a different picture. You'll remember last year that the Ducks were already asking if Few was interested.

Few said no. What could have changed, then, in a year?

Two things: The Ducks have offed Kent, whereas a year ago, it's believable that Few might not have felt comfortable helping to unseat a colleague.

Then there's this: "I don't think he feels quite as appreciated as he did three or four years ago," said somebody familiar with Few. "People start bitching. They've gotten pretty unrealistic."

There are Zags zealots who have forgotten where they were a dozen years ago. They had never won an NCAA tournament game in 1998, and now they've won 15. But the monster has a big appetite in college sports, and the buzz is, there was a good deal of grumbling when Gonzaga got whacked by Saint Mary's in the WCC final.

It's fair to assume those folks were more perturbed with the NCAA loss to Syracuse than they were pleased with the opening-round victory over Florida State.

And that is the kicker, there's been more than a few grumblings about the coaching job of Few after the Duke game and the Syracuse game. Something that if you consider his considerable run with Gonzaga (11-years and 11 appearances in the NCAA Tournament), is pretty unwarranted. Unless you expect a school that was a relative unknown until 1999 when they made their run to the Elite Eight to suddenly become a college basketball elite like the University of Kentucky or UNC, you have to like the job that Few has done.

Remember that he had to weather the Josh Heytvelt drug charge, and this year's rebuilding process. All indications were that this year's squad was going to be down big time due to their youth. Yet they won the WCC.

Then they got blown out by St. Mary's in the WCC Tournament Championship Game. Criticism for Few.

Zags bounce back to win their first-round game against Florida State, and then get crushed by Syracuse. More criticism for Few.

How many other mid-major coach has made it to ten straight NCAA Tournaments, and then get criticized for losing in the second round in the eleventh year of his run?

So for a guy that is looking for a high quality of living, a fanbase that suddenly expects unrealistic expectations from a program that he basically built might be enough to push him to Oregon. Just a thought.

The Force is not with this guy

March 21, 2010

Life on Discovery

Remember Planet Earth?

Well tonight premiers LIFE on the Discovery Channel.

In case you didn't know, Discovery is probably my favorite channel. I'm looking forward to tonight's show.

It's on at 8 PM. Check out the preview.

(This is from Just Northwest)

Epic Video: Greivis Vasquez makes half-court shot

Shot this while attending NCAA Practice in the Spokane Arena on Thursday. Pretty Cool Eh?

Outdoor Photo of the Week: Mount Rainier alpenglow

This week our Outdoor Photo of the Week is from Scott Harder, Mill Creek, Washington.

The location of this photo is just West of Mount Rainier at 9,800 feet.

Taken as the sunset as it cast “alpenglow” on the westside of Mount Rainier from a helicopter at almost 10k feet. Lenticular clouds had just started to form on the top.

You can view more of Scott's work at Mill Creek Multimedia.

Think you've got a great outdoor photo? Want to see it hosted on Just South of North? Send your submissions to

Please include your name, a short caption about the photo (date, location, and what makes it special) and your location.

Check back each Sunday for a new Outdoor Photo of the Week.

How to tell if you're too into the NCAA tournament....

1. You've had "One Shining Moment" on repeat on your iPod for the last three weeks.

2. The Gus Johnson poster in your room has been there since you were twelve.

3. You've been through five remotes, one broken everytime some upset screws up your bracket.

4. Your ringtone is the Gus Johnson/Gonzaga "THE RUNNER....." call on CBS.

5. When the tournament is on, you don't leave your couch, not even to go to the bathroom.

6. You once got in a fight with your friend for implying that the NBA was a superior form of basketball.

7. You fill out a bracket for the Women's NCAA Tournament, WNIT, NIT, CIT, and the 2012 Presidential Elections.

8. You run the website ""

9. You drink everytime somebody makes a buzzer beater, you are an alcoholic.

10. You're a Murray State fan and you dont go to the school.

Nuff said.

The Saints apparently don't like their fans

The Super Bowl Champions New Orleans Saints are renovating their press box and adding new luxury suites. Cool right? They're just reaping the rewards of their championship and upgrading a press box that is probably really old. However, there is a problem...

On Thursdsay, Saints Box Office employees began calling close to 1,200 season ticket holders to let them know their seats are disappearing in order to make room for a new press box.  The old press box is being replaced with 16 new suites.

And it's those sitting in the upper rows within sections 639, 640, and 641 who are being forced to give up their seats.

"We're working with those folks one-on-one and we take it very seriously," said Michael Stanfield, vice-president of ticket & suite sales. "The fan is number one, without the fan, we're not here in new Orleans." The Saints organization says while the wait list for season tickets is already 50,000-people long, the season ticket holders who are being displaced will be moved to the front of the line.

That's crazy that every single seat in the Superdome is a season ticket holder. You'd think that they would set a cap for holders but this is the NFL and it is the Saints (New Orleans favorite team). Bad PR Mojo all around.

Epic Photo: That's no moon, that's a watermelon

I've got a bad feeling about this.

March 20, 2010

The Pac-10 is down?


Um, I don't think so. Guess who's in the Sweet Sixteen?

Zags might be in a pickle with the Orange

The line for the GU-Syracuse game has been released and the Zags are 7.5 point underdogs. What does that mean? Well nobody is expecting a miracle at midnight a la Cinderella, but hey...

Many Zag fans think that if GU were to play a 1-seed, than Syracuse would be the easiest draw. Hence there is some optimism that the Bulldogs could pull off the upset. If they were to do it, it would be one of the biggest signature wins in the school's history. Is it possible? Yes, but is it likely?

This team has been up and down all season, evident by their losses in the WCC to lesser teams, and that's a sign of their youth and inexperience. So would it be smart to say that maybe they don't realize how monumental a task it will be to defeat Syracuse? Is that a good thing? So many questions, and I can't say if I expect this to be a competitive game or a blowout. It really could go either way and it wouldn't surprise me at all.

Keep in mind that this is in Buffalo, and Syracuse will have a definite home-court advantage. And did anyone notice that the Zags had no bench points in their win over FSU? That is not exactly a welcoming stat.

At the NCAAs...

Sorry about the lack of posts yesterday but I spent the day courtside for all four games of the NCAA Tournament in Spokane, being a production assistant for Westwood One radio with Dave Sims and PJ Carlesimo. Here are some things I noticed...

1. NCAA Tournament College Basketball is much more impressive in person than on TV, considering you have the best teams in the country on the floor. While CBS does a great job of covering all the games, you obviously lose a lot in translation. And I have to say that the teams are actually quite evenly matched athletically and competitively. A ten-point win seems like a lot if you're sitting at home, but if you're sitting next to the action, you know there's a possibility that had the other team gotten two-or-three bounces, it's a completely different game. This sounds somewhat cliched but seriously, if you're up close to these guys, it's good basketball. And I thought I'd never say that about college basketball.

2. New Mexico State got completely screwed in their loss to Michigan State.  The head ref had arguably been calling ticky tack fouls and really asserting himself all game. Let the kids play. He also called two technicals that he had no business calling. Just a shame, hopefully he doesn't do another NCAA Tournament. Nobody on Press Row was happy about his calls and they were visible upset by it, like some drunk assistant coach had stumbled on the court and yelling at players (a la Hoosiers). Actually that would have been pretty entertaining. The best part of this screw job? A NMS fan walking over within earshot of the CBS TV crew and yelling "Why don't you talk about how the NCAA SCREWS mid-majors!!!!!" ... I half expected four Arena Ushers to drag him away while he's going "NOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!! You cant do this to me! I'm A BOOOSTER!!!!"

3. Best part of the day, the Arena PA screwing up the Gonzaga-FSU score and making it sound like the Zags were down by a huge margin. The entire crowd of 11,000 gasped with disappointment (I think one lady behind us may have went into labor), and then went dead silent like somebody had just thrown an infant from the upper deck onto the court. Then the PA guy was like "Whoah, hold on, flip that score" and then the entire crowd cheered. Pure theater. Love it. I think PA guys should have more fun with this and screw with home crowds more often.

4. Best mascot of the night. First, Michigan State's mascot is so iconic it's cool to have him rolling around although it would have been cool just to have some ripped guy dressed like a "300" guy yelling "THIS IS SPARTA!!!" to everyone in the crowd. However, the best mascot of the night was Maryland's Testudo. When you first see him you're like "Holy Crap is that a turtle?!" and then you have flashbacks for your childhood of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Seriously, if they could have had Shredder and Splinter show up to the Arena, it would have brought the place down. And whoever played Testudo was great, telling to opposing fans to "call him" and generally being overly pumped about the game. Loved it. Anytime you can have a turtle roaming around the court, you just got to do it.

5. My favorite players of the night was Greivis Vasquez, and I'm going to be rooting for him to do big things in the NBA. For Maryland, he's a 6'6" point guard that can shoot, drive to the hoop, excellent passing skills (his court vision is very impressive), play good defense and rebound. All in one player that just so happens to be the guy running your offense. Holy Cow, so dynamic and even though he didn't light up the scoreboard last night, the way he impacted the game by doing other things bodes very well for him down the road. Having just read Bill Simmons "Book of Basketball", where he talks about guys that know "The Secret" on being a great basketball player, I'd have to say that Vasquez just exudes the talent/will-to-win/selfless/royal badass criteria that is required. He was the most impressive player of the night and he wasn't even the top scorer on his team. That's how good he is.

And with that said, GO MARYLAND!

March 19, 2010

Down to Portland

This weekend I'm heading back down to the Rose City. Last year at this time when I went down there Portland got an MLS team.

I wonder what will happen this year?

Here are a few things I hope to see in that great city of Portland:

  • Someone giving out "free hugs"

  • A giant rubber duck

  • A hippie bathing in a fountain

  • Oregon Duck fans making fun of Oregon State Beaver fans

  • A bum sleeping on the MAX

  • The Saturday Market

  • A submarine

  • Penguins

  • Elvis

  • A bicyclist wearing a poncho

  • The guy who pretends to be a statue

Should be a great trip. I'll report in when I make it back.

Duthie Hill mountain bike park

In case you missed it, yesterday the Seattle Times had a great article about a new mountain bike park that is going in near Issaquah, WA.

You can read the full article here.

Since I'm currently located in the Issquah area, I was stoked to read this article. The place sounds awesome.

It features the world's longest log ride, a boardwalk, huge drops, wooden structures and varying levels of difficulty throughout. That means both the expert and the beginner can have fun at the park.

The Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance worked to get the park built in cooperation with King County Parks. Currently EMBA members have volunteered over 6,000 hours of work on the park. I also found out the schedule and we're planning on heading out there to help.

The grand opening of the park is on May 22. But that will just complete Phase One of the park. Phase Two is expected to be completed in April 2011.

And you can bet that in the near future the Northern Rangers will be out there for a ride and video.

(This is from Just Northwest)

Montana sucks, NCAA Tournament shows

Hey Montana, a mid-major school beat you in the opening round of the tournament. Does that make you a mini-major?

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- After all of Darington Hobson's big talk about a deep NCAA tournament run for New Mexico, Montana nearly shut up the Lobos right away.

Roman Martinez had 19 points, six rebounds and four assists and third-seeded New Mexico overcame a shaky start to beat 14th-seeded Montana 62-57 in the NCAA tournament's East Regional on Thursday night.

Hobson added 11 points, 11 rebounds and six assists while playing with a sprained left wrist for the Lobos, who used a 17-0 run after halftime to briefly break open the game after trailing by a point at the break.

But now they'll probably raise a banner in their basketball arena.

NCAA Practice photos from Spokane

The NCAA Tournament will tip-off tomorrow, but today I got to take a trip down to the Spokane Arena for some of the team practices. Here are some of the images I got from the Michigan St. and Maryland session.

By the way, the MSU Superfan? Not me. I promise.