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March 18, 2009 at 1:05 AM

Wednesday a.m. links

I’ve arrived safely in Portland — really, once you make it through Vader, it’s all downhill from there — and have also conducted a scientific experiment on behalf of all Husky fans.
Specifically, I ventured tonight into the On Deck Sports Bar (accompanied by Times columnist Bud Withers, a bad influence who must be stopped) to make sure it was suitable for all of you. The UW has officially designated the On Deck Sports Bar as the “home away from home” for Husky fans in Portland for the tournament, so it was pretty much my civic duty to check it out.
Other than the big Oregon jersey that greets you as you enter the bar after crossing over the outside patio (there’s also Oregon State stuff all over the place, but it seemed to kind of blend in better) you’ll probably find it to your liking. There are, indeed, TVs all over the place, and since they are advertising that they will show the UW game on Thursday, can’t imagine they won’t at the threat of massive rioting in the streets.
By the way, I’ve been informed that you don’t even really have to worry about it if you are in Portland since the Husky game will be shown on KOIN Channel 6 in the Portland area. So you could just rent a room in a Motel 6 and buy a keg if you can’t find tickets once you get here.
Either way, sounds like lots of acceptable options for watching the game in the state of Oregon — just remember not to try to pump your own gas at the risk of possible life imprisonment.
Rambling preamble out of the way, a few late-night links. …
— I wrote this story for Wednesday’s paper on Jon Brockman. I tried to find something that hasn’t been written about him before so I talked to UW legends such as Bob Houbregs and Marv Harshman to get their thoughts on Jon, as well as focusing on this season.
— The Jackson Clarion-Ledger, which bills itself as Mississippi’s No. 1 web site — am assuming it probably just edged out this one — has this story on MSU’s long trip to Portland, noting the team has traveled 3,055 miles since Sunday. I’ve probably typed that many letters since Sunday, so what’s the big deal?
— Mississippi’s No. 1 web site also has this story on MSU guard Phil Turner and how he likes to talk a lot, which is really helpful information as I plan my interview schedule for tomorrow.
— And Mississippi’s No. 1 web site also has a good column on Jarvis Varnado featuring a lot of interesting comments from USC coach Tim Floyd, a Mississippi native — as well as the stat that Varnado blocked more shots by himself than all but 20 teams in D-I basketball this season.
— The Oregonian has a nice story on how the Huskies let the entire team be the star this season.
— The Oregonian also has this really interesting story on the relationship between Blazers star Brandon Roy — who I think once also played for UW — and Isaiah Thomas, noting that Thomas complained to Roy about not getting enough touches at the end of the Cal game (doesn’t really say which one) and also about not playing enough at crunch time of other games, things Thomas has never said publicly to Seattle reporters. (This reminds me of the time Roy told us all, while a senior at UW, that Adam Morrison told him while they were lined up at the free throw line that he planned to declare for the NBA Draft at the end of the season, something Morrison had yet to say publicly. The GU sports info department issued a quick denial though Morrison, indeed, declared for the draft at the end of the season).
— The Detroit News has this breakdown of the West Region including a heartening stat for UW fans — teams that play in similar home environments (apparently three hours or so from their home base) are 71-8 in the tournament in the last decade. North Carolina and Duke are probably about 60 of those wins given how each of those schools always plays within about a minute of their own campus.
All for now.



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