"Another Blog on the Fire" Michael Dashiell
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Michael Dashiell (that's me) is editor of the Sequim Gazette. He has a Bachelor's Degree from Western Washington University, has worked at the Sequim Gazette for about 10 years and enjoys writing — occasionally. He and his wife Patsene live in Sequim; their two daughters are in college. He will write about anything, but particularly enjoys sports, arts, breaking news and news-of-the-weird. He also enjoys writing about himself in the third person.
Q13 Fox Sports has tonight’s Sequim-Port Angeles football match-up as their Game of the Week.
But as always, it’s really the Game of the Year for everyone out here on the Peninsula.
Sure, there’s a little less riding on this one than last season, when both teams were ranked, undefeated in league play and looking like two freight trains ready to collide.
Fans headed to the stadium tonight should get there early. There’s a separate gate on the east side, so the Roughrider and Wolves fans won’t have to intermingle.
Actually, I’ve seen nothing but good cheer off the field between the two fan bases, and even from the players. After last year’s 41-0 Sequim win, P.A. players brought over a cake to the winning squad and offered them good luck in the next round.
I don’t know a lick about the baking skills of Sequim’s players, but that would be a classy move to reciprocate.
I hear the Sequim student faithful are calling this the “Rainshadow Rumble.” I like it. No, I love it. So from now on, that’s what I’m calling this game.
We’ll be there — meaning the Gazette folks — in nearly full force. For those who can’t be there, we’ll be Facebooking it, taking some video, photos and trying to give as many meaningful updates as possible. And check it out on Q13 at 10 p.m. for game highlights.
And of course, we’ll have full coverage in the Wednesday print edition.
Sequim can earn at least a share of its seventh league title in eight seasons (all under head coach Erik Wiker) with a win.
Both teams are headed to the playoffs, though both teams are dealing with some injuries — Port Angeles more so than the Wolves.
See you at the stadium.
P.S. — Soccer fans, coaches, players
I can’t decide which sport has the worst fans. You know, the most blatantly obnoxious, overbearing, rude, vile followers than any other. Football has its share, and hockey fans can be downright dangerous.
But I think that award goes to soccer fans.
Don’t get me wrong — I love the sport. I don’t mind ties or penalty kick shootouts to decide games, or even players doing their Oscar-winning display to play up an “injury.” Actually, hose are some of the things I like about the sport.
But the fans are ridiculous. Let me see if I can get this through: If a call goes against your team, the referee isn’t an idiot. It’s NOT the worst call EVER. The ref SHOULD NOT be drawn and quartered. STOP pretending that your team is perfect.
It’s a subjective game, and refereeing a soccer match is probably one of the toughest gigs in sports — right up there with being a baseball when the Texas Rangers are playing.
I was observing the last few minutes of the Sequim-Port Angeles girls soccer game the other day. I get the feeling both sides wanted the ref to live no longer. Surrounded by some fans near the end of the match (a 2-0 P.A. win, by the way), they jeered the ref relentlessly on even the smallest call.
Just before the final whistle, the ref made a call against Port Angeles that likely should have been called against the home Sequim Wolves. It looked as if one of the P.A. coaches literally fell down in disbelief, much to the delight of the Roughrider fans around him, who laughed and applauded.
Once called “a gentleman's game played by hooligans,” I think soccer in all its dimensions is thoroughly in the hands of the hooligans.