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M's and fans say goodbye to 'The Voice'

M's and fans say goodbye to 'The Voice'

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Scooter Chapman

It's almost turkey time, sports fans, and time to reflect a tad on November activities and what has happened in the past couple of weeks and take a gander into the future.

Hope all of you are well and that nary a reader goes without enough turkey, mashed potatoes, yams, green been casserole and pumpkin pie drowning in a sea of whipped cream.

Mariners

Quite a season for the Seattle Mariners: High hopes to begin the season, not enough hitting to balance solid pitching performances, losing the team's icon mid-season then its longtime play-by-play announcer and then getting a Cy Young Award for its young, talented pitcher.

I considered fellow announcer Dave Niehaus a friend. Since 1977, he has been the voice of the Mariners on radio and Port Angeles/Sequim station KONP has been on the Mariner radio network since the beginning.

He did all but 101 of the 5,385 games the Mariners have played, only recently taking a mid-season vacation in July to spend time with his family on Lake Chelan.

He was recognized as one of the outstanding voices of the game and was included in the broadcasters wing of the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 2008. He was very, very, very proud of that recognition.

His "My, oh, my" and "It will fly away" became household phrases, as well as his "grand salami" call for a grand slam home run.

His love of baseball showed in his broadcasts and Dave always had time for us little guys. When the Mariners had their opening games in the Kingdome or Safeco, he always gave me his assessment of spring training and how the Mariners were going to do.

In nine of 10 seasons, he was right.

We will miss Dave. His memorial service will be at Safeco Field on Dec. 11.

Cy Young? Si!

Felix Hernandez was runner-up in 2009 and was named Cy Young winner for the American League last week. It was much deserved. The big right-hander threw 249.2/3 innings, fanned 232, walked just 70, hurled six complete games, had an earned-run average of 2.27 per nine innings pitched and recorded a 13-12 won-lost mark.

Since signing with Seattle in 2004, he has had only two losing seasons. That's amazing.

He was 7-2 for Everett in 2003, 9-3 for Inland Empire in 2004, 5-1 with San Antonio the same year and 9-4 in Tacoma in 2005. He was 4-4 with Seattle in 2005. He began 2006 as a 19-year-old and finished 12-14, then 14-7, 9-11 and 19-5 a year ago.

Best news? He's signed through 2014.

By the way, what has happened to Ken Griffey Jr.? He just dropped out of sight and sound, and me thinks his feud with former Mariner manager Don Wakamatsu and several teammates who reported that he was napping during a game when they needed him to pinch hit, was way more than anyone has let on.

Wednesday whirl

The Klahowya Eagles football coach stepped away two weeks ago. The team was 0-23 under Lyle Prouse and the third coach in school history said his inability to land a full-time job at the school or even in the CK district was the reason for his departure.

He tried hard but did not get much support from school officials, team parents and even some team members.

Washington's Huskies need two wins in their last two games to become bowl eligible and get to a post-season appearance for Jake Locker.

The Dawgs go to Cal this Saturday, then to Pullman for the Cougars on Dec. 4.

Did you know that there are 70 berths for the 235 bowl games? There were 54 teams eligible on Nov. 19 - 16 teams with five wins and 20 with four wins.

Some wags are predicting some bowls will have to have a team with only five wins.

Yes, I think it's time to go to a Division I playoff system. If they can do it in the small school ranks, they can do it with the big schools.

I think the top 16 teams in the land should play off for the title, with the last four games in the former so-called big bowls - Rose, Orange, Sugar and Cotton - and get rid of the BCS championship game.

Hill hoopla

It's time again for the Larry Hill 11th annual Sequim Alumni Basketball Jamboree. It takes place Saturday, Nov. 27, in Rick Kaps Gym at Sequim High School.

All Sequim hoop alums are welcome from noon-

2 p.m. Art Green and Hill

will designate two to four teams to play in the evening event and there will be an added fundraiser, a poker tourney at 7 Cedars Casino.

Go Wolves.

Columns by KONP 1450 AM sports announcer Scooter Chapman appear weekly in the Sequim Gazette. He can be reached via e-mail at scooter@olypen.com.

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