JANUARYMichigan State beat Stanford 24-20 in the Rose Bowl, but more importantly, I saw John Bursell and his son Zach running along Glacier Highway near the Auke Bay Ferry Terminal on New Year’s Day.The duo ran an easy 10 miles at just under 6 minutes per, then did a Polar Plunge on the beach at Lena Cove.“This is a huge competition.”Roughhouse Fridays at Marlintini’s ended after eight events a year for 14 years.The night had heroes such as heavyweight champion Al “Mean Machine” Valentine and foes such as the Duckworth trio from Ketchikan.John was training for Ironman Coeur D’Alene in Boise and qualification for his second Boston Marathon in a row. 2 Auburn 34-31 behind controversial Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston.Zach had just completed his junior cross country season at Western Washington University in Bellingham and was preparing for the track season. For me, the day was special because the Lynn Canal running camp began looking for applications for its fourth year — the first step toward a blockbuster pack of youth runners that attended the June gathering.
They would next beat the San Francisco 49ers 23-17 in the NFC title game and the Denver Broncos 43-8 in the Super Bowl.
“Al was always one of the best fights,” said Marlintini’s owner Ethan Billings, who sold the bar. We were the guys that brought this kind of stuff to town. In the olden days it was always better because more guys were into boxing. Now these guys are just kind of getting off the couch and wanting to make a hundred bucks.” FEBRUARYFive-year-old Seattle Seahawks fan Meade Sue Wing memorized the team’s roster and a number of other facts about the team.
Sue Wing predicted the Seahawks’ Super Bowl win over the Denver Broncos and played catch with this reporter while pontificating about all things colored College Navy and Action Green.
There is a place on the sidelines, between the 25-yard lines, where coaches tread.
In that rectangle, amid the weather, the cheers and the boos, the questionable calls and the heroics, we see the character of a coach. His phone was not unlisted and his dinner table was never lacking.