Monday, April 07, 2008

Gary Rogers Ink Just Part of the Gig

Somehow I missed this yesterday, but a strong write-up of our 6-7 power pitcher in yesterday's TNT. It's a quick read, but a strong one nonetheless. And Rogers better get used to the feature stories, because it will come with the territory this year.

What are your expectations or Rogers? I think he could have a big year, but it might come after a slow start. And, overall he's in a tough spot. Here's a tremendously talented guy with NFL size and arm strength who never got his shot for reasons we are all too familiar with. The thing that bowled me over is that Brink made 40 STRAIGHT STARTS?!? That's Favre-like in durability, because we all saw Alex take a beating in his years. I still can't get over how he continued to come back, week after week. A tip of the hat to him for that, but in the end it might really be a spur in Rogers' saddle this season. A new system, key pass-catchers in Bumpus, Collins and Dillon are gone, and a lack of playing experience? Hopefully he'll continue to work his butt off and have a GOD-like senior year. Would that piss you off, by the way, if Gary was just a GOD this year? Not mad about the present, but would you be mad about the prior staff's belief in Brink, no matter what??

The sad part is injuries did in Rogers in '06, or we might be talking about an experienced starter. If you remember, in the 3rd quarter of the Cal loss at home, the staff actually pulled Brink for Rogers. He suffered a shoulder injury, Brink came back into the game, and afterwards there were some ominous quotes from coaches, including Rosey who basically hinted that this was a change they were looking to make. Meanwhile, they beat Oregon the next week and that was it. I think with Rogers, no matter what he does this year we're always going to wonder what could have been.

Jerry Brewer wrote about Tony on Sunday. A good, honest look at the situation, but it's reality - every year, unless the program falls off the face of the earth (highly unlikely), Tony is going to be a candidate at Anywhere U. It's all based on perception of WSU being a nothing program. But is it? We're preaching to the choir here, but just because there are less TV sets in eastern WA doesn't make WSU a bad job. Get the travel stuff straightened out, and if you are pulling in a cool $1m per year in the Pac-10, with very little pressure to win? It's a GREAT job! Plus we get around 9 - 10,000 a game, and that's just as good as many other Pac-10 schools. Beasley actually has more seats than UW's BOFA arena. Did you know that? But remember, this isn't the 1990's anymore. You are coaching in a major conference in a unique college town experience that nobody can match, everyone is on TV, the internet has made the world smaller. You can be a coaching star basically anywhere.

So the M's kick another great Felix start. So far this year, 15 IP, 0 ER, 0 wins. Damn. So THAT'S why it's important to have a closer. You almost forgot what it felt like to blow late leads with Putz being such a dominant force. Well, thanks for the reminder. It sucks. Hurry back JJ.

Finally, quite a night at the Key last night. Sure, revenge on the Nuggets for the Harlem Globetrotter-like performance from a few weeks ago, in maybe the worst Sonics showing ever. And 72 points from Durant-Green was pretty special. But best of all, George Karl and that Space Needle tie! Talk about memories. I know he only wore it late in his Sonics career, but it really brought back thoughts of glory days gone by. I think George Karl and his era is the #1 reason I give a rip about the Sonics or the NBA. It's so easy to forget what it felt like back then, how much everyone cared, how much the Seattle sports landscape changed so much. Just seeing him in that tie made me remember my younger single days living in Seattle, and the Sonics were just so damn important. The clock is just about winding down on their days here, and barring a miracle they will be gone. What a shame.

HAPPY MONDAY!

5 comments:

ZZU_CRU said...

Rogers will have blown-up moments and horrible mistakes. it is a lost year and I want to see Lopina get at least a few series per game. Rogers will make an NFL team though.

kaddy said...

I'm hoping that Rogers pulls a Kegel...I think Matt Kegel is sort of the forgotten QB for the Cougs - he had a great senior year.

I was talking with a friend about Rogers this weekend. The worst part about his lack of experience is that it didn't have to be this way. There were several games where he could have had ample game snaps - ie. the blowout vs. San Diego St, the blowout vs. Oregon, the blowout vs. Oregon St. If you're a coach, and there is no chance of coming back in a game, why isn't the backup playing the entire 4th quarter??? Rogers could be going into this year with 8 quarters of game experience under his belt.

Sedihawk said...

Good comp Kaddy, and man, you hit the nail on the head about Rogers and lack of game action. It is easy to pile on after the current staff moved on, but uh, YEAH, what were they thinking again? Unfortunately Rogers is the victim in all this.

Also interesting about the offensive system, in particular the QB making play calls in the no-huddle. Did you notice that in the TNT article? I don't care who is at QB, but early on there are going to be some bumps in the road. New QB's in new systems always make mistakes, so it has to be expected of Rogers. I hope he does pull a Kegel, but man, Kegel had a lot more PT than Rogers ever had. Kegel even had some starts late in '00, including the USC win in LA. We have nothing to fall back on with Rogers, aside from a couple of shining moments vs. Auburn and Baylor! It's going to be verrrrry interesting to see how it plays out.

AtlantaCoug said...

Agree with Kaddy. Even if you want to play Devil's advocate and say, "Rogers was not ready/good enough to play even in garbage time" wouldn't you still play another backup QB? Lopina or Lobstertail (new nickname for Marshal..trademarked by Atlcoug) ? Can't understand why Rogers was good enough in 2006 for garbarge time/split time but not in 2007?

ZZU_CRU said...

As time goes by, the decisions by this staff will only look worse. If you guys only knew the lazy BS that went on it would make your head spin. Might make a good book someday.

Your Seattle M's fail to respond today as O'Flaherty serves up the game to Huff. Meanwhile Sherill shuts them down. Hard to believe bavasi was stupid enough to give up 5 guys for a flake lefty who asks to skip his start because he had a sore hip. What is he, 80 years old? Shut your yapper and pitch. What a wuss. But a 4-game sweep by the freakin' O'S??? 2-5 against TX and BAL isn't much cause for hope. The offense looks ancient right now. Sexson can't catch up to even high-80's heat. vidro has 2 HR's but is hitting .180. Wilkerson has a dying quail single in 21 AB's. Johjima is so slow he looks like he's swinging underwater. And Jose Lopez moves like an aging edgar Martinez. The single by Payton yesterday was a routine grounder that 90 percent of all second basemen would have scooped up. Istead it trickles into right. Regardless of the starting pitching, it could be a long summer on the wet side.