Quick Hits: Early Sunday Morning
January 20, 2013 § 2 Comments
2013 US Figure Skating Championships sponsored by Prudential Real Estate will be held in Omaha, Nebraska. It’s a shame that many skaters were injured and could not participate in the competition. High-profile withdrawals include Alissa Czisny (dislocated hip) and Evan Lysacek (healthy but not in competition form since incurring sports hernia). Another high-profile withdrawal includes All Year FSC (Carson City) senior ladies skater and Pacific Coast Sectional Championships winner, Vanessa Lam, disclosed by USFSA in a 140-character statement on Twitter.
Vanessa Lam, senior ladies, has withdrawn from the 2013 U.S. Championships due to injury #Omaha2013—
U.S. Figure Skating (@USFigureSkating) January 19, 2013
USFSA rulebook states that if any of the top 4 finishers in the sectional competitions must withdraw from the national championships, the first alternate/5th place finisher from the withdrawing skater’s sectional may take their place. The fifth place finisher from the 2013 Pacific Sectionals?
UC Berkeley/Cal Figure Skating’s Laney Diggs. Diggs replacing Lam isn’t quite Brady/Bledsoe (lacks perspective and time), Harding/Kerrigan (lacks knee bruises and figure skating scandal), or Kaepernick/Smith (Kettlechips? Kappersnack?). Receiving word of Lam’s withdrawal from USFSA officials Saturday, Diggs accepted the opportunity to make the most of her fifth Figure Skating Championships experience (2006, 2008, 2009, 2010). She has less than a week until she performs her short program on January 24th at CenturyLink Center.
Meanwhile, Skating Club of New York skater and 1st year Golden Bear Jay Yostanto skates his short program in Sunday’s first junior men’s event. Best wishes from here to the Golden Bears on the national stage.
NFC Championship Game
San Francisco 49ers are in Atlanta to face the NFC top seed Falcons for the right to play in the Super Bowl. San Francisco will employ its nickel defense, with defensive backs Dashon Goldson, Tarell Brown, Carlos Rogers, Chris Culliver and Donte Whitner joining damn good coverage linebackers in Patrick Willis and NaVorro Bowman, lining up behind a scary defensive line of Justin Smith, Aldon Smith, Isaac Sopoaga and Ray McDonald. This starting 11 will be tasked with not only stopping Atlanta’s potent pass offense revolving around Roddy White, Julio Jones, Harry Douglas, Tony Gonzalez and Jacquizz Rodgers, but keeping in check Michael Turner and the run game. Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan, who won his first playoff game last week against the Seattle Seahawks will try to shake his reputation of not being clutch.
Colin Kaepernick leads the 49ers offense against a Falcons’ defense that will play less man-to-man than the Packers. Atlanta will have fearsome pass-rusher, John Abraham back from injury and at its disposal to harass Kaepernick into rushed throws and rash decisions. But Kaepernick will have Frank Gore and Anthony Dixon to help lead the rushing attack and stymie Abraham, as well as wide receivers Randy Moss and the emerging Michael Crabtree, whose emergence has coincided with coach Jim Harbaugh’s naming of Kaepernick as starting QB. Will the 49ers be able to exploit the Falcons’ D just like the Seahawks, with Kaepernick finding tight ends Vernon Davis and Delanie Walker at the intermediate levels? Might be tough if current Falcons defensive coordinator Mike Nolan spots the errors, fixes them, and creates a formidable obstacle in the 49ers’ Quest for Six Titles.
- Michelle Kwan’s wedding ceremony happened Saturday. Cool beans.
- NHL started its abridged season Saturday. New Kings fans finally have reason(s) to wear their Anze Kopitar jersey.
- Golden State Warriors ended their three-game losing streak by posting a 116-112 victory over the Hornets in New Orleans. Jarrett Jack put on his big boy pants and did everything short of piloting the team home to Oakland, scoring 25 points and dishing 12 assists.
- The Giants avoided arbitration with Buster Posey, agreeing to a 1 year/$8 million dollar contract. This opens up a window to sign Buster Posey to a long-term contract for a s**t ton of money.
- Posey also met Yogi Berra in New York, where Posey attended an awards dinner put on by the New York chapter of BBWAA, receiving his 2012 NL MVP award. Buster Posey was: ☑ Having it, ☐ Not having it
- Sergio Romo took a lot of leverage from the Giants. He stands to make 4 million dollars a year in a longer contract or… he’ll take the Giants to arbitration for a 1 year/4.5 million dollar deal. Oh dear.
Three-day weekend (MLK Jr. Day on Monday) may allow people to get Colin Kaepernick’s name right.
@LOLKNBRCallers Crackle Kippelsnax—
(@lfagundes77) January 20, 2013
On second thought, maybe not.