5/22: UW softball advances to Sweet 16

May 22, 2011, 9:35 AM

By Michael Simeona

— State representatives in Olympia are forming a task force in hopes of bringing an NBA team back to Seattle. Mike Hope (R-Lake Stevens) and David Frockt (D-Seattle) are trying to form a bipartisan task force of lawmakers, business leaders and grass-roots activists to bring professional basketball back to the Emerald City.

Hope: “We have different, various ideas. I’m not exactly sure which one will go forward, but I want to have something done and tangible, a piece of legislation ready to go by January of next year. So that when the Legislature convenes they can start hammering away at this.”

— In this morning’s Seattle Times, reader’s voiced their displeasure with the Oklahoma City Thunder’s run through the NBA playoffs.

— The UW women’s softball team advanced to their sixth NCAA Super Regional in the last seven seasons with their 2-1 victory over BYU at Husky Softball Stadium on Saturday. They have a chance at hosting the Super Regional if the Missouri Tigers fail to advance with a win today.

IT— Percy Allen of the Seattle Times notes in his college basketball blog how UW’s 5′ 8″ point guard Isaiah Thomas (left) could be the shortest player drafted in the NBA since former UW guard, 5′ 7″ Nate Robinson.

— Greg A. Bedard of Boston.com examines an overlooked side of the NFL lockout, the coaches. Only seven NFL teams have pledged that they won’t ask for pay cuts from their coaching staffs during the lockout: Seattle, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Oakland, N.Y. Giants, Indianapolis, and Dallas.

While the coaches don’t have any players at the facilities for them to teach, they’re still working as hard as they normally would despite having a lower paycheck.

Larry Keenan, director of NFL Coaches Association: “The only thing they’re not doing right now is they don’t have any players to work with, but they’re all working, spending probably as many hours as they would if the players were there. And they’re getting paid less than their contracts called for.”

And finally…

If you thought Terrell Owens or Chad Ochocinco set the standard for celebrating after making a scoring play, think again.

A soccer team in Iceland – Stjarnan Iceland – has brought celebrating to a whole ‘nother level. After every score, the entire team has a choreographed dance mimicking activities such as fishing, rowing, and even riding a stationary bike.

Check it out for yourself:

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5/22: UW softball advances to Sweet 16