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Daily Roundup 3.1.07

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I can't get Echoes Part I from Live At Pompeii out of my head this morning.

Sometimes everything really is green and submarine.

Another pissaway down the stretch. I'm so used to it now, but it's still a shame and shows the difference between having that vet guard in Cassell. He used Luke Ridnour like a hotel condom last night. The team as a whole also suffered from extremely crappy passing throughout the game but most notably on Earl Watson's fumble late in the 4th.

“The play was open if the pass was there,” Watson said. “My angle was bad and the pass was obviously too high. The ball slipped out of my hands.”

Larry Borstein's take, since the Times still isn't sending a beat writer to road games.

"Obviously, we improved in the turnover area, but I don't know what Watson was doing on that pass," Hill said.

BTW Hill's talking about improving in the second half over the first, in which the team committed a ridiculous 10 turnovers despite shooting 50%. Rematch tonight at the Key.

Believe me, this is only the first salvo.

"I don't think [New Orleans is] the right city to have this type of event right now. I know the city is in need of trying to get back on their feet, in need of money. Safety comes first. I'm sure they have to do a lot of research and look into before they really make this decision."

The security issue became a larger concern after there were hundreds of arrests in Las Vegas during All-Star weekend.

"If I don't feel that I'm going to be safe, if I am on that team, I will look into probably not even going," McGrady said.

Some good stuff in Frank's blog today. Milwaukee and Memphis might be under the cap enough to sign Rashard (can't see either team being interested in him)

And just to end things on a feel good note let's all see what Frank Chopp is all about.

What’s troubling, though, is how tawdry the debate grew thanks to words that came out of the mouths of two elected officials during the racers’ visits to their state.

First, House Speaker Frank Chopp referred to Petty, the seven-time Cup series champion, as “that guy who got picked up for a DUI.”

Uh, no. Not only has Petty never been picked up for driving under the influence, he has never allowed his race teams to be sponsored by any form of alcoholic beverage because he promised his mother he never would.

Chopp said he “wasn’t sure” Petty was the guy he was thinking of, so I guess he thought that made it OK. Later, he apologized and called the remark “inappropriate and wrong.”

Well, at least he got that part right.

Then there’s House member Larry Seaquist (who, for the record, is a Democrat as is Chopp).

Mr. Seaquist offered the following opinion when the idea of having NASCAR fans in the state came up: “These people are not the kind of people you would want living next door to you. They'd be the ones with the junky cars in the front yard and would try to slip around the law.”

Hmmm. That sounds like a stereotype, doesn’t it? That’d be sort of like stating that anyone who lives in Seattle has webbed feet (because it rains so much there, you know) and puts double-caff, half-fat lattes in their babies’ bottles (since the only thing they drink there is coffee).

That would be silly of course. But there’s one judgment here that I can make based solely on what was said this week on this topic, and that’s that Richard Petty has forgotten more about class and respect than at least two pinheads in the Washington state legislature.