The Hawks’ Nest


Weekend Rundown
March 4, 2010, 4:12 pm
Filed under: Winterhawks | Tags: ,

Excuse me while I channel my inner Carnac…

“The I-5 during rush hour, Billy Corgan’s ego, and the Winterhawks’ games this weekend.”

What are three things packed as tight as can be?

Two big games this weekend, Friday against Spokane at 7:30 and Saturday against Tri-Cities at 7, both at the Rose Garden.There will be plenty of activity surrounding the two games, so let’s break it down a bit and give an overview of what’s happening.

Before Friday’s game against Spokane, the team will be hosting its annual awards ceremony. The awards include MVP, Rookie of the Year, Best Defensive Player, Leading Scorer, Scholastic Player of the Year, Fan Favorite and Sportsmanship. I thought about lobbying to have an award for Best Team Blogger handed out this year, then realized I’d lose out to Andy, Todd, and Mike and figured there was no point.Then I thought about pitching the C. Montgomery Burns Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Field of Excellence, but if Rupert Murdoch and his legal team can get every clip of the Simpsons scrubbed from YouTube, then he can certainly destroy me for misappropriating one of the show’s brilliant ideas.

Once the pre-game festivities are done it promises to be an intense game. It’s a likely first round playoff preview, but the matter of who would get is very much up in the air. Spokane goes into the game two points up on Portland with a game in hand, but the Hawks are 5-1-0-1 against the Chiefs this year. Win this game to pull even in the standings with the tiebreaker in hand, and it’s on.

Then on Saturday the team hosts Tri-Cities, where there will be a veritable bevy of activity. A flurry even. Of course, it’s Hall of Fame Night, where we induct Brian Shaw, Ken Hodge and Dennis Holland into the inaugural class, along with presenting Innes Mackie the inaugural Brian C. Shaw Award for Meritorious Service to the Organization. Along with the Hall of Fame activities, we’re also asking people to bring a canned food item for the Portland Police Bureau’s Sunshine Division. And at the risk of sounding like the Slap Chop guy, that’s not all! We’re also hosting an auction for Luca Sbisa, Paul Gaustad, Josef Balej and Lanny Ramage game-worn jerseys. It starts with a silent auction before and during the game, then the highest silent auction bid is used as the starting point for a live auction post-game. That takes place outside section A17, so make sure to check it out.All the proceeds will go to Winterhawks community outreach activities.

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