IDENTITY- A Visual Artifact is the first of a series of three exhibitions, each featuring a select group of long-time Koplin Del Rio (KDR) gallery artists. As KDR transitions its footprint to the Pacific Northwest, the exhibitions will unveil the gallery’s distinct identity and unique visual program through the artists it represents. These artists produce work that taps into the pulse of our current point in history in order to examine identity on multiple levels—self, community and nation.
Archives for February 2016
Oregon State (7-8, 16-10) freshmen Stephen Thompson grabbed the inbound pass with 3.3 seconds left in the game Wednesday and ran the length of the court and made an improbable Hail Mary three point buzzer beater that gave Beavers the 82 to 81 win that broke the hearts of the University of Washington (8-8, 16-12) Men’s basketball team. The mind boggling shot was not only a show stopper for the 5,593 fans who attended the game at Gil Coliseum, it made the Huskies path to the NCAA Tournament pretty much Mission Impossible.
While the Mission Impossible part might be a little over the top, it’s not far from the truth. The young dawgs will need to win the Pac 12 Conference that will be in Las Vegas and begins in fortnight. The talent is there for Washington, the question is weather the young team can stay focused for the four games it will need to win to be crowned Tournament Champions and earn an automatic bid to the NCAA Tourney.
Before Washington can dream of Conference Tournament glory, it must heal from Wednesday nights heartbreak. “It’s a tough loss,” Husky Coach Lorenzo Romar told the Seattle Times after the game. ” We did a lot of things again that would allow you to win a ballgame, but we don’t have anything to show for it.”
Truth be told Washington does not have much to show lately. The Huskies are 1-5 ( Stanford 64-53) in their last six games. Ten of the Huskies’ Pac-12 games have been decided by five points or fewer, tops in the conference. And yes we get that this is a young team and Lorenzo Romar is an amazing individual, but time is of the essence and the Huskies need to pull it all together and make something of the season.
Andrew Andrews scored 30 points and matched a career-high with six 3-pointers for the Huskies while Dejounte Murray scored 15 points and Marquese Chriss chipped in 14 points. Washington’s next game will be this Sunday against Conference leaders Oregon Ducks (11-4, 22-6) in Eugene.
A sigh of relief reverberated up and down the rafters of the Alaska Airlines Arena last Saturday afternoon after freshmen sensation Dejounte Murray scored 25 points to lead the Washington Huskies(16-11, 8-7) to a much needed win over Stanford(6-8, 6-8) in a Pac 12 showdown between two teams seemingly heading in opposite directions. Stanford came in to the game with a two game win streak and one of those was an impressive Feb 13th 76-72 home victory over an 11th ranked and at the time conference leaders Oregon Ducks.
Washington stepped into Saturdays clash on a season long four game losing streak and looking at a once promising season quickly turning into another disappointing none NCAA tourney invite. Before the dreadful four game downfall, Washington was sitting as high as third place in the conference standings and a tournament lock according to prognosticators.
The Huskies downward spiral has been the result of teams not letting the young, quick and talented Huskies play their transition offense that is predicated on hard nosed tenacious defense. Pac 12 teams have been using a zone defense to slow the Huskies into half court play which resulted in indecision, poor shooting and turnovers on the offensive end.
Against the Cardinal on Saturday afternoon Murray was determined to stop the Huskies rot and made up for the off-day by Andrew Andrews and fellow perimeter shooters David Crispand Dominic Green. The three were a combined 0 of 18 shooting. Murray was 10 of 14 from the field and added nine rebounds.
Rosco Allen led Stanford (13-12, 6-8) with 20 points, but no other Cardinal scored in double figures.
The Huskies win keeps their slim hopes for an at-large berth and must put together a string of wins to gather momentum going into the Pac 12 Conference tournament.
By : ALICIA TAYLOR –
In the wake of yet another shooting death of a Black Man by Police officers, many of us find ourselves disgusted and outraged! Although, our outrage and disgust is warranted at what we are forced to witness day in and day out in regards to what appears to be a witch hunt for our Black Men and Boys, that is not the topic that I have chosen for this piece. “ALL LIVES MATTER” is what the media and the rest of America, begin to say instead of the original declaration coined by African American Activists and Protesters that were led to action after the senseless deaths, homicides, and injustices of unarmed Black Boys and Men in America at the hands of White men, and Police Officers. Their explanation and reasoning for basically subverting the Black Lives Movement was that, “ALL LIVES MATTERED, NOT JUST BLACK LIVES” and that although they understood and were just as outraged by what has taken place ALL LIVES MATTER, and NOT JUST BLACK LIVES. As if to imply equality and overall general care, concern, and compassion for every man, not just the men of your own race. And all of that sounded great! Many, that have a heart to see peace and unity, although torn and outraged by what we are experiencing, we too want to see peace and unity. Therefore, many shifted from the Black Lives Matter movement over to the ALL LIVES MATTER MOVEMENT in heart. Meaning that we didn’t allow our emotions to override our actions, realizing that at the end of the day, nobody deserves to be gunned down like a dog in the streets, right? I mean really, I need to understand this?
The very same people that were declaring in agreement that ALL LIVES MATTER, and chose to use that phrase in the media instead of the original declaration BLACK LIVES MATTER, don’t have an issue with describing a dead man as a felon, before you even find out his first name? I don’t care who you are or what you do whether it be job or personal, we all have a level of accountability to the truth and righteousness in this world. Especially those of us that have been blessed with the gift of influence whether it be on our jobs or personally, whether you are a journalist or a school teacher, you have a responsibility and an obligation to integrity and unity, and keeping the bond of peace amongst your fellow man. However, many have chosen to use their gift of influence to stir an already seething pot! We are not denying nor are we minimizing the fact that Che Taylor had been previously charged, convicted, and spent 25yrs in prison for several felonies, however, I refuse to refer to Mr. Taylor as “THE FELON”, or even A FELON” for that matter, being convicted of several felonies was a part of His past, but BEFORE he committed those felonies, he was a son, a man, another human being, a fellow citizen, and so many other things before he was ever convicted of a felony in Washington State or abroad. So, why would anyone’s description of him be a felon, and if it is someone in the position of the media, which is a pivotal point of influence for the community, and world that we live in. What is the agenda and motive for anyone that slanders someone’s name and defames their character to complete strangers? Not just any someone, but especially a deceased man? Every news outlet that I turned on to find out information on the incident continued to identify Mr. Taylor, as the FELON. Every social news MEDIA site that was his name in their articles as well, Mr. Taylor is referred to as the FELON.
This is an outrage! Not just to those that love and care for Mr. Taylor, but it should be for every single American in the US. You don’t do something for nothing, meaning there is a method to a person’s madness when they take this approach. That of defaming and individual before even, the listeners even know the full details of the incident. It is to desensitize, dehumanize, and minimize the impact of those of us on the outside looking, on the inhumane senseless act that has just occurred. By describing an individual by their actions, especially by their untowardly frowned upon by society actions, is to stack the deck, right? manipulate and control the emotions of the hearer. It’s to say that because Mr. Taylor had committed, and been convicted of felony crimes, he deserved to be dead, right? It is to say that because Mr. Taylor was convicted of a several felonies, and served his time for those felonies, might I add25yrs! It’s to say that his mother, and his family does not deserve the compassion, care and concern that the mother, and family of a NON-FELON does, right? Basically, it is to say that, ALL LIVES MATTERS, except FELONS, right? It is to say it was justified, before even knowing the details, right? America what have we become? It is a sad day when those that took an oath to report the truth, have begun to be the biggest catalyst for the lie? What if this was your son, or brother that had been killed, and before the news reported his name, and the details of the incident, or before expressing their condolences for the loss of another human being, they said “The homosexual was murdered, or the child molester, or the drunk, or the rapist, transgender, or the liar, or the prostitute, or the addict, or the thief, and the list goes on, before they reported the full story, before the family was notified, before the verdict was in the have already found them guilty. Guilty of being a worthless member of society, not even worthy of a “that’s so sad” from their fellow man, because of the things that they had done in the past? What if it was you?
Yes, ALL LIVES DO MATTER, however that is more than just a catchy declaration used by White America to subvert the BLACK LIVES MATTER MOVEMENT, it is the motto that our Country was framed upon. ALL LIVES MATTER, One Nation Under God Indivisible with LIBERTY and JUSTICE FOR ALL. We all have a duty and to uphold this pledged allegiance to one another! Injustice and hypocrisy are running rampant, and the moral fabric of this country is eroding more and more each day. It is a sad day in America when another one of our own is gunned down in the street, and we rejoice instead of weep! America is now a melting pot of all kinds of different races, religions, nationalities, and belief systems; that’s what makes it America, and though there are many differences between us, there is only ONE God above us, and HE IS THE ONE that they had in mind when they penned those Words to the Constitution that we all are required to adhere to, and TO HIM ALONE we will all give and account on Judgment day for our deeds done in this body, be they good or bad, and AN ACCOUNT of every IDLE (dead, inoperable) word that we have rolled off of our lips be it in work or play.
In closing, we all should ponder this: if the media and officers don’t have an issue with Mr. Taylor being identified and described as THE FELON, I gather the will be no issues with the officers being identified and described as THE KILLERS? I offer my deepest, and warmest heartfelt condolences to CHE Taylor’s family and loved ones, and MAY GOD BLESS AMERICA!
The Seattle Sounders finished their 2106 pre season with a 4-0 win over division rivals LA Galaxy at the Stub Hub Center in Carson, California. Midfielder Andreas Ivanschitz had a goal in each half as he led the Rave Green to their first win after three losses. Defender Chad Marshal had the other first half goal as the Sounders grabbed a 2-0 halftime lead in a game that was played in a water logged pitch.
Clint Dempsey and Ivanschitz each found the net in the second half to give the visitors the 4-0 lead that propelled the Rave Green to a much needed feel good win. The win definitely picked up the mood of a team that was dealing with uncertainty and puzzlement regarding want away strike Obafemi Martins future with the club. The Nigerian striker had been rumored to be in negotiations with Chinese Club Shanghai Shenhua.
Rumors turned to fact when the Nigerian striker tweeted a thank you and goodbye tweet to Sounders fans Wednesday night. Wednesday turned out to be a bittersweet day for the Sounders and their fans, a win over a divisional rival, the debut of a third ” Sky Blue “ kit and the loss of a teammate.
While the Martins deal has not been confirmed by either the Sounders or Major League Soccer, Sounder Coaches Schmid said during a conference call with media members on Thursday he had nothing new to add to the conversation and his focus was on the team moving on an preparing for the upcoming season.
“As with anything that happens in life, you gain knowledge of it at various times,” Schmid said of the situation, “and you just cope with it.”
Seattle will begin the 2016 regular season campaign Tuesday night at 7 p.m. when it hosts Club America in Leg one of the CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal.
Let’s get this out before you all start blaming me about throwing shade and what not. After watching the NBA All Star game and the Super bowl it occurred to me how lucky we are in these parts when it comes to our sports heroes. And you know that is what we have here in the Northwest. We have been blessed to watch and be around some of the most amazing individuals who happened to be athletes.
The recent passing of Seattle legends John Johnson and Dave Henderson took me down the nostalgic path and a quick left turn reminded how lucky I was to have known these great individuals not from an athletic perspective but rather a humanitarian interaction. Both where great individuals who were not gods by any stretch of the imagination but good and decent men who tried to make the world a better in their own way.
So we at The Facts Newspaper wanted to take a moment to honor these great individuals and in the process remember to honor some of the living legends. Warren Moon, Lorenzo Romar and our own Dave Mann.The former Seattle Rainiers outfielder played for 16 minor league teams in 12 cities and three countries.
Dave Mann’s long and illustrious started in 1952 with the Stockton Ports of the California League after a St. Louis Browns scout signed him to a baseball contract for $8,000.
Six years later, Dave was invited to spring training with the Cleveland Indians and was given his best chance at making a big league roster, but couldn’t dislodge Roger Maris, Rocky Colavito or Minnie Minosa in the outfield. Opportunities were fleeting, especially in terms of race.
Dave Mann broke bread and had conversation with the likes of Martin Luther King Jr, Jackie Robinson, Hank Aaron and of course his old roommate Satchel Paige.
“Back in those days the black athletes hung together and everyone knew each other,” Dave told me at halftime during a Seahawks game.” Those were different then and you did what you had to do to survive.”
To say Dave Mann mere survived all these years, would be rude and downright disrespectful. What made the aforementioned names amazing individuals is not what they did, hard work, faith belief but how they did it. With class, humility and a belief that hard work coupled with integrity and humility and a sprinkle of love makes for a wonderful life.
The only sure thing regarding Seattle Sounders FC striker Obafemi Martins is that no one is really sure what is going on. Yea the proverbial be ready for the unexpected clique. While some one knows what is going, trying to find that some one is one deep rabbit’s hole and not for the faint of heart.
The only true fact is that the Nigerian striker is not practicing with the club as they finish their preseason work outs and prepare for their February 23 home match against Club America in the first leg of the 2015-2016 Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League Quarterfinal Round.
The is he going , or is he staying drama grew legs when ESPNFC first broke the news Friday night that Martins was being courted by multiple teams from the CSL. The BBC reported early Sunday that the deal to send Martins to Chinese Super League club Shanghai Shenhua had been finalized.
And right on cue, MLS and Sounders FC had a no comment regarding Martins contract situation with the team or league. Sounders FC Manager GM and President of Soccer Garth Lagerwey did confirm through Sounders FC.com on Sunday night that Martins was not with the team.
“Oba’s not here with us in this phase of camp,” Lagerwey said. “We’ve had an approach from a Chinese club for his services, and it could take a while to have that resolved. Hopefully we’ll know more by the end of the week.”
In just under three years of service to the Rave Green, Martins has been a dynamic front line double threat that has produced 43 goals and 23 assist in 83 appearances across all competitions. Martins was instrumental in helping the Sounders win their first Supporters’ Shield in 2014 and that year’s US Open Cup title. Martins lost the MVP race that season to the LA Galaxy’s Robbie Keane.
Current notable foreign players on the Shenhua roster include Senegalise forward Demba Ba, Australian midfielder Tim Cahill and Colombian midfielder and captain Giovanni Moreno. Shenhua is coached by Spanish international Gregorio Manzano .
The proverbial proverbial” stop me if you have heard this one”, punch line is the only way to start the narrative regarding the Washington Huskies (15-10, 7-6) 81 to 80 loss to Colorado (19-7, 8-5) Saturday afternoon in Boulder Colorado.
While the opening narrative is reference to a punch line, make no mistake dear reader, the Huskies run at an NCAA Tournament berth is in critical condition and by no means a joking matter. The only joke here is the the Huskies inability to put two quality halves together. A shakespearian play this is not. Fair enough Husky nation your words to Coach Lorenzo Romar and his young team is clear. No more toying with us , save us the drama and seize the moment so the aforementioned fans can finally rid themselves of the five year NCAA tournament drought.
For the eternal optimist Washington has three weeks to make good and make their way to the big dance. Saturdays loss to the Buffaloes was a deep cut in that, the nail bitter dropped the Huskies out of a three-way tie for fourth in the conference and into seventh play. The margin of error is yes razor thin moving forward and no one knows that better than Husky Head Coach Lorenzo Romar. ” If we’re talking the NCAA tournament, (then) we’ve got t finish,” Romar said after Saturdays game. ” We don’t have a lot of margin for error at this point.”
While many so called prognosticators are predicting at minimum seven Pac 12 teams being invited to the dance, the young Huskies are better off taking destiny into their own hands. Lucky for the Huskies it’s all ahead of them.Washington will host California (17-8, 5-7) on Thursday night at 8:00 p.m. and Stanford (12-11, 5-7) Saturday at 5 p.m. before heading down I-5 for the Oregon double dip, Oregon State (15-9,6-7) Feb 24th, Oregon (20-6, 9-4) Feb 28th and finish the regular season at home March 2nd against WSU (9-16,1-12).
The Pac-12 Men’s Basketball Tournament will begin March 9th in Las Vegas. The NCAA Selection show will be March 13th.
Two early goals by Mexican side Celaya FC on Tuesday night were enough to propel the Mexican side to a 2-1 victory over the Seattle Sounders FC Tuesday evening at Kino Sports Complex in Tuscon, Arizona. It was the Rave Greens third preseason loss in three games.While its was a mere preseason game, the match was supposed to be a litmus for the Sounders who were looking to see how their new 4-3-3 formation would hold up against the Mexican side who’s style of play is similar to Club America. The Sounders are slated to kick of there 2016 campaign on Tuesday, February 23 against Club America in the first leg of the 2015-2016 Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League Quarterfinal Round at CenturyLink Field.
Celaya FC started Tuesdays game on the front foot and took the early lead on a goal from Cristian Gordillo after just three minutes of play. Gordillo received a throw in pass, took one touch to position himself and deftly sent the ball to the far post past a diving Stefan Frei. The Ascenso MX side extended its lead to 2-0 in the 16th minute on goal from Victor Mañón on a long-range effort after the ball was placed into empty space just outside the area. On the approach, Mañón delivered a one-touch strike to the upper left corner of the net.
Sounder Forward Nelson forward made it 2-1 in the 54th minute when he directed a well place header just inside the right post after receiving a pin point set piece pass from Andreas Ivanschitz. The goal invigorated the Sounders attack but the Rave Green chances went begging and when all was said and done the Sounders ended up on the short side of the stick.
While he was generally pleased with his team’s overall effort, Sounders FC Coach Sigi Schimid was displeased with the teams effort in the first part of the game. “I thought the first 20, 25 minutes, we were horrible,” Schmid told SounderFC.Com after the game.” Mistake early in the game for the goal, they then hit a good (shot) on the second one, we gave away to much space early in the game but after that I thought we were the better team”.
The Sounders started the game in a 4-3-3 with second-year Homegrown Player Darwin Jones placed alongside Designated Players Clint Dempsey and Valdez to head the attack above midfielders Osvaldo Alonso, Erik Friberg and Andreas Ivanschitz. Jordan Morris made his first match appearance for the Rave Green when he came on for Jones at the half.
The remainder of the Seattle starters came off later in the second half, with Oalex Anderson and Andy Craven joining Morris at forward in front of Cristian Roldan, Zach Mathers and Emir Alihodzic in the midfield. Charlie Lyon replaced Stefan Frei in the 76th minute along with a new backline of Michael Nelson, Zach Scott, Damion Lowe and Dylan Remick.
Sounders FC resumes its 2016 preseason presented by adidas this weekend when the club travels to Mt. San Antonio College for a week of training from February 13-18, as well as a pair of friendlies before starting the 2016 campaign on Tuesday, February 23 against Club America in the first leg of the 2015-2016 Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League Quarterfinal Round at CenturyLink Field.