Bouncing between subjects as we begin another busy sports week
Wonder how athletic directors of the southern schools feel when they see Washington, Oregon State, Washington State and Oregon at and near the top of the Pac-12 baseball standings.
My guess is they probably understand how hard it is to recruit players at schools such as Southern Cal, Arizona, California and Stanford because of all the good weather.
Clyde Drexler is a married man.
The Hall of Famer and Trail Blazer legend and second wife Tonya were wed in a ceremony in Houston in early March.
Drexler, 51, has been divorced from his first wife, Gaynell, for several years. He met Tonya, a physical trainer, through pal Dominique Wilkins a couple of years ago.
I met Tonya -- who is 36 -- at a barbecue I attended at Clyde's estate adjacent to the posh Royal Oaks Country Club in January. She's a quiet but lovely woman -- and I was sworn to secrecy by Clyde not to write about her.
It's out there now, and I'm happy Clyde is happy.
"She's a really nice woman, so I'm excited," Drexler told me this week. "I told her she's stuck with me now. Life is good."
I visited Harry Glickman at the Rehabilitation Institute of Oregon on Saturday. Pleased to report the retired Blazer president -- who suffered a stroke on March 7 -- is coming along quite well in his rehabilitation.
Glickman, who turns 90 on May 13, greeted Bill Schonely and me quickly and warmly, with a firm handshake as we entered a room in which he was working with a specialist in regaining movement in his left leg.
Harry's mind is 100 percent. We chatted about the Final Four and the Blazers and how he was getting along.
"They're treating me well here," he said. "The food is even pretty decent."
Glickman has been appreciative of the many phone calls he has gotten from friends, including former Blazers Terry Porter and Bill Walton.
"Couldn't get Bill off the phone," Glickman joked.
Glickman has full movement in his upper extremities and in his right leg. He is working to regain strength in the left leg so he can walk again.
"I don't want to be in a damn walker," he said.
On Tuesday, he moves to the Robison Jewish Health Center, where he will continue his therapy.
Schonely was in Norristown, Pa., last week to attend the funeral of his brother Jim Schonely, who died March 23 at the age of 78.
One source says Cheryl Miller is a candidate for the University of Portland women's basketball coaching job vacated by the retirement of Jim Sollars. Miller, sister of Reggie Miller, is a member of the Naismith Hall of Fame and the former head coach at Southern Cal. She currently works as a sideline reporter for TNT's NBA broadcasts.
Rich "Captain" Patterson, a veteran producer for Blazer Broadcasting, will work his 2,000th Trail Blazer radio broadcast Sunday when Portland plays host to Golden State at the Moda Center.
Patterson, 51, began working Blazer games during the 1992 playoffs and hasn't missed a full game since.
"There have been five games where I haven't done the entire broadcast," Patterson says. Three times to attend concerts -- Paul McCartney twice, Ringo Starr once -- and twice for illness.
The David Douglas High and Mt. Hood CC grad, who grew up a Blazer fan, is believed to have the oldest full recording of a Blazer radio broadcast -- Portland vs. Milwaukee from October 1972.
"I held an old portable Panasonic cassette deck up to my two-inch clock-radio speaker," Patterson says.
There have been many highlights over 22 years.
"The championship series with the Bulls in 1992," he says. "I was new to the job and constantly thinking, 'Don't screw this up.'
"The game Mike Rice got ejected. Eddie Doucette comes back on the air and says, 'Folks, you won't believe what happened.' Eddie had laryngitis and had to work the second half by himself.
"Listening to Brian Wheeler off the air during the fourth-quarter meltdown in the Western Conference finals against the Lakers in 2000. There was a time when I could record Wheels off the air. I saved a tape one season. Wheels had a Super Bowl party. We played it during halftime. (Current Lakers coach) Mike D'Antoni was there and said listening to that was a lot better than the Super Bowl halftime entertainment."
Patterson says his wife "is jokingly jealous of me. I have my dream job -- getting paid to do something I grew up loving."
Patterson expects to extend his streak to 3,000 before he retires.
"It's 10 to 12 more years," he says. "I'll only be 63. I'll still be spry."
Word is Tournament Golf Foundation -- which runs Portland's LPGA tournament -- has a five-year agreement with a sponsor, which would be a very good thing. TGF President Tom Maletis denies it, but says he expects something to be announced "in the next week to three weeks."
The former Safeway Classic is on the LPGA calendar for Aug. 28-31. It's expected to be held at Columbia Edgewater Country Club, though no deal is signed there, either.