Imagine my astonishment at what I heard next.
Rooting for Seattle was not based on Carolan's experience in San Francisco, which lasted two seasons before he finished his career in 1996 with Miami. Rather, Carolan said he does not root for the 49ers because he dislikes coach Jim Harbaugh.
The noisy and other activities in the room prevented too many follow-up questions for Carolan, who now works as a partner and advisor at Brighton Jones and lives with his wife and two children in Sammamish. But Harbaugh is certainly an acquired taste.
Carolan even debated letting his young son wear his San Francisco jersey to school during football season.
Even though he played professional football, Carolan said he much prefers the college game. He and his wife are ardent Cougar fans — she turned down several options to celebrate their anniversary to attend A Night With Cougar Football.
We briefly discussed a feature I wrote on him and former broadcasting partner Jim Walden in 2002 for The Kitsap Sun. Robertson said he displays several souvenirs and articles written on him in his home in Fircrest, Pierce County.
Athletic director Bill Moos reiterated that Robertson will remain in the broadcast as long as Moos is in his "chair." Moos recalls listening to Robertson broadcast WSU games when he was in high school.
That is why I noted with interest that Leach was effusive in his praise of cornerback Marcellus Pippins, who enrolled in January.
Leach indicated that Pippins was faster than expected after seeing him in Midnight Maneuvers. And he seemed pleased with his progression as the team heads into spring practices.