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Do you miss the Seahawks in Cheney?

I'll bet there are newcomers in our midst who aren't even aware that the NFL team used to hold its annual preseason training camp out at EWU.

I never went out there, but I get it about the appeal of pro sports training camps. There's less pomp and packaged excess. More up-close viewing access. At least there used to be.

Before my parents moved to Spokane in 2000, I used to go back to New England and visit them in September. And as it happened the New York Rangers held their preseason training camps in the late 1990s at the nearby University of Vermont. I'm not sure how many times I went over to the campus and watched for an hour or so. Maybe three or four. Maybe half a dozen times.

The Rangers had a player then named Adam Graves who might have been the most fluid skater I have seen up close and in person. It was a pleasure to watch him even when he was just doing drills.

I suspect those who went out to Cheney to watch the Seahawks practice have smiliar memories. 

Three reasons to miss the Seahawks

1. Back when the team held its preseason training camp in Cheney each summer, a fair number of local NFL fans enjoyed going out to watch very large men sweat.

2. Economic impact.

3. Eventually HBO's “Hard Knocks” series would have come to Cheney to profile the Seahawks and there almost certainly would have been some entertaining Spokane bashing and film footage of contract holdouts arriving at Spokane International Airport.

Some things change and some do not

The Seattle Seahawks no longer hold preseason training camp in Cheney.   

But countless people still talk on cell phones while driving.

A whole bunch of guys still offer as original analysis things they heard last night on ESPN.

There are still so-called rugged Westerners who benefit from agricultural subsidies but want to do away with virtually every federal program except the one that benefits them.

Lots of people continue to think they are great at imitating accents despite the fact that they clearly are not.

And we're still carving away at what little wilderness remains. 

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