Well, we're back. Sure, it's about a week later than we wanted to return, but we're back. For the reasons behind the late arrival, and a little Washington State news, read on.
• When you plan a vacation, there are a lot of items to put on your list. How to get there, what to see, food, friends, accommodations. Being kind of anal, I made sure all that was covered for my recent trip to Washington D.C., a place I never had visited – for a guy who started college as a poli sci major and finished with enough history classes for a second degree, it was an oversight I needed to correct. But I digress. Back to the list. With all my planning, there was one thing I didn't cover. Hospitalization. And guess what? After tromping around D.C. and a bunch of Virginia's Civil War battlefields – I recommend the tour of the trenches around Petersburg, by the way – hospitalization came into play. Not to get into any specifics other than to say that the illness had to do with my gut, but thanks to more pain than you could imagine, I spent three days in a small, somewhat-rural Virginia hospital, caused my wife Kim untold stress, had to cancel our original flight home and sat around a hotel room until given the OK to head back. Though I'm still dealing with the fallout – the next few months could be interesting – things are much better now and I'm slowly getting back on my feet and on the WSU beat. I know some things happened while I was out of it – and by out of it, I mean for a couple days there all I could do was roll up in a ball and wait for the IV to kick in – so we'll try to catch up throughout the week. ... The sport in the spotlight this week is baseball, with the Cougars tied for third (11-10) in the Pac-10 after taking two of three from then-No. 25 Stanford over the weekend (you can read about Sunday's win here). With a home series this weekend against last-place USC (the Trojans are 5-16 in conference play) and then a season-ending set at UCLA (13-8, 37-11), WSU has a great opportunity to appear in the NCAA Tournament for a second-consecutive season. We'll update the Cougar chances this week (they are scheduled to travel to Gonzaga for a non-conference contest Tuesday night, but the weather forecast looks a little dicey right now). ... As for the rest of it, our plan is to pass along some basketball and football news this afternoon after we get our feet back underneath us again.
• That's all we've got this morning. Until later …