A GRIP ON SPORTS
It's Easter Sunday, so we decided we needed to hide some brightly colored eggs for you. Yep, sprinkled through the report today are a few eggs, which indicate a special story we found just for this Easter. Read on.
• We have one other story as well. It's about our favorite Easter and it's from about 25 years ago, when our boys were in the Easter-Bunny-is-real, isn't-it phase. My sister, her husband and daughter were visiting from California for the holiday and the weather was iffy at best. I'm not sure if it was raining or not, but I know our yet-to-be landscaped yard was a sea of mud. On Saturday night, before the children went to bed, we had them leave out carrots and lettuce for the Easter Bunny, just like they would leave out cookies for Santa (no wonder the Easter Bunny is so healthy compared to his Christmas counterpart). The plate was on a table near the front door. Kim and Linda got the bright idea to mix up some mud and make rabbit footprints from the door to the table and back, then forced me to nibble on the carrots – I have the most rabbit-like front teeth and I always need the vegetables. With carrot and lettuce leavings on the plate, a thank you written on the note in rabbit-cursive and the paw prints, it looked like we had a visitor. At least that's what the children thought when they arose in the morning, eyes wide in the wonderment the Easter Bunny would actually have the temerity to enter the house. By the way, next to the half-eaten carrots and lettuce? The kids' Easter baskets, ears still intact on the chocolate bunnies (hey, I was full after the carrots). Of all my Easter memories, that is my fondest.
• Washington State: Saturday was another day at the office for the Cougar football team, though it wasn't a typical spring day. WSU held a full-scale scrimmage and, as Christian Caple writes, it was dominated by the defense. Christian not only has the coverage in story form, but chimes in with a post-scrimmage blog (which includes video) and a blog post from this morning (which includes links). … You may be tired of the Ryan Leaf story (you found the first egg), but the Seattle Times' Danny O'Neil puts it all in a bottle with this feature story, a look at prescription painkiller addiction and a timeline. … Bud Withers writes about WSU defensive coordinator Mike Breske. … One draft expert seems to be really enamored of Washington's Chris Polk. With good reason.
• Eastern Washington: The intensity was at a high level in the Eagles' first scrimmage of the spring. Jim Allen has the story.
• Chiefs: The difference between a loss and overtime? About the width of this word. That's all the puck had to travel in less than a second for the Chiefs to have earned another period. Instead, the late goal was just that and Tri-City had a 2-1 WHL playoff victory over Spokane, tying the series at one. Jessica Brown was in Kennewick and has this story. … The Tri-City Herald has a story and a photo gallery. … Portland is up 2-0 in its series with Kamloops. … A former Chief is having success.
• Preps: It's awards time in North Idaho and though some are for college athletes, we decided to put the link here.
• Mariners: You wouldn't think when the M's scored seven runs early in the game and Felix Hernandez is on the mound it would come down to a Brandon League save, would you? But it did Saturday night because Felix wasn't, well, he wasn't Felix after being handed a 7-0 lead. No matter, the M's held on 8-7 to finish the long (by time and distance) road series with Oakland 3-1. … Did you know Seattle led the major leagues in attendance in 2002, drawing 3.54 million fans? That fact is part of Larry Stone's Sunday column. … He also has power rankings. … The best read of the day? This T.J. Simers column on Vin Scully, baseball's all-time best radio play-by-play guy (and, yep, you found the second egg).
• Golf: It was as good a Saturday at Augusta as I can remember (and I can remember a lot of them), with some players falling and others rising. And some, like Lee Westwood, did both. It sets up a fun day today. Here's hoping someone pulls a (Charl) Schwartzel and birdies the final few holes to win. … One of those to fall down was Tiger Woods, but, hey, he's close. … Here are the times everyone is teeing off today, though you have to subtract three hours if you live on the West Coast.
• That's our post for this fine Sunday morning. Time for breakfast. Until later …