A GRIP ON SPORTS
We're in the Seattle area this week on personal business but that doesn't stop us from filling you in on the sports happening around the Inland Northwest. Just like the dirty looks my wife Kim kept shooting me didn't stop me from saying “there's another person headed to the Cougar spring game,” every time an RV passed us headed east on Interstate 90. Read on.
• Yep, it's the day of Washington State's Spokane scrimmage. Let me tell you what you won't see if you attend in person – more than 10,000 are expected at Joe Albi – or watch on TV or on the web – the first hour will be streamed here at SWX. You won't see a game. It will be a scrimmage, though the ones will face the ones. You won't see Connor Halliday. The expected spring quarterback battle never materialized after Halliday's liver injury was aggravated in the first practice. You won't see about another dozen players who will be expected to contribute in the fall. The Cougars' injury list is pretty long and there is at least a handful of recruits who will be expected to contribute when they step on campus. You won't see a lot of running plays. And that, I'm sure, won't be a problem with many of you who can't wait to see – and dissect – the Mike Leach offense. What you will see is a celebration of a new era in Washington State football.
• By the way, we're not in Seattle to watch the M's. Neither are many other people, as they only drew 19,947 for Ichiro Bobblehead Night. Which makes me wonder: What is the world coming to if a little ceramic doll can't attract people to a baseball game? With that being said, let's get into the links to the news.
• Washington State: Christian Caple was in the Spokane area last night but that also didn't keep him from his appointed rounds as Cougar beat writer. He posted a video interview yesterday with safety Anthony Carpenter, who should see a lot of time today in part due to injuries. Christian also has his morning blog post and this story on today's scrimmage, with more on how it fits into WSU's growing Spokane emphasis. … Don't forget to vote on our poll about today's scrimmage (at left). It seems most of you are excited about seeing Leach's offense in action. … In other Cougar news, former coach Paul Wulff took in Idaho's scrimmage yesterday and Josh Wright talked with him for this story and a blog post. … WSU received its first commitment for the 2013 signing class with a safety from Texas. … Ryan Leaf's arraignment date has been set in Montana. It is May 3. … ESPN.com's Ted Miller has his Friday mailbag, which always makes my week.
• Gonzaga: Not much to link here other than to tell you Polish big man Przemek Karnowski (in white at right) made Gonzaga his first stop on his USA tour and is in Spokane this weekend. The highly sought-after post will also visit Wisconsin and Nebraska.
• Eastern Washington: Jim Allen will be at the Eagles' scrimmage this afternoon, but he didn't wait for that. He jumped right into the special teams for this story in today's S-R.
• Shock: Spokane had to move a linebacker to the injured reserve list. Jim Meehan covers the news in this blog post.
• Golf: Not only did Jim cover the high school golf scene today, he has this column that might just help your game.
• Mariners: Want a positive from the M's 7-3 loss to the White Sox last night? There was no false hope, no late-game collapse. Hector Nosei couldn't get anyone out, the Sox jumped out quickly and the fans took their bobbleheads home early. … Jesus Montero was behind the plate again last night and hit a home run to centerfield. … Felix is fine with throwing 125 pitches as he did on Thursday. … No reason to link this story other than if you can remember 1972, you remember this team. (I know some people won't be able to remember it because they weren't born yet and other won't be able to because, well, it was just after the '60s after all and they don't remember much from that time.)
• Sounders: The Sounders have given up just two goals in five MLS matches this season. This guy is a big part of the reason why.
• If you are headed out to Albi this afternoon, here's hoping the sun shines on you all day. And when it's done, don't be shy about letting others know your thoughts either here or on Christian's blog post. I know I would be interested. We'll be back tomorrow morning with all the coverage. Until then …