A GRIP ON SPORTS
How do you decide whether a day is a holiday or not? Is it whether the kids are in school, because that seems to mean there are a lot more holidays than there used to be. Or is when you don't have to work on a usual work day, because that would seem to indicate that there are a lot less holidays than there used to be. Me, I go by the garbage index. If the trash is picked up the regular day, then that means there was no holiday that week. So today, under my criteria, is not really a holiday. And we will treat it as such here. Read on.
• With all that being said, there isn't a lot of news to pass along. I don't know if that is because this is a holiday – wait, we decided it isn't a holiday – or just another Monday. There is, however, one big game looming on the horizon this week. That would be Brigham Young's first conference trip into the Kennel, coming up Thursday. We have a couple of links related to that game in the Gonzaga section below and we are going to start the drumbeat early this week, asking your thoughts on the outcome in a poll question that will remain live until noon Thursday. I am going to cast the first vote and it will be for the Zags winning in a close one.
• Gonzaga: Jim Meehan checked in yesterday afternoon with his day-after post concerning the USF defeat. … As for today, there is this story out of Utah on the Cougars' outstanding road record in the WCC. And BYU is happy to just be in the conference race headed down the stretch. … Jon Wilner has some reaction to St. Mary's recent hiccups.
• Washington State: Christian Caple has his morning post on this non-holiday holiday in Pullman. … We also want to send you to Bud Withers' look at the Pac-12's woes in today's Seattle Times, as there is one part of his piece I hadn't really realized before. It's near the bottom and it's a litany of players who have transferred from Pac-12 schools, mostly to other western institutions. Put all those guys on one team and they could easily win the conference title – if there is a coach alive that could keep them happy.
• Whitworth: Jim Allen has a nice feature on Jack Loofburrow as he winds down his winding college basketball career. It was a few years ago, but I coached Jack at the Dan Fitzgerald Basketball Camp in Spokane when Jack was a standout for coach Pat Fitterer at Eisenhower High in Yakima. It was so long ago, one of Jack's teammates on that camp team was former GU center Will Foster. And, yes, with Loofburrow and Foster, the team was pretty darn good.
• Chiefs: It didn't take much for Spokane to snap its losing streak. Just a shutout by goalie Mac Engel.
• Mariners: From Chone Figgins talking about leading off and how to break in a third-baseman's glove to a not-so-young prospect still hoping to realize his major league dreams, today is good day for baseball stories. … Add to the list this Larry Stone blog post.
• Sounders: Seattle made a bold move recently trying to take the next step toward success.
• Golf: As I was stuck at home yesterday due to a confluence of occurrences, including Kim having to work at the last minute and my own still-lingering illness, I hunkered down under a nice throw and watched the final round of the LA Open (I know there is a sponsor involved in the name but since I attended my first LA Open back in the early 1970s, and received a Lee Trevino golf ball near the sixth green, I'm still calling it the LA Open). It went into extra holes and Bill Haas made just an amazing three on No. 10 to win it.
• That's all we have this morning. I double checked the headline today, then checked it again. Didn't want to use a word that might get me fired. Until later …