A GRIP ON SPORTS
Did you know it is not illegal in San Francisco to get drunk, wander onto the 18th green during the middle of the U.S. Open award ceremonies and make “Ca-ca” noises in front of the television cameras? Neither did I. What a wonderful city. Read on.
• The great line in the San Francisco Chronicle story concerning Andrew James Dudley's crashing of the USGA's award ceremonies comes from the police spokesman. “There is no trespassing, since he had a ticket to be there,” Albie Esparza told the paper. Really? So if I had attended the U.S. Open and had decided to walk under the ropes and onto the 18th green in the middle of the tournament, I wouldn't have been trespassing? Well good to know. The next time the tournament comes back to Olympic, I'll make sure to introduce myself to Webb Simpson. On the 15th tee.
• Speaking of trespassing, LeBron James and the Miami Heat are about to crash the party of all their haters, as the modern nomenclature goes. The Heat fell behind early Tuesday night, but roared back to defeat the Oklahoma City Thunder 104-98. That puts LeBron and the Heat within one game of the elusive NBA title.
• Washington State: A decent amount of Pac-12 news today, and some of it actually is about the Cougars. Over at the Pac-12 football blog on ESPN.com, they pick the Washington State at BYU game as the one to see the first week of the season. They also pass along Athlon's top 25 Heisman contenders in the conference. No. 2 is receiver Marquess Wilson (above) and No. 10 is quarterback Jeff Tuel. … Oregon State will have a new basketball practice facility soon. And no, the White House is not paying for it. … Ryan Leaf faced the judge in Montana yesterday and was given the help he needs, along with some time in custody. … UCLA was eliminated from the college World Series last night, losing 4-1 to Florida State. The Seminoles will play Arizona on Thursday, having to defeat the hot Wildcats twice to move into the championship series.
• Shock: There is some optimism around the Shock offices now that the AFL and the players have come to a labor agreement. That's all part of Jess Brown's notebook.
• Indians: With the first homestand over, the Indians hit the road carrying along the baggage of a 1-4 start. The fourth defeat came last night, 7-1, to Vancouver. Jess has that story as well.
• Preps: Reardan's Kelsey Moos (left) has committed to play basketball at Arizona State, joining a long line of Inland Northwest Sun Devils, including Emily Westerberg and Briann January.
• Mariners: Almost all the talk before Tuesday night's game in Phoenix was about Ichiro and what the M's should do with their slumping – and aging – superstar rightfielder. Steve Kelley weighed in with a column and Ichiro weighed in as well during the game. With four hits. Then he talked after the Mariners' 12-9, 10-inning victory. … Pitcher Danny Hultzen and shortstop Nick Franklin are moving on up to Triple-A Tacoma. … Larry Stone weighs in on Roger Clemens and the Hall of Fame.
• Sounders: Osvaldo Alonso returns from a two-game suspension tonight against Sporting Kansas City, but it's not the same player who was suspended. Nope, this guy is Osvaldo Alonso, U.S. citizen. … The Sounders are losing another player.
• NBA: If you follow Seattle sports media folks on Twitter, your timeline yesterday was filled with testimony before the King County Council about the proposed arena. This Times story summarizes most of it.
• Golf: A trio of local golfers are moving along in the women's PubLinks.
• We're getting out of the house today and enjoying the many hours of sunshine on a golf course. We'll be back with you tomorrow. Until then …