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A day to forget

A GRIP ON SPORTS

We are going to keep it simple here today. We sort of have to. Read on.

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• I don't know if you tuned in to the Cougar call in show after the Washington State debacle but if you did, you didn't here my golden tones. Ya, I know, I said I would be on the radio. I lied. But I have a good reason. I was in the hospital. Not that I remember any of it. No, really. I don't remember it at all. I suffered an episode of, let me get this right, transient global amnesia (and, if you read the Wikipedia link, I've been told I was a textbook example). Yep, right in the middle of WSU's 49-6 loss to Utah my brain turned off. Maybe it's all the cruddy football I've watched over the past few years. Maybe it was the inability of the Cougars to move the ball. Maybe ... oh heck, it was none of those things. It was just a weird deal. And I don't remember any of it, not the ambulance ride to the emergency room, not all the tests, not the Cougars acid-trip of a postgame interview session. I was too busy being reintroduced to my doctor. Over and over again. To make a long story short, I am OK now. At least I think I am. I'm well enough to be writing this morning blog post. And well enough to know I let Dennis Patchin down yesterday in that he had to answer all the calls by himself. If they were anything like the comments here, he had a tough go. Sorry man.

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• Washington State: For some reason I think I remember Travis Long's interception. But I'm not sure. It didn't have much of an effect on the outcome of the game, as Christian Caple's story relates. Christian also held a pre-game live chat, wrote a notebook, posted videos from Mike Leach's postgame tirade (along with a transcript), the offensive line's appearance and the defensive line's and had his tale of the tape. Also in today's paper are the statistics, keys to the game and the scoring. ... What a day in the Pac-12 – just my luck, one of the greatest offensive days ever and I can't remember any of it; I might as well live in SEC country – with Oregon and USC putting on a game we'll be talking about for years and UCLA exploding for 66 points. Christian covers it all in his morning post. ... I also wanted to pass along Ted Miller's what we learned from yesterday because, in my case, it was nothing.

• Gonzaga: The women's basketball team opened their 2012-13 season with an easy exhibition win over Eastern Oregon. Correspondent Tyler Grippi has the story.

• EWU: The Eagles picked the right time to play their most complete game of the season, handling Cal Poly 34-17 at Roos Field. Jim Allen has the game story while John Blanchette has a column on Zach Johnson's return.

• Idaho: The Jason Gesser era didn't start off on an upset as San Jose State pulled away for a 42-13 victory. Correspondent Josh Wright has the story and this blog post.

• Whitworth: Pacific Lutheran had little trouble with the Pirates, winning 35-14 in Tacoma.

• Chiefs: Spokane took its coach's criticism about their effort seriously and shutout Everett 5-0. Correspondent Steve Christilaw has the story. ... Portland's winning streak just keeps on growing.

• Preps: One of the signs of fall is the state cross country races – being dominated by Spokane-area schools. There were team winners at all levels and there were individual winners Saturday. ... State playoffs also continued in soccer and volleyball.

• Seahawks: Minnesota comes to town today, meaning two of the NFL's better running backs, Marshawn Lynch and Adrian Peterson will be on the field. The running game has re-emerged in the NFL this season. ... With two evenly matched teams, the game probably will be close, again. That's just one of the keys you should be looking for today. ... The Seattle O-line might be thin today. ... Jerry Brewer sees a bright second half ahead. ... Danny O'Neil has his power ratings.

• Sounders: The second time Real Salt Lake and the Sounders meet, Eddie Johnson should be available. That might help the scoring.

• Mariners: Oliver Perez decides to re-up with the M's.

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• OK, I was able to muddle through this morning. Hope it made sense. Until later ...




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