A GRIP ON SPORTS
After the past few days, I'm sure you would love a hiatus from any news. I know I would. But will we get the chance? Read on.
• My favorite Twitter thread of late last night: Now that Barack Obama has been reelected, can he do something about the Pac-12 Network and DirectTV problem? Sorry folks, hope and change doesn't extend that far. Even the leader of the Free World can't move those two. Maybe next football season something will happen. Maybe. As for the rest of the local sports scene yesterday, things did quiet down some. Thank goodness. I don't know about you, but I've had enough controversy, mudslinging and “he-said, he-said” to last me a lifetime. And, no, I'm not talking about the election.
• Washington State: It was another busy Tuesday for Christian Caple, made even busier by the Cougars basketball exhibition game with St. Martin's. With Brock Motum (pictured) seeing the ball more in the second half, WSU pulled away for a 12-point win. Christian has the story and blog post. … On the field, Christian had a great talk with Dennis Simmons, Marquess Wilson's position coach, that lead to this story. However, I highly recommend you read the blog post of Simmons' complete comments. This is a young assistant coach who is hurting over the defection of one of his players. … Christian also has his Pac-12 notebook (the subject of which you could see coming from a mile away) and his usual morning post. He'll also have his usual Wednesday afternoon live chat. I've heard the first question will be, “Hi, this is Tom Tuttle from Tacoma and I was wondering if you ever sang the Cougar fight song with your hands tied behind your back?” … You can also win tickets to the UCLA game just by taking our news quiz. … At least someone saw the Utah blowout coming. Despite the lopsided score (and Wilson's suspension), the Cougars are still not the worst team in the Pac-12 according to one person.
• Idaho: Jason Gesser made a decision about the quarterback position and Josh Wright passed it along right away yesterday. … Louisiana Tech is making news nationally with an offense that rivals Oregon's. … Utah State's coach will be a hot commodity this offseason. … San Jose State would like to run the ball better but it's not worried about it.
• Whitworth: The Pirates came close to upsetting a Division I team on the road.
• Seahawks: One of the Jets' defensive backs Russell Wilson will be challenging this weekend is familiar to Eastern Washington football fans and to a Hawk DB. … What does Pete Carroll really think about the Seattle defense? … In the NFL, Roster changes happen every week - and you have to remember each name is a person looking for or having found work.
• Sounders: Only a few more hours until Thursday's showdown in Salt Lake City. Whether the Sounders will be at full strength is still a question, but how to win in the MLS has been answered: It's consistency, on and off the field.
• Mariners: Nothing earth-shattering, but the M's did make a roster move yesterday, part of a partial retooling of the roster this offseason . More importantly, they kept one of their more impressive second-half pitchers in the fold, and he's happy to be in Seattle.
• That's our report for this fine Wednesday. The weather is changing slowly but surely, with snow a possibility this weekend. Just in time for a 7:30 p.m. WSU game against UCLA. Does this remind anyone else of the days leading up to the Arizona State game last season? Just wondering. Until later …