A GRIP ON SPORTS
After four hours of sleep, we're all bright-eyed and bushy-tailed. Ya, even I know that's baloney. But we do have a morning post. Read on.
• As it is all ready getting late, we're going to keep it simple this morning. Getting back to Spokane after 3 a.m. will force that upon you. Anyway, Christian Caple and John Blanchette covered the soap-opera nature of yesterday – the Marquess Wilson resignation letter from the Washington State football team and the subsequent fallout – for you already on this blog, so we'll stay away from that for now, though there are links below. What we will say about Washington State is, like Roseanne Roseannadanna (pictured) used to say, "it just goes to show you, it's always something." Yes, it's always something that keeps the Cougars from earning their first Pac-12 win this season. Saturday night it was four blocked kicks. In the first half. Add in a couple more turnovers and a safety and the 37-7 halftime deficit was too much to overcome. There are only two chances left this season. I got the feeling around 11 p.m. last night a complete game is coming. It may come in Tempe next week, it may come in the Apple Cup. But WSU is going to put together a complete game – offense, defense and special teams – before this year is out.
• Washington State: There are a boatload of links from Christian, starting with the items that were in this morning's S-R. There is his game story, a notebook, scoring, statistics and his keys to the game. And, lest we forget, a story on Wilson that pairs with this Blanchette column. ... On the web, Christian had a live chat prior to the game and videos from Mike Leach (along with his comments), Dominique Williams, Connor Halliday and receivers coach Dennis Simmons. He also has his usual tale of the tape, a Wilson post and this morning's post, with just about every Pac-12 link you would ever need. ... Christian put up a pregame basketball post as well, though I covered the game for the Review. The Cougars rolled over Eastern in the season opener for both. ... Think the Wilson stuff doesn't have legs nationally? Well then, you haven't been on Twitter the past 24 hours. And then there is this from USA Today.
• EWU: Is there one college football team that lives on the edge more than Eastern? Not likely. The Eagles survived another close call – blocking a last-gasp field goal – and survived UC Davis. Jim Allen was in warm, sunny (it was so hot the field was red) Cheney on Saturday and filed this story.
• Idaho: Let's see. Seconds remain in Idaho's ninth loss of the season. BYU muffs a punt deep in its territory. On trots Trey Farquar for a medium-range field goal. The clock expires as it goes through the uprights. The final? 52-13. Presented without comment just because it stands out: The spread for the game was 39.5 points. Besides Josh Wright's blog post, we have an AP story to pass along and gamers from the two Salt Lake City newspapers.
• Whitworth: The Pirates sent there seniors out with a big win. Jim Meehan was there and has this story.
• Chiefs: Two hot teams met in the Arena last night. Portland was a lot hotter. Steve Christilaw has the story.
• Preps: Talk about a lot of action for a Saturday. The news was mostly good for area football teams, at least the bigger schools. Both Mead and Gonzaga Prep continued on in 4A play and U-Hi posted a big upset at the 3A level. We also have a roundup of other action. ... The volleyball state tournaments ended with Mead coming up just short in its attempt to send veteran coach Judy Kight out with another state title. Greg Lee has the story. We also have coverage of the 3A, 2A, 1A, 2B and 1B state tournaments. ... And, yes, we also have soccer coverage, with Mt. Spokane moving on and Central Valley coming up short.
• Seahawks: The Jets come to town to face a Seahawks team that is expecting all kinds of pressure. It will be Russell Okung and the offensive line's job to keep that pressure off Russell Wilson. ... Who is the best in the NFL?
• Sounders: A gay slur caught on camera has cost one of Seattle's defenders the rest of this season, as Marc Burch was handed a three-game suspension by the MLS. The Burch-less Sounders will meet the LA Galaxy tonight in Southern California in the first match of the Western Conference finals.
• Mariners: Do M's fans deserve Josh Hamilton? We deserve a lot of things, but I'm not sure Hamilton is one of them.
• That's it for now. We'll have more tomorrow. We promise. Until then ...