A GRIP ON SPORTS
We are going to keep it simple today. A lot simpler than the ending of the Utah/BYU game, that's for sure. Read on.
• It's endings like that, with the students rushing the field prematurely (remember "The Play" or the Sooner Schooner?) that just make me love college football all the more. For all the millions paid to the coaches and schools, these are still kids in college being watched by other kids in college and kids make mistakes. They are made on the field (USC's offensive line, usually made up of three NFL Hall of Famers-to-be and two Seattle Seahawks, made enough yesterday to fill the school's quota forever) and they are made in the stands, which sometimes spills onto the field. But mistakes are how we learn. Make a mistake, learn a lesson, move on. And there is no better place to make a mistake than college. You don't think those Utah students won't be talking about the time they rushed the field too soon for the rest of their lives? Heck, maybe they'll even be writing about it someday on a sports blog and their readers will laugh. Could happen.
• Washington State: Though the Cougars had the day off thanks to the ESPN-produced Friday night game – by the way, did the ESPN announcer make more mistakes than necessary or what? But that doesn't mean Christian Caple was able to sit at home and nurse his Las Vegas hangover. Nope, he was right back at it with a story on the quarterback competition at WSU heating up again. Connor Halliday's play Friday, coupled with the unknown status of Jeff Tuel's knee, means the drama will play out leading up to Saturday's Homecoming game vs. Colorado. Christian also has a morning post with all your Pac-12 links. ... Well, not all. I found a couple more this morning to pass along, including Ted Miller's weekly helmet stickers and what we learned from the weekend. ... John Blanchette is in Seattle to cover the Seahawks game today but he got to CenturyLink Field a day early – he's a dedicated man – and caught UW's rout of Portland State. Then he caught up with Spokane's Bishop Sankey (above), something the Vikings didn't do often Saturday.
• EWU: Jim Allen attacked the Internet early this morning to run down Big Sky links for you, even though the Eagles had a bye yesterday. Eastern will open its conference season Saturday at Weber State.
• Idaho: The Vandals hung in with LSU for a half, which means Les Miles may have blistered the locker room paint with his halftime speech. It worked as LSU rolled to a 63-14 win and covered the 47.5 point spread, which was probably most important to the Tiger boosters. We have a story from Baton Rouge from a freelancer and I came across the coverage in the local paper. ... Correspondent Josh Wright also has some thoughts on the blog.
• Whitworth: It's not often something happens in sports that has never happened in my lifetime (though I'm still waiting to see the Cubs in the World Series). But it happened at La Verne yesterday, where the Pirates opened 3-0 with three road games for the first time since 1955. Here's our story on the 45-20 victory.
• Preps: Though Skyline walloped Coeur d'Alene 71-20 last night in the Kibbie Dome, I still would like to be able to see last year's Cd'A team against this year's version. The Viks lost so much to graduation. Greg Lee has the story of the rout and the other big games in Moscow yesterday. ... We also have a prep roundup for the day.
• Seahawks: Gotta love any time the Cowboys are in town. Guys my age still remember the Tom Landry Robots, er, Cowboys. The team that was as emotionless as its coach (right). The offensive line would shift in unison before every snap, the defenders always seemed to be in their gaps and the receivers ran perfect patterns. Hated them. ... Danny O'Neill not only has his keys to the game today, but he also has a riff on the replacement referees (spoiler alert: he doesn't like them) and a story on the possible 0-2 start, plus his power rankings. ... DeMarco Murray chewed up the Hawks last year.
• Mariners: As the season (and Felix Hernandez's Cy Young hopes) winds down, the M's picked up a big win in Texas, 8-6, after Justin Smoak and Company built a 6-0 lead. It's all part of a tough finishing schedule as Seattle tries to hit the .500 mark. ... Larry Stone has his thoughts on the hitting depression in baseball, his weekly awards and his power ratings.
• Sounders: A 1-1 tie was not what Seattle wanted in Portland, but they held on to the Cascadia Cup for a little while longer. The tie is better than a defeat, which is what happened the last time the teams met on the Timbers' postage-stamped-sized field. Portland visits Seattle just once this season, thanks to the MLS' incredibly odd scheduling. ... The Sounders' comments after the game were interesting.
• NBA: Jerry Brewer ties the arena opponents to a pole and whips them with his words.
• Hard to believe it's Sunday morning already. By the way, there were quite a few comments yesterday about listening to our Cougar post-game show (OK, two or three, but that's "quite a few" to me) and we have an answer for you. Because it is an IMG production, you have to listen either on a station that's carrying it (none on the West Side) or through WSU's athletic website, where it is part of the school's pay package. Or you can call your local Cougar affiliate and ask them to carry it after games. I'm sure IMG and WSU would love to have it on more stations (as would I). Maybe DirectTV could pick it up as well. ... There's another way as well but I might get in trouble passing it along. It involves phoning a friend in Spokane, a loud radio, a cell phone with speaker capability and an hour-long call. With unlimited minutes, it would be free. Until tomorrow ...