A GRIP ON SPORTS
Quiet days are to be expected. Just not in a week when football and baseball overlap. Read on.
• It's a quirk of scheduling the Seattle Mariners and the Washington State Cougars each have a day off in mid-August. Those two seem to carry the links portion of this column each morning, so when they both take a day off – the Mariners to travel to Tampa Bay, the Cougars to rest after 10 consecutive practice days in Lewiston – together, it cuts into that aspect of the post. We have Seahawks to link, but only because last week they changed practice days from Tuesday to Monday. If that hadn't happened, they would have been off yesterday as well, cutting out the third leg of our three-legged stool. Of course, the great information machine never stops cranking out product, so we do have some links for all those entities – and others. Just not as many as usual.
• WSU: Heck, with Christian Caple taking care of the Pac-12 links in his morning post today, we don't have much else to pass along. Though we did find this from Jon Wilner on the conference's new offensive against DirecTV and a video interview with safety Deone Bucannon (pictured above).
• Gonzaga: The Zags will face Colorado State in the Kennel as part of ESPN's Tip-Off Marathon Nov. 11. The game will be on ESPNU, according to this report.
• EWU: The Eagles keep grinding away toward their opener against Oregon State and Jim Allen keeps watching. And writing. He has this story on the tight end position. ... Southern Utah scrimmaged this week with an eye on developing depth.
• Youth: It's Tuesday, so we can pass along the weekly notebook.
• Mariners: As I said, there was no game yesterday but we can pass along Ryan Divish's thoughts about the chances Aaron Harang will be replaced in the M's rotation (not good) and this Times feature on shortstop Brad Miller (he's "a coach's dream").
• Seahawks: The Broncos, and Peyton Manning, are the preseason opponent this week, so there's that. ... Now that Sidney Rice is healthy, the offense is looking better. So is John Moffitt. ... It's hard not to notice rookie John Lotulelei (pictured at left). ... Percy Harvin was at practice Monday, though, of course, he was just observing. You can observe these player interviews.
• Sounders: All things considering, this week's U.S. National Team friendly isn't hitting the Sounders all that hard. New star (and media darling) Clint Dempsey was not called up, and though Eddie Johnson and Brad Evans were, Johnson wasn't playing this week anyway due to an MLS suspension. ... After a slower than slow start, the Sounders have been the MLS' best team.
• No radio today (or tomorrow or Thursday) due to the M's playing in the Eastern Time Zone. We will be here, of course, all week. Until later ...