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College football inches closer

A GRIP ON SPORTS

In just a week our Sunday morning post will be filled with college football game news. Today it is filled with college football “the-games-are-just-a-week-away” news. Read on.


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• Yes, Eastern (pictured) will be playing at Oregon State, Washington matching up with Boise State, Idaho will be traveling to North Texas and Washington State will invade Auburn, all next Saturday. It will be a feast for the eyes and a pain in the butt. After all, sitting in the easy chair and watching that many games (or listening on the radio if that's your preference) could cause sores to develop. So move around once in a while, will ya? Or train really hard this week by watching seven hours of the Sopranos on DVD today or put together a Breaking Bad marathon for Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday nights. That should get you ready for the strain a football Saturday can put on your body. We'll try to do our part today with a bunch of college football related links, though the Spokesman-Review's football section won't arrive on your doorstep or computer until Thursday. But don't worry, there is plenty today.

• Spent last night out to dinner with good friends – yes, we have some – and then laughing through Dana Carvey's performance at the Fox. The highlight? I liked Carvey's stories about his sons, because I could relate, though I believe there was even more laughter following Carvey's spot-on imitation of a 90-year-old man – his father. The lowlight? Well, I'm sure University of Montana coach Wayne Tinkle is still dealing with the fallout of being the brunt of many of Carvey's early jokes – they were funny though – but the early mention of a basketball commitment that was made yesterday might have made GU's compliance guy cringe. I don't believe, however, Carvey would qualify as a Gonzaga representative, so it's probably OK. The real highlight, though, was the more than $200,000 raised for Camp Goodtimes.

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• WSU: Christian Caple had a little fun yesterday at football practice when he asked Mike Leach about a Daily Evergreen ad concerning long-snapper tryouts. Leach, as always, had an interesting opinion on the matter, which Christian passes along in this blog post. … The Cougars may have to advertise for more game film on Auburn's new starting quarterback, as Christian's story shows. … Christian also has his morning post, with links to a bunch of Washington State and Pac-12 stories. … Jeff Tuel may very well start the Buffalo Bills opener after a spate of injuries at the quarterback spot.

• Gonzaga: The previously mentioned commitment came from quite possibly the best point guard prospect in the 2014 class, Josh Perkins. He announced his choice of GU in a press conference yesterday. Jim Meehan has the news in this story and blog post.

• EWU: The Eagles held a scrimmage yesterday, mainly to give the young guys a chance to show what they've got. Jim Allen was there and filed this story. … Jim doesn't have a morning post today so we ran down these stories on Southern Utah and Weber State.

• Indians: Spokane needed a win to stay in the running for the playoffs and the Indians got one, courtesy of a late-inning comeback, 3-2 over Vancouver. … The minor leagues around these parts lost its oldest alum this summer. Jim Price has Charlie Peterson's obituary.

• Mariners: The M's are so excited to have Eric Wedge back in the dugout they forgot how to hit. At least that's how it seems after last night's 5-1 loss to the Angels. The lone run snapped a 16-inning shutout string. Erasmo Ramirez threw well but it was all for naught. … Nick Franklin may not have been in the lineup but he did get a chance to play and drove in the only run. … Some rest has done Oliver Perez a world of good.

• Seahawks: So what did you think of all the penalties against Green Bay? You like them? Ya, neither did Pete Carroll. … Bruce Irvin (pictured) will start the season on suspension, but he finally had a chance to play his new position in a game. … The Seattle Times has a bit of a fascination with the Hawks' hands. … What did we learn the other night in the win over Green Bay?

• Sounders: Clint Dempsey will learn what CenturyLink is all about tonight and, boy, will he. The place should be rocking with the Timbers in town. … Dempsey's past is what shaped his present. … The Sounders should be at pretty much full strength, if Obafemi Martins plays. … The newest Sounder had a chance to chat with the media.

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• That's it for this Sunday, the final one before college football season. That's cool. But the weather will be begin to cool soon as well and that's not cool. At least I don't think so. Until later …


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