A GRIP ON SPORTS
Woke up to a foot of snow this morning. Who cares? It's still going to be a great week. Read on.
• Yep, nothing is going to get in the way of enjoying what happened in Washington D.C. yesterday. Not the nearly foot of snow that fell in Spokane overnight. Not the fact the laundry didn't get finished yesterday. Not the realization I still need to lose 30 pounds. The Seahawks won, though that's hard to discern from watching the national sports shows. To summarize their summary of what happened Sunday: Robert Griffin III was injured, so the Redskins lost. Simple. Easy. And doesn't recognize the Hawks dominating play for three quarters. That's OK, because the final score is all that matters. Seattle won, it moves on to play Atlanta next week and there is a spring in our collective steps this week. But how long does the euphoria last? Is it good today, with looking back still the dominating pastime? Does it last through tomorrow or are we forced to start looking forward to Atlanta, and the task the Falcons present. There are reasons they are the NFC's No. 1 seed and those reasons make them a tougher nut to crack than the Redskins. Add in the bye week they were able to enjoy, the home-crowd advantage and it will be a challenge to move on to the NFC title game. Now I'm starting to get worried. But that's for tomorrow. For today, kick back, open your computer and check out the coverage of the game. Then put on your boots, jacket and gloves and start shoveling.
• Washington State: Not a lot of news from Pullman, though Christian Caple has his morning blog post. It includes links to Chip Kelly's decision to stay in Eugene (I had "Kelly staying with the Ducks" in the pool here at the Grippi household so I'm feeling smug today; appropriate when it comes to dealing with Kelly). ... The Cougar women held off ASU at home yesterday. ... We decided to ask you your feelings about the BCS title game tonight, so we put up a poll. I think Alabama wins a close one, but it's hard to go against the luck of the Irish.
• Gonzaga: The long road trip is over and that makes Jim Meehan happy. He put up a day-after blog post yesterday, looking back at the Zags win over Santa Clara. ... A guard is stepping up for BYU at just the right time.
• Seahawks: OK, where do we start? In the nation's capital, the debate will rage today concerning whether the Skins should have played Robert Griffin III, especially after he took a hit in the first half that really affected his play. Let me say this: I heard a lot of anger late in the baseball season when the Nationals shut down Stephen Strasburg – putting potential long-term success ahead of immediate gain – and now many of those same D.C.-area fans are bemoaning the fact Mike Shanahan decided to keep playing RGIII, risking the young quarterback's future. You can't have it both ways. Sorry. ... Now back to the great Northwest, where the future of their rookie quarterback looks like nothing but roses right now. But as well as Russell Wilson played yesterday, this was a team win, from the offensive line that opened holes for Marshawn Lynch and protected Wilson, to receivers who made incredible catches to a defense that bounced back from a shaky start to shut out the Skins for the final three quarters. And the coaches' contributions can't be forgotten either. Though, after the first few minutes, I think a lot of us were ready to see if Pete Carroll and company could all fit on the next rail leaving town.
• That's it for now. I keep looking at the weather forecast, hoping for a high of 50 sometime this week so the snow will just melt on its own. Anything to avoid having to fire up the snow blower. Ya, I know. I don't even have to shovel and I'm moaning. What a wussy. Until later ...