A GRIP ON SPORTS
Guess what? It's a Monday and there isn't a lot of stuff to talk about in the region. Oh, there are the usual "the-Mariners-are-falling-apart" stories. And, as it's the first part of June, college baseball teams with connections to the area are still trying to win a national title. But that's about it. Unless you want to talk about the Miami Heat. Read on.
• If the Heat are your cup of tea today, I'm sorry, but I'll have to leave the conversation. After the recent Kings/Seattle/Sonics debacle, I've decided to boycott the NBA on television until David Stern (pictured) retires as commissioner. Sure, I watch highlights on ESPN (how can you miss them?) and I listen – occasionally – to the discussions on ESPN radio (again, how can you miss them?) but I'm not watching the games. It's my Don Quixote protest. Yes, I'm tilting at windmills, but it does make me feel better. Remember that saying you dad used to share? Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me. Well, shame on me. I really believed the NBA (and Stern) would look at the deal Chris Hansen was offering and realize how good it was for the league in the long run. Nope. It turns out it was all about one guy and his crazy grudge against a community. So this guy (me) has a crazy grudge against that guy's league. Sure, I like watching the San Antonio Spurs share the ball, making the extra pass that leads to an easy bucket. And I admire LeBron James' ability, the Pacers' toughness and the professionalism of the Birdman (that last one was a joke). But as long as David Stern is in charge, I'm not going to give him my support by watching the games. I know it's stupid, but a man has to make a stand somewhere, doesn't he? This is mine.
• You a baseball numbers person? Then read this blog post from the Times' Geoff Baker. It explains why the M's rebuilding project (right now just a couple of months short of the time it took to build the Great Wall) isn't working. Spoiler alert: It's not the old guys. That part of this year's plan is actually working out. Nope, it's the core of young guys the M's thought would be stepping up by now. They're not.
• WSU: Three of the four Pac-12 baseball teams the NCAA allowed into the postseason are still playing, with Oregon State and UCLA, which defeated the WCC's USD, already into the Super Regionals. Oregon won twice yesterday to set up a rematch with Rice today, a Super Regional berth on the line. Only Arizona State, which lost at Cal State Fullerton, has been sent home. ... The Pac-12 released its investigation into the conference's basketball officiating brouhaha from last spring and it's not pretty.
• Idaho: Another school is ready to join the WAC for next year.
• Mariners: It could have been such a heartwarming story. Jeremy Bonderman (pictured), out of baseball for a while, returns to the big leagues and gives the M's a much-needed lift in Minnesota. But of course the Twins' lineup screwed everything up, refusing to let Bonderman's thigh-high fastballs go by and instead roping them all over the park in a 10-0 Minnesota win. ... The M's made some roster changes yesterday to bring Bonderman up, including putting Justin Smoak on the disabled list. Buried in the news was the trade of another of the players Seattle received in the Doug Fister trade, once again reinforcing the fact that trade is the worst of the post-Bill Bavasi era. ... If Sunday's game had come down to a closing situation, it wouldn't have been Tom Wilhelmsen trotting out for the Mariners, but not for why you think. ... Ryan Divish is out for a while on a furlough, but he did post this before he left on this week's baseball draft. The local angle? It looks as if Gonzaga's Marco Gonzales may go in the first round.
• That's all we've got this morning. We will, however, be talking about this and more this afternoon, when we make another appearance on the Patchin, Lukens and Osso radio show starting at 3 p.m. You can listen here. ... By the way, this was sent my way. Should I apply? ... Until later ...