A GRIP ON SPORTS
Perspective is tough to find in sports. Especially these days. Read on.
• Honestly, I don't know where last night's NBA Finals Game Six stands on the "all-time great" scale. As you know, I'm boycotting the league on television until David Stern – The Man Who Hates Seattle – rides off into retirement on his little white donkey, which, thankfully, is just down the road. But I do keep up with the games through the radio, on the Internet and through Twitter. And that brings me to the perspective. It seems a lot of folks felt last night was "the greatest playoff game ever." Really? How about "greatest playoff game in my memory?" Now, as I said, I didn't see the entire game, but I did catch the last few seconds of regulation, yelled at the TV quite loudly a couple times, remembered my Stern-dictum and turned the channel. And I am sure Miami's 103-100 overtime win was an outstanding game, full of twists and turns. But the greatest ever? There have been a lot of incredible NBA Finals games over the years and probably none of them will ever reach the level of Game Five from 1976. I admit not many folks watched the game – the NBA wasn't a hot ticket back then – and many of those who did are no longer with us. But this was a game with something for everyone. You like blown calls? It had them. You like clutch defensive plays? Those too. Overtimes? Three of them. Big shots? Yep. Famous players, future coaches, biased announcers? Check, check and check. Unruly fans, a clock controversy, some homerism? Yep. So do a little research. Watch a little You Tube of the action. And you'll realize the Celtics' 128-126 triple overtime victory was, quite possibly, the best basketball game ever played. Well, at least in my lifetime.
• WSU: I saw this story on Monday afternoon. I meant to link it yesterday. I forgot. Blame it on watching too many NBA Finals games over the years. Anyhow, if you missed it, Steve Gleason wrote this Sports Illustrated story with his eyes. ... UCLA is just one win away from the college World Series final series after a 2-1 win over North Carolina State. ... Athlon picked its preseason all-conference teams and the Cougars dominate. The third-team specialists. ... The Utes lost a wide receiver.
• Gonzaga: Yes, it is recruiting season. The Zags received a commitment yesterday from Silas Melson (at right in picture), a Portland guard who will graduate from Jefferson High next spring. Jim Meehan has all the details in this blog post and story. ... The GU women will open the WNIT preseason tourney this fall by hosting Idaho.
• Indians: Too many errors meant another loss for the Indians, who were one dropped third strike from victory.
• Shock: It's Wednesday, so Jim Meehan has his weekly Shock notebook. The Shock will host Utah on Friday.
• Preps: A group of local high school football coaches had a thought a few years ago. Why go to a bunch of colleges for camps when you can bring the colleges (at least the coaches) here? Greg Lee has a story on what they came up with. ... Greg also has an addition to his youth sports notebook.
• Mariners: It's pretty obvious Tom Wilhelmsen is struggling to get people out. He surrendered a tying home run to Albert Pujols last night – no shame in that though – but then settled down and gave the Mariners a chance to win. They did, as Kendrys Morales (pictured) came through in the 10th against his old team. ... The 3-2 win over the Angels also marked the return to the lineup of Justin Smoak, out for a while with an injury. Smoak, one of the young guns the M's are still counting upon, marked his return with a home run. ... Ever felt lost at a major league baseball game? In this poor young lady's case, it was really true. Her story is worth reading. ... If they don't like raw sewage in their clubhouse, maybe the players' union should join this lawsuit.
• Sounders: As injuries heal and players return from national team duties, the Sounders are finally getting to full strength. That's good. But it also gives coach Sigi Schmid some headaches. ... One player that needs some time is backup goaltender Marcus Hahnemann. ... Obafemi Martins gets to play enough and he likes the league he's playing in. ... One of Seattle's younger players will have a big role with the younger U.S. national group. ... Speaking of the national team, the U.S. defeated Honduras 1-0 last night in Salt Lake City to stay atop the World Cup qualifying standings. The atmosphere, though, didn't come close to what it was last week in Seattle.
• You know, if you just started reading this blog today, you could believe this is the greatest blog post ever. If you've been reading it for a while, you might shrug your shoulders and say "meeh." That's perspective. Until later ...