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A GRIP ON SPORTS

Sorry I wasn't able to join you in this space yesterday. But just because I was not feeling well doesn't mean I didn't write some things down. Yep, as sick as I was I still sat up in bed and put together some thoughts on paper. Read on.

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• There was no way, even the fact I didn't have the strength to get down the stairs yesterday morning, I was not going to make a few predictions about Sunday's events. I jotted them on a yellow legal pad and left them next to my bedside. And though the piece of paper also served as a coaster for my large glass of ice water, I can still read a few of my notes, written as they were in a state of dehydration. ... "There is no chance the Hawks lose to Atlanta today, not even if the officials try to take it from them. ... Feed the beast. Marshawn Lynch should be able to run over the porous Falcon defense. ... Wouldn't it be nice if the Hawks banged-up offensive line were able to come through in a big way? I'm betting Tom Cable will have figured out a why to get through the week, even if it means rotating seven guys through. ... The way Matt Ryan has been playing, I'm guessing the Seattle defense will keep the Falcons out of the end zone. Oh, what the heck. Atlanta will score a meaningless touchdown. ... If I had to pick a final score it would be 35-10, or something like that." ... "Eastern is opening its basketball season today and will have little trouble with Division III Pacific." ... "Watched the Gonzaga women play on Friday night. It looked like a season opener. I figure they will play a lot better today and move on the WNIT semifinals at No. 11 Oklahoma." ... "As I figure the numbers, one-loss Stanford will edge out undefeated Baylor for the No. 4 spot in the BCS standings. I bet there will be some whining in Texas." ... "I'm really not all that sure about the Portland Timbers. I think they are in for a rough time in Salt Lake City today." ... So how did I do?

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• WSU: Jacob Thorpe didn't have a football game to write about this weekend. But it's the last weekend for a while that's true. The Cougars are heading into the home stretch and Jacob has coverage of last night's practice and this morning's links on the blog. ... We also have some links to pass along, including three from ESPN.com's Pac-12 blog: a learning experience, bowl projections and power rankings. ... One man's AP rankings. ... Watched Oregon State and Washington play last night in hoops. The Beavers played like the Beavers (they lost) and the Huskies, despite an ugly injury, played like the Huskies (they won).

• Gonzaga: Colorado State comes to the Kennel tonight for a tough non-conference matchup. Jim Meehan will be there, of course, and has this advance. He also had a blog post here yesterday looking back on the Bryant game. ... The GU women rolled over Tennessee-Martin yesterday afternoon. Steve Christilaw has this game story. ... Back to the men, BYU will be at Stanford tonight in a matchup of good WCC and Pac-12 teams.

• EWU: The Eagles knocked off the off-season rust with Division III Pacific yesterday and that was coach Jim Hayford's main goal. Now the Eagles basically have a week to get ready for Washington in Seattle. Jim Allen has the coverage of Sunday's win.

• Preps: The Washington state volleyball tournament is this week and Chris Derrick has an advance focused on the area schools.

• Seahawks: Gee whiz, just about everything I thought would happen did for Seattle yesterday. And, yes, I'm smiling. But no one with a Falcon jersey on is smiling in Atlanta, which has fallen pretty quickly from the heights reached last season. The 33-10 final illustrates that. ... There is no doubt Pete Carroll was happy with the results from Sunday, but he was even more happy with the way his team played, regardless of the scoreboard. Though the win, and San Francisco's loss to Carolina, sure helped the Hawks' quest for NFC home-field advantage. ... Everyone, from Earl Thomas to Russell Wilson to Golden Tate to Richard Sherman expressed their admiration for how well Marshawn Lynch ran the ball and how well the defense played. It was probably Seattle's best all-around game of the season – and that's saying something.

• Sounders: The Timbers will head home for the second leg of the matchup with Real Salt Lake down 4-2 in goals.

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• Of course I am joshing with you. There was no way I could have written down those thoughts yesterday morning. I was too weak, too tired, too drained to even think straight. Which means I probably would have come up with such accurate predictions. After all, when I think straight, I'm not very good at seeing the future. By the way, thanks for the get-well notes. I was feeling much better by noon – after I had gone through a complete fluid rebuild. Until later ...




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