A GRIP ON SPORTS
We know your Tuesdays are always crammed full of work-related items, so we'll be a big help today and keep it short. Read on.
• OK, I can't lie to you. We're not keeping it short just for you. I was just trying to put a magnanimous spin on it. We're keeping this part of the post short because we're not dealing well with our cold. In fact, we are being somewhat of a baby about it. We did, however, run down all the typical links, even if we are not going to give you our opinion on last night's football game (OK, if you are going to twist my arm: It was awful with a capital A) or the Miami sanctions (aren't the Hurricanes off probation by now?) or any other breaking sports story. You are on your own today. At least until this afternoon.
• WSU: The bye week means fewer Cougar stories in the newspaper, but it doesn't mean there isn't news to pass along. Jacob Thorpe does just that with his morning post, which includes a link to yesterday's position grades from the Oregon game. … Nick Allioti (pictured) said he was sorry but the Pac-12 still fined him, my guess more for the comments about the officiating than Mike Leach. … There is a mailbag on ESPN.com's Pac-12 blog and a quick look at this weekend's games.
• EWU: The Eagles' matchup with Montana will feature either the third- or fourth-ranked team in the FCS (Eastern) vs. the 10th (the Grizzlies).
• Idaho: Not only do the Vandals have a tough task this week playing at Mississippi, they will have to face the Rebels with their No. 3 quarterback. Josh Wright has more in this story and blog post. … The Idaho volleyball team's run to the postseason leads Jim Meehan's weekly notebook.
• NIC: Former men's basketball coach Hugh Watson (pictured) is back in the game despite having battled cancer and other obstacles. Jim Meehan has this Then and Now feature.
• Preps: It's Tuesday, so we can pass along the NWPrepsNow football power rankings. We also can pass along some sad news, the death of former Naselle coach Lyle Patterson. Patterson, and his white socks, were a fixture at the old B tournament in the Coliseum and the Arena. … The GSL's slowpitch season is in the playoffs.
• Seahawks: Injuries are all the rage in the NFL and the Hawks are not immune. But their story is a bit different. One of their most prominent injuries occurred before the season and now Percy Harvin will be practicing with the team again. The Hawks have 21 days to put him on the active roster or he's ineligible for the rest of the year. … With both of their fullbacks injured it looks as if Seattle will be welcoming back Michael Robinson. Chris Clemons already has. … The Hawks' remaining schedule isn't all that daunting, hence today's poll question.
• Sounders: Is Sigi Schmid's job in jeopardy? It doesn't look like it. … But still, the Sounders have a bunch riding on this week's match with Los Angeles. … The history of the Sounders is now available in book form. … The MLS will announce its awards according to this schedule.
• Mariners: There is no such thing as a writer's jinx. However, the converse, that writers that cover the Mariners are jinxed, is true.
• Sorry for the short post but it's hard to see the keyboard when you are sneezing every 34 seconds. And your eyes are watering. And you know you have a dentist's appointment. And a radio gig this afternoon, which you can listen to here. Yep, I'm on the Patchin, Lukens and Osso show from 3 to 6 p.m., filling in for Rick Lukens. Until then …