A GRIP ON SPORTS
It's not bad to be a little sore on a Monday, is it? It means you've made it through another jam-packed weekend safe, secure and not-quite sound. Read on.
• These Sundays without the Seahawks may just be the end of me. I need those three-to-four hours every Sunday in the big chair, watching Marshawn Lynch, Russell Wilson and Chris Clemons dominate. It allows me an excuse not to do anything physical. And it's also a good stress reliever, in that yelling at the television seems to sooth my soul a bit. A New England game against Miami just doesn’t seem to have the same effect. But all is not lost. We get the Hawks tonight, when they venture into the heart of World Series country to play the St. Louis Afterthoughts, or the Rams, as they are officially known. There is a chance tonight's game, on ESPN, will have fewer people in the audience than the national spelling bee. The atmosphere should be pre-Thomas-Edison electric.
• If you are one of those people who can't wait for the college football weekend, you are in luck. Your wait this week is shorter than usual. The Cougars will kick it off Thursday night in Pullman against 25th-ranked Arizona State. All indications are the temperature will be in the mid-to-low 40s most of the game, or about 40 degrees cooler than the Sun Devils are used to. That can only help the home team, right?
• WSU: Speaking of the Cougars and the Sun Devils, Jacob Thorpe has the first look at their game in today's paper, along with a couple blog posts here, one on last night's practice and one on a book that features WSU's football program prominently. He also has a story on the changes in college basketball's rules (pictured) and their effect on the Cougars. And there is his morning post. ... The latest BCS standings were released last night and Oregon moved ahead of Florida State into the all-important second spot. I'm sure there was much anguish in Florida. But most of those gnashing teeth probably didn't stay awake long enough Saturday to see the Ducks play. ... Monday is a good day for polls, power rankings and bowl projections. ... Oregon showed off its transfer-heavy new hoops roster last night. ... Arizona is the team to beat in the Pac-12 basketball race. Right now anyway.
• Seahawks: Considering how poor the Rams are in run defense, tonight would be a good time for Lynch to head into a phone booth and emerge in his Beast Mode outfit. Or something like that. ... This game could be decided early, if the Hawks have a fast start.
• Sounders: I saved all my thoughts about the Sounders for the end today, mainly because I didn't want to let my anguish color everything else. What is it about this area and the teams we root for, really? The Mariners never win. The Hawks are great, but their only trip to the Super Bowl ended in disappointment. There hasn't been a big-time college football power in the state in a decade. And now we have to face the real possibility the Sounders have peaked and will go out meekly in the playoffs. A team that seemed to have such potential just a couple months ago when it was the best in the MLS. The stars were in place, as were the all-important role players. Now no one can seem to play the game worth a darn. Needing a win at home in front of 66,000 fans last night against the LA Galaxy, Seattle gave up a lead in the second half. Again. The 1-1 draw means the Sounders will have to play Colorado in a knockout-round match Wednesday and then – if they win, and that's a big if – must face Portland in the first round. Not the scenario we were looking at a month ago. ... Oh well, Clint Dempsey scored last night. There's that.
• Enjoy the Hawks tonight. I know I will, though the remote's last channel button will get a real workout. This World Series has been too entertaining to skip. Until later ...