A GRIP ON SPORTS
Ever watch a hummingbird attack a hanging pot of flowers? It flits here and there, probing a virtual buffet of blooms before heading off, I presume, in search of a safe place to sleep off an overdose of nectar. That's how today is for me. There are so many things to go over, I'm afraid I am going to flit here and there and be overwhelmed. Heck, I've already forgotten the main piece I wanted to cover today. Had it all figured out an hour ago but can't remember it now. Too much nectar I guess. Read on.
• Yep, I was lying in bed trying to talk myself into getting up this morning and failing miserably. But I had one thought that kept me half-awake. I could lead my daily column with … sorry, I just don't remember. Was it the Seahawks and their injury woes heading into Sunday's trap game against Jacksonville? Nope, that wasn't it. Could it have been something to do with the Cougars and Idaho? Sure, but for the life of me I can't remember what it would be. How about the Mariners and their all-but-forgotten last weeks of the season? No, that wouldn't have been incentive enough to get out of bed. Eastern? Gonzaga? Prep football? No, not that I can recall. Darn it. It was such a good subject and I was so excited about sharing it with you folks. Now it will have to stay trapped inside my head, along with my dad's recipe for spaghetti carbonara and the phone number of my first girlfriend, neither of which I am sharing with you folks.
• WSU: Monday is the one day of the week Washington State makes a few players available for media interviews. So Tuesday's post is filled with links to videos of said players. However, Christian Caple put all but one of the videos in his morning post today, thus saving me a bunch of underlined words in this sentence. He did link the Kristoff Williams interview separately yesterday, so we have to link that. … Christian's notebook today leads with the Idaho/WSU “rivalry,” one that's sort of faded into irrelevance since former athletic director Jim Sterk decided to pull the plug. This is the two neighbors' first meeting since 2007. Christian also has his usual first look at the game (you will have to read the advice to understand the picture). … Finally, Christian has a transcript of what Mike Leach had to say yesterday, including his dating advice. … More on the Pac-12 Networks deal with AT&T. … ESPN.com's Pac-12 blog has a mailbag this morning and a quick look at this weekend's games. … You know the officials who worked Arizona State's win over Wisconsin? You may not see them for a while.
• Gonzaga: Yep, basketball season is getting closer. We know because Jim Meehan has a blog post on the Kraziness in the Kennel.
• Idaho: As we said yesterday, if you want Idaho news, check out the WSU section above.
• Preps: It seems like a good day to preview the girls' soccer season in these parts and Jim Allen does just that – and more. Monday's results can be found in this roundup. … Ferris remains atop the region's football poll.
• Mariners: The light-hitting Mariners are even more light-hitting than usual as the season winds down. They suffered another tough defeat Monday, with the 4-2 loss to the Tigers triggering Joe Saunders frustration trigger. The victim was a sunflower seed container in the dugout (pictured). What a mature human being. … Felix Hernandez's next start has been pushed back again, though he did throw a bullpen yesterday. … Larry Stone thinks it is finally time for the M's management to be swept out, from the top down. … As we said when it happened, what are the odds two managers in the major leagues would hail from one mid-level city? John Blanchette examines that question in depth in today's column.
• Seahawks: The big blow this week is Russell Okung (pictured) and his injury. Pete Carroll wouldn't say exactly what the injury was, though it was reported by a couple of sources to be a ligament tear in his toe. However, we do know Okung will not play this week. There are a couple of others who might, though. … There was a lot to be learned from Sunday night, including Russell Wilson seems to be able to take a hit and two new defensive players were big hits. … The Hawks' fans made a lot of noise and there is a certificate to prove it.
• Sounders: The midfield should be a bit stronger from here on out as Brad Evans seems to be healthy again and the newest Sounder, Adam Moffat, brings lot of veteran leadership to the spot. … Moffat is happy to be here. Very happy to be here. … HBO is going to examine the Sounders game-day experience. … Obafemi Martins won an award it seems as if he didn’t know existed.
• That's it for now. I still can't remember what I was going to write about. I blame the fumes from the woodworking project I was doing last night. Yep, patching holes in a door can really tax your mind. Until later …