A GRIP ON SPORTS
Wednesday was a day of brooms and bad backs, moving vans and moving the ball, of exonerations and expectations. It was also hump day. Read on.
• I'm sorry, but there never was a better-Wednesday-themed television commercial series than the Geiko hump day ones. Flawless. But that was so yesterday. Today is about moving forward. The Cougars are moving forward from Lewiston to Pullman, where they will take the day off and then hit the football field again tomorrow. School is just around the corner so it seems like the right time to head back. The Hawks are moving forward from the allegations leveled against Marshawn Lynch, which even the Bellevue Police Department realized were, well, bogus, to quote the Hawks. The Mariners are moving forward in the postseason race after sweeping Toronto out of Safeco Field. People even brought brooms, for goodness sakes. And we're moving forward to the links, as we have a lot to bring you. We don't have one on Tiger Woods pulling out of consideration for the Ryder Cup, though, as it seemed a bit anticlimactic. After the way he played in the PGA, it just seemed like a matter of time before he had to bow out.
• WSU: To commemorate their second consecutive year in Lewiston, the Cougars erected a statue. No, that's not right. They held a scrimmage (pictured). That's it. Though the defense didn't seem to get the memo, at least the second-string defense didn't. The stars were all on the offensive side of the ball. At least, the statistics seem to indicate that. Jacob Thorpe had a summary of the action on the blog yesterday afternoon along with quotes from Mike Leach. He also has a story in today's paper concerning the exciting prospect of two young running backs actually making defenders miss and today's morning blog post with links. ... Jacob also held a live chat yesterday. ... How is the recruiting going in the Pac-12? ... There was some news in Phoenix yesterday that seems to be old hat already.
• EWU: Speaking of live chats, Jim Allen will hold one at 11 this morning to answer your questions concerning Eastern football. Jim also has a story in today's paper on a couple of returning defensive linemen who, while young, are experienced. ... Jim also has a morning post with links today. ... New Oregon State basketball coach Wayne Tinkle is going to miss a few things about Missoula.
• Idaho: The Vandals are still plugging along, preparing for the 2014 season. So is Josh Wright, who has this blog post on yesterday's workouts.
• Indians: It took 14 innings, but the Indians finally fell to Tri-City 7-6 last night. Or should I say this morning?
• Shock: A couple of Spokane players were honored by the AFL yesterday.
• Seahawks: Besides the news on Lynch, there were some real football items to discuss as well. ... There was an injury, though the extent of Cassius Marsh's knee injury is not yet known. ... There is a whole bunch of stories on players from Kam Chancellor to J.R. Sweezy (pictured) to Ricardo Lockette to a young guy you might not know too well as of yet. ... Russell Wilson and Darrell Bevell spoke with the media after practice and shared their thoughts.
• Mariners: King Felix set the tone Monday and Hisashi Iwakuma put the exclamation point on the series last night, throwing six-plus shutout innings as the M's defeated Toronto 2-0. All of Seattle's runs came on a Kendrys Morales first-inning home run. ... Dustin Ackley actually believes he can hit now. ... James Paxton is now the young pitcher with all pressure.
• Sounders: It was a day for the record books for the Sounders. It began with homegrown talent DeAndre Yedlin's transfer to Tottenham being finalized. The Sounders are expected to receive $3 million of the $4 million transfer fee and Yedlin (pictured) will receive a large bump in play. He will also get to play in the English Premier League, one of the world's best. ... Then last night the Sounders made short work of the Chicago Fire in the U.S. Open Cup semifinal, winning by an outrageous 6-0 score. The Sounders felt they played a great match. The Fire folks were a bit ticked at themselves. ... The Sounders will travel to Philadelphia for the Cup final in September.
• One last day on the radio, as my stint helping out at 700 ESPN during vacation season ends this afternoon. You can listen here between 3 and 6 p.m. if you like. Until then ...