A GRIP ON SPORTS
Can I be honest with you? No. OK. Read on.
• Yes, your butt looks big in those pants. Wait, that's not what I need to be honest about. The truth of the matter is I'm not a good enough writer – or thinker – to articulate a subject I'm not pleased with. Does that make sense? There is something that happens all the time in football season that bugs the heck out of me, but I'm not sure why. It has to do with college coaches and how they deal with injuries to their players. Not the injuries themselves – I trust the doctors and training staffs at colleges have the players' best interests in heart and do everything they can to help them – but how the information about the injuries is disseminated to the public. It bothers me. It bothers me that some disclose everything and others disclose nothing. It bothers me that some even make light of it. But I don't know if I can make a cogent argument why. Or a persuasive one why the policies should change. There are seeds of an argument banging around inside my head all the time. But nothing has sprouted into a full-blown treatise. Every time I try to put together all the different thoughts, instead of coming up with a well-written column, all I end up with is a jumble of non-connected words. And a headache. But that doesn't mean I'm giving up. Someday I will have my road-to-Damascus moment – I just hope it doesn't take divine intervention, He has more important things to worry about – and everything will become clear. I'll know exactly what I want to write, it will be so vibrant and precise the folks at the Pulitzers will take notice and everyone's secretive policies will end. At the very least, two readers will comment, though both will probably only want to mention a misspelled name in the Seahawk links. I can dream, can't I?
• WSU: We are almost there. Almost to the first game. Only a little more than 24 hours away. What will happen? Who the heck knows? Certainly not me. I was pretty darn awful picking games. Jacob Thorpe has already taken his stab at predicting this week's Pac-12 contests so today he ranks the Pac-12 teams. That's just part of his report, however, as he also has a Pac-12 notebook, based off the coaches' conference call yesterday. ... Jacob was at practice yesterday as well and has a report on the underclassmen's scrimmage. Then he tops everything off with his morning post, which includes links. ... Bud Withers has a feature on fifth-year cornerback Tracy Clark, finally getting his chance. ... Klay Thompson is quietly becoming a full-blown NBA star. Brock Motum hopes he's next. ... The idea of playoffs was so dismissed for so long, it's amazing to think it's actually here. ... Yesterday there were a bunch of predictions thrown around the web, including one by Bruce Feldman – a long-time acquaintance of Mike Leach – that Connor Halliday (pictured) will throw 100 passes in a game this season.
• Gonzaga: Jazmine Redmon is ready to take the next step in her life, playing professionally overseas. Tom Clouse has the story.
• EWU: The season-opening win was satisfying, yes. But the Eagles are not satisfied. Not by a long shot. Jim Allen has the story. He also has a blog post this morning with some links. ... Montana and Montana State are ready to open their seasons this weekend. Both have challenges.
• Idaho: So who will be the Vandals' quarterback in the opener at Florida? There will be two of them. John Blanchette has this blog post – yes, I just wrote that phrase, something I never believed I would be able to – on the non-decision.
• Indians: Spokane fell behind by five runs early Tuesday night. Big deal. The Indians exploded for 10 of their own and routed Salem-Keizer 10-5. Chris Derrick has the game story and a blog post on how the Indians are affecting the NWL race. ... Chris has another story on Spokane and the Texas Rangers recommitting to each other. ... Wait, he has one more. The all-star game next year will be in Spokane. And it will feature Northwest League all-stars pitted against all-stars from the Pioneer League. That's a cool idea.
• Chiefs: The Chiefs made some roster moves yesterday.
• Preps: Lewis and Clark High had to replace the most successful girls' basketball coach in its history. The Tigers did that by hiring a former college mens' coach, George Pfeifer (pictured). Greg Lee has the story. ... Greg also has a piece on another local girls player who has decided to play her college hoop at Army.
• Seahawks: The NFL came down hard on the Hawks for cheating yesterday. Yep, they were practicing too much in mini-camp. At least hitting too often. It cost them $300,000 and two days of mini-camp next summer. ... The roster had to be trimmed yesterday as well and the Hawks dropped a few folks while also picking up one more. ... O'Brien Schofield failed a physical with the Giants during the offseason, costing him a big payday. So he returned to Seattle. He seems OK now. ... How good can Christine Michael be? ... Should the Hawks keep two quarterbacks or three? ... Russell Wilson and Richard Sherman talked after practice yesterday.
• Mariners: It's funny. Even when James Paxton doesn't look all that sharp, which was the case last night, the opposition still has a tough time scoring on him. Maybe the big left-hander is one of those guys that's just wild enough to be effective. He was against the Rangers as the M's won 5-0, staying a half-game ahead in the race for the second wild card. ... I'm not sure how you all will take this – heck, I'm not sold on it myself – but the Mariners' powers that be just gave general manager Jack Zduriencik a contract extension. The success this season hasn't just pleased the fans, it's pleased Howard Lincoln. ... Erasmo Ramirez will make the start today.
• And that's it for this morning. If you have any thoughts on how college football programs should deal with reporting injuries, let me know. I might steal your arguments. Until later ...