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Is it baseball season yet?

A GRIP ON SPORTS

It's pretty simple to figure out the main topic of discussion the next two weeks. Spring training. No, just kidding, though the annual rite – and all the promise that comes with it – is not too far away. Nope, we're going to be pretty chock full of Super Bowl links and commentary, that's for sure. Read on.


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• Actually a nice spring training preview would go over really well right now. After tasting some warm weather in my trip to the LA Basin last week, the idea of sun, heat and the smell of the ball coming off the bat sounds pretty good right now. But that's for a few weeks down the road. It's a bit too cold around here to get in a baseball state of mind. However, the weather is perfect for staying indoors and contemplating another Seahawk Super Bowl. It's almost starting to become a habit. Yep, every time the NFL holds a Super Bowl in a cold-weather city, you can book the Hawks. It was eight years ago the league put the championship game in Detroit and Seattle was there. Since then, the game has been held in Miami, Phoenix, Tampa, Miami again, Dallas, Indianapolis (wait, how did the Hawks miss that one?) and New Orleans. All nice places to visit in February, except maybe Indy. Seattle couldn't get to one of those sites. Nope. The Hawks had to wait until the game was in New Jersey to make it back. Heck, next year's game is in Phoenix, the year after that San Francisco. Both nice places to spend a week in the middle of winter. So expect the Hawks to lose early in the playoffs in the next few years.

• We all know the Seahawks offense isn't hitting on all cylinders right now. It hasn't mattered yet, but it might in two weeks. But there is hope. The mythical beast known as Percy Harvin might just be able to play. That seems to be the consensus right now. The fleeting glimpses we've seen of him this season have hinted of the promise the fleet wide receiver's presence holds for the offense. Which brings up a question. If he does play and the Hawk offense explodes, will that make the investment of time, angst and money worth it? Heck yes. The rest of the team got to New Jersey. Now Harvin can go out and win the Super Bowl for them. Single-handed. He's that good. I think. Of course, he may get leveled in warmups by Wes Welker and miss the game.

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• WSU: As per usual on a Tuesday, the links – other than from pro football – are a bit thin. However, Jacob Thorpe fills the Cougar void with a couple of blog posts, including his weekly Pac-12 power rankings and his morning links. Thanks Jacob.

• Gonzaga: The Zags' Sam Dower was named the WCC player of the week Monday. Jim Meehan has more in this blog post and story.

• EWU: While Jim Hayford was holding court on his weekly radio show last night, Weber State was holding court at home, defeating visiting Idaho State.

• Chiefs: The Winterhawks not only defeated Vancouver last night, they also signed a defenseman. … Don Hay won his 600th WHL game Friday night.

• Preps: There were a couple of basketball games last night and we have a roundup.

• Seahawks: The Super Bowl links stretch all the way to Denver this week, as the News Tribune and Times have both sent a reporter to the Mile High City for daily reports. Take their “Dispatches from Denver” and add them to a story or two from the Denver Post and you have a pretty full plate of Rocky Mountain grub. … The Richard Sherman interview has divided our nation. Heck, even our friend John Blanchette has a column about it. Next thing you know someone will ask the President to weigh in and then Congress will get involved and all heck will break loose. Expect a government shutdown in five days. … One thing Pete Carroll is really good at: savoring the moment. So good, in fact, I bet he wears a T-shirt that readssavor the flavor.” He probably learned that while coaching at Iowa State when hippies roamed that bastion of liberalism. Anyhow, Carroll wants his team to appreciate the moment. … The TV ratings were pretty good from the NFC title game, even with two West Coast teams participating. And the football numbers were pretty interesting as well. … We mentioned Percy Harvin above but he's not the only Hawk that's dealt with injuries. … Need a big play? Target Jermaine Kearse.

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• I am on the radio again today with Keith Osso and Rick Lukens between 3 and 6 p.m. You can listen here if you like. And, before you think I've lost it because of a reference I made above, as a catcher one of my easily recalled memories of teenage years is the aroma that would linger after the horsehide was stroked well by a hitter with a wood bat. It's hard to describe and I rarely smell it now, but if you've ever experienced it, you know what I'm talking about. Until later …


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