A GRIP ON SPORTS
It's Monday morning of Super Bowl week. Are we supposed to be excited or something? Read on.
• When the Seahawks left Seattle for New York yesterday, quite a few folks lined their route to SeaTac to send them off. To feel part of it, at the same time, I went out to the sidewalk in front of my house and waved a 12th-Man flag. Just kidding, but I wish I had thought of it. It would have made for a silly picture. Not that the idea of a bunch of average Joes and Janes were doing the same thing for real in way-too-cool Seattle isn't silly enough. The city that invented American coffee house chic cheering on a professional football team? The irony is delicious. Football is the sport of the American masses, the sport as religion below the Mason-Dixon Line. It's not the least bit subtle. It's about domination, the taking of territory, being tougher. And cool-as-an-iced-latte Seattle has embraced it. The Sounders I get. Soccer is new wave, the sport of the world, of foreign accents. But American football isn't. And yet, the city of Birkenstocks and bicycle-rack-adorned Subarus is caught up in the 12th-Man wave. Yes, I get it. It is quite silly to paint everyone is Seattle with the same teal-tinted brush. And it isn't anywhere near the truth. But you have to admit the city has a reputation as a bastion of liberalism, a reputation most in the area are happy to embrace. And the dichotomy of that reputation colliding with their love of a sport most commonly associated with our redder states is worth savoring.
• WSU: Would "the city where losing streaks come to die" work as a new slogan for the City of Pullman? Well it did yesterday. The Oregon Ducks came into Beasley Coliseum waddling under the strain of a five-game losing streak during which they had trouble guarding anyone. And they left with a 71-44 victory over Washington State. It wasn't pretty as Jacob Thorpe's game story indicates. And the postgame wasn't positive as his videos of the interviews with coach Ken Bone and the players reveal. Jacob also has a blog post from yesterday on another football player saying he will attend WSU (though he said the same thing about UCLA earlier) and a morning post today. ... We ran down a couple of stories about Sunday's game from the Oregon perspective. ... The WSU women lost their third consecutive game yesterday. And they won't be headed back to Pullman for another week when they host Stanford.
• EWU: The Eagles are in Portland tonight for a key Big Sky game. Eastern needs to pick up a road win and Portland is as good a place as any to get it.
• Seahawks: Yes, both teams are in New York. And, yes, both teams met the media yesterday. So our report consists mainly of videos and summaries of interviews with coach like Denver's John Fox and Seattle's Pete Carroll (who both coached the defensive backs at Iowa State back in the day, though not at the same time) and assorted players. There are Peyton Manning and Russell Wilson interviews of course, but when you see a video of Max Unger, the Hawks center, you know it is the Super Bowl. Who else talked? Well, Richard Sherman of course and Doug Baldwin, Cliff Avril and Earl Thomas. ... Are weather worries overblown? ... The Super Bowl is just another game, right? This matchup was once a division game. ... The newer faces on the Hawks are still finding their place. ... Manning has a chance to secure his place in history with a win. ... All the hoopla surrounding the game is something the players, especially Wilson and Sherman, seem pretty comfortable with. ... Finally, the price of tickets continue to drop.
• Sounders: We also missed this yesterday from the News Tribune on the Sounders' first day of training camp.
• That's it for now. With Keith Osso in New York covering the Hawks, I'll fill in for him all week with Dennis Patchin and Rick Lukens. Who says the Super Bowl isn't an economic stimulator? It's certainly stimulated my economy. You can listen here between 3 and 6 p.m. Until then ...