A GRIP ON SPORTS
It is said the 24 hours after baseball's All-Star Game is the least crowded day in American sports. Which is why ESPN created the ESPYs, and stuck them there. Makes sense to me. Read on.
• ESPN is famous for never letting a void go unfilled. The self-proclaimed world-wide leader of sports – and to be honest, rightfully so – has 24 hours, seven days a week to fill, so it makes sense. Where there is a void, ESPN creates a new world. The ESPYs are just another of the network's creations and the awards show is held on the perfect day. Even baseball's stars, in mid-season, have an opportunity to be part of the action. It's perfect made-for-TV action. Awards are handed out, speeches are made and everyone seems to have a good time. Two winners from this part of the world were even singled out last night, with the Seahawks earning team of the year honors and Richard Sherman named guy-who-yelled-the-loudest or something like that. Good for them. The trophies are probably just as valued as their Super Bowl ring.
• What in the world? The U.S. Open was played on a godforsaken-looking course, 18 flags seemingly just stuck down in the sand dunes of North Carolina. The British Open, on the television right now, is being played on a course with greener fairways than Sahalee in April. My entire golf-viewing world seems inside-out. What are you going to tell me next, that Tiger Woods, he of the bad back and even worse psyche, is going to treat this thing like a mid-May tournament in Florida?
• WSU: Connor Halliday has been something of an overlooked entity in the college football offseason, odd for a senior quarterback in Mike Leach's system. See, those guys usually through for mind-boggling yardage numbers, which would seem to be perfect fodder for preseason awards. That anonymity changed some yesterday when Halliday was named to the Davey O'Brien watch list, the precursor to an award given to the country's best quarterback. … California's interim athletic director is quite happy to have the job.
• Gonzaga: The WCC's new commissioner, Lyn Holzman, is really happy to have the job. And feels she is really ready for it as well.
• EWU: If there is one position Eastern probably needed shoring up, it was cornerback. So the Eagles did just that, attracting Arizona State junior transfer Rashad Wadood (pictured), who will be eligible this season. … Idaho State has a daunting football schedule once again.
• Golf: The Rosauers Open is an Indian Canyon tradition, a golf tournament that has produced a lot of exciting moments at the course just west of downtown Spokane. But, due to problems with the Canyon's greens this year, the tournament will be played nearer to Idaho than downtown this week, with MeadowWood serving as the host. Jim Meehan advances the tournament and exams the effect of the change in this story.
• Indians: The past few days in Boise have been unkind to the Indians, with Wednesday's 8-4 loss their third consecutive one. Still, thanks to a Vancouver defeat, Spokane still holds a two-game lead in the Northwest League's North division's first-half race.
• Seahawks: There are still questions to be answered heading into camp, like how many carries will Christine Michael get this season? … The money to be made in professional sports isn't in football here. It is in football in Europe. Though the Hawks' franchise is worth a bit more than your local car dealer.
• Mariners: The American League West has turned into a powerhouse of a division. Just as the Mariners are improving, of course. … If, when the M's return home from their current road swing, you want to drive over and watch a game at Safeco, you should read this story. Coupled with the slowdowns in the pass, it's going to be a long drive. … The A's battle with Oakland for a new lease seems to be continuing.
• Sounders: Three Sounders have been voted to the MLS All-Star team and they are the guys you were thinking about: Clint Dempsey, Obafemi Martins (pictured) and DeAndre Yedlin. … Speaking of the MLS, it is beginning to make inroads around the nation. … And speaking of the Sounders, they are about to become the Northwest's newest “it” team.
• The weather looks well-near perfect over in England today. And the scores seem to reflect that. I think I'll sign off now and watch a few holes. By the way, the Hawks and the ESPYs? That last comment above was meant as sarcasm, if you didn't know. Until later …