A GRIP ON SPORTS
I always thought statues were reserved for ancient heroes. You know, David, Hercules or Caesar (the Roman ones, not from movies about apes) and the like. But turns out I may have been wrong. Football players – and key plays – seem to be all the rage these days. Read on.
• While perusing the Internet this morning, I came upon this column from Art Thiel on SportspressNW.com. A group of Seahawk fans are trying to raise money to create a statue of Richard Sherman's game-saving play against the 49ers in the NFC title game (pictured). Good for them. Raising money through crowdsourcing is a great way to find out if there is enough support out there for a project like this one. If there isn't, it will die a quiet death. But is the Sherman play the best one to memorialize? Could be, but maybe it would be better to immortalize Sherman's interview with Erin Andrews forever. That seems to be etched in the national psyche a bit more – as evidence, I give you the president's jokes when the Hawks were at the White House. Or maybe the best tribute to the Hawks' championship season would be to skip the NFC title game all together and pick some moment from the Super Bowl. One of the many interceptions in that game or maybe, to be less-than-subtle, a statue of the scoreboard as the clock hit :00. Maybe there should be a statue of Pete Carroll, hands on knees, working his jaws either over a piece of gum or talking into the headset with the eye in the sky. Heck, a statue to Paul Allen would be appropriate. After all, it is his money that finances everything. He could probably even pay for the statue out of change in his couch (fixed) cushions. But I guess all those choices aren't as good as Sherman's tip. The outstretched arm. Michael Crabtree's hands. The ball. Malcolm Smith (fixed from earlier, thanks Deb) trailing, about to receive a present. All those nano-seconds when the season turned. Yep, it's the right moment. If a statue is the right choice. I guess it's up to the fans to decide.
• WSU: As one might expect, the Pac-12 news is as thick as Waffle House gravy today, what with the football media days beginning this morning. Jacob Thorpe has a blog post concerning the day, with an emphasis on WSU's participation. And Jacob will have more on this site throughout the day. ... The Pac-12 blog over at ESPN.com will be filled with updates as well, though it starts the day with this rather relaxed advance post. ... Oregon will enter the season a little short at linebacker. ... Utah remembers the best season in school history on its 10-year anniversary and looks forward to media days.
• Whitworth: For the first time in a long, long time, the Pirates will begin football practice without John Tully on the sidelines as the head coach. Tom Clouse has this advance on the first season under new head coach Rod Sandberg (pictured).
• Indians: Spokane sort of sputtered to the first-half finish in the Northwest League and that continued Tuesday night as the second half got underway in Salem-Keiser.
• Shadow: How did the Shadow put together a championship squad in the first year of the Evergreen Premier League? Jim Allen tells you how.
• Preps: The Spokane Bandits will represent the area at the state Legion tournament. Tom has a story on the accomplishment.
• Seahawks: Besides the push for a statue, we can also pass along a couple of other Hawk items, including a look at their schedule, which won't be easy. In fact, it should be really tough. ... Where are the Hawks the strongest? ... We knew this duo was underrated.
• Mariners: Another game, another game in which the offense struggles. Last night's 3-1 loss to the Mets – on a night when Erasmo Ramirez (pictured) actually threw decently – will probably increase the calls for another bat. One might not be enough. ... Taijuan Walker will make another start today. Is it a showcase start in advance of a possible trade? ... James Paxton is getting closer and closer to returning to the bigs from his arm injury. He made another rehab start for Tacoma last night. ... Alex Jackson seems OK after being hit in the face with a baseball. ...The pain is gone. As a result, Jeremy Affeldt is pitching so much better.
• We'll be back tomorrow with all the links we can find to the first of two Pac-12 media days. Yep, that's what we do. Until then ...