A GRIP ON SPORTS
What was it your gramma used to tell you made up the paving material on the road to perdition? Ya, we had those today. Read on.
• When we began our day, we had grand thoughts concerning our subject matter. It was going to parallel a recent column we wrote for this space that appeared in the paper today. A follow-up, if you will, detailing some folks Washington State athletic director Bill Moos might target as his next basketball coach. But our old-fashioned good intentions weren't able to fill the potholes caused by computer problems. To whit, we spent more than an hour this morning trying to get reconnected with the Internet. Yep, the road to hell might be paved with good intentions, but the road to these links is built of pixels and nanobytes and things that no one can really explain without a P.H.D. from M.I.T. A lot of turning off and on, a lot of shutdowns, breakdowns and a lot of cussing – quietly as to not wake the wife and, more importantly, the always curious cat – later, we got back on. But it was too late to write a long, thought-out post on WSU's hoop future while still having any chance of making my 9 a.m. deadline for posting. So we will have to put it off. Maybe tomorrow. Maybe the next day. One thing I'm not worried about. A post concerning the Cougars' next coach won't be made obsolete by circumstances. Heck, the job isn't even open yet.
• WSU: Though Jacob Thorpe remained in Las Vegas to cover the Idaho Vandals, he still found time away from the baccarat tables to put up a morning post concerning the Cougs. … The WSU baseball team took advantage of a two-out, bases-empty error by Arizona in the top of the ninth and rallied for a 6-5 Pac-12 Conference win. … What does selection Sunday hold for the Pac-12? … Larry Scott (pictured) talked with the media before the Pac-12 tournament finals and said there is no change on the DirecTV front.
• Gonzaga: The Zags know they will be playing in the NCAA tournament. They just don't know when or where. It could be just about anywhere as Jim Meehan's story shows. The same can be said for conference rival BYU. … Though this isn't last year's GU team, it is still the only one from Washington headed to the tournament so there is West Side coverage. … The Zag women are hoping to get sent to Seattle for the first and second rounds. Thomas Clouse has a story.
• Idaho: The Vandal women sealed the deal, getting past Seattle U. 75-67 and into the NCAA tournament again. Jacob has the game story. … The Vandal men, however, couldn't win their third game in three nights and fell to New Mexico State. Jacob also has that game story while Josh Wright chips in with a blog post.
• Chiefs: Though the Chiefs lost Saturday, they may have won. The 3-0 decision in Tri-City means Spokane finishes sixth and will face Victoria in the first round of the WHL playoffs. That's OK, in that a fourth-fifth matchup with Seattle would have meant Spokane was playing a team it was 1-7 against this season. Against Victoria, which lost to Everett last night, the Chiefs were 3-1 this season. … Portland won again last night.
• Shock: There may be a lot that's new about the Shock this season but one thing that never gets old is winning. Spokane did that last night in the Arena, opening the 2014 season with a 64-35 win over Iowa before 10,224. Jim Meehan has the game story and this blog post, John Blanchette has a column and Dan Pelle has the photographs. … Arizona defeated Philadelphia to begin its season and the new L.A. Kiss also won.
• Seahawks: The free agency period continues to roil, with Zach Miller restructuring his contract to stay in Seattle, Red Bryant saying the Hawks never asked him to do the same thing and Walter Thurmond III coming to his senses and signing with the Giants. … This is a sad story. Maybe too sad for a Sunday morning.
• Mariners: The Giants routed the M's but, when your team loses, spring training games don't matter, right? Only when they win does it mean anything. … Stefen Romero is trying to earn a spot on the roster. … Robinson Cano is away from camp again, this time to take care of a family matter.
• Sounders: A couple of cheap, poorly played early goals was all Toronto needed to get past Seattle 2-1 yesterday. If you are looking for a silver lining, Clint Dempsey (pictured) scored his first Sounder goal and also took out a guy with A) a well placed hand or B) an accidental shot to the groin. You decide. No matter what it was, Dempsey apologized. … No one was happy with the defeat mainly because the new-look defense was absolutely horrible on the goals, especially the second one.
• I did discover one thing yesterday. The Sounders' Brad Evans is a UC Irvine graduate. I might have to go to a game this year to cheer on my new favorite Sounder. Wearing Anteater gear, of course. Until later …