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Friday, April 26, 2019  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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Seahawks lose in more ways than just on the scoreboard

Seahawks rookie Tyler Lockett returns a kickoff 103 yards for a touchdown against the Broncos in the first half Friday night. (Associated Press)
Seahawks rookie Tyler Lockett returns a kickoff 103 yards for a touchdown against the Broncos in the first half Friday night. (Associated Press)

A GRIP ON SPORTS • We’re pretty adamant we don’t give a rat’s whiskers about NFL preseason games, but we have to admit, watching Pete Carroll getting knocked on his whiskers during Tyler Lockett’s kickoff return was pretty funny. Read on.


• The Seahawks lost last night. Big time. And we’re not even talking about the score. That’s immaterial. What matters is who you lose to injury. Every team loses players to injuries in these all-important exhibitions (see what I did there with the sarcasm?), it’s just important to limit the number – the Hawks had three we know of – and hope the players who are hurt aren’t all that important. Well, the three guys who left aren’t stars, but they are guys the team was counting on. Backup quarterback Tarvaris Jackson is out for a while with a bad ankle, meaning Seattle is looking for a veteran backup (too bad Matt Flynn hooked on with someone). (Again, sarcasm.) Super Bowl star Chris Matthews hurt his shoulder trying to grab a loose ball and probably won’t make an impact again this season until the Super Bowl. (That was cynicism, not sarcasm.) And cornerback Mohammed Seisay strained his groin, a pretty key injury to a guy who is expected to make quick changes of direction. Besides, Seisay plays a position that’s pretty thin right now. In other words, the Hawks didn’t come out of the meaningless game with meaningless injuries. And that’s how they lost.


• WSU: The Cougars are almost done in Lewiston, but that doesn’t mean the action is tailing off. And by that we mean on and off the field. Jacob Thorpe did yesterday what beat writers are supposed to do. He found out the story behind the story, in this case what WSU’s appeal of Kyrin Priester’s transfer ineligibility is based on. Jacob covers the particulars of Washington State’s appeal in this blog post on practice yesterday. The rule he cites is relatively new and once again shows the NCAA is trying to be more athlete friendly. ... Jacob also has a notebook in today’s paper as well as video from Ken Wilson and Mike Leach after practice. And, lest we forget, there is a morning post with links. ... We have some more Pac-12 links including the weekly mailbag from’s Pac-12 blog and the site’s WSU season preview. ... Mike Leach describes his first job and his first football job. They are different. ... The Cougars received a, ahem, commitment from a 6-foot-6 high school quarterback (pictured) yesterday. Jacob has a blog post and we have other links on Cody Brewer's decision. But pardon me if I stay a bit cynical until he signs a letter of intent. ... None of the Oregon coaches talked about Vernon Adams’ first day but the players sure did.

• Gonzaga: After redshirting as a freshman, Jill Barta is looking forward to her first season of playing at GU.

• EWU: The Eagles have some spots to fill in the secondary. Luckily, as Jim Allen writes in this story, there are a lot of candidates.

• Idaho: So Vandal athletic director Rob Spear believes it is the right move for the school to stay in FCS football. I’m not sure his fan base agrees, but he probably has a better sense of that then anyone else.

• Shock: They aren’t supposed to win. Not on the road in Phoenix against the Arizona Rattlers, that’s for sure. But the Spokane Shock know they can defeat Arizona. They’ve done it once this season. Jim Meehan has more in this advance of tonight’s AFL first-round playoff game. ... Tonight's winner gets league favorite San Jose on the road next week. Actually, not in San Jose but Stockton.

• Indians: It took 11 innings and two Tyler Sanchez home runs, but the Indians earned the win over Salem-Keiser, 5-3 last night at Avista Stadium. Chris Derrick has the game story and a blog post from the windy, dusty night.

• Golf: The Inland Empire's Senior Golf Association is the subject of Jim's column this week. It's not a surprise to me how many of the folks Jim talked with I know. Hanging around a long time does that for you.

• Seahawks: The final score was 22-20, Denver, but as we’ve said before, that wasn’t the most important thing. Three more preseason games remain before the Hawks get down to business for real. ... There are some folks for whom these games mean everything and those are the guys fighting for spots. Guys like third-year running back Christine Michael, who fumbled last night and hasn’t shown consistency yet. ... Jesse Williams is another guy fighting for a spot, just a few months after fighting cancer. ... There were some positives for the Hawks and they did showcase their future. ... What were the players and coaches’ thoughts like afterward? Well, here’s what they were.

• Mariners: This is a game that might as well be tossed away. Except, after all the talk of building momentum with Hisashi Iwakuma’s no-hitter Wednesday, the M’s threw it all away with a 15-1 loss at Boston. The old baseball adage is true: Momentum lasts as long as tomorrow’s starting pitcher. ... Nelson Cruz returned to the lineup while Mike Montgomery may have shown he needs to be shut down for a while. ... Speaking of Iwakuma, he may be 34 but he thinks he has a lot of years left.

• Sounders: Brad Evans was asked to switch positions this season. He said yes, as long as he could stay in one spot all year. Well, that’s not happening. ... The Portland Timbers have played better defensively. They'll need to against Real Salt Lake.


• The weekend is here, right? (Checks calendar to make sure it is Saturday.) Yep, it is. Enjoy it. And enjoy the cooling trend. Until later ...

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