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Seems like there would be better uses for the money

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It's a number that's hard to comprehend. Two billion dollars. It sounds almost like a laugh-line in a new Austin Powers movie. Two billlllion dollars. But it isn't a joke. Not really. It's the amount of money former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has available to spend for a sports franchise. Something about that just doesn't seem right. Read on.

Don’t forget to stop and appreciate Felix

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If you are a young Mariners fan – and, yes, I know there aren't that many folks who fit such a profile – you need to pay close attention whenever Felix Hernandez takes the mound. Read on.

One injury can change an entire season

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That was predictable. The difference between winning and losing in the Arena Football League is as thin as an X-ray. In the Spokane Shock's case, the X-ray of Erik Meyer's shoulder. Since Meyer, the best quarterback in the league, went down with an injury, the Shock have lost three consecutive games, including last night's defeat at home to San Jose. As we said, predictable. Read on.

It’s hard to bridge this divide

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Did you ever think you would see the day when the announcement of the U.S. team for the upcoming World Cup would cause a controversy? If you are under 30, sure; over 50, no way. Read on.

A little of this and that

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And to think, it isn't even summer yet. The dog days aren't even upon us yet. Read on.

Win a title, meet the president

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There once was a time, boys and girls, when the champions of major sports leagues in this country did not visit the White House. And you don't have to go back to the Woodrow Wilson administration. Read on.

Things have a way of balancing out

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There were a handful of pictures making the rounds yesterday of Cougars past and present saying goodbye to track and field coach Rick Sloan. There were also a few pictures to be had of the Seahawks rookie mini-camp. A balance of sorts? Read on.

A winner anyway you look at it

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Will we see a Triple Crown winner again? It's been since 1978 horse racing has produced a champion of champions. That's more than 25 years by my math. But we may have one again in three weeks. Wouldn't that be something? Read on.

Just who is to blame?

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For some reason, we always have to assign blame. Who is at fault? Why did that happen? But when looking for a scapegoat, most times the simplest answer is the correct one. Read on.

Better late than not at all?

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Sorry this is late today but I had a family commitment to attend to this morning. But we have your links ready now. Read on.

Another nice spring Saturday

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Let's keep this simple. It's a Saturday, the sun is shining and I'm sure you want to get out and enjoy the day. Can’t argue with that. Read on.

Did you get sucked in as well?

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I am a sucker. There, I admitted it. That feels better. Read on.

People have gone daft about the draft

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Are you ready for tonight? Got your beverages and snacks? Don't forget a coaster for your drink and a cushion for your seat. It's the NFL's biggest day of the year, non-game variety. It's the Draft, with a capital “D.” And there's one thing I can guarantee. Tonight's first round will have more drama, more entertainment and more intelligent dialogue than that recent cruddy Kevin Costner movie. Sure, the people in the movie were better looking. But no one – no one – could boast better hair than Mel Kiper Jr. Read on.

All those chocolate doughnuts come with a price

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Did you know it is possible to get a cavity in a fake tooth? I didn't either. But I found out recently it is and today I have to pay the price. Read on.

Who deserves bouquets this year?

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You want to know what this week should really be known as? The week of the flower ads. Can you go anywhere, watch anything, listen to any station and not hear or see an ad for some flower seller? Me neither. Read on.

An unlikely hero for the Shock

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Imagine Russell Wilson going down with an injury in St. Louis. And imagine Tarvaris Jackson also being out, injured during the week. So the Hawks turn to Percy Harvin to play quarterback. Think they would win? Read on.

Moos has brought big changes to WSU

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Do you remember Martin Stadium from 30 years ago? Twenty? If you are a Cougar fan, I'm sure you do. Then you know the Martin Stadium of today is a different place – and will be different still next fall with the completion of the football operations building that will loom over the west endzone. The changes in the football complex at WSU are things that will be with us for the next 30, 40, 50 years. It's all part of a vision of one man. Read on.

You can always use a broom to pound on the ceiling

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Paul Simon once wrote about one man's ceiling being another man's floor. I always felt that had great application in the world of sports. Read on.

There was a lot going on Saturday

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Was it a busy Saturday? Well, you decide. The Cougars played their spring game. The Eagles played their spring game. It seems as if the Vandals played their bowl game Friday night. And there was an uproar in the NBA that had nothing to do with the officiating – or the games for that matter. Read on.

The best laid plans are some times for naught

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Is it better to plan for Armageddon and not have it occur or just go through the day without a care? Read on.

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