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At least one team got it done Saturday

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Yesterday was a bottom-line type of day. And the bottom line was, the Cougars took care of business. The rest of the teams in the region? Not so much. Read on.

There are a few ‘must-wins’ out there this weekend

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The weekend ahead? Let's pretend we're ESPN and have to label it, as the self-proclaimed world-wide leader is wont to do with everything. We'll call it “Must-Win Weekend,” and admit we have no future in marketing. Read on.

Turnovers are a tasty treat for football teams

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It's said if you can learn something new every day, then you never really age. So what happens if what you learn is just a reoccurrence of something you learned long ago, but forgot? Does that mean you've reverted back to that earlier age? It's enough to make your head spin. Read on.

The NFL (and the Seahawks) reign supreme

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Listening to Colin Cowherd this morning, I was struck once again by the power of the NFL. A Thursday night game in early September on the tube draws a 16-plus overnight rating, according to numbers cited by the ESPN radio host. That's better than NBA final games, World Series games, heck better than most any other sporting event. It's the season opener, sure. And the defending Super Bowl champions are on, which makes it a bit more special. But that doesn't explain how the pregame show gets a rating in the 15s. That's just domination. More dominating than even the Seahawk defense. Read on.

There is no place like Safeco for Young

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Far be it for me to second-guess a Mariners' manager, especially as we delve into football season. Usually by now we're all more interested in the Cougars or the Eagles or the Seahawks. And Lloyd McClendon has done a masterful job keeping the M's – a flawed team – in contention for a wild-card berth. But something that happened over the weekend had me shaking my head. And I still am. Can't you hear the rattling? Read on.

Is the future now?

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Today is the day. The day the Mariners let their fans know how they feel about this season. Or maybe it's just the day they decide to continue to build for the future. Read on.

Bronze may be Sherman’s favorite color

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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.

Where did everybody go?

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Ever been around Spokane on Memorial Day weekend? I'm guessing not. Because there is nobody here. Driving around town yesterday I was struck again on how this place empties out on the first unofficial weekend of summer. Read on.

Nothing enlivens a dull day like a good tantrum

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I don't know what it is about a explosive managerial meltdown about a missed call, but I have to admit I like it. 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.

There are some shining lights out there

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As the good ship Mariner slowly sinks in the west, let's take a moment to be thankful for some of the good things out there. Read on.

Golf supplies its own drama

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No writer's block today. The subject of today's column is obvious. Read on.

As Yogi might say, it’s not over but it’s over

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The college basketball season in these parts is officially over. The ending wasn't what anyone wanted, I'm sure. For any of the area's teams. Read on.

The next couples day are about recuperating

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There is a move afoot, brought to you by our friends at Budweiser, to make the opening day of baseball season a national holiday. Publicity stunt? Sure. Heck, baseball's Opening Day isn't even the most important day in American sports these days. It's probably a poor third. Heck, in my eyes, if any day (or days) deserves national holiday status, it is today. And/or tomorrow. Call them Cinderella Days. Then the males of this country wouldn't have to schedule surgical procedures earlier in the week just to be able to enjoy them. Read on.

The madness begins tonight

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Thanks to the magic of the “first round,” the NCAA tournament begins tonight. Imagine, being picked on Sunday night, flying to Dayton on a Monday and then playing on a Tuesday. Lots of prep time contained in there. And lots of time for school too. Read on.

Upsets and near-upsets highlight a busy Saturday

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Do you know what time it is? Yep, an hour earlier than it should be. But the clock didn't strike midnight for a couple of local basketball teams. And it did for others. Of course. Read on.

Our sports scene is overflowing

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When we woke up this morning, there was just a hint of the sunrise to come. Just enough light in the house that the phone/flashlight was not needed. But it will be tomorrow. Yep, we spring ahead in the wee hours of the morning (miss you Frank) as Daylight Savings Time kicks in. And you know what? It's too darn soon for that. Heck, this weekend is so crowded, we need all the hours we can get. We can't lose one. Read on.

Nothing good can come of this

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Some mornings you just feel like whining a bit. But what good would that do? The day is still going to happen. And you are going to be a part of it. It's better than the alternative, right? Read on.

There is someone to blame for WSU’s woes

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Remember that scene in “Titanic” when the lookout spies the iceberg, yells down a warning from his perch and they try to turn the ship out of harm's way? Me too. But I bet you're asking yourself, “What does that have to do with sports?” Read on.

High school ties bind forever

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When does the statute of limitations expire on rooting for your high school? Never? Read on.

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