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U.S. had something to cheer about

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The high temperature in Spokane is supposed to be 56 degrees today. What the heck? OK, I've lived here long enough to know mid-June is prone to days like this, but really? Why couldn't it have been 56 and raining yesterday when I was stuck in the house listening to chants of U-S-A, U-S-A and other, more raucous retorts. Read on.

Like all dads, we’re just living the dream

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I was greeted this morning with a Father's Day breakfast in bed. Three eggs, perfectly over easy, ham, bacon and sausage. Crisp hash browns, aromatic coffee, lightly buttered rye toast and, lest I forget, doughnuts. Mounds and mounds of hot, fresh, greasy doughnuts. And then I woke up. What a dream. Read on.

Maybe luck had nothing to do with it

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Was yesterday unlucky? Well, if you are a Mariners' fan, sure. An error by Robinson Cano led to the only run in a 1-0 loss. But a Texas fan might consider that lucky. Then there are the Ranger fans (hockey variety) that will remember this as the unluckiest Friday the 13th ever. Two shots hit the bar in a 3-2 loss to the Kings? But as a Los Angeles fan (during the Stanley Cup finals) and a hockey aficionado in general, last night's Cup-clinching double overtime win was as fortuitous as it gets. Read on.

Today is your (un)lucky day

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Once more into the breach. It's Friday the 13th. What could go wrong? Read on. 

Jeter is worth appreciating

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It's a near-perfect day. The U.S. Open is on the television, exciting us old folks. For the younger, hipper set, the World Cup kicks off tonight in Brazil. And, for both, one of the better shortstops to ever play the game of baseball is on display in Seattle. For the final time. Read on.

A fastball can burn into your memory too

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There are certain news flashes that fly by like a robin in a field, unnoticed and unremarked upon. But there our others that hit like a sparrow in a mall. They make you stop and take notice. One of the latter occurred yesterday. Read on.

A good conversation enhanced

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Like Garfield, the comically fat cat, I love lasagna. Unlike Garfield, I also love Monday's. Especially Monday's like the one that occurred yesterday. Read on.

One of our favorite days looms

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Once a year it's fun to watch adults act like children. And I'm not talking about Christmas. Read on.

It’s been long enough

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Eleven horses have done it. Since 1978, 12 more have entered the Belmont with a chance to join them. But none have come through. Will California Chrome be the one to break a 38-year drought today? Will he win horse racing's Triple Crown? Read on.

Whatever happened last night, it wasn’t cool

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Even Superman had his Kryptonite, right? I guess we found LeBron James' last night, didn't we? And, ironically for the team he plays for, it was the heat. Or maybe it was the humidity. Read on. 

Not just yet

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A blind man could see the glow grower brighter around here. After so many years in the void of lost dreams, the M's faithful are ready to embrace this team, to begin enjoying baseball again. Am I wrong to be reticent about joining in? Read on.

WSU’s new football building passes the test

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If you have ever spent any time at all in Washington State's ancient football locker room, you would understand why some upgrades of the Cougar facilities were needed. Not that many of you probably have. Heck I was only in there a few times myself. That was enough. The “ambience” is now imprinted on my brain. Read on.

So who was better, Ruth or Gehrig?

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Ever sit around with friends and play conversational games? You know what I mean, asking each other questions like “What was the best TV comedy of all-time?” or “Who was better, Willie Mays or Hank Aaron?” and then arguing about your answers? Ya, me too. One of our favorites has to do with local high school basketball coaches. Like, “Who is the best?” And my answer always ticked off my buddies. Read on.

Now that’s a nice surprise

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Ever find money you didn't know you had? I did yesterday, on a gift card that had been sitting on my desk for, I don't know, more than half a decade. It was a lot of money. And made my weekend better. But not as good as the Mariners'. They also discovered some found money, if you will. Read on.

Lots of choices on this Sunday

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We've got a multiple-choice test for you today. Don't have a panic attack. It isn't as hard as that English exam you failed in 11th grade, starting you down the road to ruin. Where you ended up a sports writer. Read on.

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.

Next time I’ll just expect them to lose

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Every have a feeling of certainty about your team and a particular game? I did last night. The M's were trailing by a run or two late in the game with the Angels and I knew – knew – they were going to rally and win. I was certain. So I went to bed. When I was jarred away at about 1:30 in the morning by a sudden downpour outside our window, I checked the score, still certain they had rallied and won. Yet, like most everything lately with the M's, I was wrong. It took me more than two hours to get back to sleep. Read on.

A normal day – as it should be

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I don't know about you, but we spent the holiday enjoying a quiet, relaxing day. You know, mowing the lawn, weeding, barbecuing, listening to the M's win, reading, playing with the dogs, watching the Heat, eating ice cream, taking in a few minutes of hockey. All those things the people we were honoring sacrificed so we could enjoy. It seemed right. Read on.

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