SATURDAY, SEPT. 15, 2018
So the Washington State Cougars have navigated their minefield of a non-conference schedule – they just took down the heavyweight of the first three weeks, Eastern Washington, in a fun 59-24 shootout-turned-beatdown Saturday to run their record to 3-0.
FRIDAY, SEPT. 7, 2018
Shilo Morgan can make a coach and a quarterback go deep into the playbook – if only for characterizations.
Two things about football: One, any time someone suggests the game is at a crisis point or some moral crossroads, you can be sure a few rich guys will ready to gamble some spare change and create yet another professional league – or two – because they know America’s football thirst cannot be slaked.
SATURDAY, SEPT. 1, 2018
What restored the psychic equilibrium, oddly enough, was something the Cougars had that maybe no one was quite ready to accept: an assured, tested, steady hand at quarterback, who looked as if he had years of flight hours in Leach’s cockpit.
THURSDAY, AUG. 30, 2018
The football establishment has mobilized and its message is clear: football is under siege. Except it’s not. But I know what should be. Football movies.
Uncle Rico, Rod Tidwell and Bobby Boucher are easy selections for our All-Star team
Even back in the bad, bad days of 0-12 – just a decade ago, can you believe it? – the Washington Huskies did their best to pass themselves off as a college football blueblood. OK, purpleblood.
They can run, but they can’t save their hides. OK, well maybe Russell Wilson can – running is all that’s saved his in the past two seasons as quarterback of the Seattle Seahawks.
THURSDAY, AUG. 16, 2018
On Thursday, Idaho’s state board of education finally cut loose University of Idaho athletic director Rob Spear after lots and lots of investigation and risk assessment and hand-wringing. And presumably even some empathy for the women both he and the university failed, and for those afraid they’d be failed again.
SUNDAY, AUG. 12, 2018
Not that you need any reminders. It is the wound that won’t scab over, the acid reflux that won’t go away. In this part of the country, it’s the rebuke applicable to every folly – and requiring not a stitch of explanation.
SATURDAY, AUG. 4, 2018
Corner Club stories? There are too many – the place is 70 years old, after all.
TUESDAY, JULY 17, 2018
News is as unlikely as rain at college football’s mid-July conference gabfests, unless Nick Saban announces he’s changed his brand of coffee filters. As the coaches of the Big Sky Conference gathered in Spokane for probing and prodding on Monday, the drought was especially dire. The one woulda-been cloudburst – Montana State coach Jeff Choate benching the Bobcats’ starting quarterback for the year with the order to introduce himself to his textbooks – was released last week. This, sadly, pre-empted any hyperventilating here. There was this, however:
THURSDAY, JUNE 28, 2018
A funny thing happened to Omar Samhan in Japan last winter. He had to shake Rob Sacre’s hand – and try to keep a straight face.
SUNDAY, JUNE 10, 2018
Royce Bolinger, after seven years into his professional baseball career as a hitter, has come full circle to where he began, as a member of the 2018 Indians ... pitching staff.
What if Spokane hadn’t lost its Triple-A team? Maybe the timeline would have looked something like this:
THURSDAY, MAY 31, 2018
In the world of NCAA sports, Washington State is to fiscal gymnastics what Alabama is to football. If only they handed out national championships for that sort of thing.
MONDAY, MAY 28, 2018
With 700 miles to travel, it took until Monday morning for the thunder – OK, the very, very loud pings – from Gonzaga’s bats heard over the weekend in California to resound in Spokane. Still pretty loud, though – until being drowned out by an explosion of cheers from the Bulldogs themselves when their name went up at last near the end of ESPNU’s NCAA baseball selection show.
THURSDAY, MAY 24, 2018
Why Jerry Kramer had to wait more than half his life – 45 years – for a distinction that should have been pro forma will remain a mystery, though joining the parade of his Green Bay Packers teammates from the 1960s into the hall was like trying to merge into rush hour traffic. In any case, with an appearance schedule that was already busy before, the countdown to the August induction on and his daily triple-team of joy, relief and gratitude, fixating on old slights doesn’t fit into Kramer’s schedule.
TUESDAY, MAY 22, 2018
On Tuesday, crews from Japan’s six national television channels – 20 people in all – descended on McCarthey Athletic Center to explore Ruiworld.
Rui Hachimura wasn’t the only one getting grilled by Japanese television crews Tuesday. Bulldogs head coach Mark Few and assistant Tommy Lloyd had to parry some questions about their star forward.
TUESDAY, MAY 15, 2018
What a great day for the Seattle Mariners. They got themselves a Gold Glove second baseman and saved $12 million.
THURSDAY, MAY 10, 2018
He shook the trees – hard – for the money that built the joint.
SUNDAY, MAY 6, 2018
If they could have rustled up 23-year-old Felix Hernandez to go head-to-head with 23-year-old Shohei Ohtani, then they might have had something.
SATURDAY, MAY 5, 2018
There may be 70 or more credentialed media here specifically to itemize his every move, whether at the plate or on the mound or jogging through the outfield during batting practice or staring numbly at the sailboat race on MarinersVision (they must be saving money on hydro fuel). In two nights, nearly 79,000 have swept through the gates of Safeco Field out of curiosity.
FRIDAY, MAY 4, 2018
Day 2 of Ichiro Suzuki, Special Assistant to the Chairman, began without the formal press conference and moved straight into the meat of his duties at Safeco Field: Starting with ... shagging batting practice flies.