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A tradition like none other

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You know what day it is? Yep, it's Tax Day. Time to pay the piper. 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.

Melting the ice with hot coffee

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Every once in a while I sit at my computer in the early morning hours and freeze. No, I'm not cold. I guess a better way to put it is I freeze up. I have no idea what I'm going to write about. No idea what would interest you. No idea how to entertain everyone. Usually, to break up the ice on my hands, I push away from the computer, get up, walk to the kitchen and make coffee. As it percolates in the Cuisinart, I count myself lucky if a thought comes into my head. Let's hope it works today. Read on.

Kent spends the day making WSU fans smile

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New Washington State basketball coach Ernie Kent was in town yesterday and made the media rounds. You couldn't turn on your television set or radio in Spokane and not see his smiling face or hear his booming voice. When the day was done, the Cougar faithful had to be smiling as well. Read on.

Last night’s Mariner win was so typical

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Last night's home opener against the Angels was just so Mariners. A sell-out crowd on hand to celebrate the beginning of the Robinson Cano era. A quick deficit. Two home runs from the “other” free agent, Corey Hart. And a win. Nope, that wasn't what was so like the Mariners. No, that came midway through the game when young lefthander James Paxton, who seemed on top of his game, pulled himself out, pointing to his back as he left. Yep, he's hurt. A strained lat muscle it is said. Oh oh. Read on.

Something just didn’t add up last night

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After watching Connecticut win another national title last night, it hit me. The Huskies' win should give seventh seeds every year the realization even they can win the NCAA tournament. Seventh seeds with NBA first-round draft picks in the backcourt and athletic, defensive-oriented big men up front. Wait, not too many seventh seeds can boast that, can they? Read on.

It’s a full-plate Sunday

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Some days there is just too much going on to focus on one event or person. Today is one of those days. Read on.

Carroll has vindication – and a new deal

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It wasn't that long ago Pete Carroll was known as a guy who was a great college football coach. A great college football coach. The NFL? He had failed at that. But today Carroll can look in the mirror and know the guy looking back at him is also a successful NFL coach. Read on.

There’s something for everyone this week

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How strange is this time of year? It is raining this morning, a light gentle rain that waters the grass and coaxes the dandelions out of their winter sleep. We will probably get sun later, with a chance of a light burn on the back of your neck if you're not careful. Picking up the paper, there were stories about football, basketball and baseball, all of them relevant and interesting. Yep, it's a strange time of year. Read on.

 

A pretty poor ending to a great night

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I've tried. I've really tried. But last night was too tough. An exceptional college basketball game soiled. Read on.

Replacing a coach can take a while

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College coaching searches don't follow a straight-line path. Usually. There are exceptions, of course, with Mike Leach's hiring at Washington State one of those. Cougar athletic director Bill Moos had his coach in mind early, had made contact and had hammered out the basic outline of an agreement before he let Paul Wulff go. But that's rare. The usual process is a lot longer and messier. As we are seeing right now. Read on.

We have questions … but few answers

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Reading is usually a good way to get to sleep late at night or in the early hours of the morning when your cat decides she wants to wake you up. But picking up the newspaper on-line and reading the sports section sometimes doesn't do the trick. Not when you read a story or stories that present more questions than they answer. For example, why was Jim Irsay driving around with $29,000 in cash in his car, as the police say in their report? And what would I do if I had $29,000 in my car? Heck, my car isn't worth $29,000. Read on.

We have a bit more perspective around here

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If we were down South, today would be a holiday of sorts. We're not so it isn't. Read on.

The view is nice from up here

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For the longest time I was a big fan of the NFL's self-imposed parity. But that was then. Now it just seems wrong. Read on.

A little ray of Tuesday sunshine

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Wow, the outlook about life changes when the sun is out, doesn't it? Smiles are a bit easier to come by, patience is a bit easier to find and every part of the body works just a bit better. That was yesterday. Now what does today bring? Well, not the same level of news and links we've been seeing, that's for sure. 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.

Gonzaga’s matchup with Arizona brings back memories

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The funny thing about one of the more memorable college basketball games I ever covered? I wasn't even in the same arena. Heck, I wasn't even in the same state. Read on.

A throwback for the Zags on Friday

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It seemed like old times yesterday afternoon. Gonzaga, that plucky little squad from Spokane, Washington, facing a Midwest powerhouse in its opening NCAA game. And the valiant Zags battled through adversity to pull out the win. How 20th Century of them. Read on.

It’s the best Thursday/Friday of the year

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Did you have a good day yesterday? Ready to do it again? Me too. 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.

Who is next for the Cougars?

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The end came yesterday, as we knew it would, with the announcement Ken Bone was out as Washington State's basketball coach. His five-year tenure was over. And the gaze quickly turned to the future. Read on.

A few mad thoughts about the tournament

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It's random thoughts time. The subject: March Madness. To be more precise, the field of 68. Read on.

For want of a connection, a post was lost

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What was it your gramma used to tell you made up the paving material on the road to perdition? Ya, we had those today. Read on.

Idaho on the verge of Madness

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For most schools, just the idea of getting into the NCAA tournament is the Holy Grail of the season. That's why, for those schools, the conference tournament week is just as much fun – and more pressure-filled – than the rest of March Madness. Read on.

Yes, it is a rivalry – in every sense

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If you had any doubts professional sports can spawn a true rivalry, then put them away. Now. We have proof. Read on.

WSU’s Bone won’t be back

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I had to be out of the house last night but I made sure the DVR was rolling for Washington State's basketball game with Stanford at the Pac-12 tournament. After all, I didn't want to miss a game with such significance. Read on.

16 is sweet … and sublime

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It's almost a little ridiculous. Sixteen consecutive years in the NCAA tournament. For those of us who were around here in the late 1980s and early 1990s, when Dan Fitzgerald's Gonzaga teams were battling to break through and make the NCAA tournament just once, it seems a bit overwhelming that GU has earned its 16th consecutive tournament bid. Read on.

Las Vegas is where it’s at this week

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If you are a basketball fan, the place to be this week in this part of the country is Las Vegas. The WCC tournament. The Pac-12 tournament. The WAC tournament. Heck, even the Mountain West tournament. A lot of basketball. Or, like me, you can just watch in the privacy of your own home. Not nearly as fun but a heck of a lot cheaper. 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.