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To paraphrase Frank, it was a very good day

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There are good days and bad days in baseball. Yesterday was a very good day. Read on.

Something just clicked last night

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It hit late last night. No, not the muscle soreness from playing golf in almost 100-degree heat. That was expected. No, it was an unexpected reaction I had while watching, of all things, a professional soccer match. Read on.

Is the M’s season slipping away?

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Why do I have the feeling the best of the Mariners' season just might be over? Maybe it's because they are unable to win consistently at home. Or it may be because they can't seem to score consistently. Or because the stress of all the close games seems to be wearing on the pitching staff. Whatever, it seems ominous as July fades into August. Read on.

Where will Lynch’s holdout lead the Hawks?

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Want to get a headache? Try putting yourself in the mind of Seahawk running back Marshawn Lynch. And figure out what his end-game is during his holdout from the Hawks' training camp. Read on.

Spreading the word about football season isn’t new

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I kept up with the first day of the Pac-12 media event the old-fashioned way: by reading tweets. None of this new-fangled video streaming for me. No sir. Words – and an occasional picture – are what it is about. 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.

Arrows can boomerang occasionally

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It hasn't been a secret about how I feel about Fernando Rodney's pitching ability. It's stellar. But his antics? Read on.

Man, the chase scenes were great

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We're going to wander a little far afield from sports today, though there will be an auto racing connection to our musings. But, really, it's a tenuous connection at best. Read on.

Making short work of a long weekend

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When I finally turned off the television last night, the Mariners' game was still rolling along. When I awoke this morning, I half expected it to be going still. But it was over. As was, seemingly, the British Open. Read on.

Another All-Star Game flies by

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Where were we? Oh ya, baseball season. Well, we might as well get back to that. Read on.

Where do the M’s stand at the break?

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It's time for baseball's All-Star break. The traditional midpoint of the baseball season, though it comes well into the second half. However, it is a good time for reflection, if your team is still in the hunt for the postseason. That's not been the case around here for a few years. Read on.

Spanning the globe on a Sunday morning

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Some Sunday mornings have little in the way of excitement. This isn't one of those Sundays. Read on.

He’s back

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Yesterday LeBron James decided to take his ball and go home. In this case, that's a good thing. Really. Read on.

Can the M’s buck this trend?

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Maybe John Buck really was the heart and soul of the 2014 Seattle Mariners. Read on.

The prodigal son returns

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Steve Garvey threw out the first pitch at the Spokane Indians game last night, wearing a 2014 Indians jersey even though his eldest son, Ryan, was in the visitor's dugout, a member of the Tri-City Dust Devils. And if that doesn't make you feel ancient, then you must be under 30. Read on.

Angry, no. Jealous? Heck ya.

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There is an ancient cliché – isn't “ancient” the only type of cliché there is? – about the angry old fellow yelling “get off my lawn” at the neighborhood kids. We're not that guy. We're not angry at all. Now jealous, that's another story. Read on.

Hector Noesi? Really?

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In every baseball season there is one or two games that are impossible to explain. The M's had one of those yesterday. Read on.

U.S. men are nowhere to be found at Wimbledon

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Getting up early on a Sunday morning is usually no one's idea of a good plan. I agree. Except when the Wimbledon men's final is on. Read on.

Indians can supply their own excitement

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Minor league baseball features a lot of bells, whistles and other gimmicks to entice fans to the ballpark. But the best way isn't a gimmick at all. Fireworks? Who needs them when you have a lineup that supplies its own? Read on.

The Fourth is about independence

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The Fourth of July is full of memories for me. You too I bet. I'm not sure there is a kid in America who didn't do something athletic on the Fourth at least once in his life. Heck, climbing on the roof to watch fireworks might even qualify. Read on.

It’s been a long time coming

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Let's jump into the Wayback Machine and set the dial to 2007. Not all that long ago in days maybe, but seemingly a generation ago in baseball time. Read on.

The M’s are now the summer’s bright spot

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After the disappointment of the U.S. World Cup loss to Belgium yesterday, I'm sure we were all in the need for a pick-me-up. If you watched the Mariners' game, you got one. And another. And another. Read on.

Another European power awaits U.S.

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If I had any culinary skills outside the barbecue, I would make waffles this morning. Smother them in butter and syrup and then eat them with gusto. I guess it would be my patriotic duty. Read on.

Change is the one constant these days

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College basketball is a year-around sport these days. There is the regular season, March Madness, recruiting and, this time of year, transfer season. Read on.

There are a lot of sore people downtown today

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I can tell you right now, though I could have told you last night as well: Even just watching Hoopfest is something you should train for. Read on.

Twenty-five years of memories

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Every time I read a story on the roots of Hoopfest, I get a warm feeling. It is nice to know you were at the beginning of something. A trailblazer if you will. Or one of the original speed bumps, depending on how you look at it. Read on.

When it comes to rooting for the U.S., everyone is all-in

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It was kind of odd last night, while watching the NBA draft, to be interrupted with a World Cup discussion. But I guess that's where we are right now. Read on.

The delivery system is different but the desire is the same

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Believe it or not kids, there was once a time when streaming video did not exist. We had a thing you might call streaming audio. We called it a transistor radio. Read on.

Hey, the M’s won again

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There are mornings when I sit at the computer and know exactly what I'm going to write about. And there are mornings when I don't. Read on and then guess what type of day this was.

The end of June is a good time to take our temperature

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What can I say? I think I'm a little under the weather. Have I caught a mild case of Mariners fever? Read on.