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Out of Right Field: Placing the blame on another playoff-less Seattle Mariners season

We come not to praise the Mariners, but to bury them. Again.


UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 22, 2018, 12:24 a.m.

TV Take: ESPN seems to favor Hollywood in USC’s win over Washington State

It took four games, the first three of which they won, but the Washington State Cougars finally made the television big time. All it took was a game at USC. …


UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 15, 2018, 10:36 p.m.

TV Take: Washington State provided plenty of highlights for Pac-12 Networks to replay in 59-24 win over Eastern Washington

There is an argument to be made instant replay is the most significant invention in the history of football. At least the broadcast part of it.


TV Take: Pac-12’s Cindy Brunson, Ryan Leaf make returns to Martin Stadium

When Andy Grammer’s song, “Back Home,” resonated through Martin Stadium Saturday night during the second quarter of Washington State’s easy win over San Jose State, it had special meaning for …


Out of Right Field: History shows postseason hope is not lost for Mariners

Seattle fans are among our best friends, so like Andy Dufresne, we are here to offer you some of that good thing, maybe the best of things. We offer hope.


UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 1, 2018, 6:44 p.m.

TV Take: Washington State fans greeted by familiar broadcast voice of Rich Waltz in victory at Wyoming

Rich Waltz began his career here, calling Indians and Chiefs games fresh out of college in the mid-1980s. That started him down a road that led to a variety of …


UPDATED: Sat., Aug. 4, 2018, 5:16 p.m.

Out of Right Field: Mariners fans end up feeling like blockheads

When thinking of what it’s like to be a Mariners fan for the past 20-some years, the image of Charlie Brown comes to mind.


Out of Right Field: Mariners future looks bright with duo of Jerry Dipoto, Scott Servais in charge

Continuity is important. But not as important as winning. The Mariners, whose past is pockmarked with little of either, are banking on the two playing well together in the future.


UPDATED: Sat., June 30, 2018, 6:15 p.m.

Out of Right Field: Statistics don’t lie, they just have a hard time predicting the future

The Mariners are halfway through the 2018 baseball season. And it’s been an exemplary first half. Does it bode well for the second – and beyond?


UPDATED: Sat., April 14, 2018, 6:48 p.m.

Out of Right Field: Let’s spark the Mariners’ competitive juices with expansion team in Portland

It’s 2018. The dawn of another year in which the Seattle Mariners promise their fans a postseason appearance.


Out of Right Field: M’s start the right way, despite a few bobbles

Unless you haven’t been paying attention, you know Felix Hernandez was pitching his 10th consecutive opening day start last night at Safeco Field. You also probably know it was the …


Out of Right Field: Baseball begins to tie together generations again today

Baseball was, and is, the glue to our past.


UPDATED: Thu., March 22, 2018, 11:37 p.m.

TV Take: Killian Tillie’s injury prevalent throughout broadcast of Gonzaga’s Sweet 16 loss

Maybe it was appropriate America learned Gonzaga’s Killian Tillie wasn’t going to play Thursday night via a pregame tweet from TBS’ sideline reporter Dana Jacobson.


UPDATED: Thu., March 15, 2018, 5:01 p.m.

TV Take: Odd angle, odd calls and Zach Norvell’s clutch 3 equal Gonzaga first-round win

It started with the odd camera angle from Boise’s Taco Bell Arena. It continued with some odd calls, or noncalls, during Gonzaga’s 68-64 NCAA first-round win over UNC Greensboro.


UPDATED: Tue., March 6, 2018, 10:34 p.m.

TV Take: Gonzaga overpowers BYU, thrills ESPN crew again

Simply put, that was impressive. Not just Gonzaga’s defense-powered 74-54 win over BYU to win the West Coast Conference Tournament – and the league’s NCAA automatic berth – for the …


UPDATED: Mon., March 5, 2018, 11:13 p.m.

TV Take: Gonzaga’s rout of San Francisco takes backseat when Dick Vitale is on the call

If there is one word that could never be used to describe an ESPN college basketball broadcast, that word would have to be “understated.” Especially when Dick Vitale is involved.


UPDATED: Sun., March 4, 2018, 12:15 a.m.

TV Take: ESPN2 crew kept eyes glued on Gonzaga forward combo of Killian Tillie, Johnathan Williams

Thanks to Killian Tillie and Johnathan Williams (a combined 17 of 23 from the field), the seventh-ranked Bulldogs eventually advanced to Monday night’s semifinal matchup with San Francisco, an overtime …


UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 24, 2018, 11:35 p.m.

TV Take: Clichés get a workout from broadcast crew in Gonzaga’s big win over BYU

Gonzaga has won the West Coast Conference regular season basketball title so often recently, it’s almost a cliché.


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 22, 2018, 11:16 p.m.

TV Take: Rui Hachimura’s clutch performance catches attention of San Diego, ESPN crew

“I love Hachimura late in games,” ESPN’s P.J. Carlesimo said, mentioning not just his scoring ability around the hoop but his rebounding and his ability to hit free throws.


UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 17, 2018, 11:43 p.m.

TV Take: Gonzaga outlasts opportunistic Pepperdine squad, avoids another Senior Night letdown

During halftime of Gonzaga’s 81-67 win over Pepperdine on Saturday night, Richard Fox used a word that seemed apropos when describing the way the Waves were playing. It was “opportunistic.”


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 15, 2018, 11:26 p.m.

TV Take: Gonzaga made sure win against short-handed Loyola Marymount was secured early

It’s hard to say when Gonzaga’s 76-46 rout of visiting Loyola Marymount was actually over – as opposed to being finished – but it certainly was some time in the …


UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 10, 2018, 11:38 p.m.

TV Take: ‘What, when and how’ all favor Zags in win over Gaels

As Gonzaga’s dominating 78-65 victory over 11th-ranked Saint Mary’s became more and more apparent Saturday night, ESPN’s Sean Farnham began repeating a phrase that became more and more like a …


UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 3, 2018, 11:48 p.m.

TV Take: ESPN crew on top of its game as Zags take down BYU

There is probably no better way to watch a college basketball game than from inside a loud, raucous arena with about 6,000 of your best friends. But watching from home, …


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 1, 2018, 11:25 p.m.

TV Take: Gonzaga wins bruising battle with one final push

If you stayed with the KHQ broadcast of Gonzaga’s 69-59 win over the University of San Diego until after it was over, you heard Richard Fox sum up the less …


UPDATED: Sat., Jan. 27, 2018, 11:36 p.m.

TV Take: Broadcast trio offers fans comfortable insight during uncomfortable Gonzaga victory over San Francisco

It was just the cozy Kennel confines that mattered for those of watching at home however. It also was the local announcing crew of Greg Heister, Dan Dickau and Richard …


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 25, 2018, 11:17 p.m.

TV Take: Portland’s defense, ESPNU’s crew took turns losing track of Gonzaga

There are a lot of words one could use to describe Gonzaga’s 95-79 West Coast Conference win Thursday night at Portland, but mesmerizing may not be one of them.


UPDATED: Sat., Jan. 20, 2018, 9:51 p.m.

TV Take: Zags go to In-N-Out for victory

The Gonzaga Bulldogs, in general, needed a bounce-back game after their loss Thursday night to Saint Mary’s. And Josh Perkins, in particular, needed one personally after a 1-for-9 shooting performance …


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 18, 2018, 11:11 p.m.

TV Take: Saint Mary’s lucky, Gonzaga not so much when it comes to the number 13

Gonzaga ascended to the No. 13 spot in the Associated Press basketball poll this week and that proved to be unlucky, as the Zags proceeded to lose their first West …


UPDATED: Sat., Jan. 13, 2018, 11:17 p.m.

TV Take: ESPNU fell into its old, dependable ways

When a Gonzaga game is on ESPNU and the broadcast team is Eric Rothman and Adrian Branch, you can depend on a few things.


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 11, 2018, 11:15 p.m.

TV Take: Silas Melson responds in a big way for Gonzaga

For the fifth time in five games, the Gonzaga Bulldogs rolled to an easy West Coast Conference victory. But the players who keyed the win, and one who didn’t, were …