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M’s losses fly under the radar

A GRIP ON SPORTS

With the Olympics going on, it's been a bit harder to stay in touch with the Mariners. But last night, thanks to a rare meltdown by the bullpen, we were all given multiple chances to check in with the M's. Fourteen chances actually. Read on.

Football practice is tiring

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Man I forgot how tiring it is to watch college football practice in 90-degree heat. Almost as tiring as it is to actually practice, I'm sure. Read on.

It’s time to see WSU in action

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It's going to be a warm one today, which is typical for the early part of August in these parts. What is untypical, this year at least, is I'll be out in the heat. Read on.

Doesn’t everybody want to be a Yankee?

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Larry Larue, the Tacoma News Tribune Mariners' beat reporter, had fun with Twitter yesterday. He kept re-tweeting Yankee fans' tweets about Felix Hernandez. The basis of the fans' tweets? Why was Felix still with the M's and not a Yankee? He is so good, he should be in New York. Never, ever let anyone tell you Yankee fans aren't arrogant. Read on.

The greatest of all time?

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The Olympics are dominating the world's sporting consciousness – as they should – even though the main element of the Games, track and field, has just gotten underway. During the first week new faces in gymnastics, cycling and swimming commandeered  the world stage, though there is one familiar fellow we want to talk about. Read on.

Win or win, Olympics draw big ratings

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When it came time to watch television last night, I already knew Michael Phelps had defeated Ryan Lochte, Gabby Douglas was an all-around champion and the U.S. women had won the gold in rowing. But that didn't stop Kim and me from watching the Olympics for four hours. And we were not alone. It seems the tape-delay strategy is paying off (in a whole bunch of moola) for NBC. Read on.

A better type of question about the M’s

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Our poll question today gets away from the London Olympics and brings us back to the Pacific Northwest, where the Mariners haven't lost in a week. Is it real or an illusion? Read on.

Badminton scandal can wait for NBC’s coverage

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What is the basic mission of a newspaper and its website? To report the news in a timely fashion, right? Well even doing that can lead to some criticism. Read on.

A new smile to follow

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The best part of the Olympics? Spending four weeks or so learning about athletes in sports you might not pay all that much attention to during the other 47 months between the Games. Which leads to this question: What's not to like about Missy Franklin? Read on.

A made for a TV sport

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I just have one question. If the participants are wearing makeup, are they participating in a sport? Read on.

Summer basketball in the big city

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My Vegas vacation is over and it was only slightly scarier than Clark Griswold's. Of course, Clark and I have a lot in common. Read on.

When the going gets tough …

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You know it's going to be a tough morning when you set the alarm for 5 a.m. You know it's going to be even tougher when your browser crashes at 5:26 a.m. You know it's going to be so tough you'll want to throw your computer against the wall when all your work is lost. Read on.

Back into the swing of things

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The summer lull is officially over. Just about every local college has news to talk about today, something that hasn't happened consistently since March. Not all of it is in the good news variety, that's for sure. Read on.

Football is just around the corner

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It doesn't seem possible, but August is less than a week away. Really. And with that bit of news comes this accompanying tidbit: Football camps are not that far behind. Yep, it's not all that long from now each day will be filled with news and notes about our local football teams. Even if the temperature is hovering around triple digits. Read on.

Back to the normally weird grind

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It's a weird sort of day here on SportsLink. A good weird. And a heck of a lot easier. Read on.

Talk about overload

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There aren't too many days like Monday in the sports world, that's for sure. And thank goodness for that as well. I'm not sure all of us would survive if hit on a daily basis with the sensory overload yesterday supplied. Read on.

The NCAA has its say on Penn State

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After a long day of travel, we finally have arrived in the city that really never sleeps, ready for sleep. So we're putting together a morning post in the very early morning, with the express purpose of missing the Penn State press conference later today. But there are enough stories out there to know what's going to be said. Read on.

• UPDATE: If you are a college sports fan, I'm sure you are aware what the NCAA did this morning to Penn State football. No postseason for four years. A $60 million fine. Eliminating 40 scholarships. Allowing any player to transfer without penalty. In other words, the imprisonment of the current program for the crimes of many of its former authority figures. We have more on the link.

The songs remain the same

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Where were we? Oh yes, before we took a day off we were talking golf and Mariners. After staying away for a day, those subjects are still fresh. Read on.

Golf supplies the background music this morning

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The television is on ESPN, with the sounds of the British Open (or as the Brits call it, “The Open Championship” with an emphasis on the “the”) floating around behind my head. It's sort of a distraction, but a good one. However, if there are any mistakes in today's post, blame Brandt Snedeker's outstanding round or a Tiger Woods long birdie putt. Read on.

It’s easy to fill waking hours today

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The early morning hours on this Thursday were a bit different. A bout of insomnia wouldn't have been such a bad deal because you could have turned on the tellie and watched Adam Scott set a course record. Can't do that every day. Read on.

The living is easy

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What is not to like about this time of year? Want to get out in the yard and relax, you can. Want to stay inside and fix things, you can. Want to play golf, go to the lake, barbecue, you can. Want to read stories about your local colleges … well, at least for today, you can. Read on.

The light show was free

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One of the biggest draws for minor league baseball is fireworks night. The pitch: Watch a game, see fireworks after. Well, Mother Nature put on her own fireworks show in the Spokane area last night, with a lightning storm that rivaled the best pyrotechnics one can see at any ballpark. It was so impressive, they even stopped the Indians game so everyone could watch. Read on.

Boxed in during the summer

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You know what is just around the corner? The Olympics, that's what. And the British Open. And, if you peak just a bit farther down the street, you can see the start of college football. But right now, on this block, there is a little less to excite the imagination. A few things but nothing like the Olympics, or a golf major or college football. Read on.

Is the sun still shining?

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There are a lot of reasons this morning post very nearly became an afternoon post. One is I was up well after my usual bed time last night, pretending for some reason to be 48-years-old or something. But the main reason is the interweb in my hotel is amazingly slow. If the web access at your work is a cheetah and at my home an antelope, the best analogy for here is maybe a guinea pig. On Quaaludes. Read on.

Not so fast my friend

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It was only this past December when Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott and his Big Ten counterpart Jim Delany stepped to a podium and made an announcement that rippled through college athletics. Read on.

It wasn’t Bullwinkle or a mascot

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On the way across the state last night for a weekend in Bellevue, we made one mistake and it almost cost us more than just an hour of our time. Read on.

Baseball takes a short pause

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As the pause button on the major league baseball season is still stuck – Tuesday's All-Star game was the lowest-rated ever – for another day, there is little in the way of in-depth Mariners coverage today. But that's OK. There is a professional team in the Northwest that is winning. Read on.

A busy July day

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You know how I've written recently about the lack of items to talk about? You might even have labeled it whining in your head and moved on. Well, I take it all back. And I promise I won't be whining anymore. Read on.

What to do tonight?

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As we sit down to write today, I'm not sure of my plans for this evening. Should I spend any time at all watching the All-Star Game? Or should I just work on finishing the book I am reading? Read on.

Barking a bit about the season

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As the heat begins to build and the humidity rises, the term “dog days of summer” becomes more and more applicable. In more and more ways. Read on.