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Sunday morning musings

One last Shock blog entry this morning. After sitting in the Spokane Arena last night, I woke up with a noise-induced headache – ya, it was the noise, that's the cause. Maybe it was the dog down the street barking away at 6:48. Either way, your guess is as good as mine.

Anyway, I picked up the paper on the porch, and grabbed the sports section. After reading Jim Meehan's story on the game, I was struck by how well Jim caught the essence of everything that went on Saturday night, from the magical ability Charles Frederick had to tie the Twister defenders into knots to the way the Spokane defense truly decided the outcome. The noise, the play calling, the opening kickoff return – it's all in there.

After reading the story, you'll know what happened, even if you weren't one of the 10,550 in attendance. On the attendance front, the Arena's listed capacity for arena football is 10,187. Which means … zero minus seven, carry the … 383 (is that right?) extra people found a way to squeeze into the place Saturday night.

I think all of them were in line to buy a dog and a beer at halftime.

The Vandals held a scrimmage Saturday, and this time the defense more than held its own. You can read the UI report here. Mead grad Paul Senescall is mentioned after having five tackles. Expect Senescall to see plenty of time at linebacker as a true freshman.

Down the road in Pullman, Glenn Kasses started his Saturday previewing the upcoming scrimmage on his blog, then finished it by covering the aforementioned scrimmage. The Cougs' biggest worry right now may not be Auburn. It may be the number of players in the training room.

Injuries hit in Seattle as well, as starting defensive end defensive end Greyson Gunheim injured his right-knee on kickoff coverage and was helped off the field. According to the Seattle Times story, the extent of the injury is not known.

One last Sunday morning note before heading back to bed (the dog has finally quieted down).

Sports Illustrated did a kind-of-cute-in-a-hokey-way listing the Big Man on Campus for every Division 1-A college football school. For Washington State, the BMOC was, appropriately, defensive lineman Mkristo Bruce, who not only looks the part, he plays it as well.

But Idaho's BMOC was Mike Barrow. Why is this wrong? Not only is Barrow a kicker – the only punter/kicker chosen for any school – he will miss the season with an injury. Nice.

UPDATE: Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times posted a full report on the Huskies scrimmage yesterday. Well down in the post is a mention of Spokane's Cameron Elisara, who saw plenty of action with the first team.

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