The end is near. Of spring football practice, I mean. Of the Apple Cup at Qwest as well. Of hype about the NFL draft, for this year anyway. Of probity in Olympia too. We've got links that cover most of them. Read on.
• The only aspect of our lead-in we don't have a link for is spring football. The Cougars will finish their drills today with a scrimmage in about three hours, then take the next three months to: A) heal up; B) get stronger; and C) develop leadership. We'll be out covering the scrimmage – and will post a story here – and then sit down and write our summary of the spring drills and what WSU got out of them – scheduled to run in Tuesday's paper.
• Now let's move on to the junk for which I have links. Our Apple Cup story ran on the front page of the S-R, if you're wondering why you couldn't find it on our sports page. We also have coverage from the West Side, with this Seattle Times piece from Bob Condotta, Greg Johns' post at the P-I site and freelancer Howie Stalwick's story in the Kitsap Sun and other papers. Even ESPN's Ted Miller got into the act.
• The NFL draft starts today, but don't expect to hear Brandon Gibson's name until tomorrow. Even he won't be watching until then. He told us that the other day as we talked about his draft prospects, a conversation that led to this feature. He would love to be drafted by the Seahawks but also mentioned he wouldn't mind if Houston took him. Then he could learn from one of the NFL's best receivers – Andre Johnson – and would be reunited with quarterback Alex Brink, one of his good friends. Speaking of football, I have another story. Former coach Bill Doba was honored Thursday night as South Bend's "Moose" Krause Chapter of the National Football Foundation's Distinguished American Award winner. Here's a column about Doba and the award.
• Finally, we're going to end with the one story you shouldn't skip this morning. John Blanchette takes out his scalpel and dissects Sen. Ed Murray's petulant behavior over in Olympia this week. Blanchette, as only he can, inflicts death by a thousand sharp comments.
• That's it for this morning. Hope you have a great weekend, but before you do, check in this afternoon for our report on the final spring scrimmage. Until then …