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Most about everybody who reads this blog, I'm sure, watches ESPN. And the same number, probably, are aware of the WSU flag's streak on Game Day, ESPN's college football preview program. So you might be interested to learn said flag is the punchline – in a good way – of a joke the Game Day guys make in a new ESPN commercial. We have a copy of the ad, and my boss, Joe Palmquist, is efforting – a Dan Patrick word; wait, he's no longer on ESPN, so Joe's trying – to get it put up here at SportsLink. UPDATE: And, as you can see above, he got it done. It is pretty funny. For our usual stuff, read on.
• Washington State: You folks have been having quite a discussion here. All I ask is you keep it civil - so far, so good - and respect each other's opinions, even if you disagree. Thanks. Now on to today's links. ... We have our first look at Arizona State, which is our usual Tuesday morning fare. ... Freelancer Howie Stalwick has this feature on long-snapper Zach Enyeart in the Kitsap Sun and other outlets. ... The Times Bud Withers takes a look at Idaho's success, putting the emphasis on former Cougar defensive coordinator Robb Akey. ... UPDATE 2: I admit I rarely head to the P-I website anymore because it is so rare when there is a story to link. There was one today and I missed it. But here is Jim Moore's column.
• Around the Pac-10: Ted Miller of ESPN.com puts together his first look at this week's games. ... Nick Daschel of Buster Sports puts together his weekly look at the Pac-10 coaches. ... Washington: Quarterback Jake Locker didn't speak to the media after the Notre Dame defeat. He explained himself Monday, though Tacoma's Dave Boling felt he didn't need to. ... Oregon State: James Rodgers is named Pac-10 offensive player of the week. ... Oregon: The knee injury Jeremiah Masoli suffered against the Cougars is worse than previously thought. ... Cal: With a bye this week, news of the Bears might be hard to come by. ... Stanford: The answer to this headline's question is yes. ... USC: The Trojans have a bye this week as well. Joe McKnight doesn't want one. ...UCLA: The Bruins may be about to open up the passing game. ... Arizona State: For now, Dennis Erickson is standing behind Danny Sullivan. ... Arizona: The Wildcats need to get their running game together. Lucky for them the next opponent is UW.
• That's it for this morning. We'll be back this afternoon. Until then …