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The best we can say is we survived the meltdown

A GRIP ON SPORTS • What a morning. In more ways than one. Read on.


• We had some real problems this morning, culminated by an inability to get to the Internet. After some finagling with the doohickeys and wire-thingies (that’s as technical as I can get for security reasons), we were able to connect, but not until it was too late to really go in-depth with links. So we have an abbreviated report. Sorry for that, but, to quote every mid-manager since 2007, it is what it is.


• WSU: Jacob Thorpe covers everything he spent his Tuesday on in this morning post, but we were able to also redundantly run down the links as well (in case you started here today). Jacob has his Pac-12 notebook and power rankings (question for you folks: does he have the Cougars too high?) as well as notes from practice and video from Mike Leach. ... It was an up-and-down day for the WSU men's and women’s golf teams.

• EWU: Like every football team in America, the Eagles have to rely on a few freshmen to get the job done. Jim Allen has this story on Eastern’s contingent of first-year players. ... An Eagle female athlete was honored by the conference.

• Idaho: The Vandals soccer team, which earned a regional ranking this week, continues to dominate the Big Sky. Jim has more in this notebook.

• Whitworth: The Pirates’ undefeated start has finally helped them break into the Division III football rankings. Of course, this week they play No. 2 Linfield on the road. Tom Clouse has more in this story.

• Shock: John Blanchette decided to weigh in on the Shock’s – as we are still calling them until informed of the new name – name-calling spat with the AFL.

• Preps: Central Valley clinched at least a tie for the GSL’s volleyball title.

• Seahawks: The soap opera that is the Hawks’ season continued yesterday with another plot twist. For the second time in a week a Seahawk player was involved in an auto accident. Is Fred Jackson's smash-up a metaphor for the 2-4 start? ... Bobby Wagner says he’ll be back Thursday to help Kris Richard’s defense communicate better. Let’s hope it can play better as well. ... Thursday’s opponent: the 49ers. Enough said. ... Seattle made some roster adjustments yesterday due to injuries and other things.

• Mariners: The M’s have interviewed a couple of folks for the managerial position – including a former player – and have hired a farm director.

• Sounders: It’s been an odd year for the Sounders, a year that’s included a bunch of tough-to-adjust-to lineup changes. But the regular season part of it will end Sunday.


• Again, sorry for the lack of depth today. We’ll do better tomorrow. Until later ...

Vince Grippi
Vince Grippi is a freelance local sports blogger for He also contributes to the SportsLink Blog.

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