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A Grip on Sports: After a Saturday that finally included college football, Sunday looms as a day to get ready for what’s ahead

Los Angeles Chargers tight end Sean Culkin, right, is tackled by Seattle Seahawks cornerback Jamar Taylor during the second half of an NFL preseason football game Saturday, Aug. 24, 2019, in Carson, Calif. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull) ORG XMIT: CACC108 (Gregory Bull / AP)
Los Angeles Chargers tight end Sean Culkin, right, is tackled by Seattle Seahawks cornerback Jamar Taylor during the second half of an NFL preseason football game Saturday, Aug. 24, 2019, in Carson, Calif. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull) ORG XMIT: CACC108 (Gregory Bull / AP)

A GRIP ON SPORTS • It’s a Sunday morning. A Sunday morning in which the sun is shining, the skies are blue and there is no real football to worry about. Also, in Spokane at least, school starts this week. There is a lot to be done. Let’s get right to it.


• If you read this column every day, you must either a) know me; or b) really be into sports. There is a c), I’m sure, having something to do with your inability to figure out how to get the URL off your browser, but we won’t worry about that. Let’s just assume you read yesterday.

If you did, you know we are working remotely. We left the house to the dogs and headed out on a little adventure. That adventure included some quality time with Kim, my best friend, as well as some brisk walking. But it doesn’t include the same world-class Interweb access I have at home.

We know the Seahawks won last night and Russell Wilson played some. (So did Geno Smith, so diehard 12s – “we’ve been with them through thick and thick since 2012” – may be arguing over their backup quarterback this week.)

The Mariners didn’t win.

College football season began and the best part, as far as I can tell, was some sort of jewelry in Florida and a new bakery that serves turnovers in Hawaii. That and Arizona’s Kevin Sumlin is on replacement-watch already.

Wait, I almost forgot. Mike Leach has decided who will start at quarterback in the opener. Of course he didn’t tell us. Wait, I’m being told he did. Really? And it’s Anthony Gordon? Well, that’s a surprise. Not that it’s Gordon, he played the best during preseason practice. That Leach would share is what’s so surprising. Still, I wonder if Gordon’s name will still be listed as an “or” on next week’s depth chart, as was the case last year with Gardner Minshew and the other quarterbacks.

Anyhow, I wanted to let you know this is a truncated version of the usual column, mainly because of the web access. And the fact I want to spend time with Kim.


WSU: Theo Lawson has the information on Gordon’s ascension to the starting spot but that wasn’t the only news from the last Saturday without Washington State football. … Ol’ Crimson waived at College GameDay again, albeit in a different manner. Theo has that story as well. … In the looking forward category, Theo predicts the Cougar season. Every game. Can you guess the three losses he sees? I’ll spot you the Apple Cup and see if you can figure out the other two. … In the looking back category, Charles Apple has a visual representation of every WSU season. … Elsewhere in the Pac-12, there was one game last night involving a conference school. Arizona traveled to Hawaii, was the recipient of the Warriors' charity and still fell 45-38. Not a good start for the Wildcats or the conference. … Neither is what happened yesterday at Washington. A day after losing the quarterback battle, Jake Haener decided to transfer.

EWU: Injuries are no fun. Season-ending injuries are even less fun. Ryan Collingwood writes about one of the many Eastern suffered last year and the return of Anfernee Gurley.

Indians: The bats were on fire and Spokane outscored Hillsboro 9-6 while wearing a different-looking uniform. Dave Nichols has more on both.

Preps: Two GSL coaches won national awards recently. That’s part of our local briefs column. … It seems the leading returning rusher in the Greater Spokane League, Lewis and Clark’s Keani Guthmueller, has decided not to play his senior year. Our friend Todd Milles reported that news yesterday on Twitter.

Seahawks: Yes, the Hawks won. One more preseason game remains. And then the season begins for real. Even the Hawks are in a rush for that.

Mariners: Felix Hernandez returned to the T-Mobile mound and pitched well. But as has been the case throughout his career, the bullpen frittered away the lead and the M’s lost. … We decided to focus on the positives this week in our Out of Right Field column. It wasn’t easy to write.


• Thanks for understanding. We will be back tomorrow with our usual-length column, featuring links from all over. Until later …

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