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A GRIP ON SPORTS • Sunday was pretty boring, wasn’t it? A calm, cool day in Spokane. The Mariners make a seven-player trade. The Sounders explode past LAFC at an empty CenturyLink Field. And one guy makes a 66-foot snaking putt to win a golf tournament, beating a guy who made a 45-foot downhill putt to force sudden death. Come to think of it, only one of those things was truly boring.
A GRIP ON SPORTS • Pete Carroll has always been known as a “players’ coach,” even back at his days with the Jets and USC. But never has he showed his empathy for his players as well as he did yesterday. The Seahawks may never be the same.
A GRIP ON SPORTS • For much of Thursday, it seemed like an almost normal day. The M’s blew a last-inning lead, golf was on TV and people were discussing issues of social import. Then a Hall of Fame college basketball coach died.
A GRIP ON SPORTS • Where were we? Oh, yes. In the midst of the craziest year punctuated by a defining day in sports history.
A GRIP ON SPORTS • Do you ever make your own hot sauce? Not from scratch, but by mixing a little of one sauce with a little of another, along with a dash of a third? That’s sort of where we are today.
A GRIP ON SPORTS • When wandering through the nation’s newspapers today, one thing hit me. The Indianapolis 500 doesn’t seem to be making much of an impact. Maybe it’s the new pandemic-forced date. It could be the lack of fans. Or maybe the race is just passé.
A GRIP ON SPORTS • One can be an anomaly. Two is a trend. So why are players leaving Washington State’s football program in late August?
SEATTLE – Amazon has acquired the video streaming rights for Seattle Sounders games for its Prime Video service, marking just the second time the tech giant has partnered on a team-specific deal to broadcast games.
A GRIP ON SPORTS • The central theme of many 1950s-era science fiction movie revolved around the end of the world. People in haz-mat suits walking deserted streets as curtains swing in the wind. Well, for college football fans, the apocalypse is now.
A GRIP ON SPORTS • Most weekends, even in the best of times, golf on television isn’t what one would call heartbeat-raising. In fact, dozing while watching golf is probably America’s new favorite pastime. But there’s something different about a major tournament. Four times a year – or three in 2020 – each putt among the leaders takes on the intensity of trying to make your way through a carnival fun house. With your first girlfriend. Such is the case this week.
Sounders FC matches will be played at CenturyLink Field again.
A GRIP ON SPORTS • Golf has been back for a while. But “real” golf, major golf, returns to our televisions today. And the PGA Championship comes to us from an unlikely spot.
A GRIP ON SPORTS • Yes, there is good news out there. That’s not as much a given as it used to be, pre-pandemic. But we’ve found some. Which gives us a chance to have a good new/bad news type of day.
A GRIP ON SPORTS • Now we know it is true. Baseball is officially back. There was a “brawl” between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Houston Astros last night. Some wounds take a lot longer to heal than others.
SEATTLE – The experiment is over for Sounders FC.
A GRIP ON SPORTS • In a period of relative inactivity among sporting events – other than Miami Marlins players being driven to quarantine – it’s too bad the Seattle Sounders decided not to show up last night. As a result, they were knocked out of the MLS Is Back tournament by LAFC and our state has one less professional team to root for over the next couple weeks.
A GRIP ON SPORTS • Have you enjoyed baseball season? We certainly did. And, yes, the past tense is deliberate.
A GRIP ON SPORTS • It seemed like a typical Saturday. But it wasn’t. Yes, for a year ago maybe. Not for 2020 though. It was atypically full of sporting events and news. Let’s get to it.
Major League Soccer's World Cup-style tournament nearly got derailed before it started with coronavirus outbreaks among two teams.
A GRIP ON SPORTS • The last time we watched a baseball game on TV, one that counted anyway, the Washington Nationals were winning their first World Series. That seems so long ago, we had these flashbacks to Walter Johnson pitching for Washington. Turns out it was Max Scherzer both times.