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It is neither fair nor correct to suggest that what’s happened to Eastern Washington’s 2009 basketball season is subtraction by addition. But something isn’t adding up.
The score crawled across the bottom of TV screens from Ocosta to Ocala, followed by the inevitable chorus. “That’s Gonzaga,” they said, “in that soft-touch league of theirs.”
The Western Hockey League’s trade deadline came and went at 2 p.m. Saturday, and it likely will come as a disappointment to the vocal legion that clamored for the Spokane Chiefs to swing the big deal. Swapping this season for last.
The mercury didn’t drop this fast the week before Christmas. The snow – all 80 inches of it – hasn’t fallen with such force.
PULLMAN – The sweat and grit of defense so purposefully rubbed into the finish of Washington State basketball over the past several seasons had a curious, perhaps even intentional side effect. The Cougars’ offense – both its general efficiency and the uncanny constant of coming up with the bucket of truth – often went underrated.
Here’s one that got kicked around upstairs at McCarthey Athletic Center, after the introduction of an opposing player triggered the loudest ovation of the evening: Say Adam Morrison had been recruited and signed by, oh, Duke. Say that Coach K deigned to book a game in Spokane to bring him home (think of this as musical theatre, where disbelief must be suspended to make it work). Would his reception have been anywhere near as warm as the one which greeted Angie Bjorklund – now of Tennessee via Spokane – on Tuesday night?
Now this was something to write from home about. Whether by cell phone or cyberspace, the Spokane Chiefs had good news – make it great news – to share with their absent teammates Saturday night as their Western Hockey League season resumed after the holiday break.
There is everything to like about a press conference at which a 3-year-old girl wiggles in her front-row chair, shucks off her shoes and puts a happy headlock on two cuddly stuffed Eagles – oblivious all the while to her daddy enjoying the biggest moment of his professional life. Doesn't happen at a Michigan or an Arkansas, but things don't have to be quite so solemn at Eastern Washington.
Matt Bouldin's first start for the Gonzaga Bulldogs was impressive enough Saturday night. But just imagine if it's only the start.
SEATTLE – Well, at least the students had the good sense not to storm the floor. A huge weight came off the University of Washington basketball program on Sunday night, but it wasn't so much lifted as it was crawled out from under.
Now it can go back to being just a gym. Really, that's all this curio known as The Kennel was on the day it opened, and most days thereafter.
Say hello to Washington’s team. How long has it been since Gonzaga University beat both Washington and Washington State in basketball in the same season? Try 55 years.