A GRIP ON SPORTS • Yesterday, baseball’s Hall of Fame once again welcomed a new class of honorees. And once again a place that should be reserved for the great invited a couple of really good players. Read on.
A GRIP ON SPORTS • It’s funny, really. The Colorado Rockies aren’t in the American League West. Heck, they aren’t even in the American League. But they may end up deciding the league’s second wild-card spot. Read on.
Seahawks linebackers Bobby Wagner and K.J. Wright haven’t always received big attention on the Seattle defense. That was often reserved for the secondary with the catchy nickname or Michael Bennett and the defensive line. But an offseason defensive overhaul may change that. Wagner and Wright’s voices are likely to ring even louder after the defensive departures.
A GRIP ON SPORTS • It’s sort of sad really. Here the Mariners are, trying to snap a playoff drought that dates back nearly to the last century, and they are no longer America’s darlings. Nope, that role is now held by the Oakland A’s, who are just a game behind Seattle for the final wild-card spot. Read on.
As Seattle began training camp Thursday with question marks all over the field, there was inspiration to be found in the atmosphere of doubt and uncertainty. In fact, some veteran players appeared almost gleeful in the opportunity to reboard the “no-respect” train.
The Seattle Seahawks have started training camp with a star safety absent because of his contract situation. Earl Thomas is trying to force the hand of the only franchise he’s played for in his attempt to get a new deal. He announced his intentions in June to skip any team activities until Seattle addressed his long-term security. Thomas held true to that statement by skipping the mandatory minicamp and not showing up for the Seahawks’ first training camp practice.
A GRIP ON SPORTS • Settle in folks. It may be a Thursday in late July, but it isn’t a day to relax around these parts. Way too much news, from Pac-12 football to high school football to Safeco Field, for that. Though, if you love sports, it’s probably just the right amount. Read on.
Seattle missed postseason for first time since 2011, and injuries and depth issues caught up with an aging core. A once-vaunted defense took a significant step back and an offense that had been best at running was downright dreadful. Seattle had one rushing TD last year by a running back, and QB Russell Wilson again spent large portions running for his safety. That Seattle won nine games and was in playoff conversation into late December was remarkable.
A GRIP ON SPORTS • The drama that is a major golf tournament was on display in Scotland yesterday. Heck, even a sentimental favorite took the lead at one point. But the result probably would be considered anticlimactic for most everyone whose last name doesn’t end in a vowel. Read on.
A GRIP ON SPORTS • Somewhere in a storage locker on Spokane’s South Hill sits a box. It contains as many VHS tapes as would fit. And among those tapes are eight special ones. Every home run derby Ken Griffey Jr. ever appeared in. Read on.
There is no right answer, but we tried to answer the question: Who are the most important athletes in Seattle’s history? There’s The Kid and The Glove, homegrown stars and beloved acquisitions. Simply put, there was no shortage to choose from. Disagree? Submit your own rankings.