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Ladies and gentlemen, introducing your still undefeated Seattle Caveats.
Among the footnotes from the foofaraw of the Seattle Seahawks reaching the 4-0 base camp of their 2020 Everest on Sunday was a nugget about Shaquill Griffin from the NFL's "Next Generation" statheads:
So the public has spoken, and won.
One of those narrow moral contexts in which the ends truly do justify the means is the building of a football team.
He had broken his left arm in a mishap at church camp and was shackled with the standard wrist-to-elbow cast.
With its proclaimed priority being the health, safety and welfare of its athletes, the Pac-12 on Tuesday opted out of college football in 2020. . . and unleashed the possibility of playing two seasons in a single calendar year.
When he calls together his senior staff, Gonzaga athletic director Mike Roth sees one reality that’s impossible to escape.
An Idaho 20 for 20? As in the number of conferences the Vandals have called home since the turn of the century?
Always scheduled for the second Monday of June, the Wet Dog Fur Open – the S-R sports department’s unauthorized golf tournament that has produced enough embarrassing moments to make even John Daly blush – is circled on most of our calendars like Christmas. Until this year. Like most everything else this spring, our tournament was shelved by COVID-19. While not exactly a sad moment, it’s a nostalgic one nonetheless.
It is simply not the case that Jim Fitzgerald has either attended or worked for every college and sports franchise between here and Seattle.
Among the lesser and self-evident lessons from our ongoing limbo is just how much sports can be missed when they’ve been furloughed.
Often the most difficult part of helping is deciding what part of ourselves to give.
In Spokane, it’s possible that while there could be fewer baseball games this year, there could be more in 2021 and beyond.
So your favorite collegiate rower or third baseman will have this lost spring of athletic eligibility restored. Good deal. Any sliver of doing-the-right-thing by the NCAA deserves a huzzah. And if it throws a little chaos – or even a lot – into the machinery of college athletics, that’s almost a bonus for some of us.
This is now the Year of Playing Dangerously. Presuming anyone gets to play from this point on.
It’s unlikely that any fan base will feel as emotionally empty – OK, robbed – as Gonzaga’s local mob, which has been teased with seeing the Zags launch a tournament run here in town.
When do you suppose came the signal for the Gonzaga masses that it was safe to exhale?
A bit more than four minutes remained when Joel Ayayi got loose in the paint and pulled up for a 10-footer that would give Gonzaga the lead for good and paint a whole new shade on the day.
Australian accents tickled Hayden Mispley, an affinity shared by many.
Somebody suggested it would be a good time to pick Gonzaga’s All-Vegas team.Can’t do it, I demurred. No credibility. I’m never up at 5 a.m. to see which Zags fans are still blinking through the cigarette haze and piling up chips at the Orleans Casino craps tables – and somehow still manage to make their tee times. No, they said. Basketball. Oh. Well, that’s different.