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A GRIP ON SPORTS • As Gonzaga celebrated its 84-66 shellacking of Saint Mary’s on March 10, some folks realized it was head coach Mark Few’s 599th career victory. No. 600 was sure to come nine days later in Spokane, where the Zags would have played a 16-seed in the NCAA Tournament’s first round. Then it didn’t.
A GRIP ON SPORTS • A lot has been lost this year, in ways big and small. It’s huge in Washington there won’t be an Apple Cup game this Friday, but in the realm of the world, it’s probably a tiny blip on the year that is 2020.
A GRIP ON SPORTS • Thanksgiving week is upon us. It begins without many things, including a Washington State game to analyze or a Seahawks’ game to anticipate. And, most importantly, thousands upon thousands of our fellow Americans whose lives were cut short by the insidious virus. But we want to stay true to the holiday’s mission and be thankful this morning, no matter how difficult it may be.
It came after a month of uncertainty, disappointment and downright ineptitude.
A GRIP ON SPORTS • “South Park” might be passé these days, but one of the shows better characters, Professor Chaos, would be right at home in 2020. After all, it’s a year of chaos and missteps, two things Butters Stotch always hopes for when he dons his aluminum foil costume.
Russell Wilson proved he’s just fine, the running game felt imposing in a way it hasn’t for a while, and the defensive additions over the last weeks and months feel like they’re beginning to truly pay off.
Maybe sometimes you just need fresh eyes to see how good things really are. And to defensive end Carlos Dunlap, acquired midseason from Cincinnati, everything about the Seahawks is, in his words, “very lovely.”
A GRIP ON SPORTS • There is so much to unpack this Friday morning, it seems akin somehow to a three-week vacation in the wilderness. Except, of course, things like that don’t happen these days. But we have football news, basketball news and, ahem, season-saving news. What a Friday.
On Thursday, the Seattle Seahawks announced that their new home would heretofore be known as Lumen Field, though the GPS will not change – good news for tailgaters, at least once tailgating can be a thing again.
SEATTLE – On a night when the Seahawks reclaimed control of the NFC West with a 28-21 win over the Arizona Cardinals, they also regained their identity.
A GRIP ON SPORTS • Of all the recent innovations instituted by the NFL in the past 20 years or so, Thursday night football has to be the worst, right down there with the way the league handles replay or marks the football. The Seahawks’ appearance this year occurs tonight. At home vs. the Cardinals. Strap in folks, because we don’t know what’s going to happen.
There was very little time for Kyler Murray and DeAndre Hopkins to enjoy the wave of celebration after one of the great game conclusions in Arizona Cardinals history.
A GRIP ON SPORTS • OK. I will say it. This week is weird. I blame the NFL. Partly because the Seahawks will be wearing their garish “color-rush” uniforms but mainly because they will face Arizona on Thursday night. For the second time this season. The first one didn’t go all that well.
With all the yards and touchdowns he’s thrown for this season, Seattle’s Russell Wilson has been more exposed as a passer than at any other point in his career.
SEATTLE – Jermaine Kearse is coming home.
A GRIP ON SPORTS • There are three types of outcomes for your favorite sports teams in 2020. There are the traditional wins and losses, sure. But a new category, the no-contest, is gaining ground, riding the surge of coronavirus cases that is sweeping the nation like the wishbone offense in the 1970s. And like the wishbone, the virus may just run us over as November fades into December.
It’s getting harder to justify letting Russell Wilson cook when there are this many fires in the kitchen.
Is it panic time for the Seahawks?
A GRIP ON SPORTS • Not sure what’s worse. That the Seahawks lost yesterday at the Rams or that they played a boring brand of football while doing it. Who are we kidding? Boring is fine if there is a win involved.
Cooper Kupp hauled in five passes for 50 yards, linebacker Samson Ebukam had two tackles and special teamer Nsimba Webster had two tackles for the Rams (6-3), who now are in a three-way tie atop the NFC West with the Seahawks (6-3) and Arizona Cardinals (6-3).