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Commentary: Remembering the last series to be played in one park

With this year’s World Series being held in one ballpark, let’s remember the last time it happened.

Commentary: NFL keeps stumbling in fight for social justice

Four years after Colin Kaepernick took a knee, this is where we are with the NFL. Fans booing a display of unity.

Blanchette: Seahawks doing all they can to keep window open

One of those narrow moral contexts in which the ends truly do justify the means is the building of a football team.

UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 9, 2020

Commentary: Two Hall of Famers leave a different game behind

They were the heroes of a generation of baseball fans, a pair of first ballot Hall of Famers who were worth the price of admission every time they stepped on …

UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 8, 2020

Commentary: Legendary broadcaster Bob Robertson was like a family member to many Cougars

When Jim Walden was doing his stint as Bob Robertson’s color man, he made it a point to sit down next to Bob-Rob whenever he was about to set the …

Doug Ferguson: Credibility for Dustin Johnson and for the FedEx Cup

Sometime after Paul Azinger stopped winning and before he went on television to talk about those who were, he described pressure in the simplest terms. He said players only choked …

UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 5, 2020

Out of Right Field: The Mariners’ prospects are starting to look up

Two years ago, the Mariners had what most considered the worst farm system in baseball.

Tim Dahlberg: Before doubleheaders were short, Don Newcombe went long

Seven inning doubleheaders are the rage all around baseball now, in a season that seems to feature them almost every day.

Out of Right Field: In honor of Jackie Robinson Day, here is our list of the Mariners all-time best Black players

It was some 70 years or so before Black Americans were allowed to play in what is now known as Major League Baseball. And it’s been another 73 years since …

Commentary: No-hitter a reminder of what we might have missed

Lucas Giolito’s no-hitter Tuesday night in Chicago was certainly the quietest of the 19 pitched in White Sox history.

UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 26, 2020

Commentary: Earl Thomas’ release from Ravens was an overdue shot of humility for former Seahawk

SEATTLE – Truth, Part 1: Earl Thomas is the most honest, candid NFL player I can remember interviewing. The former Seattle Seahawk’s unfiltered responses were as refreshing as they were …

UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 26, 2020

Doug Ferguson: Tiger Woods gets to see, hear how the other half lives

Tiger Woods has played his entire career before the largest galleries and the loudest cheers.

John Blanchette: Dave Vaughn recalls bat boy duties for magical Spokane Indians team of 1970

He had broken his left arm in a mishap at church camp and was shackled with the standard wrist-to-elbow cast.

Out of right field: Mariners taking lumps while looking for diamonds

When Major League Baseball, in its infinite wisdom, expanded the playoffs this season – further gimmicking up an already gimmicky proposition to begin with – pundits theorized that teams needed …

Paul Newberry: Could this be the year Cinderella wins NBA title?

More than any other sport, the cream of the NBA assuredly rises to the top in the playoffs.

UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 21, 2020

Commentary: Ugly record during coronavirus-shortened season is real, but Mariners’ talent is, too

SEATTLE – Seattle Mariners manager Scott Servais on Thursday was asked to speak to the encouraging signs he finds amid a season in which progress is certainly not reflected in …

UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 19, 2020

Commentary: Why play sports in a pandemic? Damian Lillard is showing us

Damian Lillard is the essential superstar for this sterile moment. Bucket by steely bucket, his tenacious, high-scoring excellence demonstrates the purest why of sports during this awkward and pandemic-impaired time.

UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 17, 2020

Matt Calkins: With its own set of challenges, Pac-12’s idea of playing college football in spring won’t be as easy as it sounds

College football in the spring. The idea once seemed preposterous, but is now touted as possible.

UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 12, 2020

Jerry Brewer: College football’s chaos is only the beginning of our second wave of sports despair

Welcome to the second wave of 2020 sports despair. The splintering of college football represents another sober, seminal moment. The novel coronavirus, nimble in its devastation, just turned Aug. 11 …

UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 11, 2020

John Blanchette: Lack of any truly optimistic choices perfectly sums up of our corona summer

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 …

UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 7, 2020

Matt Calkins: Fans are getting a much-needed escape from the coronavirus pandemic — a bonanza of sports events

For many Americans – possibly millions – this may be the worst August they can remember. Unemployment is still stratospheric, social restrictions are still ubiquitous, and the tunnel that is …

UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 6, 2020

Tim Dahlberg: Tiger Woods positions himself for a major chase at PGA

Tiger Woods is in contention after an opening round 68, and now the strangest PGA Championship ever doesn’t seem so strange after all.

UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 5, 2020

John Clay: As college football ramps up, players are asking, ‘What happened to safety first?’

Goodness gracious people, is this thing a mess or what? We’re talking about college football. We’re talking about trying to play college football during a coronavirus pandemic. We’re not even …

UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 5, 2020

Tim Dahlberg: Big and booming, Bryson DeChambeau is PGA Tour must-see TV

It’s hard to find a reason to like Bryson DeChambeau. It’s even harder to take your eyes off him.

UPDATED: Sun., Aug. 2, 2020

Out of Right Field: Offense absent, Mariners drop second straight to Athletics

SEATTLE – This year was always going to feature some growing pains for the Seattle Mariners. The pandemic shortening the season to 60 games (or whatever they end up with) …

Jerry Brewer: Sports leagues are trying to salvage a year. They should be trying to save a future.

Sports aren’t built for disruption. That’s why their return, though greatly anticipated, is also uncomfortable. Sports are back not because they know it’s safe, not because they know it’s right, …

Tim Dahlberg: Let’s make baseball weirder with even more new rules

The stat geeks have spent the first days of the baseball season analyzing a bunch of new numbers that show the possibilities of runners scoring after being put on second …

Paul Newberry: SEC moves raise question: Is season even worth it?

If college football somehow makes it to the field, all we’ll get is a shell of a season.

UPDATED: Wed., July 29, 2020

Larry Stone: Careless behavior, decisions by Marlins and others during COVID-19 pandemic put MLB season in peril

In time-honored baseball parlance, the status of the MLB season is day to day.