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UPDATED: Sat., May 30, 2020

John Blanchette: These sports memories might not have been big time, but we still miss them

Among the lesser and self-evident lessons from our ongoing limbo is just how much sports can be missed when they’ve been furloughed.

UPDATED: Sat., May 30, 2020

Matt Calkins: Seahawks’ L.J. Collier ready to bust the notion that he’s a draft bust

After a rookie season that displayed limited promise amid limited snaps, L.J. Collier, the Seahawks’ 2019 first-round draft pick, plans to change skeptics’ minds. “I’m champing on the bit to …

UPDATED: Thu., May 28, 2020

Michael Cunningham: MLB’s labor offer threatens damage to its best product: star players

The latest proposal by baseball owners for a 2020 season is so transparent in its attempt to divide the players’ union that it must be a gambit. Surely, they offered …

UPDATED: Mon., May 25, 2020

Larry Stone: Coronavirus shutdown adds to degree of difficulty for first-year Huskies football coach Jimmy Lake

When Jimmy Lake was hired as Washington’s football coach in December to replace Chris Petersen, athletic director Jen Cohen referred to him as “the right guy at the right time.”

UPDATED: Sat., May 23, 2020

Couch Slouch: Simple typo opens up the dark world of sports social media

I made a typographical error in my column last week: I meant to say that we need

UPDATED: Thu., May 21, 2020

Dave Trimmer: Track and field stars enriched reporting career

I was late leaving the finish line at then-Woodward Field to get to the discus circle inside the opposite corner at the Frontier League track and field meet at Eastern …

Paul Sullivan: Michael Jordan’s baseball fantasy – and his failure – is a big part of his legend in Chicago

The sheer audacity of Michael Jordan still resonates 26 years later.

UPDATED: Sat., May 9, 2020

Couch Slouch: The charmed life of Tom Brady continues, even in Tampa during a pandemic

Yes, I am obsessed with TB12. Why wouldn’t I be? Who am I going to obsess over during this pandemic, Jay Cutler?

UPDATED: Sat., May 9, 2020

Tim Dalhberg: Still bad after all these years, Mike Tyson hits gym

It’s hard to say what is more startling, seeing Mike Tyson hitting a bong or watching him hitting the mitts in a boxing gym like he was getting ready to …

UPDATED: Fri., May 8, 2020

Matt Calkins: Just like us, Sounders’ Stefan Frei, Cristian Roldan play waiting game during coronavirus pandemic

Sounders midfielder Cristian Roldan lives on a hill and sprints up it regularly. Sounders goalkeeper Stefan Frei goes with the treadmill in his house.

UPDATED: Sat., May 2, 2020

Couch Slouch: The Olympics in North Dakota, the Boston Marathon at your gym and more on how sports will return

I got on the horn – that’s a late 19th-century expression for making a phone call – and contacted every single sports league and federation to see when they would …

Paul Newberry: A look at some of the best sports documentaries

Here are 10 documentaries that everyone should see (and 10 others that are definitely worth a look):

UPDATED: Thu., April 30, 2020

Matt Calkins: Arizona plan? 80 games? It doesn’t matter. The real news is that it looks like baseball will return in 2020.

If you can think of seven more glorious words than this, drinks are on me: It sounds like baseball is coming back.

UPDATED: Sun., April 26, 2020

Couch Slouch: Being forced to play poker online serves as another reminder of why we need human contact

I lost my regular poker game at Hollywood Park Casino in Los Angeles when the world shut down. Degenerates gotta degenerate, though, so most of us now find ourselves on …

UPDATED: Fri., April 24, 2020

Matt Calkins: Seahawks say they took the ‘best player on the board’ with pick of Jordyn Brooks in NFL draft. But for now, it’s a head-scratcher.

Perhaps the most futile exercise in sports writing is trying to grade a draft pick immediately after it is made. Bleacher Report once did that with the Seahawks in 2012 …

Madonna Luers: A retrospective on the 50th anniversary of Earth Day

April 22, 2020 is the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, a milestone that ironically we won’t be celebrating together because wildlife-human interfaces and pollution have helped set the stage for …

UPDATED: Mon., April 20, 2020

From Lou Gehrig to Billy Wagner: The best 26-man roster in MLB history

Whenever Major League Baseball’s teams take the field for the first time following the disruption of coronavirus, they will do so with a few new rules in place, including an …

UPDATED: Sat., April 18, 2020

Couch Slouch: To keep busy while sports are on hiatus, try foosball, Wii bowling and living-room wrestling

Nobody wants a pandemic, certainly not one that kills hundreds of thousands

Rob Curley: It’s all about family as Dodgers pitcher Blake Treinen seems headed for a Hollywood ending

We grew up in a small-town where 50 people in your graduating class was considered huge. Our extended family all lived nearby and we were a fairly tight-knit bunch. Even …

UPDATED: Fri., April 17, 2020

Matt Calkins: Which current and former Seahawks are best-suited to follow Drew Brees’ path into broadcasting?

Last week, Saints quarterback Drew Brees secured a broadcasting deal with NBC without ever having called a play. The network recognized his stature as a future Hall of Fame quarterback, …

Rob Curley: What do COVID-19, content moves, a castle proposal and newspaper carriers have in common? They’re all in this column and brought to you by the letter C

I don’t normally write a three-dot column – which is newspaper slang for a column that talks about mostly unrelated things separated by a whole bunch of ellipses – but …

UPDATED: Sat., April 11, 2020

Larry Stone: Washington golfers, officials cling to hope that coronavirus shutdown order will be lifted in May

All these warm, beautiful days this week, after such a long stretch of dreary, cold, wet weather in winter and early spring – they’re almost taunting the large contingent of …

UPDATED: Sat., April 11, 2020

Couch Slouch: A World Series game on Christmas and more ideas for a postponed, shortened baseball season

Have you ever tried to reschedule an Olympic Games? Sure, many of us have postponed weddings – and there are at least two I should’ve canceled altogether – but those …

UPDATED: Fri., April 10, 2020

John Blanchette: Washington State’s Dallas Hobbs designs angelic memorial to Bryce Beekman

Often the most difficult part of helping is deciding what part of ourselves to give.

John Blanchette: Spokane Indians owner Bobby Brett prepares for inevitable changes

In Spokane, it’s possible that while there could be fewer baseball games this year, there could be more in 2021 and beyond.

UPDATED: Wed., April 8, 2020

Larry Stone: Idea to end MLB coronavirus shutdown by playing in Arizona is wishful thinking, and dangerous

This possible plan floated by MLB – which likes to send out more trial balloons than the United States Weather Service – is rife with holes, wishful thinking, dangerous assumptions …

UPDATED: Mon., April 6, 2020

Ralph Walter: As times change, a chance to embrace distance, co-workers and the 5-point shot

As the coronavirus pandemic has exploded and our lives have been turned upside down, we’ve had to adjust even our most comforting routines. Even something as inane as old-man basketball.

Eric Sondheimer: Sports psychologist offers advice on life without sports

Dr. Andrew Yellen, 72, is in his 36th year as a Granada Hills, California-based sports psychologist after spending 10 years (1974-84) as football coach at Grant High School in Van …

UPDATED: Sat., April 4, 2020

Couch Slouch: After years of opposing gambling, the NFL sounds ready to go all in

Money never sleeps, correct? Well, the sun never sets on the sports-betting empire either.

UPDATED: Sat., April 4, 2020

Matt Calkins: With Isaiah Stewart and likely Jaden McDaniels NBA-bound, Washington should be done with one-and-done players

It was as surprising as San Diego sunshine, but it happened Wednesday. Huskies big man Isaiah Stewart declared for the NBA draft, and the best player to suit up for …