Top Sports Prose by Top Sports Pros
You may think that Friday’s Apple Cup is a big game for both Washington and Washington State, given the traditional bragging rights, the unusual West Coast football stakes for each program, and even a national discussion surrounding the Cougars’ distant shot at a berth in the College Football Playoffs.
While all of that is true, there is potentially a more lasting consequence for Wazzu.
A drunk pro football game broke out Monday night. Lots of outrageous moments, hilarious episodes, embarrassing acts and questionable judgments. You know, like the office Christmas party when someone spikes the punch with Fireball.
In the Los Angeles Rams’ 54-51 ammo-dump explosion over the Kansas City Chiefs, team and individual marks and milestones were everywhere. The 105 combined points were the third-most in NFL history. It was first game in which both teams scored 50 points, and thus the first time a team lost scoring 50 or more. The 14 combined touchdowns tied for second-most in league annals.
In the final Husky Stadium game of the season, the Washington football team said goodbye to 23 of coach Chris Petersen’s earliest and most accomplished recruits, hello to elite LT Trey Adams and slammed the door in Oregon State’s face.
The pregame senior ceremony lasted far longer than any suspense over the outcome. So did Adams’ welcome return from injury purgatory.
As in, nearly-run-the-table good. As in, winning six of their final seven, starting with the Packers, to finish 10-6 and qualify for the playoffs.
Leading off, Philip Rivers. Batting second, Jared Goff. Hitting third, Aaron Rodgers. And at the cleanup spot, Cam Newton.
If you’ve been following this ruthless little four-week run of of top-shelf NFL quarterbacks, you know that the Seahawks are 0-2 against the Chargers’ Rivers and the Rams’ Goff, and face No. 3 Rodgers Thursday (5:20 p.m., FOX) at the Clink. Worthy of note is that the Green Bay Packers have won the past three games between the teams by a combined score of 82-36.
Well, that hire certainly didn’t go well.
Dr. Lorena Martin, seen a year ago as a cutting-edge figure, in the sport — the Mariners’ first director of high performance — was fired Oct. 10 and unleashed Monday a social media tirade against general manager Jerry Dipoto, blaming him for a culture that produced derogatory racial remarks she alleges were made by club officials about Latino players, and also firing Latino trainers at their Dominican Republic facility.
When the Los Angeles Rams last were seen locally Oct. 7, Seahawks LB K.J. Wright watched from the Clink sidelines, recovering from arthroscopic knee surgery. He remembered that things were bad that afternoon, but as often is the case with things like car accidents, the brain, out of self-preservation, obscures many details.
Such as 30 first downs and 468 yards of total offense.
In keeping with the plan to drive the franchise with data, the Mariners Tuesday hired Paul Davis, who had been manager of pitching analytics with the St. Louis Cardinals, to replace Mel Stottlemyre Jr. as pitching coach for 2019.
A five-year member of the Cardinals staff, Davis was assistant pitching coordinator for the club’s minor leagues in 2016 and 2017.
The Seahawks have lost games by three, seven, two and eight points, the latter two to likely playoff teams in the 6-2 Chargers and 8-1 Rams.
The outcomes have the Seahawks 4-4 at the regular season’s mid-point, suggesting a team not far from consideration as playoff-worthy. But as with a PGA tournament field, there are many premier golfers who have missed the cut for want of a longer putt or shorter iron shot.