Bolting for the Bigs: USC, UCLA Abandon PAC-12 for Big Ten (UW Next?)

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It’s official now that the industry has fallen off the edge of the flat Earth propped so long by the mythology of amateurism.

Why Pete Carroll Thinks he can Punch the NFL in the Nose

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Carroll’s emphasis on the run is neither wrong nor hopeless; it helped get the Seahawks to two Super Bowls. But the system takes better players to execute it than he and Schneider had provided since then. Until, perhaps, now.

Opening Day: Confessions of a Baseball Novice

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Baseball at its heart is a game of numbers and statistics. The game provides ample opportunity to compare one's knowledge and memory with other fans.

Russell Versus the Seahawks: Dueling Press Conferences and Enough Blame to go Around

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Wilson and Carroll were dug in hard on damage control regarding the steaming crater in the Seahawks' roster, true feelings disguised by the polite prevarications and mendacity that attended the run-up to the trade.

Russell Wilson No Longer Has to Carry the Whole Damn Team

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Russ bailed them out but he got very tired of it.

Blockbuster Deal(s): Russell Wilson to Denver, Seahawks Sale Next

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The writing has been on the wall for this moment. The Seahawks were forced to do the forbidden thing in the NFL: they traded a Hall of Fame quarterback with tread on his tires.

Port Townsend’s Love Affair with Wooden Boats

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The Pocock shells are legendary, so when one of the few remaining examples shows up there is a scramble to get them, restore them, and use them for versions of the book, "The Boys in the Boat."

How Tennis Came to the Pacific Northwest

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The Olympic Tennis Club near Seattle’s Madison and Boren streets (atop First Hill, then a fashionable neighborhood) was founded in 1890, with courts scattered around and  early club dances held in a “large riding stable.” It was later named the Seattle Tennis Club and moved to Lake Washington.

Team Washington at the Olympics

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Repairing Italy: A Glorious Football Win

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Throughout the countryside in the valleys below our house, we could hear cars honking for hours and watch an inky sky lit up with random fireworks. It was also a celebration of being released from 18 months of confinement. With the removal of restrictions, finally we could enjoy this moment of collective spirit to the fullest.

New World for NCAA Athletes after 9-0 Supreme Court Loss

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The NCAA response to a pivot point in the history of big-time American college athletics is a slapdash collapse that has been years in the making. The NCAA has to have known it was running a crooked shop, but refused to take substantive steps to forestall disaster.

Do it for Ellis: Pro Baseball Looks at a team for Portland

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Portland has been pursuing a baseball team for years. The Portland Diamond Project has some preferred stadium sites, owns various ballpark renderings, and already has more than $2 billion in financial commitments.

Ode to America’s Fastest Growing Sport

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All the cool kids are playing it. All the uncool kids are playing it, but mostly seniors are playing it. Seventy-five percent of regular players, or “core participants,” are 55 years or older.

The Day The Zags Got Gassed

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The upshot was the nation’s best offense was held to a season low in points. It was an exercise in power and energy. As Bears coach Scott Drew offered from the post-game stage after receiving the championship trophy, he pointed over his shoulder and said, “If you’re going to war, I’m taking these guys.” He’s probably right.

An Improbable new Boat Race to Challenge Washington

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Christened the WA360, or “Washington three-sixty,” the Maritime Center’s planned race will, at least for now, replace the celebrated 750-mile Race to Alaska, which seemed even less likely to succeed, but did anyway for five years from 2015 to 2019.

Fixing the Mariners: Facing up to a Bad Case of Dry Rot

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The way many people, inside of baseball and outside, see the Mariners is as a hapless loser of an organization with a toxic culture that indulges a senior executive like departed CEO Kevin Mather,

An Insurrection, An Inauguration, and Remembering Pete Carroll’s Words

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Coach Carroll doesn’t have the leverage of a politician, but he has experience in one of America’s two high-profile industries with majority Black talent (the other is the NBA). He knows his material and his truths.

Ski Superspreader? How Ill-Conceived State COVID Regulations are Failing Stevens Pass

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The goal ought not to be merely following the letter of the regulations but making sure crowds don't accumulate, which is clearly the intention of the rules.

Seahawks Coach Carroll and the Art of Being Yourself Out Loud

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Players typically come from colleges where coaches are tyrants who come down hard on independent thinking, outspokenness, and originality. College coaches see threats everywhere to their empires, as do many pro coaches. But not Coach Carroll.

Live Or In Person: Is The Sports Experience Better On The Couch Than At...

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While you are watching (or trying to ignore) TV commercials at home, everybody in the stadium is spending that time waiting. The players stand around. Some stroll off and back on the field. They have enough time to order a pizza or call their wives. Quarterbacks walk over to the sidelines to confer with coaches.