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Thursday, April 22, 2021

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.