John McGrath HEADLINES
Johnny Manziel, who has three years of college eligibility remaining, and Steve Gleason, who might have three years of life remaining, have nothing in common aside from a love of football and an eagerness – reiterated last weekend – to share their private thoughts with a public audience.
The Vancouver Canucks’ announcement Friday of Utica, N.Y., as their affiliate in the American Hockey League didn’t seem like bombshell news.
Column as I see’em …
As anticipated, the Chicago Blackhawks and Boston Bruins opened the Stanley Cup Final on Wednesday with a duel played at Mach 1 speed. Playoff hockey has its own kind of tension, and the show these Original Six rivals put on – three overtimes combining to last 52 minutes and 14 seconds, virtually an entire extra game – qualified as spellbinding.
The late basketball coach Abe Lemons, whose sometimes irreverent perspective on college sports was formed by surviving combat duty during World War II, once was asked about putting undue pressure on a freshman starter.
For those who weren’t condemned to endure another feeble showing by the Seattle Mariners’ offense Sunday, here is all you need to know:
Just as Brandon Bantz was getting ready to face a major league pitch for the first time, Seattle Mariners fans threw him a curve.
With pitching stocked in their farm system, the Seattle Mariners on Thursday selected position player DJ Peterson in the first round of the baseball draft.
John Stearns was awakened by the sound of his mother running down the stairs in their Denver home. Somebody was on the phone, she told her son, with news about the 1973 baseball draft.
Between a 10-0 blowout in Minnesota and a 9-2 beatdown at Cheney Stadium, nothing much good happened Sunday for the Mariners organization.
The demotion of Dustin Ackley to Triple-A last week was more than a wake-up call for a once-heralded prospect. It undermined Jack Zduriencik’s reputation as a superior scout.
Memorable Eric Wedge quotations are as rare as vintage Honus Wagner baseball cards, but give the Seattle Mariners manager this much: He doesn’t believe in cheap-shot insults.
Precisely a month after a version of Dustin Ackley’s bat was given away to all kids 14 and younger at Safeco Field, the Seattle Mariners sent Ackley on a mission:
Nate Tenbrink did something Sunday that gave him reason to gloat.
Bruce Irvin’s four-game suspension, presumably for testing positive for the banned substance Adderall, finds Seattle Seahawks fans taking extreme sides on the issue of performance-enhancing drugs.
- Tacoma Dome no more? Arena could receive a new name
- Tacoma engineer allegedly solicited teen for sex
- Mariners 3, Angels 2 (10 innings): a rare win at Angels Stadium
- Tacoma to sell prime property downtown
- Smoak gives Wedge first option