John McGrath HEADLINES
Midway through the third quarter of the Washington Huskies’ season opener Saturday night, I thought something I wasn’t expecting to think.
The college football season begins Thursday, and while I’m usually eager to watch the first encounter between toe and leather, I’m not sure I’m ready this year.
Jimmy Shane wasn’t bragging, merely pointing out the obvious.
Upon hearing the news Tuesday that Percy Harvin will undergo surgery to repair his injured hip, it occurred to me how the Seahawks receiver/slot back shares much in common with another Seattle pro athlete.
When the Washington Huskies convene for fall camp next week, they’ll practice at an accelerated pace consistent with the transition to their new no-huddle attack. The idea is for the players — not just the offense, but on the defensive side, too — to become adept at the difficult discipline of thinking fast.
By his back-of-the-baseball-card numbers, the big league career of Minnesota utility man Ryan Doumit has been solid but unremarkable: A nine-year veteran who played his first seven seasons with the Pittsburgh Pirates, Doumit is a .268 lifetime hitter with 94 home runs and 383 RBI.
Their winning streak broken by a game whose only redeeming virtue was that was over, the Seattle Mariners gathered in the clubhouse Wednesday for a meeting that was both sobering and comforting.
The NFL’s silly season begins a week from Sunday in Canton, Ohio, home of the annual exhibition scheduled to coincide with the Pro Football Hall of Fame induction ceremony. This year’s Hall of Fame Game will pit the Miami Dolphins against the Dallas Cowboys.
During the All-Star break, the numbers-crunching analysts at Baseball Prospectus calculated the Seattle Mariners’ chances of earning a playoff berth to be 0.2 percent.
On March 20, 2006, the Seattle Mariners and Chicago White Sox participated in a swap of former first-round draft picks. In exchange for outfielder Joe Borchard, the Mariners parted with left-handed pitcher Matt Thornton.
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