John McGrath HEADLINES
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.
The Seattle Mariners are looking at 67 games remaining of a schedule that figures to last longer than a dry graduation speech on a wet afternoon. Their 43-52 record puts them closer to the fifth-place team in the American League West, the Houston Astros, than to the first-place Oakland Athletics.
The All-Star Game ranks among my favorite baseball traditions, along with Sunday doubleheaders, Opening Day, and organists playing songs that somehow sound better on an organ heard in the gathering twilight than when performed by a vocalist.
Whenever Seahawks fans get so loud in CenturyLink Field that the stadium seems to shake, I find myself thinking: Wow, this place is loud.
Are the Seattle Mariners cursed? It sure seemed like it Thursday afternoon, when they blew another big lead against a Boston Red Sox team that once knew doom on a first-name basis.
The headline took me by surprise.
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