Category: In the Wake of the News

The survivor who turned the Oregon-UW rivalry

You probably won’t understand. In fact, I know you won’t.   Washington travels to Oregon Saturday for another renewal of their acerbic rivalry, and as we all know by now, it’s different these days. It’s not Washington’s game to lose as it was for so many years. It’s Oregon...

The growing power of college football coaches

  So I’m going to the Washington-Oregon State football game Friday night with a few other guys.   Looking forward to seeing the Husky quarterback, Michael Penix. And a host of UW receivers. And Oregon State’s Jack Colletto, the handiest football player in America.   But wait a minute....

Expand the hoops tournaments? Ugh

  You may have heard there’s a movement afoot among some college administrators to expand the 68-team NCAA basketball tournaments.   “The time is now,” said Jim Phillips, ACC commissioner and a member of the NCAA’s transformation committee. “ . . . I really would like us to expand.”...

21 years later, 18 innings for nothing

  Emerging from the horrors of the era of bad Mariner baseball, of Carlos Silva and Bill Bavasi and Chone Figgins, we trooped hopefully into T-Mobile Park Saturday, delivered from the notion that this playoff thing is for everybody but us.   I’d watched the Mariners as a writer...

College football, in search of itself

  Wisconsin’s dumbfounding firing of Paul Chryst the other day took me back to a day in Madison 44 years ago. I stood on the sideline at Camp Randall Stadium and in the last five minutes, watched an Oregon team in the second season of Rich Brooks’ stewardship burp...

Track, beguiling and still behind the times

  Oh, track and field. It flits in and out of our consciousness every so often, teasing with performances not to be forgotten, giving us the best the human body can possibly generate – and then recedes to the shadows, so Steven A can unleash one more point about...

For some colleges, more cash (and they’ll need it)

  Sorting through the modest array of Pac-12 options following the UCLA/USC hejira to the Big Ten – expansion? contraction? extinction? – I’ve been thinking again about the ways money has driven college sports to a state of utter chaos.   A couple of old quotes are especially striking,...

Day-after notions: Flight on, Trojans

Thursday was the most head-banging, jaw-dropping sports day I can remember. Even if we’re lumping in administrative moves – as opposed to a competition like the 1980 U.S. hockey win over Russia, or Buster Douglas’ 42-to-1 conquest of Mike Tyson in 1990 – it figuratively shook the earth.  ...

A little belatedly, LA schools will get their cash

  If you’re trying to lasso some perspective on Thursday’s cataclysmic news of USC and UCLA bolting for the Big Ten Conference, you need go no further than the Pac-12’s own football media guide, where it lists annual standings. There, you’ll find that in 1922, USC was first part of...