A GRIP ON SPORTS • It was a metaphor, that’s for certain. On soccer weekends, all of us really feel like a cat hanging by a thread from the higher deck, don’t we? The primary one among 2021, within the midst of a burgeoning pandemic and 20-year-old reminiscences, we felt much more anxiousness. Then Russell (and Shane) cooked. And all was proper with the world.
• By “all was proper with the world” we meant one factor: It’s time to overreact. To take one week’s value of outcomes and challenge them into infinity – and past. To believe that irrespective of what number of instances we’re suspended in mid-air and dealing with sure loss of life, we’ll land on our toes because of the help of 53 guys carrying Seahawks uniforms.
That’s what we soccer followers do after the primary NFL weekend. And two video games into faculty soccer’s four-month-long slog.
The Pac-12 is again, child. Inexperienced Bay has left the constructing. And the Seahawks’ new offense goes to propel them to the Tremendous Bowl. Such is the best way of the world, even when yr after yr all these overreactions show to be, nicely, overreactions.
Nobody cares. Let’s bounce aboard the Duck, or Bruin, or Solar Satan practice as they chug to an undefeated season. Let’s pencil in Tampa and Kansas Metropolis for a Tremendous Bowl rematch – if Shane Waldron and Russell Wilson don’t derail them within the NFC championship sport en path to the league’s first 18-Zero season.
As we ingest manner too many energy, watch manner too many yellow flags fly and drink manner too many grownup drinks, all of it begins to run collectively. From Saturday’s 9 a.m. kickoff in Columbus to Sunday’s 9 p.m. kneel down in Los Angeles, from venues historic to modernistic, soccer dominated the weekend.
The whole lot else, from flyovers to Novak Djokovic’s Grand Slam failure, paled as compared – at the least amongst soccer fanatics.
• The perfect a part of Sunday, and by greatest we really imply funniest, got here courtesy of Pete Carroll. Talking to the media after his group’s 28-16 street win over Indianapolis, he tried to seek out the best phrase to explain the synchronicity his quarterback and new offensive coordinator confirmed towards the Colts. How the 2 of them gave the impression to be on the identical web page. How their minds melded, a la Spock and McCoy, en path to an really enjoyable offensive displaying.
The time period Carroll stumbled upon? They cooked. And he instantly regretted it.
By way of a yr of memes and misplaced wishes, Carroll had studiously prevented any point out of “let Russ prepare dinner,” whilst his quarterback earned just a few extra bucks promoting the dream to the clucks.
And right here it was, the primary postgame press convention of 2021 and the time period, which had been dying a well-earned loss of life, simply got here out. Zombie-like.
If we’re all assaulted with one other 16 weeks of Russell Wilson-in-a-chef’s-hat photographs, blame Carroll.
• Simply how good can the Hawks be? That’s virtually not possible to find out after one sport. However some issues might be divined.
The offense shall be extra numerous. They could run as a lot as ever – if Chris Carson can keep wholesome, why wouldn’t they? – however how the Hawks assault a protection ought to come from completely different seems to be and completely different locations.
The protection, if wholesome, might be OK, although the move rush continues to be a piece in progress. Too typically Ken Norton Jr. needed to carry greater than 4 Sunday to get the wanted stress. And the corners want assist in that regard. With out stress, they are going to be uncovered.
In any other case, the reply to how good they are often is TBD. You recognize what we’re actually wanting ahead to? The sport by which the opponent’s protection has the Hawks dialed in. And changes need to be made within the warmth of competitors. How will Waldron, in his first yr as a coordinator, and Wilson, with in-grown habits a decade within the making, react?
Then we are going to know extra. And we are able to actually overreact.
WSU: The 44-24 win Saturday got here at a little bit of a value, health-wise. Colton Clark examines that facet of the victory in addition to the Cougars’ tempo on this day-after pocket book. … Elsewhere within the Pac-12 and faculty soccer, Jon Wilner rewinds the weekend for your complete convention in right this moment’s Mercury Information. … The Pac-12 was within the nationwide dialogue in an enormous manner as nicely, primarily because of Oregon’s win at Ohio State. It appears the Geese are proper on schedule as they’re ranked fourth within the Related Press ballot. … USC’s failure additionally was noteworthy and impressed two Los Angeles Instances’ columnists – not only one, however two – to name for Clay Helton’s instantly firing. Nothing has occurred but. The Trojans are in Pullman this weekend. … We are able to’t transfer on with out taking a look at Washington’s impotent offense at the least as soon as extra. … Arizona State didn’t take UNLV significantly. Will the Solar Devils be able to face BYU in Provo? It’s a matchup of ranked groups. … Oregon State appears to have settled on a beginning quarterback. … Regardless of a loss, Colorado could have received some confidence. … Utah needs to be questioning nearly all the things after being dominated up entrance by BYU. … UCLA comes off a bye week to host Fresno State, who misplaced earlier this season at Oregon. … Arizona has loads to remove from the house loss to San Diego State. … In basketball information, there was an enormous social gathering in Tucson as Arizona celebrated late basketball coach Lute Olson.
EWU: Across the Massive Sky, Montana’s Bobby Hauck received for the 100th time with the Griz.
Indians: Spokane gave up seven runs within the backside of the fifth and fell 8-Four to Vancouver in Hillsboro, Ore. The Indians have right this moment off then face third-place Everett for six video games with a berth within the postseason on the road. Eugene, who hosts Tri-Metropolis, leads Spokane by a sport and Everett by three ½.
Shock: Massachusetts went into Arizona and got here away with a 37-34 extra time win towards the Rattlers to win the Pirates’ first Indoor Soccer League title.
Golf: A regionally based mostly group of younger males had an amazing weekend not too long ago in a regional match. That information leads off our weekly native briefs column.
Mariners: If the M’s come up wanting the postseason as soon as once more, this previous weekend was the distinction. Going through a woeful Arizona group in Seattle, the M’s misplaced two-of-three, together with Sunday’s 5-Four choice. … It wasn’t their greatest offensive weekend. … How will the Mariners deal with the catching spot subsequent yr?
Seahawks: John Blanchette watched the Hawks’ season opener like the remainder of us, in entrance of a tv. He has his ideas following the 28-16 season-opening victory. … So does Artwork Thiel and Larry Stone. … There have been some accidents. … D.Okay. Metcalf was not an enormous focus early.
Storm: With out Breanna Stewart, Seattle didn’t have a lot of a shot towards the Sparks.
• If you’re questioning, pork tenderloin sandwiches are unimaginable. Although they take loads of work – the pork needs to be tenderized vigorously – and the cleanup is a ache within the neck. Nevertheless it was value it, contemplating the late lunch/early dinner got here with a aspect of victory. Subsequent week: Tennessee. Considering barbecue of some type however we are going to see. Till later …