Larry Stone gives an inside look at the national baseball scene every Sunday. Look for his weekly power rankings during the season.
It doesn’t look like the Washington State blueprint has changed much at all, and you know what that means. Another year of long, wild, crazy games. Another year of Connor Halliday flinging it all over the field, capable of making you pound your fist one play and pump your fist the next.
The NFL fined the Seahawks and coach Pete Carroll heavily for violating noncontact rules in the offseason. That’s just part of the byproduct of Seattle’s aggressive attitude, rather than the NFL looking to stick it to their reigning champions.
There are a lot of reasons teams don’t win back to back Super Bowls often. But this season’s version of the Seahawks looks even better than last year’s model.
New manager Lloyd McClendon told the Mariners in spring training he believed in them. As the team keeps winning, Seattle fans are coming to the same conclusion.
Chris Petersen doesn’t have an established, experienced quarterback. In that, the Huskies are a distinct minority in a Pac-12 Conference loaded with elite signal-callers.
Why aim for a wild-card berth? Mariners — as they did in 1995 — should think bigger, and shoot for AL West title.
It’s one of the more compelling battles of the exhibition season, and on Friday, Robert Turbin took a turbo-charged step forward. Playing with the first-team offense in the first half, Turbin exploded for 81 yards on 12 carries.
Mariners’ offensive outburst finally matches brilliance of ace Hernandez
Former Mariners pitching coach Bryan Price, now the Reds manager, said in a videotaped tribute, “In my time with you, I always felt like I was with a living legend.”
You can nitpick the Mariners’ weaknesses, or pooh-pooh the wisdom of the second wild card. But the fact remains: The race for the American League’s final playoff spot is deliciously wide open, with the Mariners smack dab in the middle of it.
On Monday, as he roamed around Husky Stadium, UW coach Chris Petersen managed to appear both imperious and hands-on, stoic and animated. At one point, during a well-executed scramble drill, he yelled, “That’s what it looks like, John Ross!”