A GRIP ON SPORTS • We could also be neck-deep within the insanity that’s school hoops – see under – in March however a few of us are mad about professional soccer all yr. Not me, in fact, however a few of us. Perhaps even you.
• Again in my days at St. Francis Excessive, the clergymen compelled us to memorize segments of Shakespeare’s best performs. In different phrases, elements of most of them, from “Hamlet” to “A lot Ado About Nothing.” The one one I actually keep in mind, nevertheless, is the Tomorrow soliloquy from “Macbeth.” Primarily, to be trustworthy, as a result of I really did memorize it and my buddy didn’t (he shall stay anonymous as a result of he helped me by so many math and science courses), permitting me the chance to bail him out on the take a look at.
The road I actually keep in mind: “It’s a story, advised by an fool, stuffed with sound and fury, signifying nothing.”
Outdated Will was writing about life and its lack of that means – nihilism earlier than nihilism, actually – however I’ve all the time, as previously decade or so, equated it with the ramblings of sports activities followers on Twitter. See, who says Shakespeare doesn’t communicate to the fashionable world?
The most recent tales advised by idiots? The demise of the Seahawks.
Reality be advised, we had been additionally stuffed with sound and fury after Russell Wilson sounded off. Primarily as a result of it’s our job. But additionally as a result of we had been nervous the shortage of an offensive line was threatening to snuff out his soccer hearth, which appeared to be on the core of his considerations.
John Schneider made one commerce, re-signed a bunch of fellows who’ve been with the Hawks earlier than and, presto, Wilson appears assuaged – if not ecstatic. That got here yesterday when Schneider labored a bit bit extra of his magic.
Early within the offseason, Seattle reduce final yr’s greatest move rusher, veteran Carlos Dunlap. Acquired midseason from the Bengals, Dunlap modified the tenor of the strain up entrance, serving to your entire protection enhance. However his contract was too costly to maintain. And he needed to see what he might command on the free agent market.
He came upon. Whereas he was in his studying mode, the Hawks didn’t stand pat. The re-signed Benson Mayowa, the Idaho Vandal defensive finish who appears to be getting higher with age. They usually picked up Kerry Hyder in free company, not solely including one other move rusher however weakening NFC West-rival San Francisco within the course of.
All effectively and good. Extra was wanted although. Re-enter Dunlap. He’s coming again with a brand new contract that helps the Hawks’ cap scenario. Actually, he and Hyder, mixed, will play for lower than what Dunlap was due earlier than. That’s Schneider witchcraft all proper.
And but nothing is ideal, not within the NFL. To make all of it work, Seattle wanted defensive deal with Jarren Reed to re-work his deal. The workforce and Reed couldn’t work it out. So in the present day the Hawks’ greatest inside lineman can be reduce, releasing up area on the books, certain, however leaving a gap within the run protection.
It’s one thing Schneider should take care of tomorrow. And tomorrow. And tomorrow.
• Jim Meehan glimpsed right into a crystal ball yesterday and noticed what was coming this morning. It was a driving drive behind this story concerning Gonzaga’s recruiting within the altering panorama of school basketball. And it was prescient, as Jim’s story this morning shows.
Hunter Sallis, the 6-foot-5 level guard from Omaha, is headed to Gonzaga. (In different, non-breaking information, Jalen Suggs is not going to be again. Duh.)
As 247Sports’ No. 6-rated recruit within the composite 2021 rankings, Sallis becomes the highest-rated recruit, topping even Suggs, who was eleventh in final yr’s remaining tally. And Sallis will stay the Zags’ high recruit till Chet Holmgren, Suggs’ former highschool teammate, lastly makes his resolution regarding subsequent yr. Like Sallis, most folk who make their residing protecting basketball recruiting – sure, dad, you can also make cash doing that – assume Holmgren will head to Spokane as effectively.
And don’t neglect, Kaden Perry, the 6-9 energy ahead from Battle Floor, Wash., has already signed with the Bulldogs. USA Basketball named Perry, in addition to Sallis and Holmgren, to the U.S. team yesterday for the upcoming Nike Hoop Summit. They might have been joined by Ben Gregg as effectively, besides Gregg is already in a Gonzaga uniform, having graduated early and joined the Zags halfway by this season. It’s shaping as much as be an excellent recruiting class.
Gonzaga: In addition to Jim’s recruiting story, there’s way more to learn in regards to the Zags. The workforce went to TopGolf on Thursday and Jim passes along a scouting report. … Jim additionally has a story on the odds for the remaining NCAA groups. As anticipated, Gonzaga continues to be the favourite. And is here as well. … John Blanchette delves into Hinkle Fieldhouse and how much basketball life has changed because the fictional Hickory workforce gained the Indiana state title. … Life within the bubble doesn’t allow for interactions, as Ryan Collingwood explains. … When in Spokane, the Gonzaga gamers have their favourite locations to get their hair cut. Justin Reed passes those along in this piece.
WSU: Across the Pac-12 and school basketball, the conference teams have relied on outdoors taking pictures to stay alive. … Oregon State, a program with questions, will need everyone to play well to get previous Loyola of Chicago. … Can USC do even higher than Andy Enfield’s last Sweet 16 team? Oregon is in the best way. … UCLA, even with out Chris Smith, has superior farther than most would have expected within the event. … Utah’s coaching search might have to begin over. A prime candidate said no. … Colorado reached some milestones this season. … Washington might reach a milestone: most gamers leaving and coming. … Within the ladies’s event, it was an unexpected ending for UCLA. … Stanford has been right here earlier than. Many occasions, though the first was in 1990. … Oregon has a tricky process in Louisville. … In soccer information, Washington has a switch coming its method. … Arizona is shifting shortly. … Linebackers like Utah.
EWU: The Eagles have changed Shantay Legans. David Riley, the previous Whitworth star and longtime Japanese assistant would be the subsequent basketball coach. Ryan Collingwood, who broke the information, has all the particulars in this story. … Japanese will host Cal Poly, and former soccer coach Beau Baldwin, tomorrow. Dan Thompson, filling in for Ryan, has this preview of the Eastern-flavored matchup.
Preps: There are not any regional or state championships to be gained this yr, so Mt. Spokane’s volleyball workforce did all it might do. The Wildcats gained each match. Dave Nichols has the coverage of their remaining one, a sweep of Gonzaga Prep. … Dave additionally has a roundup of final night time’s different motion. … Jim Allen delves into the response the school district is getting concerning the stadium. One query. If nearly all the things, together with the monetary circumstances and parking considerations, have modified previously couple years, why ought to an advisory vote on a distinct proposal nonetheless matter?
Seahawks: The Dunlap information, and the ensuing Reed departure, is all the rage in Seattle. As well it should be. … The brand new time period across the Hawks is “voidable years.” It isn’t just jargon.
• A pleasant day appears on faucet. And I’m attending a reunion with a former school baseball teammate, one who moved to Spokane previous to the pandemic. Our plans to get collectively final March had been derailed for some motive. We’re each vaccinated now and are attempting once more. I anticipate numerous tales – and numerous reminiscence lapses. Till later …