A Grip on Sports: WSU’s Hobbs Proves It May Only Take A Virtual Match To Ignite Fireworks In College Track And Field

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INFLUENZA IN SPORT • It was calm last night. At least in our neighborhood. But in the world of sport? Not really.

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• July 4th is the perfect day to spread our complaints, don’t you think? After all, what is the Declaration of Independence if not a wordy document filled with grievances? Against King George, of course, but Thomas Jefferson’s words also set us the tone that lasted 245 years.

This tone? In the words of famous philosopher Dee Snider, we’re not going to take it, no, we’re not going to take it anymore.

Which brings us to the best sports section story of today’s spokesperson-magazine. And the one with the most patriotic theme. This would be Theo Lawson’s article on Washington state football player Dallas Hobbs’ investment in the #WeAreUnited movement.

It’s hard to draw a straight line between last year’s Pac-12 athlete manifesto and where varsity sports are at today, but there are more connections than the New York subway system. And it all started by seeing injustice and acting on it.

The way our ancestors planned it.

A revolution, any revolution, is disorderly. Whether they come from a tyrant king or from the kings of tyranny, monolithic bureaucracies, revolutions require desire, dedication, determination. And infantry, who, to quote another great American writer, Tom Petty, will not back down.

Hobbs is one of these. Theo’s story covers all of this. And fits perfectly into today’s theme.

• The upheaval of the name, the image and the likeness is still in its infancy. Still in the “what have we done?” step. Which means opinions on where we’ve come from, where we’re going and where we shouldn’t hesitate.

Such discussions are also perfect for the Fourth. This is what Mr. Jefferson did in his paper, if you take the time to go through all the “usurpations”, “despotisms” and “evidence”. He laid out the problems, explained the solutions and assured the king that his reign over the Americas was over.

Twenty-four decades later, sports writers across the country are do the same for NIL. Not so good, mind you. Or as historically important, except of course for car dealerships and collectible card makers who see university athletes as their new marketing saviors.

And yes, we’re a little ironic when we compare our ancestors’ statement on their rights to the freedom of college athletes to use their name, image, and likeness to earn money or two. But only a little. The levels of importance are different, but certainly related. A bit like first cousins. One wouldn’t have happened without the other. And the original is the reason the modern day financial upheaval may have happened.

• The other controversial subject weekend in sport? It’s still about the drug suspension of Sha’Carri Richardson and his inability to run the 100-meter Olympic Games.

Over the past week, well over 1,320 words – the length of Mr. Jefferson’s founding work – have been let go on this subject. We are not going to add more but we want you to read them all if you wish it.

This is what we do. Especially the fourth.

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WSU: As we discussed above, we have your link to Theo’s Sunday article on Dallas Hobbs last year. It is worth spending time on this this morning. … Elsewhere in the Pac-12 and university sports, it was a strong recruiting month for Oregon who has the possibility today become an exceptional. … Utah’s new playmaker had his reasons for transferring from the state of Utah. … Arizona has quite a few players at the U19 world championships. … How locked is the conference USC?

Gonzaga: July may not seem like a big month in college circles, but it is. Jim Meehan would probably have been happier trying to sink a 22-foot putt at Avondale than writing about Chet Holmgren’s opener or the former Zags heading to Tokyo, but he did both yesterday. Maybe all three. He didn’t tell me about his golf plans. … Here is a preview of GU’s upcoming season. He’s from BYU territory.

Preparations: As someone who was intimately involved in high school sports in 2021, we can attest that Dave Nichols is right in this column. It was a strange and difficult year for sports in high school. The link also contains photographs of most of the representatives from all the local high school leagues.

Indians: Dave was also at Avista Stadium last night and attended Spokane’s six-point rally in the eighth inning before he could write this story about the 8-5 victory over Tri-City.

Shock: Around the IFL, the visit to Phoenix was dismal Tucson.

Sailors: It was bound to happen for some time. The Rangers had to win a game in Seattle. After 13 consecutive losses at T-Mobile they did, knocking down Marco Gonzales in a 7-3 win on Saturday night. … Hector Santiago was once still in the sights of the referees last night. His appeal should be heard soon. … Julio Rodriguez is on a roll. The M’s too. Should they merge or if Jerry Dipoto made a trade and a run for the playoffs?

Sirens: It’s time for international competitions. The list will take a hit for a certain time.

Kraken: Seattle has a built-in rival a few kilometers to the north. But will the border open in time for the next NHL season?

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• Yes, we said we would not be here this morning. (In fact, we said there’s a good chance we weren’t here today.) We weren’t intending to be. But neither are we fit to walk in the woods on a hot morning. Not today anyway. We suffered a little food poisoning last night and were still a little weak at dawn today. Our annual hike celebrating-the-beauty-of-this-nation-on-its-anniversary had to be postponed. But we still had enough energy to sit in front of a computer and type on the keyboard. Until later …


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