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 By Eric Umphrey    Sports    September 24, 2020 

Wrapping up the Mariners season

The Mariners’ chances to finish second place in the division and make the playoffs took a big hit last week when they had to travel to San Francisco and San Diego to play five games on the road. These games would have been played in Seattle if not...

 
 By Eric Umphrey    Sports    September 24, 2020 

NFL Week #3-­Cowboys vs. Seahawks

In week three, the Seahawks host the Dallas Cowboys at CenturyLink Field in Seattle. The game is on Sunday at 1:25 PM on FOX. Seattle has managed to win its first two games of the season due to great...

 

NFL Week #2 – Patriots vs. Seahawks

In week two, the Seahawks will host the New England Patriots on Sunday Night Football. The nationally televised game is at 5:20 PM on NBC. The Patriots have had some roster changes; the biggest is...

 

Mariner's Playoff hopes still alive

The Mariners have gone 14-7 in their last twenty-one games and find themselves in third place in the American League West. The Houston Astros, who are currently in second place, have gone 8-13 over their last twenty-one games and had a six-game losin...

 

Hey kid get me a Coke

Baseball lost two Hall-of-Famers this week. Tom Seaver and Lou Brock passed within six days of each other. Tom Seaver was seventy-five years old, and Lou Brock was eighty-one. During their careers, th...

 

Mariners' rebuild with trade deadline deals

The Mariners marketing department must be wondering if it is still a good idea to sell jerseys with names on the back. Dan Vogelbach, Taijuan Walker, Taylor Williams, Austin Adams, Dan Altavilla, and Austin Nola will all be wearing different...

 
 By Eric Umphrey    Sports    August 27, 2020

An interview with Troy Larsen

Head football coach Troy Larsen was kind enough to talk to me this past Sunday evening about the upcoming high school sports year. What follows is part of our conversation. E.U. – Do you have any...

 
 By Eric Umphrey    Sports    August 20, 2020

Mariner's Season Update

A disappointing two weeks find the Mariners in last place in the American League West. After a promising 4-4 start to the season, the Mariners have lost thirteen of the last sixteen games. Like in the previous year, pitching has been the issue. The t...

 

What is herd immunity?

Herd immunity sometimes referred to as HIT for Herd Immunity Threshold, is the point at which a virus has more difficulty spreading because a significant amount of people have become immune. It is...

 
 By Eric Umphrey    Sports    August 13, 2020

When will college football start?

According to ESPN reporting, college football season will either be pushed back to start on September 26th or postponed until spring. What is certainly clear right now is that there is not a detailed...

 
 By Eric Umphrey    Sports    August 6, 2020

The Seattle Mariners' upcoming opponents

After a slow start, the Seattle Mariners find themselves in third place at 4-6 in the American League West behind Houston and Oakland. This week they will play the Angels (Aug. 4th-6th) and the Rockies (Aug. 7th-9th) at home, then travel to Texas...

 
 By Eric Umphrey    Sports    July 30, 2020

Major League Baseball is back

Thoughts on the first weekend Major League Baseball is back, but it looks and sounds different this year. Watching broadcasts with no fans in the stands or with cardboard cutouts is odd. Without the...

 
 By Eric Umphrey    Sports    July 23, 2020

NBA playoffs are worth your time this year

Professional sports in America used to be referred to as the four seasons (baseball, basketball, football, and hockey), with the basketball season suffering the worst parity. Including the 1979 season when the Seattle Supersonics won the NBA title,...

 
 By Eric Umphrey    Sports    April 9, 2020

A conversation with Tom Tsuchyia

Ever wonder who designs the baseball Hall of Fame plaques? Last year when my brother Howard and I were on the press bus heading into Cooperstown, we happened to meet Tom Tsuchiya who has created all... Full story

 
 By Eric Umphrey    Sports    April 2, 2020

Veterans Committee Hall of Fame Selects Marvin Miller and Ted Simmons

If you are a baseball fan you are probably aware that the Baseball Writers' Association has elected both Derek Jeter and Larry Walker for 2020 induction to the Baseball Hall of Fame. What didn't get...

 
 By Eric Umphrey    Sports    March 26, 2020

Modern baseball statistics revisited

Last year I wrote a series of articles explaining some of the modern statistics that baseball announcers currently use in broadcasts. The series focused on all of the components that produce the statistic Wins Above Replacement (WAR). Those...

 
 By Eric Umphrey    Sports    March 19, 2020

Baseball card companies: a brief history

A sporting goods company called Peck and Snyder printed up the first baseball cards in the 1860’s and used them for advertising their products. A picture of a player was on one side and on the back...

 
 By Eric Umphrey    Sports    March 12, 2020

Mariners fans will need to be patient with retooled team

Even a die-hard Mariners fan may want to buy a baseball program this year. Between the trades made at last season’s trade deadline, Mariner free agents that were not re-signed, and the pitchers the...

 

Prescott Boys defeat Pomeroy 53-41 in district playoffs

WALLA WALLA-The Prescott Tigers traveled to Walla Walla Community College to play the Pomeroy Pirates Friday February 21st at the Dome. Since both teams were coming off of first round playoff losses...

 

Prescott Tigers lose to Garfield-Palouse Vikings in district playoffs, 50-31

WALLA WALLA-The Prescott Tigers boys basketball team returned to Walla Walla Community College this time to play the Garfield-Palouse Vikings Saturday February 22nd at the Dome. At stake was a spot...

 

Prescott drops first playoff game to Oakesdale, 60-54

OAKESDALE-Prescott traveled to Oakesdale on Saturday February 15th to kick off the first game of the district 9 tournament. Oakesdale scored first, but #11 Antonio Hernandez answered for Prescott...

 

Walla Walla loses in second round to Central Valley, 84-77

SPOKANE-The Walla Walla boys varsity basketball team played in the semi-finals of the district playoffs against the Central Valley Bears Saturday, February 15th on the Bears' home court. Early in the...

 

Prescott boys win 4th straight game and qualify for district playoffs

COLTON-Prescott boys basketball traveled to Colton on Saturday Feb. 8th for their final regular season game of the year. In the first quarter, #23 Miguel Ayala opened the scoring under the basket...

 

Prescott Boys handle St. John 58-47 on Senior Night

PRESCOTT-Prescott hosted St. John Saturday February 1st in a home conference game. It was Senior Night in Prescott and all five of Prescott's seniors started the game. St. John took an early 4-0...

 

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