SPORTS MASTERY • There seems to be a trend this spring. Whenever the weekend features a major sporting event, there is rain in the forecast. Maybe the new government weatherman is a sports fan. And she just wants to sit and watch the Belmont.
• Yeah, it’s time for the third and final leg of the Triple Crown of horse racing. The last day of 2022, apparently, when the average person even cares a little about sports. That’s not even true anymore. It’s so rare that a horse tries to win the crown the Belmontthe grueling 11/2 mile run in New Yorkoften passes through the history books with more of a creak than a roar.
That will likely be the case on Saturday — the start time is scheduled for 3:49 a.m. PDT on NBC — with the first two races won by the longest of the longshots (the Derby) and a late addition (the Preakness). The only way this Belmont gets much attention is if the filly, Nest, wins. After all, there were only three fillies to win the race since just after the civil war. Yes, in 1867 Ruthless won, followed by Tanya in 1905 and most recently Rags to Riches in 2007.
Nest is 8-1 this morning, so it might be worth taking a few minutes tomorrow to see if she can become the fourth of her gender to win.
• There are two sporting events today involving teams from Boston, one that appeals to the national sports community and one that only excites the northeast and northwest corners.
The national event is, of course, Game 4 of the NBA Finals. The Warriors and Klay Thompson will need to step up the intensity and physicality if they want to tie the series at two games apiece. It won’t be easy, with Boston fans in turmoil after the Warriors complained about their language. As if that would dampen the invective coming from not-so-cheap seats.
Here in our little corner of the world, the visit of the Red Sox, which means T-Mobile will be filled with overweight people wearing David Ortiz jerseys, drinking beer and telling everyone within earshot that they grew up in Revere and have worshiped the Sox since 1992.
We all know the difference, don’t we? Most Boston fans joined the tea party when the Sox swept the Cardinals in 2004, ending nearly a century of drought.
The teams play night games tonight and Saturday as well as a 1 p.m. game on Sunday. It would be a great weekend to be in Seattle – or to sit in front of the TV.
• If you wish to express your solidarity with the PGA Tour millionaires – as opposed to the new Saudi-backed new golf league billionaires – you can watch the RBC Canadian Open on CBS. The final round is Sunday.
Or you can watch a group of millionaires in the making as college baseball hosts its Super Regionals this weekend, with half starting the series best-of-three today and the rest Saturday. ESPN, as you might expect, controls these events.
Or, if you still care about hockey, the two-time defending champion Lightning will try to shut down New York on Saturday night. ESPN will air it starting at 5 a.m. Of course we support Rangers. We don’t want Tampa Bay to win the title after cutting Tyler Johnson from Spokane last offseason.
We’re a little vindictive that way. And support our brothers in Spokane.
WSU: Last week was good for the Washington State and UW basketball teams. Jon Wilner recognizes it in this SR column. … He knows more about what happened in recent days in this Mercury News section. … Elsewhere in Pac-12 and college sports, USC Athletic Administration lost a showpiece this week. … In football news, June is all about recruiting everywhere, including Washington. … Oregon players have some new NIL possibilities. … Arizona State’s hardest hitter is also successful off the pitch. … sun devil fans would love to see the sporting director fired. … If the conference decides to move to eight games, would there be enough decent non-conference games available to make it viable? … In basketball news, a signer from Oregon does not head towards Eugene. With all the transfers and players remaining, Dior Johnson is going elsewhere. … Tad Boyle from Colorado found another part-time job. …the Arizona regents approved Tommy Lloyd’s new contract. … The wild cats also added a player to their roster. …In Baseball News, Resilient Oregon State is ready to welcome Auburn to its Super Regional.
Gonzaga: Kaden Perry’s back didn’t let him show what he was capable of last season. Or, in some cases, even let it move a lot. As Jim Meehan’s story tells us, he has had surgery, is feeling better and hopes to be back on the court in the near future. … The Zags begin their season Nov. 7 at home against South Florida. Theo Lawson has more on the news that leaked yesterday. … Elsewhere at CMC, coach The career of Mark Pope figured a lot long before coming to BYU.
EU: Cooper Kupp has a lot of “thanks” to pass on. About 75 million of them.
Indians: The trip to Eugene hasn’t just been an empty one so far, it’s a series in which Spokane is down three games late. Dave Nichols has this story about Thursday night’s 6-5, 11 inning loss.
Sailors: Larry Stone explains why the “big plate teeming with questions and puzzles” that is Seattle is still in the hunt for the playoffs. And always has been. … The M certainly get the attention of the Astros. … Throw the first pitch tonight caught the eye of ESPN’s Mina Kimes.
Seahawks: Pete Carroll spoke to the media yesterday on a host of topics. The strong points? Absence of DK MetcalfWhat Carroll said surprise him. The health of Chris Carson, who is not good. And the quarterback battle. … Others have their thoughts also on the minicamp.
Storm: A third of the season and Seattle has a few areas of concern.
Kraken: Seattle signed a Finnish striker on a two-year contract.
Golf: After we wrote about the LIV tournament yesterday, the PGA Tour issued a statement announcing that anyone playing there was suspended from the Tour. This means they cannot participate in tournaments (including the Ryder Cup, President’s Cup and PGA Championship) and lose their chance at the Fed-Ex Cup. There is a battle over people.
• We didn’t watch it, mostly because we knew it would happen, but Oklahoma won another softball world series last night. There’s no bigger dynasty in college sports right now. Until later …