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As Oregon began to slowly pull away from Washington State on Saturday night in Pullman, the Fox announcing crew of Tim Brando and Spencer Tillman began to discuss such subjects as playoff berths and matchups.
Everything is different about 2020. Even Pac-12 football. On television.
It was some 70 years or so before Black Americans were allowed to play in what is now known as Major League Baseball. And it’s been another 73 years since Jackie Robinson broke through that color barrier with the Brooklyn Dodgers.
It usually takes a quarter of a season to discern the quality of a major league baseball team. In any normal year, that is about 40 games. In 2020, it’s 15.
It’s over. The Mariners found a way to win at Minute Maid Park.
Baseball purists will tell you fantasy baseball dates back to the 1980s, when Rotisserie became all the rage. They are wrong.
Yes, the West Coast Conference is improved this year. It might even be the best it’s ever been. But second-ranked Gonzaga is still the king.
No matter what you think of Vitale, beneath all the “babys” and the “PTPers” is a knowledgeble basketball mind. You would expect nothing less from a former college and NBA coach. And when the game is close, Vitale has the sense to display it.
Every game between now and the end of the season – whenever that is in the NCAA Tournament – matters.
After all, Heister was already doing play-by-play while Morrison was wearing No. 3 at GU early in the century. Dickau had recently graduated, carrying an All-American plaque with him. And Fox? He was one of Morrison’s teammates. No announcing crew knows him better or could tell his story better.
The upsets kept coming Saturday, as the Nos. 1 (Baylor), 2 (Gonzaga) and 4 (San Diego State) teams all fell.
There are a few things you can count on when you sit down to watch a college basketball game on your big screen. There will be three officials. Each team will put five players on the court. Duke will get every close call. And the broadcast team will include one person doing the play-by-play.
All game long, ESPN’s Roxy Bernstein and Corey Williams kept harping on something every Gonzaga fan knows as well as the names of their children.
As good as the Zags played, and they did, dominating on offense and defense in winning 90-60, the pair of Dave Flemming and Sean Farnham, was just as good.
When Gonzaga fans programmed the Zags’ Thursday night game into their DVR, they may have done it with a bit of trepidation.
You knew it would happen at some point. A poor shooting day. Foul trouble. A decently loud home crowd.
The music CBS plays headed to a break is the same it uses during March Madness, a name it has copyrighted.
Rarely does a college basketball team get through a season without making a change or two in the starting lineup.
For Klay Thompson, whose No. 1 jersey will now fly in the Beasley Coliseum rafters for perpetuity, it seems like only yesterday he was wandering the Pullman streets, enjoying the nightlife, helping to fill Beasley Coliseum and banging the drum for Washington State.
Santa Clara entered Thursday night’s matchup with top-ranked Gonzaga sporting a 15-3 record and the West Coast Conference’s second-best league record.