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EXCERPT TWO FROM MR. TOWNSEND & THE POLISH PRINCE

By |2019-02-12T09:28:50+00:00February 12th, 2019|

Excerpt two recounts Purzycki's nightmarish first day on the job as Delaware State's head football coach. (Excerpt one, ICYMI, is right here.) The previous evening he had his final interview and while he knew he had done well, he also thought the school was going to hire another candidate. He was stunned when Townsend called and offered [...]

EXCERPT ONE FROM MR. TOWNSEND & THE POLISH PRINCE

By |2019-02-12T09:17:29+00:00February 4th, 2019|

  On November 8th, 1980, Delaware State College lost a football game to Portland State University by the astonishing score of 105 to 0. The loss (the largest of several lopsided defeats the Hornets suffered that year) led to school president Dr. Luna Mishoe ordering his athletic director Nelson Townsend to completely revamp the school's football [...]

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FREE POOL, CHEAP BEER, AND A GOOD JUKEBOX LEAD TO A LIFELONG LOVE

By |2017-04-07T15:41:22+00:00April 7th, 2017|

I moved to Seattle in June of 1991 and Renee followed in August. She arrived three days after a local band named Pearl Jam released their first record, Ten. That was merely a coincidence. Neither of us knew anything about the band and we were both focused on trying to get a foothold in a city [...]

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HASSELBECK LEAVES NFL WITH NO ESCORT NECESSARY

By |2016-03-09T11:30:38+00:00March 9th, 2016|

On an afternoon in Detroit in 2006 my producer Matt Muller and I were walking around the media center at Super Bowl XL when a security guard suddenly jumped in front of us and ordered us to halt. We could see and hear a great commotion as some star was making his way into the area. [...]

LOOKING FOR PERFECTION? DON’T START HERE

By |2016-02-08T18:46:34+00:00February 8th, 2016|

In the late 90s, a writer friend of mine was involved with the presentation of the Davey O’Brien award, a trophy given yearly to the top college football quarterback by an athletic club in Fort Worth, Texas. My friend had helped coordinate the voting by other writers and as a thank you he and his wife [...]

GREAT FIRST HALF! WHY IS EVERYONE LEAVING?

By |2015-11-10T07:39:25+00:00November 2nd, 2015|

I went to a really exciting playoff game the other night. There was a huge crowd, the game was nationally televised, and given that it was the first of November, the weather really cooperated. The road team got the homeboys down early, and that ended up having a wet blanket effect on things as fan behavior [...]

NEW HALL OF FAMER KASEY KELLER ALMOST DIDN’T BECOME A SOUNDER

By |2015-04-09T08:09:43+00:00April 8th, 2015|

(photo: Rod Mar) Lacey, Washington native Kasey Keller was elected to the National Soccer Hall of Fame today on the first ballot. The best player ever produced by the Evergreen State and one of the best Americans of all time, Keller spent the majority of his pro career playing in Europe. As his career [...]

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MORRIS TROPHY’S COLORFUL HISTORY BEFITS SEATTLE

By |2015-01-14T08:01:52+00:00January 14th, 2015|

On Thursday, January 15th, the Morris Trophy will be presented for the 35th time at a luncheon at the Washington Athletic Club in downtown Seattle. The award honors the top offensive lineman, and top defensive lineman, in the PAC 12 conference and is voted on by the players who play those positions. This year's winners are [...]

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