Talking Points: Charms of championships

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What’s the buzz from the world of sports? Here are some items that will have people talking:

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One of the charms of watching a team win a high school state championship is the hug line after the game.

Skyview girls basketball coach Jennifer Buscher must have handed out a hundred hugs to well-wishers Saturday as she made her way from the court to locker room. Prairie players and coaches did the same after their victory later that day.

It was a reminder that high school sports, at their best, remain a communal affair. The road to a championship is paved with thousands of car pools to practices and games, with help from parents and administrators, with countless people who just want to help young athletes grow and develop.

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And when you see those efforts rewarded with a title, it’s a reminder of the power of high school athletics.How do we know the wheels are coming off the Portland Trail Blazers? Well, news that Raymond Felton might return to the starting lineup is one indication.

The Blazers have dropped below .500 and have lost three games in a row, and it appears they might respond by turning to Felton. Yes, nothing says, “Play me!” like a .368 shooting percentage and 9.7 points a game.

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It’s a move that smacks of desperation, and it’s an indication of just how narrow the Blazers’ options are.The Seattle Seahawks have re-signed running back Marshawn Lynch, reportedly to a four-year deal worth $31 million, with $18 million guaranteed. Lynch has been a bright spot during his two years in Seattle, rushing for 1,204 yards and 12 touchdowns last season. The good news is, Seattle has avoided having a glaring hole in its offense. The bad news is that so many others remain.

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