Talking Points: Mariners need to follow Giants’ plan




We are curious if the Seattle Mariners management team has taken note of the recent success in San Francisco.

The Giants are in the World Series for the second time in three years. That would be the Giants team that hit the fewest home runs in the major leagues this season by a country mile. San Francisco hit a whopping 103 round-trippers in the regular season, 46 fewer than those vaunted M’s. We’re pretty sure they will not be moving in the fences in San Francisco.

The Giants ranked 12th in runs scored during the regular season, and won the National League West going away. Despite losing their closer to a season-ending injury and their best hitter to a suspension, today they play host to the Detroit Tigers to open the World Series.

Our point isn’t to rub it in the faces of M’s fans. Our point is this: If San Francisco can turn its spacious ballpark into a championship stage, Seattle fans deserve leadership able to turn Safeco into the home of a consistent contender.


The University of Oregon on Tuesday announced they have agreed to play football games against Ohio State in 2020 in Eugene and in 2021 in Columbus.

The Ducks are already scheduled to play Tennessee at home next season, and future home-and-away series with Michigan State, and with Texas A&M. Good news for fans of college football.

Before fans get too excited, remember that Kansas State backed out of a visit to Eugene this season, and that Georgia backed out of a two-game agreement with the Ducks.

Here’s hoping that the coming college football playoff encourages more marquee non-conference matchups. Of course, the way things are headed, by Sept. 20, 2020, the Buckeyes and Ducks will be rivals in some super-duper conference.


A vote of confidence often comes right before a change is made. But we believe Huskies coach Steve Sarkisian, who on Tuesday called the idea of replacing quarterback Keith Price “crazy.”

For one thing, the Huskies offensive line is a bigger problem than their turnover-prone QB.

Another thing, does anyone out there know who the backup is? (Answer: redshirt freshman Derrick Brown or true freshman Cyler Miles).