Talking Points: No Twittering in Pullman

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Twitter is no more for the Washington State football team. The decision was made Tuesday, coach Mike Leach said, to ban his players from the social media site, effective immediately.

“Quite frankly, if after today you see anything on Twitter from our team,” Leach said, “and I don’t care if it says, ‘I love life,’ I would like to see it because I will suspend them.”

So, what prompted this decision?

“Because I decided to, that’s what prompted that,” Leach said.

WSU athletic director Bill Moos supported Leach and said some “vulgar’’ tweets written by Cougar players had been brought to his attention earlier in the day.

Moos said the Cougars need to “… keep our focus on the task at hand, and that’s getting things done academically and building this program.”

Kudos to Leach.

One suggestion: Extend the ban to Facebook, the other tool for the self-absorbed.

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“Bark for Sark’’ T-shirts at the University of Washington bookstore are not such a hot sell any more.

Washington’s 52-17 loss to Arizona dropped coach Steve Sarkisian’s record to 22-23 at UW, the first time he has had a losing record at Washington since early in the 2011 season.

It also elicited what might have been the first widespread fan dissatisfaction regarding the direction of the program since Sarkisian took over in 2009. Sarkisian’s contract goes through the 2015 season, and every assistant on the staff has a contract through at least 2013.

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Sometimes, you can only wonder how the people in positions of power and authority can get so disconnected with the ordinary folk. Or, in this example, the Mariners’ management raising ticket prices for 2013.

It may be labeled a “multifaceted price restructuring,’’ but the M’s are not doing this to lower revenues. The Seattle Times reports full-season plans will rise as much as 6.9 percent in some sections, while 40-game weekend packages are up anywhere from 3.7 percent to 10.6 percent in the more desirable main-level locations.

This coming from a team with three consecutive last-place finishes and only one player truly exciting to watch, who only plays every fifth game.

The Times also reported none of the literature sent to season-ticket holders indicated costs were going up.

In fairness, a small number of seats remain nearly unchanged, and some second-deck seats down the foul lines actually decrease 3 percent.

Talking Points is wondering: Is this the prelude to signing a free agent or two who can ... ahh ... uumm ... actually hit?

Yeah, sure.