Author Archives: Paul Williams
An idea for a college football playoff…beats the heck out of the New Year’s Day Bowls
First off, a happy New Year to everyone and thank you to all who read this blog. I wish the best of luck to you and your loved ones in 2014. As a sports fan a lot of my New Year’s Day is spent watching college football bowl games and my mind can’t help but […]
What did I miss while gone? Lots of stuff…and a great move by Little League
So I’m back after a much-needed vacation…turns out there’s a lot that happened in the local sports scene in the high schools (Camas’ heartbreaking loss in the state final), colleges (U-Dub drama…football coach leaves but the school ends up hiring a better one IMHO) and in the pros (the Mariners outspend the Yanks for a […]
Rivalry week (and the Washington one has the edge for once)!!!
For most of the state of Washington, the big college football game on fans’ radar this week is the Apple Cup pitting the University of Washington Huskies against the Washington State Cougars. This year’s version takes place the day after Thanksgiving at Husky Stadium. I do say most of the state because the county I […]
For every negative, there should be a positive (and then some)
I remember taking a management seminar class back when I was running a shoe store in the Vancouver Mall “BK” (which stands for “before kids”). The store is no longer there…which tells you about how good of a job I did. Anyway…the presenter stressed “positive/negative/positive” when dealing with employees…start out with something positive to say, […]
Bullying has no place in sports, and society
There are few issues in our schools that get my attention more than bullying. My two children have been bullied by adults and kids alike but the toughest thing about bullying is that no one can give a definition for it. What defines bullying? In my mind, it’s someone using or threatening to physically or […]
Wrestlers worth a look….
First off, happy Halloween to all of you. Whatever your plans are stay safe, be smart and enjoy the day!!! The rain outside reminds me of the changing of the guard (pun intended) of the sports seasons. The meaning of the guard position changes from a large individual who opens holes to a smaller individual […]
Lopsides games from a former coaches’ perspective…
I have three inspirations for my blog this week – one is the excellent article written by Paul Valencia outlining the similarities between success and income for area high school football teams. Another one is the rant by Oregon’s Nick Aliotti regarding Washington State’s attempt to get back into last Saturday’s game with the Ducks […]
Is a sports team’s nickname offensive? You make the call….literally.
There’s been a lot of press over the past few years regarding the nicknames of sports teams. National sportscaster Bob Costas last Sunday gave his two cents on the whole thing and labeled the nickname of the pro football team out of Washington D.C. “offensive”. I laughed to myself because there are a lot more […]
Ducks/Huskies football rivalry 2013 – the good, the bad, the ugly and the prediction (and all aren’t what you think)
One of my favorite sports is college football and the reason for that is the rivalries and passionate fan bases that you see all across the country. And one of the best and most underrated rivalries is the University of Oregon Ducks vs. the University of Washington Huskies. The 106th game in this rivalry takes […]
Toeing the line on high school boundary exceptions
I am the parent of an eighth-grader in the Evergreen School District. While it’s always best to “stay in the moment” when it comes to their education one can’t help but look ahead to next year and the start of high school. For me growing up it wasn’t that big of a deal. You went […]