For the past five years, the Spokane Police Department has played a hockey game against the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office to raise funds for the Behind the Badge Foundation and Chiefs Care. The Behind the Badge Foundation honors and supports Washington state law enforcement personnel who have been seriously injured in the line of duty and their family members in the case of death. Chiefs Care provides continuing education for Spokane Chiefs players.
According to the hockey game founder, Bradley Moon, “It was supposed to be a one time deal. But, the Spokane Chiefs came back, thought it was a good event and wanted it to continue.”
The original game was played to provide support for the families of four Lakewood police officers killed in a coffee shop in 2009. The hockey game raises an average of $3,000 through a silent auction that takes place during the game.
This year, the Spokane Police Department won 5-1 in front of 800 people.
This weekend the Washington State football team took on Arizona and actually won. It was a big and necessary win to keep WSU’s bowl hopes alive. But if you were following the game on social media, you might have gotten the impression the whole point of the game was to get revenge on someone named Megan Coghlan.
Coghlan is the sports editor at the Arizona Daily Wildcat, the student newspaper, and she penned an essay for Yahoo Sports bashing the Cougs:
The possibility of Washington State beating Arizona this weekend does not keep me up at night. In fact, the chance of the Cougars having any sort of advantage over Arizona is not something I'll ever worry about. WSU, you should be worried.
Arizona has a lot to brag about, not just in football but in many areas. Let me count the ways.
First, I have yet to meet a legitimate Cougar fan. I may not live in Washington or spend much time there, but the Washington Husky fan base is serious business. Sorry to bring up a touchy subject, it can't be fun living in the shadow of your "rival" Washington. Your program just won't be as relevant as the famed Huskies. I'd like to say I understand what it's like to be the lesser in-state rival, but I can't relate.
When the Cougs actually won, Coghlan became the designated target of WSU fans’ celebratory rage. Fans found her Twitter account, forcing her to make it private. They found her on Instagram. They posted the college newsroom phone numbers for her and the editor-in-chief. Within the state, #MeganCoghlanSucks was briefly trending on Twitter. Someone made a not-very-funny parody Twitter account. Some tweets directed her way were absurd and generic enough to be more funny than mean. “Megan Coghlan listens to Nickelback.” “Megan Coghlan tells children Santa isn’t real.” “Megan Coghlan sucks more than Pac-12 refs.”
But a lot were just plain mean. Not even trying to be funny.
And there were some loyal Cougs who questioned whether this was a good idea. It’s done, they said, maybe it’s time to lay off.
But lots of people didn’t.
Now, I’m a lifelong Coug, so I know WSU fans don’t get much occasion to practice being good winners. And you know I’m loyal because this tweet from a so-called journalist made me pretty annoyed:
Asshole. Stay out of our business.
But he’s exactly right. WSU fans, you’re embarrassing yourself. You’re embarrassing all the rest of us. Do you get that she’s a real person? That she probably got assigned to write that essay? Do you get that angering you was the whole point?
And, worse, the abuse directed Coghlan’s way took a decidedly sexist turn. It’s totally possible a male writer would have gotten the same backlash, but he would not have been called a “slut,” an “ignorant bitch” and much worse.
“She asked for it.” “She had it coming.” You get that’s the language of rape apologists, right? She didn’t ask for anything. She wrote an essay, probably because someone else told her to, and then a whole bunch of other people play a football game. That’s how it’s supposed to work. And if Arizona had won, that would have been the end of it. So now I imagine most of the conference is saying, “Yeesh, good thing WSU doesn’t win more often.”
Fans who’ve been participating in this: It makes you look desperate. It makes you look like an ignorant pack of witch-burners. Most of all: It draws attention to the fact that you don’t have much experience with winning.
And all of you who somehow think this “ruins” her writing career? You’re completely wrong — unfortunately, “getting attacked by strangers on the Internet” is practically a job requirement these days for journalists with opinions (and some say a big reason we don't have more women writing opinion). Coghlan didn’t hide; she came back with this indignant but completely justified response to her weekend of abuse. I suspect (and hope) she’ll be fine. It’s you I’m worried about.
College basketball season is upon us, as you may have noticed on Saturday when the Zags met, and then promptly dispatched Bryant University.
Tonight, the Zags take on Colorado State here in Spokane at 6 pm. CSU made waves last season, earning their first national ranking in decades while advancing to the second round of the NCAA tournament.
It's going to be a nice first challenge for a Zags squad that looked solid on Saturday night, especially considering the amount of talent that went to the NBA (and wherever Mike Hart went) in the off season.
Tonight's game is part of an outrageous made-for-TV tradition over at ESPN that features more than 24 hours of nonstop basketball on the company's family of stations. Want to get a look at the Zags WCC rival BYU? Tune in at 8 pm to ESPN2 to see them take on Stanford. Or maybe you want to size up this year's St. Mary's squad? They're playing Akron at midnight, also on ESPN2.
And that pesky Wichita St. club that ruined GU's season last March? They play Western Kentucky at 10 pm. If you can't sleep, I recommend sitting in front of ESPN2 at 4 am to see Florida Gulf Coast in all of their dunking glory against Hartford. That game is being played live on the East Coast at 7 in the morning local time. They might as well play in their pajamas.
Brew the coffee. It's time for an all-nighter.
If you're a Spokane Shock fan still reeling from our orange-clad boys' loss last weekend that kept them out of tomorrow's Arena Bowl, allow us to distract you.
Next season, it's possible, if not likely, that the Shock could be lining up against a team not just owned by the legendarily face-painted, leather-clad, tongue-unrolling, firework-loving, platform shoe-adorning rock band KISS, but actually named KISS.
That's right. Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley and the rest of the crew have purchased a team they will call the L.A. KISS, that is set to begin play next spring in Anaheim — which, for the record, is a city of its own that is not in L.A. at all. But whatever. This is a football team named after (and owned by!) a glam-rock band, so quibbling over geographical nuances is irrelevant at this point.
Season tickets for the fledgling arena team's inaugural season start at $99, which includes tickets to see KISS in concert, thus reminding most of the people reading this that KISS still plays concerts.
After playing a hard-foughtgame, contending with the scorching sun and coming up against at-capacityrestaurants, a place to sit in downtown Spokane was a coveted gem this pastweekend. Many folks found their way to the Redwagon Meadow in Riverfront Park. There,hundreds sat and marveled at the acrobatics being performed by some of the mostunique athletes in the world.
The SlacklineWorld Cup at Hoopfest was a great success, as people stayed through long hours of the day to watch the likes of Andy Lewis, Gappai and Alex Mason fly high on the slackline. Many spectators took to the line themselves and received tips from the pros. The competition encouraged an energetic atmosphere, and Gibbon was handing out free gear between justabout every match. I wouldn't be surprised to see them back for Hoopfest 2014.
You can check out a video of some of the finals action here.
Spokane hoops fans will have their eyes on the draft board this evening as Gonzaga's own Kelly Olynyk, who announced this spring that he'd forego a redshirt senior season to play pro ball, waits to hear where he'll start his NBA career. NBADraft.net currently has him as the #17 pick and headed to Atlanta in their latest mock draft.
The draft begins tonight at 4:30 pm on ESPN.
Earlier this week, Olynyk and his long, luscious Canadian hair, sat down with Bill Simmons and Jalen Rose of ESPN's Grantland.com for a "job interview." Check out the video and see how he did. Personally, I'd hire him, but we don't have much use for post moves and dunks in the newspaper business.
This year’s Bloomsday Results Booklet, produced by The Inlander, is hitting newsstands today. You’ll be able to find one wherever you typically pick up The Inlander, and don’t wait too long — they typically go pretty quickly.
It’s not all results — the booklet also has photos from the race and stories by our staff writers about the new Bloomsday headquarters, the T-shirt designs, the Junior Bloomsday race and some notable runners.
You can also get a copy here at Inlander HQ or directly from the Lilac Bloomsday Association office at 1414 N. Belt St. If you need a copy mailed to you, call the Bloomsday office at 509-838-1579 and they’ll send you one for $3 to cover postage and handling.
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