Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Yeah, that Guardian piece on Spokane and Gonzaga is totally full of it

Posted By on Tue, Mar 14, 2017 at 2:27 PM

Despair and misery, everywhere you look! - DANIEL WALTERS PHOTO
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  • Despair and misery, everywhere you look!

You've probably already read the piece in the Guardian about Spokane. No, not the one about Rachel Dolezal. The one about how Gonzaga men's basketball became the one scrap of hope for the "struggling" city of Spokane.

It portrays Spokane as the equivalent of the town Dillon, Texas, in Friday Night Lights; a washed-up backwoods town racked by rural poverty and crime. Basketball is all we've got, man.

Now, to be fair, there are the seeds of a moving personal essay in here, about how the author 
Spokane has a lot more spirit than the Guardian gives us credit for. - DANIEL WALTERS PHOTO ILLUSTRATION
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  • Spokane has a lot more spirit than the Guardian gives us credit for.
— who graduated from Lewis & Clark High School in 2010 — has used talk about basketball to connect with his Zag-loving dad after his mother's death. In fact, he wrote an essay in Catapult in December that did just that, but refracting it through the sport of tennis instead of basketball.

But in the case of the Gonzaga basketball piece, his personal essay is buried under heaps of prose describing Spokane as a broken city that can only wring a few desperate drops of hope out of its college basketball team. It all reads a bit like conservative satirist David Burge's parody of liberal New York Times' reporters venture into the heart of darkness of the American Midwest.

Apparently, Spokane doesn't just see Mark Few as a darn good coach of a darn good basketball team. In this telling, we see Few as something close to a Messiah.

But that's not the big problem with it. The big problem is that the story is rife with inaccuracies, despite coming from a person who used to live in Spokane.

We'll tackle some of these discrepancies below:
But in the deeply conservative, largely rural, college-basketball-obsessed town of Spokane, Coach Few is the famous equivalent of about nine Larry Gagosians.
Let's set aside the question of whether fame is best measured in units of art dealer Larry Gagosian. Spokane is not "largely rural." Less than 14 percent of the county was considered rural in the 2010 census, and it's only grown since.

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Zags make cover of Sports Illustrated March Madness issue—see it here

Posted By on Tue, Mar 14, 2017 at 11:17 AM


Okay, so did everyone else, but it's pretty cool to see big Przemek Karnowski among the four players from the NCAA men's tournament's No. 1 seeds displayed so prominently on the cover.

The issue will hit newsstands on Thursday, the same day Gonzaga tips off against South Dakota State in Salt Lake City (the game is at 11 am Pacific, and airing on TBS), and the same day our new Zags-heavy Inlander hits the streets.

Here's a look at Sports Illustrated's full cover:
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Spokane's snow plan; McMorris Rodgers' healthcare stand; and morning headlines

Posted By on Tue, Mar 14, 2017 at 9:23 AM


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NEWS: STA bus drivers want a plexiglass shield to protect them from violent or angry passengers.

MUSIC: Paul Simon is coming to play a show at the Spokane Arena in June.

NEWS: Did you know Spokane Public Schools had a safety tip line? Probably not, which is why the district is "rebranding" it.

IN OTHER NEWS

Cathy McMorris Rodgers - CHRISTIAN WILSON
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Broken promise?
Remember how U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers once said that "no one who has coverage because of Obamacare today" will lose coverage? Well, the Congressional Budget Office released a report saying the House Republican plan to replace Obamacare would leave 14 million people uninsured by next year. (Spokesman-Review/New York Times)

We learned our lesson
The Spokane City Council voted last night to change its plan for snowplowing next winter. The plan calls for speedier snow removal and for the city to prioritize plowing downtown, near schools and hospitals. (Spokesman-Review)

Mumps still getting worse
You didn't think the mumps outbreak in Spokane was going away, did you? According to the Spokane Regional Health District, cases of mumps are still on the rise, with 269 verified cases in the county. (KXLY)

Searching for evidence
The House Intelligence Committee has asked the Department of Justice for evidence of President Donald Trump's claim that Barack Obama wiretapped him during the election. If no evidence is given by March 20, the committee threatened to use a "compulsory process."
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