1. College Basketball: Dear Northwestern, Hire Brad Stevens Right Now

    Dear Northwestern, Elliott Smith, Class of 1997 here, making a small request as my beloved alma mater wraps up another disappointing basketball season for about the 70th year in a row...

    Elliott Smith Written by Elliott Smith about over 3 years ago 362 reads 4 comments

  2. Mariners Make Rash, Wrong Move in Firing Wakamatsu

    Make no mistake, this Mariners season has been a disaster in every way, but making Don Wakamatsu the fall guy is the kind of shortsighted thinking left to the dregs of baseball, not a supposedly forward-thinking franchise like the M’s...

    Elliott Smith Written by Elliott Smith about almost 4 years ago 972 reads 11 comments

  3. Cliff Lee's As Good As Gone

    The assorted scouts who assembled at Safeco Field on Wednesday to watch another gem from Cliff Lee had to be foaming at the mouth in anticipation of what the ace could bring to their ...

    Elliott Smith Written by Elliott Smith about 4 years ago 1,124 reads 2 comments

  4. The Kid Says Goodbye: Ken Griffey, Jr. Retires

    We didn’t want it to end this way. We wanted "Junior," "The Kid," "The Man Who Saved Baseball in Seattle." We wanted one more laser-fast whip of the bat. We wanted one more smooth shot into the right field seats...

    Elliott Smith Written by Elliott Smith about 4 years ago 156 reads 0 comments

  5. LeBron James' Best Bet Is the New Jersey Nets

    As soon as the clock ran out on another bitter playoff disappointment for the Cleveland Cavaliers, another countdown began – one that will shape the future of the NBA for the next decade...

    Elliott Smith Written by Elliott Smith about 4 years ago 1,186 reads 1 comments

  6. Stuck Between the Thunder and a Hard Place: Why I Can't Root For Oklahoma City

    In theory, the Oklahoma City Thunder represent all that is good about the NBA—a young, aggressive and hungry team built from scratch that’s willing to do whatever it takes ...

    Elliott Smith Written by Elliott Smith about over 4 years ago 1,245 reads 7 comments

  7. Seattle Seahawks make Mockery of Rooney Rule

    What is the point of having a rule to promote minority hiring if no one takes it seriously? The Seahawks are the latest team to flout the Rooney Rule, offering a half-hearted attempt to comply ...

    Elliott Smith Written by Elliott Smith about over 4 years ago 2,135 reads 17 comments

  8. Mariners say, Nah, We'll Keep Our Enigma

    According to SI baseball writer Jon Heyman, the Mariners reportedly quashed a deal that would have sent Brandon Morrow and Shawn Kelley to the Tigers for right-handed starter Edwin Jackson...

    Elliott Smith Written by Elliott Smith about over 4 years ago 570 reads 17 comments

  9. Chasing the ghosts at Notre Dame

    Over the past few days, I’ve had a handful of people ask me whether or not I thought Notre Dame should or would fire Charlie Weis at the end of the season...

    Elliott Smith Written by Elliott Smith about over 4 years ago 346 reads 6 comments

  10. The UFL: Not a Total Train Wreck, But Still…

    So, out of a morbid curiosity combined with being a sucker for doomed football leagues, I tuned into the debut of the United Football League on Saturday night, when the New York Sentinels and Florida Tuskers (?) faced off for gridiron glory...

    Elliott Smith Written by Elliott Smith about almost 5 years ago 463 reads 1 comments

  11. Trade deadline a Wash for M's

    The trade deadline came and went Friday, and as expected, the Mariners dealt Jarrod Washburn away. Perhaps the only surprising thing was the team to which he was traded—the Detroit Tigers...

    Elliott Smith Written by Elliott Smith about almost 6 years ago 166 reads 4 comments

  12. The East Coast-West Coast debate

    I’m about to embark on a 10-day trip back home to Virginia, which means keeping up with the Seattle Mariners will be as difficult as if they were playing on Mars...

    Elliott Smith Written by Elliott Smith about 5 years ago 276 reads 0 comments

  13. My Seattle MLS Experience: Sounders FC vs. DC United

    If there’s one thing the powers that be here at Outside The Press Box can decide on, it’s a general disinterest in soccer...

    Elliott Smith Written by Elliott Smith about 5 years ago 592 reads 21 comments

  14. Baltimore Orioles-Seattle Mariners: Torture, One Hit at a Time

    It always hurts when the Mariners play Baltimore, but tonight Seattle fans will feel a special kind of pain...

    Elliott Smith Written by Elliott Smith about 5 years ago 204 reads 4 comments

  15. David Stern: O Dark Lord, Why Hast Thou Forsaken Me?

    Please tell me why. I have been nothing but a loyal servant to you during my 25 years as NBA commissioner, per our deal. I rigged the lottery back in 1985. I got those scary black guys to look presentable...

    Elliott Smith Written by Elliott Smith about 5 years ago 366 reads 2 comments

  16. A journey into La-La Land

    I am heading down to Los Angeles tomorrow for a quick family trip during what should be quite an interesting weekend for the Los Angeles sports fans. The Lakers in the Western Conference Finals and the Freeway Series between the Dodgers and Angels...

    Elliott Smith Written by Elliott Smith about 5 years ago 159 reads 1 comments

  17. Paging Kobe and Artest From the Department of Sore Losers

    Well, it looks like the Lakers have finished toying around with the Rockets in the Western Conference semis, and Thursday's Game 6 will likely spell the end for a feisty Houston team that is too inconsistent to win without Yao Ming in the middle...

    Elliott Smith Written by Elliott Smith about 5 years ago 195 reads 1 comments

  18. Manny's a cheater. So is A-Rod. Why do we care?

    When the news broke that everyone's favorite dreadlocked slugger, Manny Ramirez, had been suspended for 50 games after testing positive for a banned substance, we were immediately greeted ...

    Elliott Smith Written by Elliott Smith about 5 years ago 107 reads 2 comments

  19. Are the Mariners an April Mirage?

    The first month of the baseball season is in the books with the Seattle Mariners among the league's biggest surprises, sitting atop the AL West with a 13-9 mark...

    Elliott Smith Written by Elliott Smith about over 5 years ago 110 reads 6 comments

  20. Five MLB Players in Need of a “Crank”-Style Rejuvenation

    In honor of the amazingly over-the-top film Crank: High Voltage, which stars the kick-ass Jason Statham as Chev Chelios, a man who must keep his electric heart beating by subjecting ...

    Elliott Smith Written by Elliott Smith about over 5 years ago 78 reads 0 comments

  21. In NHL, It's Finally Time to Pay Attention

    I can't say I'm the world's biggest hockey fan—I got into it mainly through playing NHL '93 on the Sega Genesis—but I try my best to keep up with the sport, despite its terrible TV ...

    Elliott Smith Written by Elliott Smith about over 5 years ago 45 reads 0 comments

  22. Coach, Will u b My Facebook Friend?

    When I first found out that Steve Sarkisian was Twittering, my immediate thought was sympathy for the poor athletic department lackey who had to pretend to be the new University of Washington football coach...

    Elliott Smith Written by Elliott Smith about over 5 years ago 192 reads 3 comments

  23. Brandon Morrow Mistake Continues To Haunt Seattle Mariners

    Selective hindsight is a given when it comes to sports, allowing us to be prescient about the relative success or failure of players and teams after the fact...

    Elliott Smith Written by Elliott Smith about over 5 years ago 508 reads 7 comments

  24. Gonzaga-North Carolina: The Most Important Game in Gonzaga History

    Over the past decade, Gonzaga has become the preeminent mid-major in college basketball, a well-deserved title after years of keeping up with the big boys—and often beating them at their own game...

    Elliott Smith Written by Elliott Smith about over 5 years ago 367 reads 2 comments

  25. Why the U.S. Will Never Win the World Baseball Classic

    Ichiro helped the Japanese team win its second consecutive World Baseball Classic championship Monday. The win sent its players into a joyous celebration and lifted the spirits of entire country...

    Elliott Smith Written by Elliott Smith about over 5 years ago 192 reads 1 comments