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The SunBreak

Eddie Vedder and Dave Grohl Play Surprise Encore at Mike Watt ...

Grunge lives! Eddie Vedder, Dave Grohl, and Pat Smear joined Mike Watt and his band for an encore tonight at the Triple Door. It was the second encore. Confidential to the people who left at the end of Watt's set of rock opera: You are bad at life.

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We Have No Team, But Seattle is the NBA's Most Fertile Training ...

When Garfield High grad Will Conroy joined the Houston Rockets last month, he became the ninth player from a Seattle high school to play for an NBA team this season. This from the 25th largest city in America. Started me wondering–where does Seattle rank as far as sending players to the NBA? The answer: second. Only Chicago (13) has had more players go from city high schools to the League. Amazing in itself, but even more striking when you look at the numbers by population. There, 206 fertility becomes even more clear. Graph!   That’s right–among large cities, Seattle is [...]

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Friday Night Lights in Small-Town Washington

Last Friday night, while you were enjoying your wine bar or experimental theater or ginormous music festival, I went in search of the pleasures of small-town America: A Friday night high school rivalr...

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Marshawn Lynch's Game-Saving Shimmy | The SunBreak

Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch, auteur of the most exciting run in team history, today busted out the sickest juke this Hawks fan has ever seen. The play not only left one of the NFL's greate...

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Do the Seahawks Have a Top Secret Motto? | The SunBreak

The keenest observers of NFL football--Vegas oddsmakers--were so repulsed by the Seahawks' performance, they've made them the biggest underdogs in the NFL this week: The Hawks are 15-1/2 point unde...

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Do You Make More Than a Seattle Sounder? | The SunBreak

For some comparison, the minimum salary in Major League Baseball is $414,000. The minimum NFL salary is $325,000. Five Sounders will make just $32,604 in 2011. Roger Levesque, who has scored some o...

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Garfield and Woodinville Perform Annual Basketball “Game” | The ...

The high schools of the Seattle/Eastside Kingco League have this strange ritual, which future anthropologists will struggle to understand. In the fall, the Eastsiders destroy the Seattleites in foo...

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Glad Company: Mary Poppins' Outrageous Sets and Delirious ...

A Seattle stage will hold 11,000 pounds over the next few weeks. No, I'm not talking about Sinbad's appearance at the Emerald Queen. Instead I refer to the main set for the national tour of Mary Po...

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Grudge Match It's Not, But Seattle vs. UW Basketball Should Be Fun ...

If you want an idea of just how fierce the basketball rivalry between the University of Washington and Seattle University has gotten, know that this morning, on the day of the game between the two ...

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Husky Quarterback Keith Price Feels Neither Pain Nor Pressure ...

Price may not be better than Locker, but he's sure playing like it. Last week’s Husky game against Nebraska provided an interesting chance for comparison. The Huskies played Nebraska twice last sea...

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Late Husky Legend Ron Holmes' Greatest Play | The SunBreak

Ron Holmes, who may have been the greatest defensive player in Washington football history, died at age 48 on Thursday. A high school basketball star who was recruited as a linebacker, Holmes retai...

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Manchester United 7, Sounders 0: Not As Bad As It Looks | The ...

People all over the world will look at tonight's Manchester United/Sounders FC score and...well, laugh their asses off, probably. As far as final scores go, this is the most humiliating margin for ...

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Metro League Tuesday: Blanchet Band Entertains, Blanchet Hoops ...

Maybe you know the old joke about the Chicago Cubs: “Anyone can have a bad century.” For Bishop Blanchet High basketball, it hasn’t gotten quite that bad. But it has been a pretty...

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Metro League Tuesday: Chaos Defeats Order | The SunBreak

O’Dea’s student section: Note “ref guy,” “condom hat guy,” and “golf breeches guy.” So you have O’Dea. An all-boys Catholic high school. Their ...

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Metro League Tuesday: Tony Wroten and Other Dangers in the ...

Garfield High, ground zero of Seattle’s Central District, has a reputation as a dangerous place. This reputation is well-founded! Where else is one confronted by roving bands of pre-teen vend...