THE CHEAP SEATS with STEVE CAMERON: A sporty feast after dinner

No, we are not looking for events here.

Promoters can handle their own gigs.

That said…

This is one hell of a weekend for sport in our corner of the world.

Let’s start with Saturday night’s Apple Cup, because there are two rocking programs that will turn heads at the Pullman — with all sorts of pride, revenge, bowl assignments and all that entails.

Washington is roaring with a 9-2 record, a potential NFL quarterback in Michael Penix Jr. and steam is still coming out of the dogs’ ears after beating Wazzu a year ago.

And yes …

There was the matter of Cougs fans swarming the field at Husky Stadium planting Ol’ Crimson at the 50-yard line.

U-Dub trainer Kalen DeBoer (who just signed a two-year contract extension) has tried to pretend Wazzu, downing the Huskies’ precious weed up the butt, was barely mentioned this time – but every time, when he says it, his nose seems to get longer.


DeBoer hasn’t made friends in the Coug Nation, mostly by implying that HIS university would handle the win with some class.

You know, more than those hillbillies from over the mountain.


Meanwhile, Wazzu and his own “almost new” coach, Jake Dickert, have progressed with a three-game winning streak – and they’re already in the bowl with a 7-4 record.

Also juicy…

UW’s strength (his offense and particularly his passing) is compared to a Cougs defense, which tops virtually every category in the Pac-12.

U-Dub has already complained about the fact that this is a night game, suggesting an inconvenience for its fans – but actually meaning Penix and co. would much rather toss the ball around in the warmer time of day.

What would the Apple Cup be without a couple of snipers on either side?

Great fun, but…

only if you win

There is still so much going on in the next few days.

The Seahawks face off against a surprise resurgent Raiders squad on Sunday.

Sitting 6-4 in a tie with the 49ers on the NFC West, Seattle pretty much knows San Francisco is healthy and gaining momentum now.

If the surprise Hawks are to continue their hunt for a playoff berth, games like this – against Las Vegas (3-7) at Lumen Field – fall into the must-win category.

By kickoff though, we’ll all have a nice warm spot in our hearts for the Raiders for being kind enough to sweep Denver in a couple of AFC West bottom battles – and helping make those Broncos draft decisions (of Seattle held) to make this week look better.

We’ll address the mayhem surrounding Russell Wilson — and the rumor that he’s accidentally called the Seahawks playing the line of scrimmage for the Broncos — at another time, okay?

But smile that it’s Denver that’s contracted to Danger Russ through 2028.

Back at the ranch…

The Seahawks can’t afford to take Vegas lightly, with only one of the Raiders’ seven losses yielding more than a single point.

These guys tend to create some drama.

We mentioned earlier that one of the few positive things Geno Smith hasn’t taken far this season is winning a game with magic in the dying minutes.

With the Raiders specializing in this type of final, Geno could get a chance this weekend.

You have to watch TV.

SOMETHING else to watch over the next few days is how Gonzaga fares at the Phil Knight Legacy Invitational.

We don’t really have a decent sample size on the Zags yet, and it’s a little crazy that they got totally blown out in Texas at 19 — and then went back to Spokane at 16 to pound Kentucky.


(As of this writing, we do not know the outcome of the Zags’ dispute with Portland State on Thanksgiving night. However, unless this is a fairly routine affair, Mark Few may have more worries than we thought.)

Gonzaga will draw either Purdue or West Virginia in the PKI and then take the next round from there.

The Zags still have important questions about who will lead the offense and whether the whole gang can take care of the basketball.

In that 88-72 win over Kentucky, the Zags pulled off the amazing feat of winning easily despite recording just eight assists on 31 field goals.

They’ve also had 18 turnovers (they’ve averaged a whopping 17 per game so far), and that assist turnover thing is NOT some Gonzaga style basketball that we’re used to.

To use a nice, familiar phrase, the Zags need to clean up their act.

ALONGSIDE collegiate and pro soccer – and basketball provided by Gonzaga and an all-new Wazzu team – today there’s a World Cup soccer showdown between the USA and England, and plenty more action from the tournament in Qatar that fans in reached all parts of the world.

Oh, and hey, the Kraken are off to a great start (they’d be in the playoffs if things started today) and they’re embarking on a bumpy road trip to Vegas and Anaheim this weekend.

However, if you like ice hockey, this second season may offer you a real treat.

Rookie Matty Beniers was everything the Kraken-Brass could have hoped for and goalie Martin Jones, well…

Let’s say he was a pleasant surprise.


what else is going on

Not sure but my time is officially booked now.

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Steve Cameron’s ‘Cheap Seats’ column appears in The Press four times a week, usually Tuesday through Friday.

Steve suggests you take his opinion in the spirit of a Jimmy Buffett song: “Breathe In, Breathe Out, Move On.”


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