John McGrath

McGrath: A look at the ‘best’ of bowl season

The college football bowl season kicks off Saturday with six games.


McGrath: Strange new world for Seahawks as home underdogs

For only the 4th time in the Pete Carroll era, Seattle is a home underdog this Sunday vs. the Eagles.


McGrath: For openers, it was weak one for Seahawks, NFL

Lethargic games, such as the Packers plodding victory over the Seahawks, were…


M’s need new pitcher Leake to be their ace vs. Angels

Some 90 minutes into his initial appearance in a Seattle uniform, pitcher Mike Leake established a designation for himself: Mariners No. 1 starter.… Continue reading

Commentary: Maybe Seahawks’ Bennett should quit football

On the night he acknowledged the pregame national anthem by sitting alone on the bench, with a towel draped over his head, Michael Bennett insisted… Continue reading

Mariners not taking advantage of gift-wrapped schedule

The 2017 baseball schedule recently extended the Seattle Mariners what amounted to a mid-season lifeline: A 19-game stretch, with 16 of the games… Continue reading

McGrath: Too much, too soon for young closer Diaz?

Last August, the Seattle Mariners gave the most stressful job in baseball to a rookie who began the season as a Double-A starter. Edwin Diaz… Continue reading

After review, Servais says video official blew the call

The Mariners lost Sunday to the Houston Astros, 8-2, in a game precisely as boring as the score indicates. It lasted three hours… Continue reading

McGrath: Astros could challenge wins record of 2001 Mariners

Having made a mockery of a race that found them beginning the weekend with a 12.5 game lead in the A.L. West, the Houston Astros… Continue reading

Hernandez’s, Verlander’s marvelous careers mirror one another

Felix Hernandez and Justin Verlander share more than highly prized right arms that have earned them a combined $333.3 million. They made their MLB debuts… Continue reading

First-inning homer leads Blue Jays to 4-0 win over Mariners

Another largely partisan Toronto crowd was chanting “Let’s Go Blue Jays!” Sunday when Jose Bautista caught Mitch Haniger’s liner for the final out.… Continue reading

M’s use their top draft pick on first baseman from Kentucky

A few minutes before the Seattle Mariners made University of Kentucky first baseman Evan White their first-round draft choice Monday, the tense, almost… Continue reading

McGrath: Seahawks’ Rawls an uncommon man

Thomas Rawls seemed to be in a good mood Friday afternoon, although it’s hard to tell because… Continue reading

McGrath: Recent hot streak rescues Mariners from ‘rock bottom’

Not so long ago and yet very far away, the Mariners found themselves in a place manager Scott Servais described as “rock bottom.” Over an… Continue reading

McGrath: If there is in fact a rift, Seahawks aren’t showing it

A musical stew of hip-hop and grunge blared at the Seattle Seahawks practice field Friday afternoon. The lyrics were difficult to decipher, but… Continue reading

Commentary: Seahawks must move past Super Bowl loss

The most intriguing story of the NFL’s offseason figured to hinge on the aftermath of a catastrophic Super Bowl defeat. How would the losers regroup?… Continue reading

Injured, slumping Mariners head out for critical road trip

Seven weeks into a Seattle baseball season that went south before the team headed north, the Mariners have reached a crisis point. When they got… Continue reading

10 takeways from the Mariners’ first 10 games

Ten observations from the Seattle Mariners’ first 10 games: 1. Although it’s tempting to consider modifying the team’s motto from “Whatever It Takes” to “Whatever,”… Continue reading

Why come to Washington? For Fultz it’s all about the love

To appreciate the transcendent talent of Washington freshman Markelle Fultz is to understand that a typical high school basketball player’s chances of advancing… Continue reading