Afternoon musings: Mariners find pitching help; Ducks get even fancier

Posted by ESPN.com's Ted Miller

Stuff for your drive home. But, please, don't read and drive.

  • Washington State football coach Paul Wulff will throw out the ceremonial first pitch tonight at scenic Safeco Field with the Red Sox in Seattle to hammer, er, play the hapless Mariners. First pitch is scheduled for 7:10 p.m. (PST). Wulff also will chat with Fox Sports Northwest's Brad Adam during the pre-game show, an interview I'm sure Adam is looking forward to considering how dour and unhappy the Ms clubhouse is (hey, I can be snarky about this because I suffered through commenting on this franchise for a few years). Wulff follows WSU hoops coach Tony Bennett, who threw out the first pitch for an Mariners game on June 8, 2006.

  • A report from Todd Doxey's funeral. The former Oregon defensive back drowned on July 13 and was buried in San Diego Monday.

  • Conquest Chronicles frets over USC's underachieving receivers. Two thoughts on this: 1.) No question this much talent should have done more last year; 2.) I have a hunch so strong I'm tempted to call it an iron-clad lock that the Trojans receivers will finish 2008 as good as any unit in the nation. Why? Because the group will combine experienced vets (Patrick Turner, Vidal Hazelton) with talented and hungry youngsters/newcomers (frosh Brice Butler, transfer Damian Williams, sophomore Ronald Johnson). In other words, produce or get out of the way -- that's how USC did things in 2003, 2004 and 2005, when young players opted not to act their age. Oh, and toss QB Mark Sanchez's often painful experiences last year -- that will pay off in 2008.

  • Are you just DYING to see UCLA's new media guide cover? Of course you are, so LA Daily News writer Brian Dohn obliges. Guess who's on the cover? Wrong. A few of the comments are fairly amusing. Can't we all just get along?

  • Missed this before: Molly Yanity looks into how the Washington Huskies coaches spend their offseason. The short answer: Working. But Molly does a nice job of breaking down the month-to-month.

  • What happens when the Spokesman Review of Spokane, WA., asks its readers to do a Pac-10 preseason poll? Well, for one, Washington finishes last and the Cougars don't.

  • And here's a different take on the Pac-10 poll from the Orange County Register.

  • Rob Moseley has confirmed rumors of a new video scoreboard being built at Autzen Stadium. Apparently, Oregon was worried it was falling behind in the facilities race (ha ha). Here's a droll observation:

"I don't know the exact specifications yet; Oregon State's year-old scoreboard is 30 feet by 120 feet and billed as largest in the Pac-10, and I don't think the area of Oregon's new one will beat that. [UPDATE (4:05 p.m.): According to Joe Palmer, executive producer at OSN, the new screen is 33 feet by 89 feet. Although OSU's total scoreboard is bigger, it sounds like Oregon's actual video screen is bigger. Paging Dr. Freud ...]"