Seattle Sidelines

Funko phenomenon alive and well at the ballpark

Combining baseball and Pop! culture, Funko Fridays at Funko Field in Everett are a sight to behold.

 

The United States’ Megan Rapinoe runs to teammates after the team won the Women’s World Cup final soccer match between US and The Netherlands at the Stade de Lyon in Decines, outside Lyon, France, Sunday, July 7, 2019. (AP Photo/Claude Paris)

POLL RESULTS: Bird gets the nod as household’s biggest icon

Nearly four-fifths of voters chose the Sue Bird over partner Megan Rapinoe as the greater sports star.

 

The Seattle Storm’s Sue Bird stands during the national anthem wearing Megan Rapinoe’s USWNT jersey before the game against the Los Angeles Sparks at Angel of the Winds Arena on Friday, June 21, 2019 in Everett, Wash. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

POLL: Who’s been greater, Megan Rapinoe or Sue Bird?

The Seattle sports power couple includes an icon of soccer and an icon of basketball.

 

Mariners stink, but rebuilding plan off to good start

For the first time in a long time, Seattle’s future looks bright.

Seattle Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto answers questions during the annual pre-spring training media event, Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019 in Seattle. (Steve Ringman/The Seattle Times via AP)

POLL RESULTS: Readers unimpressed by Mariners’ rebuild

More than 70 percent of voters gave Seattle a C or worse for the first half-season of rebuilding.

Seattle Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto answers questions during the annual pre-spring training media event, Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019 in Seattle. (Steve Ringman/The Seattle Times via AP)
The Seattle Mariners’ Daniel Vogelbach, left, congratulates Domingo Santana on Santana’s two-run home run against the Houston Astros during the sixth inning of a baseball game Wednesday, June 5, 2019, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

POLL: How are the Mariners doing in their rebuild?

With half the season now over, what grade do you give Seattle in executing its rebuilding process?

The Seattle Mariners’ Daniel Vogelbach, left, congratulates Domingo Santana on Santana’s two-run home run against the Houston Astros during the sixth inning of a baseball game Wednesday, June 5, 2019, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Patterson: Tips’ Kindopp a prime example of player growth in WHL

The Silvertips’ winger grew on and off the ice during his time in Everett.

Tyler Tanner races at Evergreen Speedway. (Evergreen Speedway photo)

POLL RESULTS: No consensus on a Summer Showdown winner

Evergreen Speedway’s premier event is Sunday, and no driver received more than 28 percent of the vote.

Tyler Tanner races at Evergreen Speedway. (Evergreen Speedway photo)
A race flagger signals the drivers before the start of the Street Stocks race during the Summer Showdown at the Evergreen Speedway on Saturday, June 30, 2018 in Monroe, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

POLL: Who’s your pick to prevail at Summer Showdown?

Evergreen Speedway’s premier race for Super Lake Models takes place this weekend.

A race flagger signals the drivers before the start of the Street Stocks race during the Summer Showdown at the Evergreen Speedway on Saturday, June 30, 2018 in Monroe, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Hughes’ return to Storm bench in Everett was pleasure to see

The best thing that happened for the Storm in Everett was being able to welcome their head coach back.

Seattle Seahawks linebacker Bobby Wagner, right, talks with defensive coordinator Ken Norton Jr. during an NFL football practice Tuesday, May 21, 2019, in Renton, Wash. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

POLL RESULTS: Give Bobby Wagner the contract he wants

More than half the voters say the Seahawks should offer the All-Pro LB a long-term guaranteed extension.

Seattle Seahawks linebacker Bobby Wagner, right, talks with defensive coordinator Ken Norton Jr. during an NFL football practice Tuesday, May 21, 2019, in Renton, Wash. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
Seattle Seahawks linebacker Bobby Wagner (54) during an NFL football game against the Arizona Cardinals, Sunday, Sept. 30, 2018, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

POLL: How should the Seahawks handle Bobby Wagner’s contract?

Seattle still needs to sort out an extension for its All-Pro middle linebacker.

Seattle Seahawks linebacker Bobby Wagner (54) during an NFL football game against the Arizona Cardinals, Sunday, Sept. 30, 2018, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)
Mark Krulish/Kitsap News Group Port Angeles’ Kiana Watson-Charles pitches against North Kitsap.

POLL RESULTS: No need for softball pitch limits

Nearly two-thirds of voters say limiting a pitcher’s use in softball is unnecessary.

Mark Krulish/Kitsap News Group Port Angeles’ Kiana Watson-Charles pitches against North Kitsap.

POLL: Should softball have pitch limits?

Unlike baseball, there are no pitch limits in softball, allowing pitchers to throw multiple games a day.

‘Kraken’ appears very much alive in NHL nickname competition

That’s what Herald columnist Nick Patterson gleaned from Seattle expansion team’s new website.

Golden State Warriors center DeMarcus Cousins (0) looks to the referee for a foul during the first quarter of Game 3 of the 2019 NBA Finals against the Toronto Raptors on June 5, 2019 at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California. (Chris Victorio | Special to S.F. Examiner)

POLL RESULTS: Voters expect Golden State to three-peat

Nearly two-thirds of responders picked the Warriors to beat Toronto in the NBA finals.

Golden State Warriors center DeMarcus Cousins (0) looks to the referee for a foul during the first quarter of Game 3 of the 2019 NBA Finals against the Toronto Raptors on June 5, 2019 at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California. (Chris Victorio | Special to S.F. Examiner)
Toronto Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard (2) looks for a way out under pressure from Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) and teammate Klay Thompson (11) during the first half of Game 2 of the NBA Finals in Toronto on Sunday, June 2, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn

POLL: Which team claims the NBA championship?

The Golden State Warriors and Toronto Raptors are tied 1-1 in the best-of-seven series.

Toronto Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard (2) looks for a way out under pressure from Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) and teammate Klay Thompson (11) during the first half of Game 2 of the NBA Finals in Toronto on Sunday, June 2, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn

Where have all the high school sports writers gone?

The dearth of newspapers present at high school spring state events this past weekend was shocking.

The Seattle Storm’s Shavonte Zellous yells after scoring and getting a foul call against the Phoenix Mercury during the season opener on Saturday, May 25, 2019 in Everett, Wash. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

POLL RESULTS: Readers predicting playoffs for the Storm

Voters still like Seattle’s postseason chances, despite the absence of Breanna Stewart and Sue Bird.

The Seattle Storm’s Shavonte Zellous yells after scoring and getting a foul call against the Phoenix Mercury during the season opener on Saturday, May 25, 2019 in Everett, Wash. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
The Seattle Storm’s Jewell Loyd dribbles around the Phoenix Mercury’s Brittney Griner during the season opener on Saturday, May 25, 2019 in Everett, Wash. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

POLL: How will the Seattle Storm fare this season?

The reigning WNBA champions are using Everett as one of their home bases this season.

The Seattle Storm’s Jewell Loyd dribbles around the Phoenix Mercury’s Brittney Griner during the season opener on Saturday, May 25, 2019 in Everett, Wash. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)