Friday links: M’s Lincoln on arena threats; Hasselbeck and son; UW-USC and amazing ‘bouquet’ TD toss

Art Thiel of gets to the bottom of the Mariners’ thoughts on why they oppose the SoDo site where Chris Hansen wants to build his new arena. It’s all about parking, or lack of it, and traffic congestion, says M’s CEO Howard Lincoln in the exclusive interview.

Thiel also threw in this zinger at the end of the Q&A.

Last question: Is the club for sale to outsiders, or is it for sale among the current owners via selling of shares to a new majority owner?

Lincoln: I’ll say the same thing I said before . . . pure nonsense.

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You gotta like Matt Hasselbeck, right? The best QB in Seahawks history is so genuine, and down-to-earth. Check out this interview following Tennessee’s Thursday night win over the Steelers. Son Henry joined his dad on the NFL Network show.

Trent Dilfer, a former teammate with Hasselbeck in Seattle, told USA Today’s Matt Davis that Hasselbeck “saved his life,” during a trying time in 2o03 following his son’s death. Read the story here.

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The Orange County Register breaks down the USC-Washington game. This is Washington’s fourth straight game against a Top-12 program, and I like their chances. Some of Washington’s biggest wins have come against the Trojans — the 13-3 win in 1981 on a windy, stormy day at Husky Stadium over Marcus Allen and the Trojans is my all-time favorite Husky memory. I can still see the ponchos swirling in the air. More recently, Washington upset USC 16-13 at Husky Stadium in Steve Sarkisian’s first season in 2009. They say it might rain on Saturday and the Trojans turned the sprinklers on for Thursday’s practice. The rain won’t be a factor. I think the keys will be Washington’s pass protection on offense and ability to stop, or at least slow USC’s rushing game. Keith Price is due for a big game.

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“He threw it bouquet style, like at a wedding.” That’s how the announcer described this over-the-head, no-look game-winning touchdown pass on fourth-and-goal in an Ohio high school football game. You’ve got to see it to appreciate it.

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