The Blue Mountain Baseball League, formerly known as Babe Ruth Baseball, is back. The 2020 season was lost to COVID-19, but the league — open to players age 12-16 years old — will resume play this year starting this month. Registrations are now being taken.

Desperate to save its pandemic-delayed football season last fall, the Pac-12 made a wager. Rapid antigen tests — a new technology for detecting the coronavirus — had hit the market in recent months, offering results in 15 minutes. The Pac-12, and other athletic conferences, wanted to try an unproven use: to screen healthy athletes daily for the coronavirus.

Perhaps it will serve as a reality check to their actual place in the landscape of Major League Baseball. It's certainly offered yet another reminder for the Mariners that their margin for error — or errors in this game — is slim. Put simply, they aren't good enough to play poorly and beat any team they play.

As Mikal Thomsen, the owner of the Tacoma Rainiers, offered up a pregame speech to the first fans — an announced crowd of 2,851 — to return to Cheney Stadium for a baseball game since Sept. 2, 2019, he welcomed them back and thanked them for their patience and enduring the cancellation of the 2020 and a hiatus that has felt longer than 612 days.

The Seahawks and the other 31 NFL teams now know the dates of the major events of their offseason programs. Now to see who shows up and for what, with the NFL Players Association continuing to advise its members not to take part in on-field drills that are voluntary.