NCAA basketball tournament wins before 1999 for Gonzaga, which has had eight since.
Pro sports in which Gene Conley of Richland won titles: basketball (as a Celtics center, 1959, '60 and '61) and baseball (as a Braves pitcher, '57).
Seasons since the Seahawks won a playoff IO game, the NFL's longest current streak.
Years since Redmond's Jim Whittaker became the first American to summit Mount Everest.
Years since Keith Jackson called his first college football game, between Stanford and his alma mater, Washington State, for a Seattle radio station.
Miles apart that soccer stars Michelle Akers ( Seattle) and Kasey Keller ( Olympia) grew up.
"There are four important stages in your life: You're born, you play the Huskies, you get married and you die."
—WASHINGTON STATE GUARD DAN LYNCH OF SPOKANE, IN 1984, ON THE INTENSITY OF THE APPLE CUP FOOTBALL RIVALRY WITH THE UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON
The Seattle SuperSonics had lost the NBA Finals to the Washington Bullets in 1978, and in 79 they dropped the opening game of the Finals to the Bullets. But behind the scoring of Dennis Johnson and Gus Williams and the rebounding of Jack Sikma, the Lenny Wilkens-coached Sonics swept the next four games to become the first—and still only—team from the state of Washington to win a major pro sports title.