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Tuesday, November 22, 2005 - Page updated at 12:00 AM


Sideline Smitty

Here is a remarkable athletic family

Seattle Times staff reporter

Q: I see Woodinville is in the Class 4A football semifinals. Are there any Tuiasosopos on the team?

A: There are no Tuiasosopos on the team. The last of the sons and daughters of ex-Seahawk Manu and wife, Tina, is Ashley, a junior, who plays varsity basketball for Woodinville.

We are talking about a remarkable athletic family.

Leslie (Woodinville, 1995) was a volleyball star at the University of Washington and is an assistant coach for the Pac-10 champion Huskies volleyball team.

Marques (1997) was the winning quarterback for Washington in the Rose Bowl after the 2000 season and now is the backup quarterback for the Oakland Raiders.

Zach (2000) is a former Huskies fullback who was on the Pittsburgh Steelers practice squad in September before being released.

Matt (2004) is an infielder in the Mariners farm system. He batted .276 in 107 games for the Class A Wisconsin Timber Rattlers this year and made the Midwest League all-star team.

Q: What are some of your favorite passages from sports books you've read in past months?

A: Here they are:

"A few people, and a few experiences, simply refuse to be trivialized by time. There are teachers with a rare ability to enter a child's mind; it's as if their ability to get there at all gives them the right to stay forever. I once had such a teacher. His name was Billy Fitzgerald, but everybody just called him Coach Fitz." — "Coach, Lessons on the Game of Life," by Michael Lewis.

"He loved coaching at the high school level and thought, if anything, it was more important than coaching at college, because it took place at a more formative time in boys' lives. You could do more good — or more damage — at that age, he believed." — "The Education of a Coach," by David Halberstam. (The passage is about Steve Sorota, who coached Bill Belichick at Andover Academy in Massachusetts.)

"Both parents were determined that their children be neither blinded nor burdened by race, and their children were under constant orders to treat everyone the same. The less they themselves factored in race as a determinant, they taught their children, the less it would be factored in against them. In order to be treated well, they were to treat others well. They were expected to, and in time did, have friends on both sides of the color line." — "Playing for Keeps, Michael Jordan and the World He Made," by David Halberstam.

"But Chiv had given me some advice before I left, and I thought of it now. When guys are hanging out, and everybody's being negative, he'd told me, just go somewhere else. 'Negativity is like the common cold,' Chiv said. 'You can catch it in a minute.' " — "I've Got Your Back" by Brad Gilbert, former pro tennis player writing about his community-college coach, Tom Chivington, who later coached him on tour.

"Many, perhaps most (pro) athletes are like high priests who serve a god they don't believe in. The fans care about championships. The athletes care about money. Too often, it is forgotten that the athletes feel less emotional kinship with their teams than the fans do because the athlete didn't grow up rooting for the teams they play for. Besides, they get traded. Fans never get traded." — "True Believers, The Tragic Inner Life of Sports Fans" by Joe Queenan.

"General managers ... look at first-round picks the way fathers look at their eldest daughter; just as almost no one is good enough to marry your daughter, almost no one is good enough to trade a first-round pick for." — "Next Man Up, a Year Behind the Lines in Today's NFL" by John Feinstein.

Have a question about high-school sports? Craig Smith will find the answer every Tuesday in The Times. Ask your question in one of the following ways: Voice mail (206-464-8279), snail mail (Craig Smith, Seattle Times Sports, P.O. Box 70, Seattle, WA 98111) or e-mail

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