There are lot of special and unique things about eastern Washington, but this one came as a surprise to me. There's a sport popular in many parts of the country -- other places with far more people than the Mid Columbia. But only one television station airs live coverage of this internationally-popular sport, and it's based in Tri-Cities.

Our local NBC affiliate brags their SWX sports channel is the only place in the country to see live H1 Unlimited boat racing (hydroplanes).
It makes sense. The Columbia Cup (Water Follies) is arguably the greatest race in the circuit! We sure know how to throw a race here so it makes sense our hometown sports stations have cornered the market on coverage.