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Grip on Sports: A day with another WNBA title and another Mariner season of tilting at windmills

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Wednesday was about winning. And losing. And about the past and the future. Read on.


Grip on Sports: The rhythm of the football season mandates a slow buildup to each Saturday

A GRIP ON SPORTS • There is a bit of rhythm to a college football week. It starts with a slow shuffle and moves with a quicker beat as Saturday …


Grip on Sports: It’s a miracle there is a lot of excitement about a punter

A GRIP ON SPORTS • It has come to this: The Mariners need a miracle and the Seahawks were raving about their punter. This wasn’t the scenario we thought we …


Grip on Sports: The new NFL season opens a lot like the old one ended, at least for the Seahawks

A GRIP ON SPORTS • The first Sunday of NFL football is over. Why is it that, despite wholesale changes in the offseason, so many teams haven’t really changed at …


Grip on Sports: From emotional releases to penalties to calling off the fight, yesterday’s action kept our attention

A GRIP ON SPORTS • It may not have been officially be Flag Day, but that’s how it felt Saturday around here. Washington State raised its Cougar one in an …


Grip on Sports: College football on Saturdays seems to go on and on and on, which is a good thing

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Another college football Saturday awaits. But if you want to watch it all, you better be ready to give it about 18, 19 hours. Wait, …


Grip on Sports: Football movies were always better when Burt Reynolds smiled

A GRIP ON SPORTS • The most famous football player in Florida State history died yesterday. And Burt Reynold’s passing brought back a bunch of memories, from “Deliverance” to “Evening …


Grip on Sports: As Washington State opens its home football season, the Cougars move forward instead of moving on

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Everyone has experienced sadness mixed in with the joy sports can bring. That’s part of how sports mirror life. But one would hope a certain …


Grip on Sports: Sometimes a deeper dive is needed to make sense out of the numbers

A GRIP ON SPORTS • A lot happened in the regional sports scene yesterday, much of it self-evident. But the most important items were a bit hidden. Read on.


Grip on Sports: There are dry spells and then there are droughts

A GRIP ON SPORTS • The long stretch run is upon us. We’re not really referring to the baseball season, but that too. It coincides with the unofficial end of …


Grip on Sports: Indians’ late-season charge has put a smile on everyone’s face

A GRIP ON SPORTS • It may be the beginning of football season, but it’s still a bit early to give up on baseball, isn’t it? Especially when the local …


Grip on Sports: College football’s first full Saturday at times made us sore, but also offered some exercise

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Is your backside sore? You know, after spending from 9 in the morning until after 11 at night sitting and watching college football? No way …


Grip on Sports: The waiting is finally over, college football is really back today

A GRIP ON SPORTS • It is here. Finally. It is the first full Saturday of college football season. Everyone plays. And everyone gets to cheer. Or moan. Read on.


Grip on Sports: Summer may not be officially done, but it basically is as football takes over

A GRIP ON SPORTS • It’s still August, isn’t it? For a few more hours at least. But yet high school football is in full-go mode. It’s not something that’s …


Grip on Sports: From signings to trades to losses to endings to special sections, it is one packed day

A GRIP ON SPORTS • So much happened yesterday, time constraints make it impossible to get to it all. Not for me, but for you. Who has an entire day …


Grip on Sports: If it weren’t for the National League West, the M’s would have a better view of the postseason

A GRIP ON SPORTS • The question has to be asked as we enter the last few days of August. It has to be asked of the Mariners and their …


Grip on Sports: You can call it a depth chart or a two-deep or whatever – just don’t call it definitive

A GRIP ON SPORTS • What’s in a two-deep? In college football, more than two players at every position, obviously. Which doesn’t really make sense, does it? Read on.


Grip on Sports: If the Mariners’ door is closing, at least college football’s window is opening

A GRIP ON SPORTS • It’s game week for the local college football teams. It couldn’t have come at a better time. Heck, it is even raining in Spokane this …


Grip on Sports: It’s not a stretch to say last night’s win was crucial for the Mariners

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Sometimes it only takes one improbable win to propel a team to heights unexpected. And other times that unexpected victory is just a footnote in …


Grip on Sports: Seahawks come up short but their overall performance has to be considered an improvement

A GRIP ON SPORTS • It’s getting to be that time of year. You know, when weekends become so busy there is no time to mow the lawn. Or wash …


Grip on Sports: If the Seahawks are supposed to save what’s been a tough late summer, they better get started tonight filling in the gaps

A GRIP ON SPORTS • So what’s going on? Not the M’s, who were off yesterday. At least the Seahawks are playing tonight, albeit a preseason game. Read on.


Grip on Sports: As long as there is success, most fans are willing to give their favorites a pass

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Instead of lamenting the state of the Mariners this morning, we’re going in another direction: lamenting the hypocrisy of fans. It’s a well that may …


Grip on Sports: Would you want a bunch of your ‘fans’ to decide if you keep your job? That’s what happens in Seattle

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Every four years, Seattle Sounder fans do something no other fan base in North American professional sports are allowed to do: They vote whether to …


Grip on Sports: Seahawks kick another fan favorite to the side of the road

A GRIP ON SPORTS • When you think about it, it’s not hard to understand Seattle Seahawk fans’ infatuation with a punter. After all, when you build your team around …


Grip on Sports: This is the time of year we are supposed to be outside worrying about our golf score, not checking the air’s score

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Today was supposed to be about the 7-iron. And the 7-wood. But it seems like golf would be pretty tough to play wearing a breathing …


Grip on Sports: The way the M’s won last night was weird, but just part of a strange day

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Well, that was weird. All day Saturday, I mean. Just weird from Los Angeles to Seattle. Maybe not in Pullman or Cheney, but weird everywhere …


Grip on Sports: Mistakes in the past turn out to be too much for Idaho’s Rob Spear to survive

A GRIP ON SPORTS • The biggest news in the Inland Northwest yesterday, other than the smoke that fills our skies? That would be the dismissal of Rob Spear as …


Grip on Sports: More than likely this Mike Leach proposal is just a little too fun to ever happen

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Washington State football coach Mike Leach likes to play the role of the contrarian. Nothing wrong with that. But usually his contrary views have little …


Grip on Sports: Given an opportunity by Paxton’s injury, Felix shines but the A’s still take a little more of the luster off the Mariners’ season

A GRIP ON SPORTS • It’s the way it’s always been in sports. One player’s misfortune is another player’s opportunity. It was last night in Oakland. Though, overall, this year …


Grip on Sports: When the air starts to look like soup, it’s time to practice indoors

A GRIP ON SPORTS • If you are old enough to remember, there was a time when people were allowed to smoke cigarettes anywhere. Offices, banks, movie theaters, you name …