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A GRIP ON SPORTS • College basketball is tipping off the 2020-21 season today, though the schedule of your favorite team has probably changed already. Which brings up a pretty important question: Why are games being played? We know the answer of course, but we thought we would ask anyhow.
A GRIP ON SPORTS • As Gonzaga celebrated its 84-66 shellacking of Saint Mary’s on March 10, some folks realized it was head coach Mark Few’s 599th career victory. No. 600 was sure to come nine days later in Spokane, where the Zags would have played a 16-seed in the NCAA Tournament’s first round. Then it didn’t.
Three days before the sports world shut down because of the coronavirus – March 9 to be exact – Justin Dunn made his third appearance of spring training against the Brewers at Maryvale Ballpark.
A GRIP ON SPORTS • “South Park” might be passé these days, but one of the shows better characters, Professor Chaos, would be right at home in 2020. After all, it’s a year of chaos and missteps, two things Butters Stotch always hopes for when he dons his aluminum foil costume.
With the deadline to finalize rosters going into the offseason, the Mariners added four players to their 40-man roster to protect them from the Rule 5 draft – outfielder Taylor Trammell and right-handed pitchers Juan Then, Sam Delaplane and Wyatt Mills.
A GRIP ON SPORTS • There is so much to unpack this Friday morning, it seems akin somehow to a three-week vacation in the wilderness. Except, of course, things like that don’t happen these days. But we have football news, basketball news and, ahem, season-saving news. What a Friday.
A GRIP ON SPORTS • Of all the recent innovations instituted by the NFL in the past 20 years or so, Thursday night football has to be the worst, right down there with the way the league handles replay or marks the football. The Seahawks’ appearance this year occurs tonight. At home vs. the Cardinals. Strap in folks, because we don’t know what’s going to happen.
A GRIP ON SPORTS • OK. I will say it. This week is weird. I blame the NFL. Partly because the Seahawks will be wearing their garish “color-rush” uniforms but mainly because they will face Arizona on Thursday night. For the second time this season. The first one didn’t go all that well.
A GRIP ON SPORTS • There are three types of outcomes for your favorite sports teams in 2020. There are the traditional wins and losses, sure. But a new category, the no-contest, is gaining ground, riding the surge of coronavirus cases that is sweeping the nation like the wishbone offense in the 1970s. And like the wishbone, the virus may just run us over as November fades into December.
A GRIP ON SPORTS • Not sure what’s worse. That the Seahawks lost yesterday at the Rams or that they played a boring brand of football while doing it. Who are we kidding? Boring is fine if there is a win involved.
A GRIP ON SPORTS • We watched quite a bit of Pac-12 football yesterday, especially after the Masters finished play for the day. And we have some thoughts.
Sam Carlson has come to understand patience in his brief professional baseball career.
A GRIP ON SPORTS • Is you favorite college football team playing today? Before you answer, you better make a quick check of your newsfeed. Games have been canceled that quickly these days. Or changed. Meanwhile, in the real world ...
A GRIP ON SPORTS • It is going to be an odd weekend ahead. No, we’re not talking about the weather, though it looks a little like Chicago in January around Spokane this morning. We’re looking at a college football schedule that is not only light on games but light on decent matchups as well. At least there is golf.
A GRIP ON SPORTS • You want normal? You crave normal? Than the irony of what’s happening today in Georgia should fill your heart with, well, not joy, but something. The best golf tournament in the world spent part of its morning on pause. All because of inclement weather. It was raining in Augusta. That’s about as normal as life gets.
A GRIP ON SPORTS • When the present is bleak, it’s best to look forward, right? Except, what do you do when that doesn’t look all that promising, at least in the near term?
As the 2020 Major League Baseball season reached its final days, and the competition grew one-sided in favor of Kyle Lewis, it became clear the Seattle Mariners’ young center fielder should win the 2020 Jackie Robinson American League Rookie of the Year award.
A GRIP ON SPORTS • If you are looking for answers for the Seahawks’ putrid performance in Buffalo yesterday, a performance only matched in the Spokane area by Comcast’s, than look no further than one specific position group.
A GRIP ON SPORTS • Football. Not just any football, Washington State football. On a Saturday night. Cougar fans, did you wonder if you would ever have that experience again? Wonder no more. And revel in the result.
A GRIP ON SPORTS • It is possible to love and hate something at the same time. As evidence we present our cat, which forced us to get out of bed sometime south of 5:30 this morning. Or, to hit more of your hot buttons, college football, which plays the role of the biggest tormentor in this year of the coronavirus.