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Grip on Sports: If it’s April, there must be some groundshaking NFL news

A GRIP ON SPORTS • There is one thing at which the NFL is great. There is no professional sports league in the country (and maybe the world) that does …


Grip on Sports: The M’s were holding their own with the Astros last night, until they weren’t

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Bad news. My neck is hurting. Probably similar to what Mike Leake’s neck feels like after that awful seventh inning last night. Read on.


Grip on Sports: No matter which sport we are watching, we can’t escape the grasp of instant replay anymore

A GRIP ON SPORTS • It’s almost impossible to escape the grasp of instant replay in sports these days. That’s a good thing and a bad thing. Read on.


Grip on Sports: Gonzaga’s roster is strong for next season – and may get even stronger

A GRIP ON SPORTS • We all know Gonzaga is going to be really good next season. In fact, the Zags could begin the year in the top five or …


Grip on Sports: It seems to be about the right time to add more Major League teams

A GRIP ON SPORTS • There is very little better than sitting down on a nice April weekend day and listening to a baseball game on the radio. Too bad …


Grip on Sports: There are always surprises and choices to be made on the weekend

A GRIP ON SPORTS • It is Saturday morning. The sun is shining (at times). You have things to do, places to go, people to avoid. Let’s get right to …


Grip on Sports: Reports of the Seahawks’ flirtation with Colin Kaepernick revs up the outrage machine

A GRIP ON SPORTS • There are just two words anyone needs to utter these days to get a rise out of a sports fan: Colin Kaepernick. Read on.


Grip on Sports: Last year the decision was to go, this year Zag stars decide to stay

A GRIP ON SPORTS • What a difference a year makes. Twelve months ago, Gonzaga was trying to figure out how to deal with the early departures of Zach Collins …


Grip on Sports: The weather in Minneapolis saved us from getting hurt trying to watch two events

A GRIP ON SPORTS • It was cold in Augusta yesterday. But not nearly as cold as it was in Minneapolis. Appropriate and expected, I guess, for early April. One …


Grip on Sports: Sundays are a great time to sit, watch and reflect

A GRIP ON SPORTS • We’ve got a lot to get to and only a little time, so let’s get right to it. There is golf’s first major of the …


Grip on Sports: Will the NCAA really clean up recruiting when the shoe on the other foot pays so well?

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Reform is all the rage around NCAA basketball these days. Committees here, committees there, all devoted to “cleaning up” recruiting practices. But the root element …


Grip on Sports: There was a moment yesterday most Masters watchers felt they were actually on the course

A GRIP ON SPORTS • It’s not often a person watching the Masters at home thinks, with some actual justification, “I could do that.” And then along came Sergio Garcia …


Grip on Sports: As times change, even the most ancient of traditions need to change as well

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Tradition and history are crucial elements in every sport. But none celebrate it more than golf, which traces its roots back to sheepherders and sailors …


Grip on Sports: The past and the future collided a bit yesterday at Idaho and around the area

A GRIP ON SPORTS • If you like news instead of games, then yesterday was your day in the Inland Northwest sports world. But don’t despair if that is not …


Grip on Sports: We won’t make you hunt for news on this Easter Sunday

A GRIP ON SPORTS • It’s Easter Sunday and all that entails, so we won’t force you to sit here all that long. Call it our Easter basket for you. …


Grip on Sports: Yes, April is about to begin, but basketball will still shower over us today

A GRIP ON SPORTS • We are on the cusp of April, the month of showers, flowers and the Masters. And yet, today, the last day of March, we are …


Grip on Sports: M’s begin the season the right way despite a few bobbles

A GRIP ON SPORTS • The Mariners won their season opener last night, 2-1. It marks the 10th time since 2001 they have won their opener. Not to be too …


Grip on Sports: Baseball begins to tie together generations again today

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Down in our basement sits a ragged hardbound copy of one the original Baseball Encyclopedias, billed as the bible of baseball. It was my father’s. …


Grip on Sports: WSU’s basketball defections gives us another reason to exercise our right to complain

A GRIP ON SPORTS • One of the eternal rights given to us by our Founding Fathers is the ability to complain about local sports teams. Heck, about all sports …


Grip on Sports: Coincidence or not, WCC changes seem to fit what Gonzaga wants

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Do you believe in coincidence? Or do all things happen for a reason? If you are in the coincidence camp, some changes released yesterday from …


Grip on Sports: No, college basketball around here isn’t finished just yet

A GRIP ON SPORTS • It’s Saturday. You have a long list of things to do, good and bad. I get it. So let’s get right to the news. Wait, …


Grip on Sports: Gonzaga, Florida State will test each others’ strengths, weaknesses

A GRIP ON SPORTS • The Sweet Sixteen begins tonight. Gonzaga has earned its invitation. Again. So it’s appropriate a guy who was nicknamed “Snacks” as a youngster may play …


Grip on Sports: College basketball is all about connections and Gonzaga isn’t unusual in that regard

A GRIP ON SPORTS • The NCAA basketball tournament began last night in Dayton, Ohio. The Inland Northwest’s one representative begins tomorrow morning. We are stuck in-between, so it seems …


Grip on Sports: Despite all the selection process’ flaws, the NCAA tourney is still the best sporting event we have

A GRIP ON SPORTS • There is a lot to complain about concerning the NCAA bracket reveal yesterday, from teams included (or those not) to the inability of folks at …


Grip on Sports: Once again, the Inland Northwest is a one-bid region

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Gonzaga will find out its NCAA fate today. But that’s it for Inland Northwest representation this college basketball season. Read on.


Grip on Sports: Sherman’s departure reminds us of sports’ impermanence

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Nothing in sports last forever. Nothing. We are being reminded of that fact just about every day this week. Read on.


Grip on Sports: Sunday afternoon is always the best time to serve your finest whine

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Is it Friday already? And the end of the college basketball regular season? Yes it is. Read on.


Grip on Sports: The past is always there for the Mariners, even if it’s not all that pretty

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Thursday seems like a good day to have thoughts on three subjects, so we do. We’ll lead off with Ichiro’s return, which seems appropriate, and …


Grip on Sports: It was a pretty productive Tuesday for Gonzaga’s basketball programs

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Being that everything needs to have a nickname these days, we have settled on Twofer Tuesday for yesterday. After all, Gonzaga won two West Coast …


Grip on Sports: Gonzaga game shows that, over the years, ESPN’s Vitale has seemingly grown more Vitale-like

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Woke up this morning and did a quick check. Good. My ears had stopped bleeding. The bout of Vitaleitis was over. Read on.