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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.


Grip on Sports: After a day of rest (or revelry), WCC tournament begins again – and a goodbye to a hero

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Monday mornings mean a new beginning. Whether it’s work or school, for most of life the day actually begins the week. The same can be …


Grip on Sports: From Gonzaga’s win to prep title games, Saturday was filled with hoops

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Let’s see. There were college basketball games early. Then high school games. And then more college and high school games. It was a basketball-filled Saturday, …


Grip on Sports: No matter what the level, basketball’s postseason games always deliver

A GRIP ON SPORTS • There is something special about postseason basketball. The playoffs are different in every sport, sure, but basketball, with its intensity level ratcheted up to 12 …


Grip on Sports: If this week isn’t the best of the sports year, it’s at least in the top five

A GRIP ON SPORTS • If you love sports, this might be your favorite week of the year. It has to be in the top five. There are so many …


Grip on Sports: There is a bottom line involved with Gonzaga’s flirtation with other conferences

A GRIP ON SPORTS • If you have any questions about “big picture” items in college sports these days, remember this one rule: It’s all about money. Money coming in …


Grip on Sports: There’s a storm brewing in college hoops and it sure seems like safe shelter is going to be hard to find

A GRIP ON SPORTS • It can’t be aspartame-coated. Yesterday was a pretty cruddy day for college sports, both nationally and in our region. Read on.


Grip on Sports: No matter what you wanted out of a college basketball game, the Inland Northwest’s teams supplied it last night - and one thing Idaho didn’t want

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Great endings. Surprises. Physical tests. Workmanlike efforts. Last night’s college basketball for the area teams featured all of the above. Sometimes more than one in …


Grip on Sports: If you can pull yourself away from the Olympic drama tonight, there are some important college basketball games

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Not sure how I was able to do it, but I pulled myself away from watching Jocelyne Lamoureux’s gold-medal winning shootout goal this morning with …


Grip on Sports: What’s in a number anyway?

A GRIP ON SPORTS • If you are a fan of obscure 1970s movies (and really, everyone should be), then you will recognize the name Johnson, Navin R. And how …


Grip on Sports: It may be cold outside, but watching sports is nice way to stay warm

A GRIP ON SPORTS • It’s going to get cold in the Spokane area this week. Not Havre, Montana, cold, but pretty close. Let’s hope there are some really good …


Grip on Sports: It was a night of wins, wins and more wins for the Inland Northwest’s college basketball teams

A GRIP ON SPORTS • As Thursdays go, it couldn’t have been any better for the college basketball teams around these parts. Read on.


Grip on Sports: It’s time for a late-season push for local colleges

A GRIP ON SPORTS • It’s another Thursday. And it’s another weekend of college basketball. How fast is this season flying by? We’re only three weeks or so away from …


Grip on Sports: It’s Valentine’s Day, which means it is OK to be snowed under with emotion

A GRIP ON SPORTS • If a movie was made about today, we would have to call it “Winter’s Revenge.” I’m not sure any Hollywood producer would buy it, however. …


Grip on Sports: No matter how you like your sports, there is always something to pass along

A GRIP ON SPORTS • When you follow a college or pro or high school sports team, what type of story interests you the most? Is it the human interest …


Grip on Sports: Gonzaga shows sometimes success doesn’t lie in the numbers alone, but how they work together

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Up until last night, Saint Mary’s last loss was in November, by two to Georgia in overtime. The Gaels worst loss was by five points …


Grip on Sports: One of the best college basketball weeks of the year rolls on tonight

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Looking back – and ahead to tonight’s showdown in Moraga – it’s been a good week in college basketball. It must be mid-February. Read on.


Grip on Sports: The miles may not be all that many but WSU and Gonzaga’s basketball programs are a world apart right now

A GRIP ON SPORTS • If you wanted the starkest contrast possibly between the two most high-profile college basketball programs in the region, you found it last night. Read on.


Grip on Sports: The middle of this week has a little more to offer than usual

A GRIP ON SPORTS • There is a check list of items that need to be covered today. There are the letter-of-intent signings from yesterday. And there are basketball games …


Grip on Sports: The calendar has been stretching the truth about a lot lately, including today’s importance

A GRIP ON SPORTS • It seems just about every day of the sporting calendar has to have a name, like Super Sunday or Moving Day or whatever. Today is …


Grip on Sports: If you didn’t know, there is a top-four college basketball showdown tonight in Spokane

A GRIP ON SPORTS • This is a big week for college basketball in this area and it begins tonight. Yes, tonight. Read on.


Grip on Sports: It’s Super Bowl Sunday, which means Tom Brady is starring on TV again

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Have anything super planned for today? Besides overeating, over-imbibing and over-the-top commercials I mean. Read on.


Grip on Sports: Gonzaga’s win in a taut, physical game had at least one blemish

A GRIP ON SPORTS • There are few things all sports fans in the Inland Northwest can agree upon. Maybe this is one: Wearing a Tom Brady jersey to a …