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UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 19, 2020

Out of Right Field: Mariners should leave kids on the farm

Over the past 20 years or so, Mariners fans have only occasionally had reason to be excited this time of year.


Out of Right Field: In honor of Jackie Robinson Day, here is our list of the Mariners all-time best Black players

It was some 70 years or so before Black Americans were allowed to play in what is now known as Major League Baseball. And it’s been another 73 years since …


Out of Right Field: First 15 games tell a lot about this current Mariners team; future remains unclear

It usually takes a quarter of a season to discern the quality of a major league baseball team. In any normal year, that is about 40 games. In 2020, it’s …


UPDATED: Sun., July 26, 2020

Out of Right Field: M’s finally taste victory at Minute Maid Park

It’s over. The Mariners found a way to win at Minute Maid Park.


Vince Grippi: Fantasy looks a lot better than reality as Mariners hope to end postseason drought

Baseball purists will tell you fantasy baseball dates back to the 1980s, when Rotisserie became all the rage. They are wrong.


UPDATED: Tue., March 10, 2020

TV Take: Drew Timme puts twinkle in eye of ESPN crew as Gonzaga rolls past Saint Mary’s for WCC Tournament title

Yes, the West Coast Conference is improved this year. It might even be the best it’s ever been. But second-ranked Gonzaga is still the king.


UPDATED: Mon., March 9, 2020

TV Take: When it comes to the WCC Tournament, Gonzaga fans can bet on the ESPN tandem of Bob Wischusen and Dick Vitale to be on the call

No matter what you think of Vitale, beneath all the “babys” and the “PTPers” is a knowledgeble basketball mind. You would expect nothing less from a former college and NBA …


UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 29, 2020

TV Take: Gonzaga does all the little things right in Senior Night victory over Saint Mary’s

Every game between now and the end of the season – whenever that is in the NCAA Tournament – matters.


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 27, 2020

TV Take: On Adam Morrison’s night in the spotlight, KHQ crew that knows him best aces the call

After all, Heister was already doing play-by-play while Morrison was wearing No. 3 at GU early in the century. Dickau had recently graduated, carrying an All-American plaque with him. And …


UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 22, 2020

TV Take: BYU makes sure Gonzaga isn’t immune to shocking Saturday full of college basketball upsets

The upsets kept coming Saturday, as the Nos. 1 (Baylor), 2 (Gonzaga) and 4 (San Diego State) teams all fell.


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 20, 2020

TV Take: ESPN throws fans curveball with pair of analysts calling No. 2 Gonzaga’s come-from-behind win over San Francisco

There are a few things you can count on when you sit down to watch a college basketball game on your big screen. There will be three officials. Each team …


UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 15, 2020

TV Take: Old clichés ring true as Gonzaga again outlasts Pepperdine’s best effort in 89-77 victory

All game long, ESPN’s Roxy Bernstein and Corey Williams kept harping on something every Gonzaga fan knows as well as the names of their children.


UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 8, 2020

TV Take: West Coast Conference’s premier showcase between Gonzaga, Saint Mary’s draws best ESPN duo in the West

As good as the Zags played, and they did, dominating on offense and defense in winning 90-60, the pair of Dave Flemming and Sean Farnham, was just as good.


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 6, 2020

TV Take: Lack of Gonzaga knowledge a nonissue for CBS Sports crew in Bulldogs’ win over Loyola Marymount

When Gonzaga fans programmed the Zags’ Thursday night game into their DVR, they may have done it with a bit of trepidation.


UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 1, 2020

TV Take: Gonzaga outlasts upset-minded San Francisco in stop-and-go contest

You knew it would happen at some point. A poor shooting day. Foul trouble. A decently loud home crowd.


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 30, 2020

TV Take: CBS Sports broadcast of Santa Clara showdown brought up March memories, good and bad, for Gonzaga fans

The music CBS plays headed to a break is the same it uses during March Madness, a name it has copyrighted.


UPDATED: Sat., Jan. 25, 2020

TV Take: Change in broadcast lineup, opponent the only differences in Gonzaga’s latest WCC rout

Rarely does a college basketball team get through a season without making a change or two in the starting lineup.


UPDATED: Sat., Jan. 18, 2020

Vince Grippi: Nearly a decade after leaving Washington State, Klay Thompson proud as ever to be a Cougar

For Klay Thompson, whose No. 1 jersey will now fly in the Beasley Coliseum rafters for perpetuity, it seems like only yesterday he was wandering the Pullman streets, enjoying the …


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 16, 2020

TV Take: Gonzaga displays WCC dominance in thumping of second-place Santa Clara

Santa Clara entered Thursday night’s matchup with top-ranked Gonzaga sporting a 15-3 record and the West Coast Conference’s second-best league record.


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 9, 2020

TV Take: Plenty of wipeouts for KHQ crew to analyze in Gonzaga’s rout of San Diego

The wipeout nature of the game – appropriate, in a sense, for surfer paradise San Diego – allowed the Spokane-based crew to examine some aspects of the Zags’ season that …


UPDATED: Sat., Jan. 4, 2020

TV Take: Gonzaga fends off pesky Pepperdine with one of GU’s own calling the action on ESPN2

When Gonzaga fans turn on ESPN2 to watch their Zags play, they expect to get a different perspective from the self-proclaimed Worldwide Leader.


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 2, 2020

TV Take: Tale of two halves for Gonzaga in West Coast Conference-opening victory at Portland

You had to wonder what those still-awake college basketball fans east of the Rockies thought when Thursday night’s Gonzaga halftime score flashed across their screen.


UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 27, 2019

TV Take: Air Force’s early ‘soul-sucking drive’ helped set tone for Cheez-It Bowl full of clichés against Washington State

If you had contrasting styles as the most on-point cliché of the bowl season, you are a winner. Even if only half of the folks who watched Air Force’s 31-21 …


UPDATED: Sat., Dec. 21, 2019

TV Take: Gonzaga’s offensive, defensive game plans executed to perfection against high-scoring Eastern Washington

Gonzaga came into Saturday afternoon’s neighborly showdown with Eastern Washington with a chance to ascend into the No. 1 spot in the national polls.


UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 18, 2019

TV Take: Gonzaga impresses ESPN duo of Dave Flemming, Jay Bilas on the court and in the stands

It may have been, as Dave Flemming said more than once, the most anticipated home game in Gonzaga’s history.


UPDATED: Sat., Dec. 14, 2019

TV Take: Gonzaga’s ‘toughness and resilience’ on full display in impressive win over athletic Arizona

When the two best college basketball programs in the West battle on a Saturday night in December, you would expect ESPN to put its best next to the court – …


UPDATED: Sun., Dec. 8, 2019

TV Take: Bill Walton’s thoughts wandered, found way back to court late as Gonzaga holds off challenge from Washington

It was obvious Sunday that the Gonzaga Bulldogs had a point – or points – to make in their 83-76 victory over host Washington, the Zags’ sixth consecutive win over …


UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 4, 2019

TV Take: Joel Ayayi gets his share of air time in Gonzaga’s thumping of Texas Southern

It’s just a guess, but more than likely the weather was better in the Bahamas, where Gonzaga spent its Thanksgiving weekend, than it was Wednesday night in Spokane.


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 29, 2019

TV Take: Mike Leach, Jimmy Lake take center stage in Washington’s latest Apple Cup beatdown of Washington State

There have been 112 Apple Cups and, no, Tim Brando hasn’t called them all. It just seems that way.


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 28, 2019

TV Take: Gonzaga overcomes depth issues, midgame shooting lull to outlast Oregon in overtime

If your taste runs more toward understated among announcers, ESPN’s stable of college basketball broadcast pairs probably don’t float your Thanksgiving gravy boat.