Stories tagged: vince grippi
UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 19, 2020
Over the past 20 years or so, Mariners fans have only occasionally had reason to be excited this time of year.
Sun., Aug. 30, 2020
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 …
Sun., Aug. 9, 2020
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
It’s over. The Mariners found a way to win at Minute Maid Park.
Fri., July 24, 2020
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
Every game between now and the end of the season – whenever that is in the NCAA Tournament – matters.
UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 27, 2020
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.