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What’s not to love about this weekend?

A GRIP ON SPORTS

I have to admit it. I love this time of year. There's basketball on the TV almost every night, there is football on the weekends and it's cold enough I can beg off working in the yard. Yep, it's nearly perfect. Except for one thing. Read on.


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• No, it's not because there isn't any golf of consequence to watch. And, no, it's not because the roads are slick with a combination of leaves and ice. Nope, it's because my wife has nicer friends than I do. Let me explain. This Sunday, Gonzaga will have a twi-night basketball doubleheader. The men will play the University of South Dakota at 1 p.m. and, after they clean up the Kennel, the women will host Monmouth at 6 p.m. Now Kim has season tickets to the GU women, so I'll be sitting next to her for the women's game in the evening. Nothing odd about that. However, she has a friend who has season tickets to the men and has invited her to Sunday's game. So she'll have a double-dip day of basketball. Which makes me jealous. After all, I have lots of “friends” who have GU season tickets. None of them have ever invited me to a game. And, yes, I shower just about every day. Brush my teeth at least once a week as well, so I can't figure out what the problem is. All I know is Sunday afternoon I'm going to feel left out. But I've come up with a plan. I'll go to a movie by myself. Something masculine, like “Breaking Dawn – Part 2” or “The Perks of Being a Wallflower.” That will lift my spirits. It's either that, or finish up the laundry. Not sure which.

• The jam-packed nature of the weekend led me to today's poll. There are so many college sporting events over the next few days there wasn't even any room to add the high school games. I'm sure there is a big contigent of folks who will be rooting on Coeur d'Alene High as the Viks try to win a third consecutive state football title, or will be in the stands as Gonzaga Prep, Mead, U-Hi and others try to move on in the Washington playoffs. Like I said at the top of the post, despite the crappy weather, I love this time of year.

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• Washington State: Watched a bit of the Cougars' dominating win over Utah Valley State (pictured) last night and while I was impressed in how well WSU played, the competition wasn't very good. And it won't be that much better this weekend when the Cougs travel to Pepperdine. But next week, it gets a lot better. A lot better. As in No. 7 Kansas in Kansas City. … Christian Caple pulled double duty again yesterday, with his game story, post-game blog post and another post of the interviews from the basketball game. It was also signing day and he had this story and a blog post on WSU's three signees. … He had football duties as well, with this piece on Saturday's opponent, Arizona State, and his Pac-12 picks. … One last thing. He held a live chat yesterday. … Here's his morning post too. … The Oregonian's Paul Buker weighs in on the last week at WSU. The Times' Jerry Brewer did as well, though Christian linked his column. … What is it about Arizona State and the Moos family? The WSU athletic director's son played football there and now his niece has signed a letter-of-intent to play hoops.

• Gonzaga: The Zags signed a couple of big men in the early signing period. Jim Meehan has the story. … Kevin Foster set Santa Clara's career scoring mark last night. … St. Mary's will have its hands full tonight when it plays at Utah State. … USD had its hands full with Northern Kentucky last night. … The GU women signed a couple of inside players.

• EWU: The Portland State Vikings' football season has been up and down, which can be expected with a freshman quarterback. Jim Allen leads his Big Sky notebook with a look at Kieran McDonagh, who will face EWU this week.

• Shock: Spokane continues to add players to its roster.

• Preps: From football to soccer, the state playoffs wind down this weekend. … Mt. Spokane is one win from playing for a state title in soccer. Jim Allen has the story. … Greg Lee looks at U-Hi's first-year quarterback, Jeff Beaty (pictured), who has exceeded expectations. … He also advances CdA's attempt to three-peat. … Greg also has this roundup of local athletes who signed letters of intent.

• Seahawks: A little disagreement didn't derail Jerramy Stevens and Hope Solo's wedding plans. After all, Stevens didn't drive the car into the wedding chapel.

• Sounders: Seattle has to play aggressive on the offensive end if it wants to have any chance of advancing in the MLS playoffs Sunday. But that comes at a risk against a good offensive team like Los Angeles. But a comeback is not impossible.

• Mariners: Felix Hernandez' poor September destroyed any chance of winning another Cy Young, an award that went to Tampa's David Price yesterday. … Mike Napoli may be on the M's radar. … And, no, they are not making a trade with Miami. We don't think. But you never know.

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• By the way, you know I was joking about the movie and/or laundry thing for Sunday, right? There is no way I get out of doing the laundry. Until later …


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