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Even the headline was a struggle

A GRIP ON SPORTS

I arose from bed this morning not sure what to write about. No worries, though. It always comes to me. Except today it didn't. Read on.


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• Nope. After reading through a couple dozen stories and sitting in front of the computer for over an hour, I still haven't come up with a subject that interests me enough to pass along. Or, more importantly, a subject I figure would interest you. Sure, I could fake it and write about high school hoops or give you a tale from my past, but to paraphrase Richard Nixon (look him up), that wouldn't be right (look it up). Nope, you folks expect pithy commentary and sarcastic sarcasm here every morning, so a bunch of drivel just won't cut it. Unless, of course, I can disguise it well enough. How did I do? Not well? Then … How about them Seahawks?

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• Washington State: The Cougars are back in the Bay Area to face California tonight and Christian Caple has all the links for you this morning, and also chips in with this advance. The WSU team attended the Golden State Warriors game with Portland last night – Christian was also there after speaking with Klay Thompson (pictured) – after the Cougars' shoot-around in Haas Pavilion.

• Gonzaga: Jim Meehan put together a can't-miss day-after blog post following Thursday night's win over St. Mary's. … Sam Dower is still remembered in Minnesota, land of a thousand mosquitos (per square inch). … BYU should receive its first big WCC challenge today.

• EWU: Nothing to pass along other than the news we'll be in Cheney tonight for the Eagles' matchup with Sacramento State. Twitter followers, you have been warned.

• Idaho: In the big showdown in Logan, San Jose State came in without two starters, including the WAC's leading scorer – suspended for violations of team rules. The Aggies then proceeded to hold off the Spartans, 66-60.

• Whitworth: Life on the road is tough for anyone, even the nation's fifth-ranked team. But at least the Pirates won.

• Chiefs: Portland is still Portland – the Winterhawks are 32-2 in their last 34 games – and the Chiefs are still trying to figure out a way to defeat them. … Everett picked up a win last night.

• Preps: There was a battle for a fish in Coeur d'Alene last night and Greg Lee was there to cover the Lake City boys' win over CdA. … Mike Vlahovich watched as Mead's girls defeated Gonzaga Prep at Prep. We also have a GSL boys roundup. … Then there is the usual Friday night coverage, with a boys and girls roundup from around the area.

• Seahawks: As per usual, we have the on-field football stories you want to read as you begin this NFL playoff football weekend. But our most interesting stories today have nothing to do with blocking and tackling. There is this Danny O'Neill blog post on his experience with general manager John Schneider's automobile. And then there is this Times piece on Sunday morning church services. … OK, we also have the obligatory stories from Atlanta about how the Falcons are built to and are ready to. Built to and ready to what? Win, of course. Though Marshawn Lynch and the Seahawks will have something to say about that in Atlanta on Sunday morning.

• Mariners: The M's did some housekeeping yesterday, hiring someone to run their Dominican operations and making their non-roster invites to spring training.

• Sounders: The powers that be in soccer just don't get it some times. Take for example the allocation yesterday of Megan Rapinoe to the Seattle franchise – Rapinoe played at Portland and is a hometown hero – and Alex Morgan to Portland – Morgan's boyfriend plays for the Sounders and she wanted to be in Seattle. … Seattle signed a hometown player.

• MMA: Don't link mixed martial arts stories too often, but we do when John Blanchette has a column on a local competitor (pictured).

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• A fogged-in Saturday in mid-January in Spokane. Is there anywhere in the world that is more depressing? Even my upbeat nature can't overcome the cold weather, lack of sun and ice everywhere. Thank goodness I can find a bunch of basketball games to watch today. Nothing is more uplifting for the soul than walking into a gym and watching hoops. No matter the level. And we'll do that today. Then tomorrow morning we'll be back here. Now that's depressing. Until then …


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