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It's time for life without the NFL

A GRIP ON SPORTS

We did it. We got through a weekend without NFL football. So I want to know. How many of you spent Sunday re-watching the Super Bowl? Admit it. It's OK. It's not something you need to hide. Read on.

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• I know someone who has the Super Bowl on his DVR three times. There is the version he taped live, the long version shown by the NFL Network and the network's short version, with all the extraneous stuff edited out – and some extra commentary from the players themselves. That's a lot of memory – computer version – used on one event. Myself, I like to utilize a different type of memory. The non-computer version. Yes, I've sat and watched one of the replays the NFL Network showed. And it was worth my time – once. And only once. By the second quarter I realized I was saying to myself "oh, this is the play where ..." a lot. The game has been seared into my memory, like the 79 I once shot at Liberty Lake or the day we adopted our first dog. If need be I could probably read the play-by-play and have a thought on each one, from the first snap into the end zone to Doug Baldwin's sort-of-pedestrian touchdown. Such was the impact the game had. Heck, I still have a list of commercials I liked on my phone. (As an aside, the Chevy truck commercial celebrating cancer survivors made me cry. Yep, my wife Kim is one, so when the woman in the commercial looked out the window, saw the sunrise and reached over to touch her husband, I lost it. Makes me a bit misty even now to write about it. Darn you Chevy. I will never buy one of your vehicles now. You made me tear up on one of the better days of my life.) But that was so yesterday. Well, a week from yesterday. Yesterday we all had to get through the day without our NFL fix. The automatic rising in time for the pregame shows. The RedZone Channel. The Hawks banter. The wins. Instead we had to fill our life with something else. Poor Kim, she had so much time on her hands she organized all her papers and ran vinegar through the coffeemaker. It smelled like the Saturday before Easter in the house. Even she was missing football. Myself? I took a nap. A long nap. From 1 to 4. And had a dream. A dream Seattle won the Super Bowl. Perfect.

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• WSU: The weather in Seattle stranded Jacob Thorpe in Salt Lake City another day, so he had to take to Twitter to complain. And to his phone to report more on the Gabe Marks story, which he did with this blog post and the story that ran in today's paper. He also has a morning post with links.... The WSU women didn't have the best weekend at home.

• Gonzaga: Jim Meehan returned to the blog yesterday with his day-after post on the loss at Memphis. ... No matter what, you can always count on the Utah papers to have some sort of story on BYU basketball. ... San Diego's recent free fall has Bill Grier perplexed.

• Chiefs: Spokane was on the road again yesterday and lost power. Well, the Chiefs couldn’t get anything done with their power play and lost 3-2 at Everett.

• Sounders: The Arizona portion of preseason training is over for Seattle and they – along with Kevin Parsemain – finished it in style. Parsemain, who is trying to make the team, scored an impressive goal in the Sounders' 2-1 win over Vancouver.

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• That's our report for the day. Except I wanted to pass along this piece of news. The USGA is now accepting applications for volunteers at the 2015 Chambers Bay U.S. Open. I've had friends do this and they liked it. Myself, I'm a bit too grumpy to be a volunteer. I might just growl at Rickie Fowler to get a hair cut and that would be the end of me. Until later ...




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Vince Grippi
Vince Grippi is a freelance local sports blogger for spokesman.com. He also contributes to the SportsLink Blog.

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