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Hey, the M’s won again

A GRIP ON SPORTS

There are mornings when I sit at the computer and know exactly what I'm going to write about. And there are mornings when I don't. Read on and then guess what type of day this was.

Fast forward: Oregon

​(Our series previewing the 2014 WSU football schedule continues with Oregon)

A game against Oregon, the fastest, most efficient bully in college football, can quickly get out of hand. Washington State learned that last year when a commendable 34-24 halftime deficit turned into a 24-point blowout in less than six minutes. The Cougars scored the game's final two touchdowns in the 62-38 loss, which really upset UO defensive coordinator Nick Aliotti for about a day.

Still, it would be a mistake to write-off the Cougars in their Pac-12 opener against the Ducks. For some reason, UO has had some motivation problems lately and struggles to give its best in games that are not being played on the biggest of stages.

Its Rose Bowl hopes were dashed last season after a pretty pedestrian Arizona team dominated the Ducks offensively and defensively. They lost 42-16! So there really is no reason WSU – or anyone else – should feel like they can't beat the Ducks at home. Because for whatever reason the Pac-12's best team just can't always seem to stay focused.

Follow the jump for the rest of our look at WSU's fourth opponent.

The end of June is a good time to take our temperature

A GRIP ON SPORTS

What can I say? I think I'm a little under the weather. Have I caught a mild case of Mariners fever? Read on.

The U.S. was oh so close

A GRIP ON SPORTS

Never in the history of athletics – now that's a loaded statement – has a team's fans been more deflated by a game their team didn't lose. At least it seemed that way last night. Read on.

Cougars add a late piece

“Do not pay attention to recruiting, for that way madness lies.” Williams Shakespeare spoke those words, or ought to have, anyways, because the twists and turns involved with populating a college football roster are enough to drive Poor Tom sane. Britton Ransford of WazzuWatch.com reported ($) last night that Chandler Leniu is headed to Pullman to enroll at Washington State. Leniu had declared his intentions to join the Cougars last year but ended up signing a letter of intent with California.

Bruce Feldman confirmed Ransford's report and added that Leniu will be eligible to play immediately, if that's what the WSU coaches want. Leniu appears to be around 6-foot, 220 pounds or so and is expected to play linebacker at WSU. He was pretty highly regarded out of high school, in fact he's WSU's best recruit in the 2014 class according to the recruiting sites. 

Here are his profiles from ESPNRivals, and Scout.

Just another day for U.S. soccer?

A GRIP ON SPORTS

Ever since the New York Cosmos signed Pele, the Michael Jordan of soccer, to a contract, the sport has experienced many a most-important-day-ever in this country. Read on.

You can never look back

A GRIP ON SPORTS

This is it. Summer has officially begun. It happened early this morning, so early even I was asleep. But we are now in the hot-day-at-the-beach mode, so enjoy. To celebrate, we'll be talking baseball today and weaving in Don Henley lyrics. Yes, our hair is combed back and the sunglasses are on. Read on.

Friday Flashback: Southern Utah

Where to start with this one? When Washington State upended USC a week before the Southern Utah game, it effectively guaranteed a 3-1 start to the season. Following tough road games at Auburn and USC, the Cougars finished out the first third of their schedule with gimmes against Southern Utah and Idaho.

The Cougars were expected to win this one, their home opener, and win big. So they did, pretty easily. The offense piled up some impressive statistics, but it was the defense that turned some heads, allowing just one touchdown for the second consecutive week.

Follow the jump to find out what happened.

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Savor the upcoming summer days

A GRIP ON SPORTS

Another week in the books. Or at least another work week. But this one corresponds with a day I hate. The longest day of the year. The end of spring and the beginning of summer. Why is it on my hit list? Because it's all downhill from here until, gasp, winter. Read on.

WSU’s Ivan McLennan arrested

Washington State linebacker Ivan McLennan was arrested on Sunday for unlawful handling of weapons capable of producing bodily harm after pointing a nonlethal Airsoft pellet gun at a student.

We have more information on his arrest after the jump.

The first time was also the last time

A GRIP ON SPORTS

Do you remember your first time? I mean the first time you tried tobacco. I do. It wasn't pretty. And it was my last. Read on.

U.S. had something to cheer about

A GRIP ON SPORTS

The high temperature in Spokane is supposed to be 56 degrees today. What the heck? OK, I've lived here long enough to know mid-June is prone to days like this, but really? Why couldn't it have been 56 and raining yesterday when I was stuck in the house listening to chants of U-S-A, U-S-A and other, more raucous retorts. Read on.

Monday fast forward: Portland State

Many fans agree that in today's college football world that the “A-B-C” tiered method is the best way to handle the out of conference schedule. The idea is that a team should schedule one “A” game against a marquee opponent, preferably one it can beat but enough of a challenge to give the fans a memorable win over a respected team they rarely get to see.

The “B” team should be winnable – two losses out of conference is a pretty bad start to the season – but interesting enough to make season tickets a little more enticing. A “C” is a body bag game — some small school gets a large down payment for its season expenses in exchange for getting butchered by a bigger school that gets to let its backups shine for one game.

While its debatable which team is the “A” and which is the “B” in Washington State's 2014 schedule – Nevada and Rutgers are honestly both B's – there is no question that Portland State is the “C.”

Yes, teams like Appalachian State and Eastern Washington have beaten bigger, badder schools recently, but those schools were among the best in the FCS and had some legitimate NFL talent fall into their laps. Even then, they needed almost everything to break their way to pull off the upsets.

Sure, if the Cougars come out half asleep and completely dismissive of their opponent than the Vikings might get in the end zone a few too many times for comfort.

But don't stress, WSU will win this game.

Follow the jump for more on WSU's third opponent.

Like all dads, we’re just living the dream

A GRIP ON SPORTS

I was greeted this morning with a Father's Day breakfast in bed. Three eggs, perfectly over easy, ham, bacon and sausage. Crisp hash browns, aromatic coffee, lightly buttered rye toast and, lest I forget, doughnuts. Mounds and mounds of hot, fresh, greasy doughnuts. And then I woke up. What a dream. Read on.

Maybe luck had nothing to do with it

A GRIP ON SPORTS

Was yesterday unlucky? Well, if you are a Mariners' fan, sure. An error by Robinson Cano led to the only run in a 1-0 loss. But a Texas fan might consider that lucky. Then there are the Ranger fans (hockey variety) that will remember this as the unluckiest Friday the 13th ever. Two shots hit the bar in a 3-2 loss to the Kings? But as a Los Angeles fan (during the Stanley Cup finals) and a hockey aficionado in general, last night's Cup-clinching double overtime win was as fortuitous as it gets. Read on.

Friday flashback: USC

(Cornerback Damante Horton had a pair of picks in WSU's 10-7 upset of USC)

The Cougars may have played better than expected in their season-opening loss at Auburn, but they were still 0-1 as most analysts had predicted they would be. As if Washington State's foray into SEC country wasn't daunting enough, the next test for the Cougars was No. 25 USC at Memorial Coliseum, a venue they had not won in since 2000 against a team they last beat in 2002.

But there were signs that Troy was ready to tumble. Los Angeles partisans were growing weary of coach Lane Kiffin's style over substance approach and the coach faced enormous pressure to produce despite heading into the season with two mediocre options at quarterback (spoiler alert: he didn't).

Injuries had necessitated that true freshman cornerback Daquawn Brown play with the No. 1 defense the week leading up to the game and he had played well enough to give them confidence he would succeed in his hometown return (he did).

And WSU's passing defense had just held Auburn quarterback Nick Marshall to 99 passing yards on the road. If the defensive backs could summon another monster performance against quarterbacks Cody Kessler and Max Wittek, then maybe they could keep the score close enough to stay in reach of the upset (yep).

More on WSU's game at USC is after the jump.

Today is your (un)lucky day

A GRIP ON SPORTS

Once more into the breach. It's Friday the 13th. What could go wrong? Read on. 

Martin Stadium will get new FieldTurf

Photo courtesy of Washington State Athletics

Washington State finally announced that new FieldTurf will be installed at Martin Stadium, including crimson end zones that some fans have been hoping for. The school also released the above image of what the field is expected to look like when it is completed in late July.

“What began in 2011 with the construction of the premium seating addition at Martin Stadium, to the recently completed Cougar Football Complex, the football facilities at Washington State University have experienced a major facelift,” athletic director Bill Moos said in a statement. “The final touches to this three-year transformation are new playing surfaces on both Martin Stadium and the Rogers Practice Field, which is now in full swing.”

Moos has previously hinted that any unused funds from the Football Operations Building project would be put toward aesthetic upgrades to Martin Stadium. In the press release it sounds like they have enough money left over to make a couple other changes, although it remains to be seen what those are.

“With the new FieldTurf installed, and some additional cosmetic improvements, alumni, fans, recruits, coaches and student-athletes will be watching and playing college football in a first class venue in one of the most unique settings in the country.”

Jeter is worth appreciating

A GRIP ON SPORTS

It's a near-perfect day. The U.S. Open is on the television, exciting us old folks. For the younger, hipper set, the World Cup kicks off tonight in Brazil. And, for both, one of the better shortstops to ever play the game of baseball is on display in Seattle. For the final time. Read on.

A fastball can burn into your memory too

A GRIP ON SPORTS

There are certain news flashes that fly by like a robin in a field, unnoticed and unremarked upon. But there our others that hit like a sparrow in a mall. They make you stop and take notice. One of the latter occurred yesterday. Read on.

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